Carina proves that she knows me well with every piece of mail art she sends my way. A while ago I shared my 'Art Space' on Vizma's group, and told of how my husband and I have been staying with family for a while, and are dying for our own place again.

Carina sent a choice of new homes for me, lovingly made with doors that open to reveal hidden messages. I absolutely love it, and it's extremely thoughtful, thank you Carina. It really made me smile :D

I also love the vintage stamps that I found hidden inside the package - 17 beautiful stamps, most of which are vintage British (from the 50s I think). Wow, Carina, where did you get them? I don't think I've ever seen any before, but I showed them to my mum and she gave a little smile. THANK YOU! x

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Comment by Valentine Mark Herman on July 20, 2012 at 1:15pm

The UK postage definitive stamps are known as 'Wildings', 'cos they were designed by Dorothy Wilding. They were in circulation from 1952 (when Liz came to the Throne) to 1967 when they were replaced by 'Machin' stamps (after Albert Machin) that are still in use today.

Val

(Boring British stamp facts from Val:

i) Britain was the first country to introduce stamps, in 1840. Then there was no need for the name of the country to appear on the stamps -- there were no other issuing countries. To this day, no GB stamp has ever had the name of the country on it -- by special disposition of the IPU

ii) I think this is still the case... no living person is allowed to be on a GB stamp, except for the Queen  (or Sovereign) of course

iii) Liz refuses to have the Machin head changed on her stamps -- either the small 'logo' on commemorartives or the Machin head on definitives. That means that the image of her used on stamps today is almost 50 years old

iv) the Machine head has been used on stamps (in Commonwealth countries as well as GB) billions of times; Over 400 billion times, I seem to recall, making it the most widely used image ever.

God Save the Queen...and stamp bores)

Comment by Carina on July 20, 2012 at 11:33am

Ok  :)

Comment by Sarah Churchill on July 20, 2012 at 10:55am

Yes, the Queen appears on every stamp, whatever the value. If it's a special stamp, with pretty artwork or photographs, then the queen's head will be silhouetted in the corner. She's always there! :)

Comment by Carina on July 20, 2012 at 10:18am

Thanks Sarah! There's a house waiting for you... somewhere..

I bought the stamps in a antique & junk store in nearest town, UK seems to have their queen on every stamp (?)!

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