Monday, January 21, 2013

Best of Times at the Post Office

Through the miracle Etsy, I ordered som vintage cards and they made their way to me all the way from London! I loved the packaging about as much as the cards, including the great David Copperfield Stamp.
I did a little Googling, and last May, Royal Mail released a set of 10 stamps showcasing iconic Dickens characters, including Mr Bumble from Oliver Twist, Mr Micawber from David Copperfield and Captain Cuttle from Dombey and Son. Six of the stamps feature original illustrations adapted from Character Sketches from Charles Dickens, originally published around 1890.

2012 was the bicentennial of Dickens' birth, and several countries chose to honor the famous novelist including Ascension Island who released a set of four Christmas Carol stamps in December.

Dickens' has been on envelopes before however, his work appearing  on three previous stamp issues– Literary Anniversaries (1970), 150th Anniversary of A Christmas Carol, (Christmas 1993) and Musicals (Oliver! 2011).
Time to write more letters people—the world needs to share these stamps!

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