It's been some years since Royal Mail abandoned all attempts to get Post Office Ltd to advertise new stamp issues in branches. There simply isn't enough space for an A4 poster among all the adverts for Holiday Money, Car Insurance, Current Accounts and other financial products.
Imagine my surprise, then, to find a change of tack in our village branch this morning. I suppose I should not have been surprised given that Royal Mail want to maximise their income from this issue, but it was still a pleasant surprise.
Our branch had one A4-size (approx) single-sided stand-up card:
and one double-sided A5 (approx):
As you can see, the A4 shows the Rey stamp, and the A5 shows Rey on one side and Finn on the other.
Are these the only designs, or would it be possible to collect a set of 12!?
UPDATE: two reports of other similar material. Larger offices have free-standing 2m-high advertising material, probably similar to that used for the Andy Murray miniature sheet. There is also a double-side window sticker, which has adhesive on one side. This was reported from a Scottish island.
UPDATE 27 October:
I understand that some similar material has been listed on the eBay auction site, and that the sellers have been contacted by another eBay user (with zero feedback) claiming to represent Royal Mail's lawyers, and demanding that the listings be terminated. These are apparently genuine, although eBay has a well-established procedure (VeRO) for dealing with intellectual property infringement. It seems that the only reason for this demand is that the posters were not supposed to be sold or given to members of the public, rather than any actual copyright infringement.
Perhaps somebody should have told employees of Post Office Ltd that these should have been destroyed if not used. Perhaps Royal Mail would have more credibility on this if they had taken similar action over the thousands of posters for stamp issues over the past 30 years or more that are in collections, listed on eBay, and the subject of a catalogue by a well known dealer in Presentation Packs and PHQ Cards.
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