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.
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
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.
|These postmarks were available for use on the day of issue.
| Ref W8738
| Ref E8763
Winter Robins, Christmas Common, Watlington
| Ref F8768
63rd Anniversary of RAF Coltishall [Norfolk], BFPS 2745
This page updated 6 October 2003 [7.2.05]
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