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Over the last 5 decades, Christmas stamps have been designed by some of the world’s best artists and designers, such as Quentin Blake and Raymond Briggs. The 2016 stamps are no exception having being visualised using paper cut-outs by artist Helen Musselwhite, and then photographed by Jonathan Beer. Out on 8 November 2016.
MR. MEN LITTLE MISS:
We’re delighted to mark the 45th anniversary of these iconic characters with an instantly recognisable Special Stamp issue that’s guaranteed to put a smile on your face. It features all of your favourites, and includes new illustrations by Roger Hargreaves’ son Adam in the Presentation Pack. Issued on 20 October 2016.
Crime writer and playwright Agatha Christie has been outsold only by Shakespeare and the Bible. So it’s fitting that we mark not just the centenary of her writing her first crime novel, but also the 40th Anniversary of her death with a stamp issue that’s full of intrigue. To add even more mystery, the six stamps contain hidden secrets in the form of microtext, UV ink and thermochromic ink. Issued on 15 September 2016.
The Great Fire of London:
In the early hours of Sunday 2 September 1666, fire broke out in a bakery on London's Pudding Lane eventually devouring more than 13,000 buildings including St. Paul's Cathedral.The stamp issue to mark its 350th anniversary re-tells its story in a graphic novel style, evoking the high drama of those days while ensuring a high degree of historical accuracy. Issued 2nd September 2016
Post & Go Stamps Ladybirds :
With winter on its way, our final Post & Go issue of the year looks at four British animals that will soon be hibernating to survive the cold weather when food is often scarce.
Released on 14 November 2016.
All three of the deeply symbolic poppy stamps from 2006, 2007 and 2008.
Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown is remembered as ‘the last of the great English 18th century artists to be accorded his due’ and ‘England’s greatest gardener.’ So we are delighted to present a stamp issue that features eight serenely beautiful images of Brown’s most notable works, and commemorates the 300th anniversary of his birth. Issued on 16 August 2016.
Born in 1866, Beatrix Potter created some of the world’s best-loved children’s characters, making her one of the most published authors in history. We are delighted to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the birth of Beatrix Potter with six Special Stamps and a Miniature Sheet featuring her beloved illustrations. Issued 28 July 2016
The First World War 1916:
Our five-year commemoration of the First World War has now reached its mid point, as we recall the events of 1916. Like the rest of this epic series, the events of 1916 are explored through a set of beautifully crafted stamps following six themes: Poppy, Poetry, Portraits, War Art, Memorials and Artefacts. Issued 21 June 2016
Pink Floyd’s spacey sonic landscapes quickly made them the ‘house band’ of the London Underground movement of music and arts in the mid-1960s. We are delighted to mark this with a Special Stamp issue that celebrates both the visual and musical originality that always set Pink Floyd apart. Issued 7 July 2016
Animail features our most interactive stamps since 2003’s Fun Fruit and Veg. Designed to bring a smile even before the envelope is opened, this playful Stamp issue is fantastic fun for everyone. Issued on 17 May 2016.
HM The Queen's 90th Birthday:
Here in the UK, joyous celebrations are expected for the 90th birthday of Her Majesty The Queen; a significant occasion that Royal Mail is proud to celebrate with this very regal Stamp issue. Date issued 21 April 2016.