Norvic Philatelics - GB New Stamps and Special Postmarks
As usual Royal Mail will issue a set of Christmas stamps, a miniature sheet and a Smilers Sheet. This year's designs show stained glass windows, a theme previously used in 1971 & 1992.
Tthe two 2007 Madonna stamps will also be reissued this year to provide an alternative, though that hardly seems necessary given the religious nature of the main set!
Details of designs:
2nd class: Angel by William Morris, Church of St James, Staveley, Kendal
1st class: Madonna and Child by Henry Holiday, Ormesby St Michael, Ormesby, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk
56p: Joseph by Henry Holiday, Parish Church of St Michael, Minehead, Somerset
90p: Wise Man by Sir Edward Burne-Jones, St Mary the Virgin, Rye, East Sussex
£1.35: Shepherd by Henry Holiday, St Mary's Upavon, Wiltshire
Bethlehem alternative official FD postmark.
- 2007 stamps reissued
2nd class - William Dyce,
The stamps were designed by Andrew Ross and printed in gravure by De La Rue Security Print in sheets of 50. The individual stamps are self-adhesive, the miniature sheet is conventionally gummed. Booklets of 12 x 1st class and 12 x 2nd class 'stained glass' stamps will also be sold, as well as a reissue of the 2006 standard and bilingual Welsh/English airletter.
The Smilers® Sheet contains 20 stamps: 8 x 1st class, 8 x 2nd class and 2 each of the two airmail rate stamps, 56p & 90p. This extension to the Smilers range may be welcomed by people who want to Personalise stamps for overseas mail but this arrangement means that there are only two sets per sheet, rather than 4 in previous years. Collectors of Smilers singles are advised to place their orders early to avoid disappointment!
The Smilers sheets are printed in litho by Cartor Security Printers and includes extracts of the Christmas Story from the Gospel According to Luke.
Pictures of the Personalised sheets will be on the Smilers Info website later: 20 x 1st class, 20 x 2nd class, 10 x 1st class 10 x 56p, & 10 x 90p.
Products issued: These will be added to our online shop as
Post Office FDC with a
Post Office FDC with the miniature sheet
Set of 7 stamps & miniature sheet
Pair of 2007 Madonna & Child stamps
Set of 8 mint stamp cards (PHQ cards)
Smilers Sheet: Mint Smilers Sheet
postmarks available on the Day of Issue will be shown below:
these postmarks cannot be obtained from the PO after 3 November.
Official Bureau postmark
Every Colour Ought to Encourage Prayer
Official Bethlehem postmark
Official Bethlehem non-pictorial postmark
|Ref L11535 Building
Westminster Cathedral, London
York Glaziers Trust, York
|Ref N11544 Staveley, Kendal||Ref L11534 Ormesby, Gt Yarmouth||Ref W11547 Minehead, Somerset||Ref L11532 Rye, East Sussex||Ref L11533 Upavon, Pewsey|
Stained Glass Museum,
|Ref L11539 - Christmas London||Ref L11537 Christmas
Lane, Farnham, Surrey
With loving greetings to all who are good at heart
|Ref M11541 Noel Avenue, Birmingham||Ref N11545
Ref M11542 Christmas 2009
Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.
In use 3 November - 19 December
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