Norvic Philatelics - GB New Stamps and Special Postmarks

Pictorial Faststamps: Birds 2 - 24 January 2011

The second set of Faststamps depicting birds will be issued on 24 January, one of three sets to be issued this year.  As before, these will be sold from Post & Go machines at selected Post Offices across the UK and from the Philatelic Bureau at Tallents House. The second set also depicts common gadren birds and is issued in time for the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds Big Garden Birdwatch

Post & Go terminals allow customers to weigh their letters and packets, pay for and print postage labels and stamps without the need to visit the counter. The first Post & Go machine was trialled in The Galleries Post Office® in Bristol in 2007.

The labels can be obtained with 5 different service indicators: 1st class & 1st class Large up to 100gr, Europe up to 20gr, Worldwide up to 10gr and 20gr,  singly or in strips of up to 5 of the same value or various values. Thus there are 30 different value/design combinations in total.  

The first issue can be seen here and further information is provided on our blog.

Pictorial Faststamps - birds 2 - blackbird. Pictorial Faststamps - birds 2 - magpie.
Pictorial Faststamps - birds 2 - long-tailed tit. Pictorial Faststamps - birds 2 - chaffinch.
Pictorial Faststamps - birds 2 - collared dove. Pictorial Faststamps - birds 2 - greenfinch.

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Blackbird – Turdus merula
The males are black, but females are brown often with spots and streaks on their breasts. The bright orange-yellow beak and eye-ring make adult male blackbirds one of the most striking garden birds.

Magpie – Pica pica
With its black-and-white plumage and long tail, there is nothing else quite like the magpie. Closeup its black plumage takes on a colourful hue with a purplish-blue iridescent sheen to the wing feathers, and a green gloss to the tail.

Long-tailed Tit – Aegithalos caudatus
The long-tailed tit is easily recognisable with its distinctive colouring, a tail that is longer than its body, and undulating flight. Gregarious and noisy, often seen in small, excitable flocks of about 20 birds.

Chaffinch – Fringilla coelebs
The UK's second commonest bird, its patterned plumage helps it to blend in when ground feeding, but when it flies it reveals a flash of white on the wings and outer tail feathers.

Collared Dove – Streptopelia decaocto
Distinctive with its buffy-pink plumage and black neck collar, it is usually seen singly or in pairs. It feeds on the ground but readily perches on roofs and wires, the collared dove is now one of our most common birds.

Greenfinch – Carduelis chloris
Similar in size and shape to a House Sparrow but is mainly green, with yellow in the wings and tail.  The female and young birds are duller and have brown tones on the back.

Technical details:

Designed by Kate Stephens and illustrated by Robert Gillmor the six 56mm x 25mm stamps are printed in gravure by Walsall Security Printers, with two phosphor bars.  The stamps in the pack will have the service indicator and other detail printed in gravure.   All images are by kind permission of Royal Mail, Copyright 2010/1. This website is copyright Norvic Philatelics 2010/1.

Products issued

The labels will be used in Post & Go machines at Post Offices around the country.
A mint set will also be available from Royal Mail's Tallents House Bureau in a pack on an attractive card with details about each of the birds featured together with an illustration of their eggs. All values in the pack are 1st Class with a philatelic branch code of 002011. Design is by The Chase with illustration by Peter Horridge. 

Although Post & Go machines are a Post Office Ltd product, Royal Mail will again produce a First Day Cover and official First Day Postmarks for these.

Special Postmarks
Postmarks available for the day of issue are shown here, others may be added later. These are not to scale. These postmarks cannot be obtained after the date of issue.

Official bureau FD postmark for bird faststamps. Official Bristol FD postmark for bird faststamps. Non-pictorial Bristol postmark for Bird Faststamps. Postmark illustrated with a collared dove. Postmark illustrated with a blackbird.
Ref FD1103
Philatelic Bureau Official Postmark illustrated with a map of the British Isles
Ref FD1104
Bristol official postmark illustrated with a bird's egg
Ref FD1104NP
Bristol official non-pictorial postmark.
Ref M12028
Dove Green Nottingham
Ref M12029
Blackbird Croft, Birmingham
postmark showing chaffinch. Postmark showinggreenfinch.
Ref M12030 Peterborough
Ref W12037
Langport, Somerset

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