In response to public demand, Royal Mail Smilers stamps are being reduced in size to accommodate a larger label for personalisation. However, there appear to be no plans at present to issue these stamps in a generic Smilers sheet, but these 1st class stamps are being issued in self-adhesive books:
Quite correctly, Royal Mail are regarding this as a new issue, and official first day of issue postmarks are available, but there will be no special first day cover.
The booklets stamps are printed in lithography by Walsall Security Print. The Smilers sheets (see below) are printed by Walsall's French subsidiary, Cartor.
CORRECTION! - Royal Mail have confirmed that "due to technical difficulties at the time of printing" the booklets were printed by Walsall in gravure. The personalised sheet stamps are printed by lithography so these are totally different stamps. The most obvious difference is in the phosphor bands which are more solid on the sheet stamps.
All images except FDCs are taken from Royal Mail's Philatelic Bulletin and Postmark Bulletin and are Copyright 2005 by Royal Mail.
The personalised Smilers sheets contain 20 copies of one design, and are self-adhesive, but they are collectably different. Smilers stamps are not separately listed in the Stanley Gibbons catalogue, although the generic sheets are listed: personalised sheets are not. But other catalogues and some pre-printed albums do recognise these as different stamps especially as they are printed by a different process. As there is no generic sheet the only way to get these Cartor stamps is from Personalised Smilers.
We will produce exclusive covers for this issue. The cover for the
booklet stamps is shown below. The cover as shown with the advertisement
and colour strip will has postmark M9790. We have also produced the same
cover but without the advertisement and colour strip which has allowed the
stamps to be more widely spaced. This cover will have postmark M9789.
Either cover is priced £5.95.
There is no cylinder number on this printing of these booklets.
All prices exclude postage & packing. To order or for prices in foreign currencies - please email us.
Day of issue postmarks. These postmarks were available for the date of issue:
| Ref FD537
Philatelic Bureau Official Postmark
| Ref FD538
Official Postmark, Windsor
| Ref FD538n
Non-pictorial postmark Windsor
| Ref N9797
First Pictorial Definitive Booklet, York
| Ref N9798
Teddy bears' Picnic Bearpark, Durham
| Ref M9791
| Ref N9796
Garden Village, Hull
| Ref M9788
| Ref L9782
Lovington, Castle Cary
| Ref N9795
| Ref M9787
| Ref M9789
This page updated 23 November 2005
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