Royal Mail have announced the issue of a Smilers Sheet consisting of 20 x 1st class stamps, being 2 sets of the 10 customisable "Fun Fruit 'n' Veg" stamps originally issued in 2003. The original stamps can be seen here.
Hats, eyes, noses, etc are printed in the sheet border; these may be peeled off and to make characters on the stamps, in the style of Mr Potato Head.
Designed by Johnson Banks, the sheet will be printed in litho by De La Rue Security Print, so this produces new stamps as the originals were printed by Walsall SP in gravure. All images are Copyright 2005/6 by Royal Mail.
Postmarks for use on the day of issue.
This is not regarded by Royal Mail as a new issue, so no official First Day postmarks are provided. The following postmarks - and all permanent postmarks can be used.
| Ref L9976
Fun Fruit 'N' Vegetables, Covent Garden, London WC2
| Ref L9975
Fun Fruit & Vag, Potato Town, Great Tew, Chipping Norton
| Ref L9977
Saffron Walden, Essex (Fountain?)
| Ref L9978
Winchester, Hampshire The Buttercross
| Ref W9989
Wells, Somerset Monument
We have an exclusive set of covers for this sheet produced in conjunction with Philatastic Studio in Austin, Texas, priced at £17.95 for the set of 4.
We also have an different cover for single stamps, and (in pairs) sets
of 10 stamps removed from the sheet.
Prices: Single stamp on fdc - £3.50;
pair of covers with 5 stamps each - £9.50
"Smilers!", said the twins "You're supposed to be SMILING boss!" Chief Mango looked startled, as if smiling was something he rarely did.
This page updated 2 March 2006
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