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Children's Literature: Winnie-the-Pooh by A A Milne - Europa / CEPT issue - 12 October 2010 

The Europa theme this year is Children's Literature and Royal Mail is celebrating these events with a set of six Stamps and a special Miniature Sheet depicting characters and text from the Winnie-the-Pooh story by A A Milne, featuring original illustrations by E H Shepard.

Set of 6 stamps depicting key characters from AA Milne's Winnie the Pooh stamps.
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Stamp designs:
1st class* - Winnie-the-Pooh and Christopher Robin;
48p - Winnie-the-Pooh and Piglet;
50p - Winnie-the-Pooh and Rabbit;
56p - Winnie-the-Pooh and Eeyore;
72p - Winnie-the-Pooh and Friends;
81p - Winnie-the-Pooh and Tigger.

Striping on images caused during
scanning of publicity pictures.

* Has EUROPA logo below Queen's head

Winnie-the-Pooh Miniature sheet of 4 British stamps.

Miniature Sheet featuring Winnie-the-Pooh 
and Christopher Robin, preproduces lines from the 
famous poem, "Us Two"

1st class* - Wherever I am, there's always Pooh

60p - There's always Pooh and Me. 
Whatever I do, he wants to do,

88p - "Where are you going t-day?" says 
Pooh: "Well, that's very odd 'cos I was too.

97p - Let's go together", says Pooh, says 
he.  "Let's go together," says Pooh.

* Has EUROPA logo below Queen's head

A. A. Milne was born in Kilburn, London, and grew up at Henley House School, Kilburn, a small public school run by his father.  One of his teachers was H. G. Wells who taught there in 188990.

Milne is most famous for his two Pooh books about a boy named Christopher Robin after his son, and various characters inspired by his son's stuffed animals, most notably the bear named Winnie-the-Pooh. Christopher Robin Milne's stuffed bear, originally named "Edward",  was renamed "Winnie-the-Pooh" after a Canadian black bear named Winnie (after Winnipeg), which was used as a military mascot in World War I, and left to London Zoo during the war. "The pooh" comes from a swan called "Pooh". E. H. Shepard illustrated the original Pooh books, using his own son's teddy, Growler ("a magnificent bear"), as the model. Christopher Robin Milne's own toys are now under glass in New York.

Winnie-the-Pooh was published in 1926, followed by The House at Pooh Corner in 1928. A second collection of nursery rhymes, Now We Are Six, was published in 1927. All three books were illustrated by E. H. Shepard.


Technical details:

The conventionally gummed stamps and miniature sheetare designed by Magpie Studio and are printed in lithography by Cartor Security Printing. The stamp size is 37 x 35mm.
The miniature sheet is 115 x 89mm, with stamps 35 x 35mm.

All images are Copyright Royal Mail 2010.


Products issued:
Mint set  
Mint miniature sheet 
Presentation Pack (contains set and MS) 
Set on PO FDC  
MS on PO FDC  
Set of 11 Stamp Cards 


Special Postmarks
Postmarks available for the day of issue will be shown below these may not be to scale.  NOTE: These postmarks cannot be obtained after the date of issue.

Tallents House FD postmark for Winnie the Pooh stamps. Hartfield FD postmark for Winnie the Pooh stamps. Hartifled non-pictorial FD postmark for Winnie the Pooh stamps. postmark showing teddy bear. postmark showing child reading a book.
Ref FD1027
Philatelic Bureau Official Postmark
Ref FD1028 Hartfield East Sussex Official Postmark  Ref FD1028NP
Hartfield non-pictorial Postmark
Ref M11889
Bearwood, Birmingham
Ref L11878
Chelsea, London SW
postmark illustrated bee and flower. postmark showing a balloon. Postmark illustrated with logo of East Anglian Children's Hospices. Postmark showing 'Phil stamp' on a balloon. postmark showing balloon.
Ref L11879
Hampstead, London NW
Ref L11880
Hartfield, Sussex
Ref L11882
each Treehouse appeal (East Angliand Children's Hospices)  Ipswich
Ref W11260
Charles Darwin, Shrewsbury
Ref L11877
St John's Wood, London NW
Postmark showing teddy bear. Postmark showing the House at Pooh Corner. Postmark showing a tree, Postmark showing a book and flower. Postmark showing a balloon.
Ref L11885
Milne Gardens, London SE9
Ref L11896  Pooh Corner, Hartfield, East Sussex Ref L11894 Ashdown Forest, Crowborough, East Sussex Ref N11900 Wilton, York Ref L11895
Story Time, Buckingham


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This page updated 11 October 2010


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