As part of the promotion of Smilers stamps and to increase the use of pictorial stamps, Royal Mail will issue a booklet containing the 6 most popular greetings stamps previously issued in two separate booklets in 2005 and 2006.
The booklets will carry an advert for the smiler service and will be distributed through all Post Offices and the retail network.
Royal Mail do not regard this as a new issue, so there will not be an official first day cover or First Day of Issue postmarks. But the stamps are very different. The basic and most obvious difference is that the earlier stamps had conventional perforations all round, but the latest booklet has stamps with an elliptical elongated perforation on the long side, similar to the Machin definitives.
In some ways it is unfortunate that the perforations are different, because there is still scope in these stamps for philatelic study, as can be seen in the enlarged images on this page. Note also that the edge-strip is inverted compared to the previous booklets.
The booklets are printed by Walsall Security Print in gravure, and the stamps are, as usual, self-adhesive.
All images except FDCs are Royal Mail Copyright 2006/7.
We produced a small number of exclusive covers for this booklet,
with the advertisement and colour strip, priced at £6.75
Postmarked with N10875 or W10881
... for the booklet are shown here. Postmarks produced for the Kings and Queens: Houses of Lancaster and York stamp issue can also be used on covers for the booklet. - these may not be to scale - we do not expect any more to be announced. These postmarks cannot be obtained after the date of issue.
| Ref N10875
A Special Moment, Britannia, Bacup, Lancashire
| Ref W10881
A Special Moment, British, Talywain, Pontypool
| Ref L10866
Spring Stampex, London N1
| Ref L9579
Happy Birthday, Mount Pleasant EC1
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This page updated 16 March 2008
8 Ian Fleming's James Bond
15 Definitive LOVE booklet
15 New Smilers stamps
5 Working Dogs
28 Kings and Queens I
28 Greetings retail booklet
11Celebrating Northern Ireland MS and Glorious Northern Ireland Smiler Sheet
13 Mayday - Rescue at Sea
1 Rate change Machin & Country stamps
1 Territorial Army commemorative sheet
15 Endangered Species - Insects
13 Retail booklet - summer
10 Classic Films
17 Air Displays, powered flight
24 Olympics commemorative sheet
5 Beijing Expo 2008 Smilers Sheet
22 Olympics handover Joint issue
18 British Military Uniforms (II - Royal Air Force)
29 50th Anniv. regional stamps MS
29 Glorious UK Smilers sheet
14Women of Distinction
28 Smilers for Kids
4 Christmas (Pantomime)
6 Lest We Forget
tba 60th Birthday of HRH Prince Wales