This is the third annual set of novelty stamps for Special Occasions.
'Customised' stamps are not new, and have been issued in Canada (self-adhesive attachments) and Netherlands (scratch-card messages) in recent years. But this may be the first time that users have been encouraged to write on stamps with a pen! Collectors of 'properly used' stamps, may consider that these have only been properly used if they have pen-marks in addition to postal markings.
|Yes / No / Maybe||Oops / Sorry / Will try harder
||"I did it!" / "You did it!" / "We did it!"|
|Gold star / See me / Playtime||I (love) U / XXXX / S.W.A.L.K.||Angel / Poppet / Little terror|
The stamps have been designed by UNA, with captions by Sara Wiegand and Mike Exon.
The stamps are also available for personalisation, and a collectors sheet has been produced as shown here. We haven't yet seen this sheet but believe that this is the final design. Collectors of CATS will be interested in the stamp at bottom left, and there is a DOG in column 2 and column 4!
Technical details: .
The stamps are printed in lithography by The House of Questa, perf 14.5 x 14, with PVA gum, in se-tenant blocks of 6 (2x3) in sheets of 60 (2 panes of 30).
The Personalised sheets are also printed by Questa.
All images except FDCs are taken from Royal Mail's Philatelic Bulletin and Postmark Bulletin, and are Copyright 2003 by Royal Mail.
Special postmarks available for the Day of Issue are shown here:
| Ref FD303
Bureau Official Postmark
| Ref FD304
Official Postmark, Merry Hill, Wolverhampton
| Ref M8308
Angel Street, Worcester
| Ref M8309
| Ref N8314
Gretna Green, Carlisle
| Ref W8338
| Ref L8300
Quin-Centenary Anniversary Nostradamus (1503-1566), World's End Place, London SW10
| Ref L8340
Maybe... May Street, London W14
| Ref N8344
I did it! Jump, Barnsley, S Yorkshire
| Ref L8345
XXXX, Loversall, Doncaster
| Ref L8341
Occasions, Donkey lane, Enfield, Middlesex
| Ref E8249
| Ref S8346
Gold Star!, Star, Gelnrothes, Fife
| Ref E8348
Sorry... Flowerdown, Winchester
| Ref W8352
Angel. Angel Bank, Bitterley, Ludlow
The True Lovers Knot, Blandford Forum
Stamps for Special Occasions, 'Just Married', Sandwich, Kent
This page updated 6 February 2003 [7.2.05]
Any questions? please email us.
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