Norvic Philatelics - GB New Stamps and Special Postmarks
Pictorial Faststamps: Sea Travel - 16 September 2015
Pictorial Post & Go stamps appear in
machines in UK Post Offices for defined periods of time in the year and
this series is intended to provide attractive stamps that are appropriate
for the season in which they are issued.
In 2015 the subject matter and pictorial designs for Post & Go will vary
as wildlife and natural history subjects are replaced. Two of the sets
are linked as they will feature boats and ships. Heraldic Beasts will
be issued for the FIP exhibition in May. Following a request from Post
Office Ltd in 2013 for a Christmas set, a final set of four new designs of
Post & Go will be issued for Christmas on winter animals.
We had hoped that this third set, Sea Travel, would feature more ships but
Royal Mail took a different approach (having issued Ocean Lines in 2004 and
Merchant Navy stamps in 2013, and this set shows worldwide views from
Post & Go terminals allow customers to weigh their letters and packets,
pay for and print postage stamps and stationery supplies, often without the
need to visit the counter. The first Post & Go machine was trialled in
The Galleries Post Office® in Bristol in 2008. The labels will be used
in Post & Go machines at Post Offices around the country, and from new
Royal Mail machines at Spring Stampex. The labels can be obtained with
6 different service indicators: 1st class up to 100g & 1st class Large
up to 100g, a dual-value Europe up to 20g/World up to 10g, Europe 100g,
Worldwide 20g, and Worldwide 100g. The stamps are dispensed singly or
in strips of up to 6 of the same value or various values.
From top left: Dover, Hong Kong, Sydney, Ha Long Bay, New
York, and Venice.
The UK is perhaps the best-connected island nation in the world, enjoying an
unparalleled range of air links, as well as a tunnel to Continental Europe.
Yet the British people also cherish sea travel – whether watching the White
Cliffs of Dover retreating at the start of a great adventure, catching a
first glimpse of the palaces of Venice or viewing a haunting Vietnamese
seascape. An open deck also provides the best way to arrive in cities such
as Hong Kong, New York and Sydney, whose iconic landmarks sharpen into focus
as seafarers approach
The stamps in detail
Dover - Ferries bind coastal
communities around the UK, but they also connect it to neighbouring
countries. As the layers of history at Dover Castle testify, the
south-eastern port of England has provided a crucial link with Europe for
Hong Kong -This energising
city-state offers a vision of the future. The next best thing to sailing
into Hong Kong aboard a cruise ship is to emulate the experience on the Star
Ferry, shuttling day and night across a superb natural harbour flanked by
Sydney - Australia’s largest city
crowns the natural blessing of a fine harbour with handsome structures that
reflect the connection with the Pacific. The Harbour Bridge beautifully
frames the waterside Opera House – its iconic shape echoing a scattering of
Ha Long Bay - Tucked just inside
the tropics, Ha Long Bay lies where the S-shaped nation of Vietnam curls
around to meet China. UNESCO has recognised this “spectacular seascape of
limestone pillars”, comprising 1,600 islands and islets, as a World Heritage
New York City - While New York City
is the hub of a nation that celebrates speed, the ideal way to see Manhattan
at its most majestic is sailing in at a dozen knots from the Atlantic Ocean,
as the thriving city and its high-rise structures slowly come into view.
Venice - A city born in the
maritime age remains supremely immune to modernity. Some of the world’s
greatest art resides in the churches and museums of Venice, but the real joy
is to drift between the palaces on the local water bus – the vaporetto.
Designed by Osborne Ross the six 56mm x 25mm stamps are printed in gravure
by International Security Printers, with two phosphor bars. The stamps
in the pack will have the service indicator and other detail printed in
gravure. Illustration is by Andy Tuohy; photography © Olivia Wilkes
All images are by kind permission of Royal Mail, Copyright 2015. This
website is copyright Norvic Philatelics 2015.
The labels will be used in Post & Go machines at Post Offices around
the country, and from the Royal Mail machines at Autumn Stampex.
Royal Mail will again produce a First Day Cover and official First Day
Postmarks for these stamps.
A mint set of 6 x 1st will also be available from Royal Mail's Tallents
House Bureau in a pack similar to a presentation pack (see right).
All values in the pack are 1st Class.
Postmarks available for the day of issue will be shown here. These
are not to scale. These postmarks cannot be obtained after the
date of issue.
| Ref FD1522TH Philatelic Bureau Official Postmark illustrated
with a map of the British Isles
| Ref FD1522PL Seaview first day postmark showing lifebelt.
|Ref FD1522NP Seaview non-pictorial first day postmark
Sea Travel, Sea View Rd,
St Margaret's at Cliffe, Dover
Post and Go - Sea Travel
|Reserved for later
Post and Go - Sea Travel
Post and Go - Sea Travel
Shipping Rd, Birmingham
Autumn Stampex Post & Go
Sea Travel First Day of Issue London N1
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11 September 2015
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