Tuesday, 10 May 2016

755. World War I Memorial Features On BFPO Post And Go.

  The "Post And Go" kiosk, M001, at the BFPO Headquarters at RAF Northolt (see Blog 750) has been dispensing from early May a new stamp - a second class value with an added illustration which depicts a replica of the statue "Letter to an aunknown Soldier" or "Letter from Home" by Charles Sargeant Jagger, a Sheffield sculptor, which is placed outside the BFPO Headquarters. Presumably in time this logo will also be used on the First class values.
  The original bronze statue is sited at Paddington Railway Statue and is officially called the Great Western Railway War Memorial so, in a way, this stamp is of interest to collectors of railway stamps.

  I like this item as it is dispensed from a kiosk serving a genuine postal need and find it to be very interesting. Rating:- *****.
  See also Blog 499D.

  "Post and Go" kiosks situated at the 4 Royal Navy museums will dispense labels with additional inscriptions applied to them (Union Flag and Machin Head designs) which commemorate the Centenary of the Battle of Jutland. These will be dispensed from 31 May to 30 June 2016.

  Meanwhile Guernsey Post "Post and Go" kiosk GG02 situated at Envoy House in St. Peter Port will dispense strips of "Guernsey Flag" stamps inscribed "HM The Queen Happy 90th Birthday" from 6 to 30 June 2016.

  Jersey Post issued a £14.98 "Prestige booklet" on 21 April 2016 as part of its issue which commemorated the 90th Birthday of Queen Elizabeth II. This was in addition to the 10 value commemorative set it also issued which had a sale price of £7.49p (see Blog 733). The total cost of the issue therefore is the large sum of £22.47p. Rating:- 0.

  Isle of Man Post Office will issue 4 stamps, each with the surprisingly high face values of £1.24, on 23 May 2016 to commemorate the Olympic Games to be held in Rio De Janeiro in a few weeks time. The total cost will be £4.96 but collectors will also have the pleasure of spending a further £4.96 to buy a sheetlet containing the same 4 stamps. I am not aware that Isle Of Man will be sending its own team to the Olympic Games. Rating:- 0.

  Recently on sale on an Internet auction site were some commercial covers from Uganda on which were placed some commemorative stamps which I have not seen previously. The covers were dated 2016 and seem to commemorate the visit of Pope Francis to Uganda which took place in 2015. Four stamps in all were depicted on the covers. Each stamp includes a small Ugandan flag in its design and the set looks very much as though it is a local issue rather than the sort of stuff which emanates from one of the foreign philatelic agencies which Posta Uganda has used in the past. Presumably we will see unused examples of these stamps coming on to the philatelic market in the future. Rating:- *****.


  1. The Jersey Post Prestige Booklet for the Queen's 90th birthday is actually interesting for the number of mistakes it contains. It is written that:
    "Prince Andrew was born on 19 February 1960, followed by Prince Edward two years later on 10 March 1964". Prince Edward was born four years after Prince Andrew, not two. The page about the 1980's implies that the Queen's first grandchildren Peter and Zara were born in this decade but Peter was actually born in 1977. It is also written that Prince William was born on 21 July 1982. He was actually born on 21 June. There is also a little spelling mistake about "the marriage ceremony of the Queen's first son, Princes [sic] Charles to Lady Diana Spencer".
    Being a Frenchwoman, I was also surprised to read in the presentation pack that the 60p stamp depicts "Princess Elizabeth with her fiancée, Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten". Fiancée is a feminine word so Princess Elizabeth was the fiancée while Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten was the fiancé.

    1. Dear Samar, thank you for your very interesting comment. I fear that the policy of issuing scores of philatelic products per year which Jersey Post seems to be following inevitably leads to poorly designed and poorly researched items being placed on the philatelic market. You seem to have identified a surprisingly large number of errors which reflect poor research and the spelling mistakes are unforgivable in such expensive products. Thank you for pointing this out to me. Very best wishes.