Monday, 8 January 2018

Centenary of Women's Suffrage - Votes for Women

Royal Mail have released the designs for the Women's Suffrage Centenary issue in the January Philatelic Bulletin.

Although the pictures are monochrome, the stamp captions are highlighted in purple and green, colours used by the Women's Suffrage Movement.  These will be issued on 15 February at Spring Stampex and nationwide at 7,500 Post Office branches.


More details later on our website.


10 comments:

  1. One or two stamps would have been enough...

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  2. Is there any logic to the choice of values? I notice this has 2nd class again (like Ladybird books did) whereas Racehorse Legends had £1.17 instead.

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  3. I can never understand why the Post Office issues so few £1.17 stamps. Lots of foreign tourists still like to send a postcard home, and it looks much nicer with an attractive stamp on it. And families abroad receiving cards with a nice stamp may have a collector who will then go on to seek out and purchase other stamps from that country.

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    1. I remember when Presentation Packs went 1st, 2nd, E ... Whatever happened to E? Maybe RM thought they were losing too much if f'r example a shopkeeper selling postcards in a tourist area stocked up in advance and made a profit selling on.

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  4. They don't show all the vandalism and burning buildings these women created.

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    1. When reason and argument have achieved nothing over many years it is understandable that that their desperation and frustration led some of the campaigners to resort to such direct action.

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  5. Two thought-provoking comments, but I'll limit the amount of political discussion here.
    Not much more, folks!

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  6. In terms of its profile on national news programmes as well as its historic significance this is quite an important issue and you might think that the stamps would be freely available at large post offices if nowhere else.

    I went to buy my set at probably the most important post office in Birmingham,The UK's second city, situated at Pinfold Street off Victoria Square, a day after it was said to have been issued and had to wait some time while the very helpful counter clerk disappeared into a back office to track down the supply of the stamps, or perhaps get them out of a safe,

    To buy a single new set took about 10 minutes (not including the waiting time to make it to the counter in the first place). If this is the same across the country, it seems to me that the general public has little chance of seeing and using these stamps which is a great pity. Surely, with a bit of effort, Royal Mail can encourage The Post Office to give these special issues more prominence and make them more easily obtainable. Or perhaps not.

    But if they're not easily available even at large post office counters to be used for postage then their status as POSTAGE stamps just has to be questioned.

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    1. Sad. I have no doubt that they have been readily available in Dereham’s crown office since a Thursday, with at least one presentation pack prominently displayed at the counter.

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