Wednesday 29 April 2020

More Language Variants on PO/RM material

When I wrote about the different languages and logos used on Recorded Delivery labels I had overlooked other more obvious material seen in Post Offices for which there are language variants.

So my thanks to BM for sending these examples of Post Office A4 posters advertising new stamp issues - remember them?

The first is for the new pictorial Wales Country Definitives (or regionals as we used to call them).  These were an innovation in the UK when launched in 1989, and word was that it took a long time to determine which national symbols should be used - something which delayed the issue of the Northern Ireland stamps until 2001.

This, of course, is bilingual in line with the Welsh Language Act of 1967.  The posters advertising the Scotland stamps were in English only, although the Scottish crown replaced the one used elsewhere.

For some reason this poster advertising the 1997 Flowers Greetings stamps was also issued with the Scottish crown.  Although this doesn't show the date of issue, it must have been prepared in advance for the sale as it was printed in 1996.


You can see more posters, including Welsh language ones here.

My thanks to Paul Jones for this image of a press-sheet of new issue posters.  This poster advertises the 2003 British Pub Signs issue.  The fourth poster on the top row is in Welsh.   I don't think any of the others has the Scottish crown, although it is difficult to be sure from the image.  It would be easy to produce all three versions on the 8-up sheet, leaving six for England.


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