Overprint – 2020 London International Publicity by Brian Austin
SG No. 835 ‘Philympia 70’ Stamp Exhibition
Overprinted: London 2020
The coronavirus pandemic brought the philatelic world almost to a complete stop in mid-March 2020, with international exhibitions and local stamp fairs being cancelled or postponed, shops and museums closed, and societies abandoning or suspending their programmes of events. Six weeks before it was due to open its doors for an eight day extravaganza, it was announced that the London 2020 international exhibition would not to be taking place, as the UK government tightened its guidelines against large gatherings. It was postponed until February 2022.