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Agatha Christie Special Stamps

Marking 100 years since Agatha Christie wrote her first crime novel

We're celebrating the life and work of the Queen of Crime on the centenary of her writing her first published novel and the creation of Hercule Poirot.

This exceptional set of Special Stamps depict key scenes and characters from six iconic novels including Murder on the Orient Express.

• Gift the Agatha Christie Stamp Souvenir
• Collect the Presentation Pack written by Mathew Prichard, Agatha Christie's grandson
Discover the mysterious elements hidden in the six Special Stamps

New Agatha Christie stamps deliver hidden clues

The six stamps are devoted to classic Christie mysteries, including her debut The Mysterious Affair at Styles, which Christie began writing 100 years ago at the age of 26, and another Hercule Poirot mystery, Murder on the Orient Express – appropriately enough a first class stamp. Each design includes microtext, UV ink and thermochromic ink. These concealed clues can be revealed using either a magnifying glass, UV light or body heat and and provide pointers to the mysteries’ solutions.



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New Star Wars stamps - in pictures

The Royal Mail are issuing a new set of 18 first-class stamps celebrating the Star Wars movies. They will be on sale from October 20, featuring a scene or character from the first six films and three from the new release, Star Wars: the Force Awakens.




The Star Wars™:Stamp Collection


Hollywood v heritage on Ireland’s rocky outcrop where monks once trod


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Presented in an unusual vertical se-tenant format, the Mint Stamps depict ten iconic scenes and characters.

The White Rabbit Second Class The legendary rabbit in a hurry takes Alice on an extraordinary journey that changes her life forever. On the stamp she is shown in hot pursuit of the White Rabbit – and adventure – away from a sunny but boring day by the river with her sister.

Down The Rabbit Hole Alice Second Class chases the strange creature into a rabbit hole but an ordinary everyday burrow this is not. Soon the little girl is floating down, down a deep chasm past walls smothered in bookshelves, pictures and maps.

Drink Me First Class At the bottom Alice glimpses a charming garden she can see beyond a tiny door she is too big to go through. She finds a bottle of potion with a painted label imploring ‘drink me’. Alice drinks, then shrinks, but now is too small to fetch the key for the door she found on a table. She eventually reaches the ‘shores’ of Wonderland by swimming away through a pool of her tears formed when the Eat Me cakes grew her.

The White Rabbit’s House First Class The White Rabbit mistakes Alice for his maid and sends her to his house to fetch his gloves and fan. After drinking from another bottle, she grows enormous, and is cramped to the rafters of the Rabbit’s tiny home. After eating a magic cake, Alice shrinks again and is able to escape.

The Cheshire Cat 81p With an ever-present, all knowing grin, the Cheshire cat lounges on the branch of a tree and explains that everyone in Wonderland is mad, pointing Alice in the direction of two of its leading lunatics – the Hatter and the March Hare. Then, tail-first, the Cat incrementally vanishes, leaving his grin hanging eerily in the air.

A Mad Tea Party 81p Alice suffers a bewildering tea party with the Hatter, the Hare and the much-abused Dormouse, who is used as a cushion then dunked in the teapot. The Hatter offers her wine he does not have and asks her a riddle he has no answer to.

The Queen Of Hearts £1.28 Alice meets Wonderland’s most dangerous resident, the murderous Queen of Hearts – motto: ‘Off with his/her/their head(s)’ – and almost immediately faces execution by being cheeky. Alice is saved only by her own stubborn courage and the King of Hearts’ gentle intervention.

The Game Of Croquet £1.28 Unsurprisingly it is bonkers. The mallets are flamingos, the balls are hedgehogs and the hoops are the Queen’s soldiers gamely bending themselves in two. Alice finds the game rather a challenge, since all the equipment has a habit of moving about of its own accord.

Alice’s Evidence £1.47Alice is called to give evidence in the trial of the Knave of Hearts, accused of stealing the Queen of Hearts’ tarts. Needless to say, the hearing is a farce. When the Queen demands sentencing first and verdict second, Alice loses her patience, saying: ‘Who cares for you? You’re nothing but a pack of cards!’

A Pack Of Cards £1.47 Alice’s accusation breaks the spell of Wonderland. The courtiers rise as a pack of simple playing cards and fly at her alarmingly. Alice wakes on the riverbank, the cards merely dead leaves her sister is brushing from her face. Alice reveals her dream before running in for tea. Her sister then has her own dream of Alice’s future, as a grown woman telling little children of the adventure in Wonderland she had long ago.

Special Stamps Technical Specifications
Design Godfrey Design
Stamp format /size Square 35mm x 35mm
Printer International Security Printers
Print process Lithography
Perforation 14.5 x 14.5
Phosphor Bars as appropriate
Number per sheet 30/60

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The stamps in detail
2nd Class - 1863 Metropolitan Railway Opens
A contemporary lithograph of a steam locomotive on the Metropolitan line near Paddington Station.

2nd Class – 1898 Tunnelling Below London Streets
Railway construction workers, known as Navvies, shown excavating a ‘deep cut’ tube tunnel.

1st Class – 1911 Commute from the Suburbs
A carriage of Edwardian ladies and gentlemen illustrated on their commute to work from the suburbs.

1st Class – 1934 Boston Manor Art Deco Station
Suburban expansion of the Piccadilly Lines in the 1920s and 30s led to the construction of many iconic art deco stations.

£1.28 – 1938 Classic Rolling Stock
The classic trains introduced on the tube’s deep cut lines in 1938 became a London icon.

£1.28 – 1999 Jubilee Line at Canary Wharf
Designed by Sir Norman Foster Canary Wharf Station is one of the most recent additions to the Underground network.

1st Class London Underground Posters
Reproductions of three classic London Underground Posters: Golders Green (1908) by an unknown artist 1908; By Underground to fresh air (1915) by Maxwell Armfield; Summer Sales (1925) by Mary Koop.

77p London Underground Posters
Reproductions of three classic London Underground Posters: For the Zoo (1921) by Charles Paine; Power (1931) by Edward McKnight-Kauffer and The seen (1948) by James Fitton.

87p London Underground Posters
Reproductions of three classic London Underground Posters: A train every 90 seconds (1937) by Abram Games; Thanks to the Underground (1935) by Zero (Hans Schleger) and Cut travelling time, Victoria Line (1969) by Tom Eckersley.

£1.28 London Underground Posters
Reproductions of three classic London Underground Posters: The London Transport Collection (1975) by Tom Eckersley; London Zoo (1976) by Abram Games and The Tate Gallery by Tube (1987) by David Booth (Fine White Line Design).


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Great British Fashion


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Royal Mail is going down on the farm in 2012 with its new series of Post and Go stamps. British Farm Animals is the first in a series of three issues that will explore some of the many traditional breeds of sheep, cattle and pigs to be found on farms in the UK. Post & Go terminals allow customers to weigh their letters and packets, pay for and print postage labels and stamps without the need to visit the counter. The first Post & Go machine was trialled in The Galleries Post Office® in Bristol in 2008.

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