Wednesday, 12 June 2019

Next stamp issue, Curious Customs - 9 July 2019

Royal Mail's next special stamp issue is the Curious Customs set of eight, on 9 July 2019.  My understanding is that no details of these should be made available until later this month but they are already showing on at least one first day cover producer's website.

You can see the cover here.

The set consists of se-tenant pairs of 2nd class, 1st class and two airmail rate (£1.55 and £1.65).  Designs include Halloween, Cheese Rolling, Bog Snorkeling, and Up Helly Aa.  Locations include Brighton, Lerwick, Padstow, and Abbots Bromley.

More details later when we are permitted, which at present appears to be 2 July.


10 comments:

  1. I just do not understand why the cover producers can show these stamps on their websites but no one else can. Maybe it is because the stamps on the covers are no longer mint stamps.

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    1. There are two embargo dates set by RM for each issue, one for products (such as covers) and another for the stamps as an individual item. Here's looking ]forward to an equally uninspiring August!

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  2. Gurning! Ha! Wonder if I still have any Mr Grumpy stamps left - maybe would make a nice combo with the gurning plus additional postage for sending a letter to the US!

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  3. My Order Advice Note says that the total cost will be £9.37. P&P @ 45p presumably.
    However from the details supplied the total cost would seem to be £9.47.
    Thank you for the information Ian.

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    1. Anonymous, if you count the values ie 2 x 2nd @ 61p = 1.22, 2 x 1st @ 70p = 1.40, 2 @ 1.55 = 3.10, & 2 x 1.60 = 3.20 that adds up to £8.92 then add the P&P 45p = £9.37

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  4. Just when you think Royal Mail has scraped the bottom of the barrel, along comes this set of eight of the most hideous stamps I've ever had the misfortune to see.

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  5. Fired up by the sheer awfulness of this proposed issue I came across a comment of Sir Kenneth Clark who resigned from the Chairmanship of the Stamp Advisory Committee as long ago as 1965 saying, “There had been a change of outlook in the production of stamps with which I was not in sympathy .... I was afraid that the admission of pictorial stamps would lead to complete banality”. How he right he was.

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  6. I remember a few years back sending in some suggestions to Royal Mail. No response and none came to pass. An Post is quite happy to receive suggestions for stamps.

    This theme wasn't mentioned in the poll options RM had a couple of years ago. And although customs could be something to celebrate, they could have chosen some better ones. Maybe the London Marathon for charity, dressed in fancy dress (I wonder, has anyone ran it in a postbox costume?), the village fete, ....

    I know I am in the minority as a stamp user. I write a lot of letters and use the commemorative stamps. They do get talked about in letters. My penpals enjoy seeing the different stamps, and have tried to use the stamps I think they'd like (some penpals have children who are into comics or Marvel or Harry Potter...). As long as a stamp looks nice or is celebrating/commemorating something of importance/interest to me/my penfriends, I'm likely to buy the stamps to use.

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  7. These stamps look like as a child created them, they are pretty much bog standard as one stamp suggests, pardon the pun, not the most enchanted set for 2019, when I saw this set in the list at the beginning of the year, I was very hesitant and curious, again, sorry about the pun of where this set was going. Halloween I get but the rest seem pretty much odd could have had Guy Fawkes (Nov 5), May Day Bank Holiday which you could have had dancers dancing around a wooden pole, Haggis throwing LOL, Strawberries and cream which you would associate with summer, Easter Eggs and a bunny rabbit really that's the sort of things I was expecting from this set. There was so much scope to discover its a shame they were hardly stepped on.

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    1. Well, while I don't like them, I can't agree that 'Strawberries & cream, Easter Eggs...' etc would have been appropriate.

      These are regional cultural customs. Up Helly Aa for instance is a very serious long-standing Custom in Shetland, see https://www.uphellyaa.org/

      Bog Snorkleling, on the other hand, only goes back to 1976 - perhaps they could find anything else in Wales?

      Whilst The World Gurning Championship itself may not date back to 1267 when the Egremont Crab Festival with which it is associated started, it has certainly existed for 150 years and probably longer.

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