Norvic Philatelics - Great Britain stamps and special postmarks

Smilers for Christmas - 30 September 2003

Self-adhesive sheet of 20 stamps with semi-perforated adjoined labels
The robin cartoon stamps were were first issued for Christmas 2001. Now the design is used for the first self-adhesive Smilers TM stamps. As is usual when stamps are made available for personalisation, Royal Mail has produced a sheet for collectors, which is sold at a premium over face value.

sheet of 20 stamps with attached labels and decorative borders Click here for larger picture (64k).
The labels tell a story of robins and the snowman: the robins add the hat, scarf & gloves (shown on the sheet borders), and fly away to the bird-table decorated with mistletoe. At the end, Santa Claus or Father Christmas, bursts out of the snowman!

enlargement showing 'interrupted' die-cut perforations (circled) which are designed to enable the stamp and label to be lifted from the backing sheet 'as one' Until now, with conventionally gummed Smilers stamps, the labels have been attached by perforations. In self-adhesive sheets, the stamps are all separate and the labels would, therefore, also be separate.

Contrary to what we originally thought, there are die-cut 'perforations' between the stamp and label, but these are interrupted to ensure that the labels do not automatically separate from the stamps - See right

Technical details:
Sheets - following the take-over of the House of Questa these are printed by De La Rue in litho as are all Personalised sheets. The original stamps were printed by De La Rue in gravure.

Postmark images are taken from Royal Mail's Postmark Bulletin, and are Copyright 2003 by Royal Mail.

Norvic Exclusive First Day Covers

We have produced an exclusive cover for this issue, as shown here. There are no Royal Mail FDCs for these stamps.
All covers have a single stamp and label with a choice of three postmarks. The price of these covers is 3.95 each.
Mint sheet - Price on request

All prices exclude postage & packing. All enquiries and for prices in foreign currencies - please email us.

These postmarks were available for use on the day of issue.
 robin   robin on signpost Squadron badge: thunderbolts held above a castle tower
Ref W8738
Bethlehem, Llandeilo
Ref E8763
Winter Robins, Christmas Common, Watlington
Ref F8768
63rd Anniversary of RAF Coltishall [Norfolk], BFPS 2745
Norvic Philatelics exclusive Winter Robins FDC

This page updated 6 October 2003 [7.2.05]
2003 stamp issues
14 January Birds of Prey 21 January Flowers Greetings Stamps Smilers Sheet 4 February Occasions/Greetings stamps and Smilers sheet 25 February Medical Science - DNA & Genome 4 March Hello SA booklet & Wales 1st reprint
25 March Fun Fruit & Vegetables 27 March New definitives, SA airmail booklets of 40gr stamps 29 April Extreme Endeavours 6 May 34p definitives 20 May Wilding II miniature sheet
28 May Wales 2nd class, 1st class gold reprints 2 June - 50th Anniversary of the Coronation 17 June Prince William of Wales 1 July High Value Definitive reprints 15 July British Journey - Scotland
29 July Cartoons Smilers Sheet 12 August Pub Signs - Europa 18 September Transports of Delight - toys 30 September - Christmas Robin Smilers Sheet 7 October 250th Anniv. of British Museum
13 October Reprints of Country Stamps 4 November Christmas: Ice Sculptures 18 December England World Cup - Rugby Winners