Saturday, November 19, 2016

Christmas 2016 – Royal Mail First Day Cover

The newest Royal Mail First Day Cover collection is dedicated to the festive period, entitled ‘Christmas 2016.’ It is also an opportunity to celebrate 50 years of Christmas stamps. The idea of producing stamps with a Christmas theme has been suggested long before the Postmaster General, Anthony Wedgwood Benn, took steps to make them a reality. Through the Post Office, he organised a design competition for children aged up to 15, which attracted 5,000 entries.

The Christmas stamps have included Christian, and secular collections. The first fully secular Christmas stamps in 1968, showing children inscribed with the festive phrase ‘Happy Christmas.’ Since then, designs of a non-religious nature have featured Christmas decorations by leading stamp designer Jeffery Matthews, carol signing, robins, Christmas traditions, pantomime characters and some illustrated scenes by Quentin Blake from Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. Over the last 25 years, some of the world’s best artists and designers have continued to capture the very essence of Christmas with an array of memorable designs.

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