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Catalogue code: VA284
Classic Scottish cartoon strips Oor Wullie and The Broons celebrate 80 hilarious years in 2016 and Royal Mail is marking this mirthful milestone with two limited edition Stamp Sheets presented in specially designed folders dedicated to the world-famous funnies.
The Sheets, produced in collaboration with strip publishers DC Thomson & Co. Ltd, are released in a limited edition of 10,000 on 8 March. Each Sheet contains imagery of the characters set fittingly next to ten First Class Scottish Saltire stamps, as well as renowned sayings synonymous with the cartoons that first appeared in the Sunday Post newspaper on 8 March 1936.
The official tartan of each is reproduced on the front of the folder while inside you can read the background story to the lovable comic series as well as view illustrations of extracts published over the past 80 years. The back of each folder contains the first strip printed in the Sunday Post.
The Broons family, billed as the ‘happy family that makes every family happy’, lives at 10 Glebe Street in the fictional Scottish town of Auchentogle, and comprises the following members:
Maw The formidable mother of eight who has to run every aspect of the Broon household we well as keeping her husband Paw in check.
Paw He is working man who occasionally tries to keep enough of his wages back for a bit of ‘baccy’ (tobacco) and a bet on the horses.
Granpaw lives in a cottage near Glebe Street but when he is not with his family he can be found sitting on a park bench with his cronies or on his allotment.
Hen The eldest son, a lanky lad who rarely gets the girl.
Joe The good-looking and sporty one who loves boxing.
HoraceThe brains of the family, a bookish and bespectacled teenage schoolboy forever trying to learn French or poetry.
Daphne She always play second fiddle to her beautiful sister Maggie on double dates, but every now and again strikes it lucky when the dates get mixed up and she gets Maggie’s man.
Maggie The gorgeous, glamorous daughter with blonde hair and fashionable clothing.
The Twins The boys are usually referred to collectively, with the exception of Granpaw who calls them ‘ae twin’ and ‘the ither twin’.
The Bairn The youngest at seven years of age, she is a smaller version of Maw, who points out the foolishness of the male Broons.
All the Broon family members are shown on the folder, which also includes reproductions of original illustrations from various years.