Norvic Philatelics - GB New Stamps and Special Postmarks
This year’s Christmas stamps will feature the much-loved animated characters, Wallace and Gromit. The cheese-loving, tank-top wearing Wallace and his misunderstood hound, Gromit, will appear on seven Christmas stampss, a miniature sheet and a Smilers Sheet. Since 2006 all Christmas stamps are standard definitive size except for the 1st and 2nd Class Large stamps where the 1st and 2nd Class images are repeated but with more detail revealed on the wider format stamps. All Christmas stamps are self-adhesive.
Tthe two 2007 Madonna stamps will also be reissued this year to provide a religious alternative.
Details of designs:2nd Class - Wallace and Gromit carol singing
Suitably wrapped up against the cold Wallace and Gromit go carol singing, the wider format of the Large stamp shows a lit up Christmas tree in the background.
1st Class - Gromit posting
Wallace places a Christmas fairy that looks suspiciously like Feathers McGraw on top of the Christmas tree
97p - Gromit with
Gromit’s Christmas pullover
- 2007 stamps reissued
class - William Dyce,
The stamps were designed by Aardman Animations Ltd and Royal Mail. The sheet stamps & MS are printed in gravure by De La Rue Security Print in sheets of 50. The individual stamps are 20 x 24mm (30 x 24mm large) self-adhesive; the 115 x 102mm miniature sheet is conventionally gummed. Booklets of 12 x 1st class and 12 x 2nd class stamps will also be sold - technical details to be confirmed.
The Smilers® Sheet contains 20 stamps: 8 x 1st class, 8 x 2nd class and 2 each of the two airmail rate stamps, 60p & 97p. This extension to the Smilers range may be welcomed by people who want to Personalise stamps for overseas mail but this arrangement means that, as last year, 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 sheet, featuring Wallace’s Stamp-O-Matic machine, was designed by True North and illustrated by Bill Kerwin. It will probably be printed in litho by Cartor Security Printers.
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 60p, & 10 x 97p.
Set of 7 stamps & miniature sheet
Retail booklets of 12 x 2nd or 12 x 1st class stamps
Set of 7 stamps on Post Office FDC
Miniature sheet on Post Office FDC
Presentation Pack containing set of stamps
Set of 8 mint stamp cards (PHQ cards)
Pair of 2007 Madonna & Child stamps
Smilers Sheet: Mint Smilers Sheet
Christmas Cards featuring the 1st & 2nd class Wallace & Gromit stamps will be available from main post offices, price £3.00 for 10 (5 of each design). Other products may be announced later.
postmarks available on the Day of Issue are shown below:
these postmarks cannot be obtained from the PO after 2 November.
Official Bureau postmark
Official Bethlehem postmark
Official Bethlehem non-pictorial postmark
|Ref M11911 Endon, Stoke-on-Trent||Ref M11910
Wallace Road, Birmingham
|Ref L11907 Christmas Common, Watlington||Ref L11908 Toys Hill, Edenbridge||Ref W11919 Nasareth, Carenarfon||Ref W11918 Bethlehem, Llandeilo||Ref W11917 Puddington, Tiverton|
N11912 Wigan, Gt Manchester
(home of the fictional Wallace & Gromit)
|Ref N11913 - Cheesden, Gt Manchester||Ref N11916 Merry
Christmas 2010, GBFDC Association, Christmas Street, Liverpool
||Ref L11904 First Day of Issue, Selfridges & Co, London / Royal Mail||Ref N11914 40th
Anniversary, Cotswold Covers, York
|Ref L11906 Merry Xmas from Whitfield & Aspen School, Whitfield, Dover||Ref N11915 - St Mary's Church Centenary, West Bank, Widnes||Ref N11490 - West Witton, York||Ref W11942 Christmas with Wallace & Gromit, Bas Ferry Road, Bristol||Ref L11923 First Day of Issue, Selfridges, London / Royal Mail Readers will note the similarity with 11904 above - Royal Mail have not indicated whether this is additional to or a replacement for 11904.|
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