Royal Mail kicks off the new year with another issue playing on nostalgia of 60-somethings - the Genius of Gerry Anderson.
In 1961 the ITV network broadcast a revolutionary new puppet show called Supercar. Frustrated by the primitive technology of previous puppet shows producer Gerry Anderson had devised a new kind of animation called Supermarionation. This featured much more technically sophisticated puppets that were able to lip-synch dialogue while the problem of locomotion was solved by the simple expedient of putting the characters into vehicles for much of the show.
Combined with a fast moving
sci-fi plot and plenty of special effects the show become an instant
success and launched Anderson’s career. Anderson was to
produce five more iconic Supermarionation shows during the decade that
followed before moving into live action TV with UFO, The Protectors and
stamps are in se-tenant strips
of 3 (x2) within the sheet.
Click on links below for 1st & 97p blocks.
1st class - Joe 90 - 1968 to 1969
1st class - Captain Scarlet - 1967 to 1968
1st class - Thunderbirds - 1965 to 1966
97p - Stingray - 1964 to 1965
97p - Fireball XL5 - 1962
97p - Supercar - 1961 to 1962
The stamps are in reverse chronological order.
The Miniature Sheet
focuses on Anderson’s most successful show Thunderbirds.
The four stamps feature
Thunderbirds 1, 2, 3 and 4 and are Royal Mail’s first stamps
to use lenticular
The Miniature Sheet can be tilted to show the launch sequences that were such an iconic part of the show’s opening titles that counted down to ‘Thunderbirds are Go!’.
The border completes the line up with Thunderbird 5
1st Class –
Stamp by stamp - backwards in time
1st Class – Joe
Each week nine year old Joe would download special skills from the Big Rat computer to carry out secret missions Broadcast 1968 to 1969.
1st Class –
Rendered indestructible by the alien Mysterons, Spectrum agent Captain Scarlet and his colour coordinated colleagues save the world in 32 episodes broadcast from 1967 to 1968.
1st Class –
From their island hideaway International Rescue coordinate amazing rescue missions with their fantastic machines - like transporter Thunderbird 2 seen about to blast off. Broadcast from 1965 to 1966.
97p – Stingray
From 1964 to 1965 Troy Tempest and Phones of the World Aquanaut Security Patrol, kept humanity safe from various undersea threats, in their submarine, Stingray. This was the first of Anderson’s shows in colour.
97p – Fireball
Together with his robot sidekick Robert (who was voiced by Anderson) Colonel Steve Zodiac of the World Space Patrol kept the Earth safe from any interplanetary threat with his rocket ship Fireball XL5.
97p – Supercar
Featuring the adventures of inventor Mike Mercury and his amazing vehicle, that was equally at home on land, under water and in the air. First broadcast between 1961 and 1962.
and miniature sheet
designed by GBH. The stamps are printed in lithography by
Security Printing. The stamp size
is 41 x 30 mm in sheets of 30/60 with all over phosphor.
The miniature sheet is microlenticular printed by Cartor Security Printing, Meaucé, France and Outer Aspect Ltd, Auckland, New Zealand 115 x 89mm, with stamps 41 x 30 mm.
The retail booklet, contains 2 x 1st class Thunderbirds and 4 x 1st class gold Machin definitives. This is printed by Walsall Security Printers in gravure on self-adhesive paper. The Machin definitives have a new security code MA11 for 2011.
90™ and © ITC Entertainment Group Limited 1969 and
2011; Captain Scarlet™ and © ITC Entertainment
Group Limited 1967, 2001 and 2011; Thunderbirds™ and
© ITC Entertainment Group Limited 1964, 1999 and 2011;
Stingray © ITC Entertainment Group Limited 1964,2002 and 2011;
Fireball XL5™ and © ITC Entertainment Group Limited
1961, 2002 and 2011; Supercar © ITC Entertainment Group
Limited 1959, 2002 and 2011. All licensed by Granada Ventures Limited.
All rights reserved.
All images are Copyright Royal Mail 2011.
issued and available from Royal Mail:
Mint set Mint miniature sheet Presentation Pack (contains set and MS) Retail stamp booklet Set of 11 Stamp Cards
Set on PO FDC MS on PO FDC Royal Mail will not accept orders for FDCs after the date of issue - click here to order from Royal Mail. FDCs are also available from other producers.
We will service a small quantity of self-adhesive Thunderbird and Machin singles on FDCs. These will be for existing customers and any spare will be added to our online shop in due course.
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.
| Ref FD1101
Philatelic Bureau Official Postmark
|Ref FD1102 Slough East Sussex Official Postmark|| Ref FD1102NP
Slough non-pictorial Postmark
| Ref L11999
Bloomsbury, London WC1
| Ref L12000
|Ref L12002 London NW3||Ref L12001 London SE1||
Anderson Road, Birmingham
| Ref M12007
The Island, Tamworth
Space Waye, Feltham, Middlesex
Newton Tracey, N Devon
The Rocket TSO, Liverpool 13
|Ref N12011 Ilkley Toy Museum, West Yorkshire||Ref L12016 The Genius of Gerry Anderson, Pinewood|
Tracey Avenue Slough Fanderson
|Ref L12018 Century 21 Productions, Slough Trading Estate||Ref L12015 Great Britain New Issues Commemorative Stamps of 2011 London WC1|
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This page updated 8 January 2011
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