Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Autumn stamp programme from Royal Mail - Generic Smilers and Commemorative Sheets

Several collectors have remarked that so far 2014 has had no Generic Smilers Sheets and very few Commemorative Sheets.  We can now complete the programme for the rest of the year - special postmarks (if any) for all sheets except Christmas will be shown here as they are announced.

16 October 2014 Commemorative Sheet - Donald Campbell.

It is 50 years since Donald Campbell became the first person to set both water and land speed records in the same year.

Containing 10 x First Class Union Flag stamps, the Commemorative Sheet is packed with key information, images and photos including;
- a timeline of Donald Campbell’s achievements up to and including the Water Speed Record at Lake Dumbleyung, Australia in 1964;
- a summary of his early life and business career prior to becoming a speed record breaker plus a short feature on his father, Sir Malcolm Campbell;
- Technical details of the Bluebird CN7 car and Bluebird K7 boat he developed with Leo Villa for his attempts on the Water Speed Record (WSR) and Land Speed Record (LSR).
- A log of the speeds recorded for both the Bluebird CN7 and Bluebird K7 and where and when they were achieved.


UPDATE  6 October
Two special postmarks have been produced in connection with this anniversary Commemorative Sheet.



13234 can be obtained from the London Special Handstamp Centre, and 13243 from the North of England SHC in South Shields.  (Images from the Royal Mail Postmark Bulletin with permission)
Postmarks are actually dated 16th October.

4 November 2014 Christmas Generic Sheet - postmarks for this issue will be on the website.

The self-adhesive sheet contains 8 x 2nd class, 8 x 1st class, 2 x £1.28 and 2 x £1.47 making two complete sets (unlike last year's sheet which had a £2.15 as well, and only one complete set: Royal Mail do listen to comments!)


11 November 2014 World War I Christmas Truce Commemorative Sheet

The Christmas Truce is seen as a symbolic moment of peace and humanity amidst one of the most violent events in modern history. This Commemorative Sheet explores the events that led to the truce, the activities - decorating the trenches with candles, carol singing, exchanging of gifts and the games of football - supported by eyewitness accounts, from both sides, newspaper articles and artefacts.

The 1914 Christmas Truce began on Christmas Eve along the British and German lines around Ypres, Belgium.  The impulse to celebrate the holiday season has been traced to several theories. Among these was the fact that the war was only four months old and the level of animosity between the ranks was not as high as it would be later. This was complimented by sense of shared discomfort as the early trenches lacked amenities and were prone to flooding. Also, the landscape, aside from the newly dug trenches, still appeared relatively normal, with fields and intact villages all of which contributed to a degree of civilization to the proceedings.


UPDATE; 4 November
Special postmarks will be available on the day this anniversary Commemorative Sheet is issued.




Ref 13241 will be available from the Midland SHC in Birmingham.  13265-7 will be in use at London SHC at Mount Pleasant.  Please note these images are not to scale.


19 November 2014 Lunar New Year - Year of the Sheep Generic Sheet

The fourth in the series, following on from the 2014 Year of the Horse sheet in 2013, Year of the Snake sheet in 2013 and Year of the Dragon sheet in 2012. The sheet features 20 Firework stamps from the Smilers range alongside the five elemental Sheep types Water, Wood, Fire, Earth & Metal, celebrations of Chinese communities from around the UK and imagery associated with the celebrations



UPDATE 4 November
The postmark shown will be in use on 19 November at the London SHC, Mount Pleasant.

1 December 2014 Kuala Lumpur 2014 FIP Exhibition Sheet

This will be the first time Malaysia will have hosted an FIP exhibition and to commemorate the show Royal Mail will issue an Exhibition Sheet on the opening day of show which runs from 1st to 6th December 2014 at Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre. The Exhibition Stamp Sheet will feature 20 iconic images relating to the country, including the Convention Centre in which the exhibition is being held, alongside 20 ‘Hello’ 1st Class stamps.



21 comments:

  1. I see from the Christmas sheet that the long established postcode for children to write to Father Christmas (SAN 1TA) has been replaced with XM4 5HQ

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    1. This Postcode was used last year as well. The Daily Telegraph has an article on it dated 5 Dec 2013 (see http://www.telegraph.co.uk/topics/christmas/10494193/Who-answers-all-the-letters-sent-to-Father-Christmas.html)

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  2. The Royal Mail's delay in allowing the Christmas Stamps to be shown has taken the edge of it this year. It has always been the start of my Christmas countdown but this year, with just 4 weeks until the release date it seems a bit flat! In order to build up anticipation for the stamps, surely you need to entice? Sad really that this year we are not getting to see the stamps until virtually the week they're released! Great updates on everything as usual though Ian. Greatly appreciated.

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  3. The designs were on the latest stock list at Stampex and they certainly aren't anything special.

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    1. Yes, I've seen them now. They are available to see across other stamp collecting websites!

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    2. Please put some links here - no reason why nit!

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    3. There is one link: The Royal Mail link. It works on my new laptop but not on my old one! Perhaps it might work on yours. But if you click onto Christmas under the stamp that displays people posting Christmas Cards, you might get to see it!
      http://www.royalmail.com/personal/stamps-collectibles-gifts/stamp-calendar

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    4. "Might" - it would have been better to have followed that up, because it only goes here > http://shop.royalmail.com/stamps/issue-by-issue/icat/cat158 and there is no mention of the Christmas 2014 stamps.

      So, the only reference is a paragraph on the Calendar page, which I have now copied to this blog entry.

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    5. Meanwhile, the USPS, which has a BLOG of its own (wake up Royal Mail) has shown Rudolph on the first of its Christmas Stamps http://uspsstamps.com/blog/2014/9/29

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  4. If you look at the Royal mail Stocklist sent out recently the top of the front cover shows the miniature sheet with all 7 of the stamps. Stuart

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  5. Personally, i'm not a fan of Christmas stamps; and after seeing this year's offering, i'm even less of a fan than before.

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    1. Yes. They're a bit desperate aren't they? It's like they've run out of ideas. The original plan for this year's Christmas stamps were images of Winter evergreens. That hasn't been the subject since 2002.

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    2. Original plan? Original when?

      I saw the current Christmas images at Spring Stampex in February (yes, that shows how long they have had the designs and how long I have had to keep shtum about them!)

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  6. Perhaps the poster is referring to the Fastamp Kiosk issues? These feature winter greenery? possibly just a misunderstanding?

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  7. The Christmas stamp set can be found in the latest edition of the Bulletin which I received yesterday in the post, they look great.

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  8. Thanks - excellent for both preview and unannounced developments as usual!
    But please could you add "Generic sheet" to your main 2014 listing for the Year of the Sheep. I had been expecting a new set of stamps then until that issue was finally linked to your blog!
    Ian (a different one!)

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  9. Is it me or is the Christmas Truce Commemorative Sheet missing from the Royal Mail site?

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    1. Here's the page on the RM website: http://www.royalmail.com/personal/stamps-collectibles-gifts/look-forward-into-2014

      But it isn't on the shop pages yet.

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    2. Strange - if you google it there is an entry in google's cache - http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:TPC485ArzPgJ:shop.royalmail.com/commemorative-sheets/commemorative-sheet-1914-christmas-truce/invt/20141106+&cd=1&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=uk

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  10. Re the 'Year of the Sheep' issue: I have this item and always like to do a 'write-up' sheet to accompany these Generic sheets in my album. For all previous Lunar New Year sheets I have been able to write about the stamps and their attached labels but for this one I have been unable to find anywhere with a list of the five labels in the right side column which Royal Mail state to be 'Icons including lanterns' and which you list above as 'imagery associated with the celebrations'. Are you able to tell me please the subjects shown on these 5 labels?

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    1. Sorry, there was no information from Royal Mail - you could ask them direct at philatelic_enquiries@royalmail.com

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