Queen Victoria makes two appearances, first on the 2p showing the Hong Kong two cents stamp, the first stamp issued there in 1862, The next is the one the envelope also features, the GB four penny carmine issued in 1855 which must be the first stamp the company printed.
Bottom row shows the President of the Confederate States during the American Civil War, Jefferson Davis. This was a stamp of 1862 which De La Rue shipped out to the Confederacy together with plates and white printing paper, Next the 4p stamp shows Victor Emmanuel III of Italy, a stamp produced in 1863.
Although I only possess two of the set, (Maxim Gorky and Pablo Picasso) the following are amongst my favourite stamps
|1968: UNESCO Cultural Personality's of the 20th Century"|
|1989: Bicentenary of the French Revolution|
An entry to the Sunday Stamp theme of Famous People/Portraits hosted by Violet Sky here