Saturday, December 6, 2014

Winter Fun Stamps

Here is a set of five PHQ cards showing the 1990 British Christmas stamps issued on 13 November 1990.

Building a Snowman, 17p

Fetching the Christmas Tree, 22p

Carol Singing, 26p

Tobogganing, 31p

Ice-skating, 37p

The subjects are Building a Snowman, Fetching the Christmas Tree, Carol Singing, Tobogganing (Sledding), and Ice Skating. Most of these subjects also appear on the 2014 British Christmas stamps shown here. In the 2014 series the sledding subject is replaced by "Posting Christmas Cards" (my favorite).


The title of this post "Winter Fun" comes from the USPS 2014 "Winter Fun" stamps which I bought in preference to the Christmas designs. These stamps were issued on October 23, 2014 as Forever® stamps in self-adhesive booklets of 20 (five of each design). This set also includes  ice skating and building a snowman as themes.

USPS described these as follows:
Winter days can be a wonderful time to appreciate the great outdoors with friends and loved ones. Drawing on nostalgic images of snowy childhoods, the Winter Fun stamps can be used not only to convey the joyful spirit of the holiday season and the new year, but also to send cheerful greetings for any occasion all winter long. Each stamp is sure to add a welcome splash of warmth to letters and cards during the year’s coldest months.

With four playful designs, Winter Fun celebrates some of the season’s most enjoyable activities: ice-skating, making snow angels, building snowmen, and bird-watching. The art for the ice-skaters design was painted with acrylic on plywood with a dry brush technique to give the illustration a textured, folk-art feel. The other three were all hand-sketched and then digitally manipulated.

This is a post for Sunday Stamps at Viridian's Postcard Blog


  1. I have received the British snowman, and I love it.
    And the snow angel is so nice! I'd like to receive it, I don't see a lot of snow during the winter...

  2. I remember reading somewhere that the illustrator of this years GB stamps is from the USA.

  3. I'm surprised to find that I do not have a single Christmas stamp from 1990. So far we have only received one (fetching the Xmas tree) this year. GB designs have deteriorated over the years as the Royal Mail seems determined to reduce the size of the stamps - while it puts up the cost.

  4. I usually only ever see the lower values of the GB Xmas stamps, but I find that they are 'around' for a bit too long, it seems a long 'wait' to a new issue in January.The US stamps look pretty, especially the cardinal.


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