Norvic Philatelics - GB New Stamps and Special Postmarks

Christmas - 4 November 2008

As usual Royal Mail will issue a set of 6 Christmas stamps, a miniature sheet and a Smilers Sheet. This year’s Christmas stamps feature traditional pantomimes (details below). The two 2007 Madonna stamps will be reissued this year to provide an alternative Christian image.

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The Pantomimes set comprises:
2nd class and 2nd class Large
- The Ugly Sisters from Cinderella
1st class and 1st class Large
- The Genie from Aladdin
50p - Captain Hook from Peter Pan
81p - The Wicked Queen from Snow White.

Christmas 2008 miniature sheet.

Royal Mail have announced that the Madonna stamps have been reprinted but with the same cylinder numbers (no indication if this is the same cylinders!), the new printing being identified by the printing date in the right margin.

Technical details:
Pantomime: Designed by Steve Haskins and the team at So Design Consultants, Bristol, using photographs by Peter Thorpe. Printed in gravure by De La Rue on self-adhesive paper in sheets of 50.
Madonna: Formatting and typography are by Peter Willberg.
These stamps are also printed by De la Rue in gravure. The small stamps are definitive size - 20 x 24mm - and the Large Letter stamps 30 x 24mm. See note below pictures.
The Miniature Sheet is conventionally gummed. It contains the six stamps, arranged as a block of 4 and a pair, within an illustrated border.
As the stamps are definitive-sized, the Christmas stamp booklets will be the same size as definitive books of 12. There will be two different 1st class and two different 2nd class books of 12.

Smilers Sheet

The generic self-adhesive Smilers® Sheet comprises 20 stamps: 8 x 1st class, 8 x 2nd class and 4 x 81p stamps - more details later. The Smilers sheets are printed in litho by Cartor Security Printers.

Royal Mail Christmas stamps 2008 - Smilers Sheet.

Norvic Philatelics First Day Cover

The Smilers Sheet will be available as a Set of 4 Norvic FDCs each with on quarter of the whole sheet - £19.50
Norvic Philatelics 2008 Christmas First Day Cover 
for Smilers sheet - top left. Norvic Philatelics 2008 Christmas First Day Cover 
for Smilers sheet - top right.
Norvic Philatelics 2008 Christmas First Day Cover
for Smilers sheet - lower left. Norvic Philatelics 2008 Christmas First Day Cover 
for Smilers sheet - lower right.

Norvic FDC with three Smilers stamps 1 x 1st class, 1 x 2nd class , & 1 x 82p (postmark as shown: this is a mock-up) - £4.20
Norvic Philatelics 2008 Christmas First Day Cover for set of 3 
Smilers stamps.

Christmas 2008 presentation pack and FDC. Products issued: 
Set of 6 stamps or miniature sheet unused 
Pair of 2007 Madonna & Child stamps unused
Post Office FDC with a full set of 6 stamps 
Post Office FDC with the miniature sheet
Presentation Pack
Set of 6 mint stamp cards (PHQ cards)
Smilers Sheet: Mint Smilers Sheet 

Special postmarks available on the Day of Issue will be shown below: these postmarks cannot be obtained from the PO after 4 November.

Postmark: with text as below. Postmark: Christmas Tree text in English & Welsh. Postmark: first day of issue Bethlehem, also in Welsh. Postmark showing Aladdin's lamp. Postmark showing theatre mask.
Ref FD827
Official Bureau postmark : Booo! It's Behind You! Oh No It Isn't! Hisss!
Ref FD828
Official Bethlehem postmark
Ref FD828N
Official Bethlehem non-pictorial postmark (last year's image)
Ref L11151
Southampton, Hampshire - Pantomimes
Ref L11156
Canterbury, Kent - Pantomimes
Postmark showing Dick Whittington and his cat. Postmark showing Grand Theatre Blackpool. Postmark showing fairy/tinkerbell. Postmark showing Aladdin's lamp . Postmark showing a star.
Ref M11178
Whittington Road, Birmingham
Ref N11184
The Grand Theatre Blackpool
Ref N11183
Happy Christmas, Leeds
Ref M11179
Aladdin's Lamp, Darlaston, West Midlands
Ref L11158
Christmas Common, Watlington
Postmark showing a witch. Postmark showing Santa. Postmark showing Fairy. Postmark showing Pantomime dame. Postmark showing pantomime horse.
Ref L11159
Aldwych, London WC2
Ref L11157
Christmas Wishes from GB Covers Harrow
Ref L11155
Covent Garden, London WC2
Ref L11154
Drury Lane, London WC2
Ref L11153
Waterloo Road, London SE1
postmark showing a fairy. postmark showing a pantomime horse. postmark showing 60th anniversary logo of St. Giles Pantomime Society 
	Pontefract. postmark showing an angel. postmark showing two warships.
Ref L11150
Drury Lane, London WC2
Ref L11149
Drury Lane, London WC2
Ref W11187
60 Years of Panto in Pontefract
Ref W11186 Bethlehem, Llandeilo - Available from 4 Nov -19 Dec 2008 Ref F11188
HM Ships Abroad at Christmas

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