2021 Faroe Islands stamps list

2021 Faroe Islands stamps list

2021 Faroe Islands stamps start the year by celebrating 150 years of Postal History on the Islands and Denmark. The year will also see a couple stamps for bird collectors. Fourteen subjects have been announced as well as photos for most of the issues. Some of the upcoming topics include:

  • 150 years of postal history
  • Transplanted – immigration stories
  • PUFFINS!
  • Royal Visit in the Faroe Islands in 1921 –
  • C. Z. Slania 100 Years
  • Christmas

Seeing all the Postal anniversaries around the world this year gives me an idea for a new niche to collect – Post Office Anniversaries. Or History of Mail Delivery on stamps.

If you collect Danish stamps, this year will be fun to get. The stamps are beautiful and tap into a rich vein of Island history and landmarks. Don’t forget to check back periodically for updates on stamp information. If I gather more info on the designers, I’ll drop extra information in.

2021 Faroe Islands stamps January

2021 Faroe Islands - 150 years of postal history

150 Years of Postal Service

150 years of Postal History

Special post mark for Torshavn Post office

Special post mark for Torshavn Post office

Two anniversaries in one – the 150th anniversary of the Danish Postal Services Act (1871) and the 45th anniversary of Faroe Island takeover of the Danish postal administration within Faroe Islands.

This year the Faroe Islands will celebrate two postal related anniversaries. The first is the 150th anniversary of the Danish Postal Service’s Postal Act of 7 January 1871, when the Faroe Islands became a part of the Danish postal area for the first time.

The second is the 45th anniversary of the Faroe Islands’ takeover of the Faroese branch of the Danish postal administration. On 1 April 1976, Postverk Føroya, later Posta, was established and became responsible for mail deliveries in the Faroe Islands, as well as the issuing of Faroese postage stamps.

See Stamps.fo for a great writeup on the history behind the stamp.

We have chosen to celebrate the two anniversaries with an anecdotal look back in time at fragments of Faroese postal history. These little tales are told on a souvenir sheet containing three stamps.

Three stamps on a mini sheet (aka mini sheet), first day cancel, FDC + sheetlet

Designer: Kári við Rættará
Kári við Rættará previously designed the 2020 stamp British Field Post Offices in the Faroe Islands.

Release date: Jan 7, 2021

2021 Faroe Islands February

Scan of Faroe Island souvenir sheet of 6 stamps

Transplanted – immigration stories

Transplanted – immigration stories

Six stamps, a souvenir sheet + two posters

Joel Cole, a Faroese American, celebrates the immigrant experience, both as a universal element of
the human story and through the particulars of his own life

Designer: Joel Cole

Release date: February 19, 2021

Two stamps showing Faroe Islands

Faroe Island villages Kirkja & Hattarvík

Villages: Kirkja & Hattarvík

Two stamps in the series.

Released in a self-adhesive booklet containing 6 stamps + 2 postcards

Release date: February 19, 2021

The Eysturoy Tunnel, an Underwater Roundabout

The Eysturoy Tunnel, an Underwater Roundabout

The Eysturoy Tunnel, an Underwater Roundabout

Two stamps in the series.

Artwork by local artist Tróndur Patursson

Release date: February 19, 2021

2021 Faroe Islands March

Faroe Island stamp showing Árting was chairwoman of the Tórshavn’s Working Women’s Association for 40 years.

Árting was chairwoman
of the Tórshavn’s Working Women’s

Andrea Árting – equal pay for equal work

Chairperson for the Tórshavn’s Working Women’s Association for 40 years

Designer: Eli Petersen 

Release date: March 8, 2021

2021 Faroe Islands April

TBA Sepac 2021: The Faroes on Historical Maps II

1 stamp + mini sheet

Designer: Kim Simonsen

Release date: April 26, 2021

2021 Faroe Island stamps showing puffins

Atlantic Puffins

Europa 2021: Endangered National Wildlife, the Atlantic Puffin

Two stamps, a self-adhesive booklet with six stamps + two postcards

Photos: Thomas Vikre and Jógvan Hansen

Release date: April 26, 2021

3 Faroe Island stamps showing cows

Cattle on Faroe Islands

Cattle

Three stamps

“Until the 1970s, many Faroese families had a cow in the basement”

Artist: Ole Wich

Release date: April 26, 2021

 

2021 Faroe Islands August

C. Z. Slania 100 Years anniversary

C. Z. Slania court engraver

C. Z. Slania 100 Years

One stamp + one mini-sheet

100th anniversary of birth Polish born Swedish court engraver Czeslaw Slania. Responsible for 100 Faroe Island stamp designs

Artist/engraver: Martin Mörck

Release date: Aug 12, 2021

2021 Faroe Islands Sept.

TBA Salt – Sound Art & Live Theater

2 stamps + mini sheet

The old salt silo from 1938 has been renovated and rebuilt for the cultural center SALT
– Sound Art & Live Theater.

Photos: Fotostudio.

Release date: Sept. 27, 2021

Royal Visit in the Faroe Islands in 1921

Royal Visit in the Faroe Islands in 1921

Royal Visit in the Faroe Islands in 1921

Two stamps

Commemorating 1921 Faroe Islands visit by King Christian X.

Release date: Sept. 27, 2021 

Christmas Stamps: Bishop’s Robes

Christmas Stamps: Bishop’s Robes

Christmas Stamps: Bishop’s Robes

Two stamps, a self-adhesive booklet with six stamps + two postcards

Final stamps in the series church paraments.

Release date: Sept. 27, 2021 

2021 Faroe Islands October

TBA

2021 Faroe Islands November

TBA

 

 

 

 

 

Belarus 2021 stamps – Belpochta 2021

Belarus 2021 stamps – Belpochta 2021

Belarus 2021 stamps have been announced. Although no images were released, the subjects and issue dates are known. The list below is currently in English only because the news release, I have is in English. The Belarus website is excellent and is a treasure trove of information for stamp collectors. Information is easy to find and a pleasure to use. Wish more post offices followed their lead. Belarus post also has a link to convert pages to a “visual” version which converts pages to plain, easy to read text with no images. This would be great for people using page readers.

Subjects for Belarus 2021 Stamps include:

  • Детская филателия | Children & philately |Зверята | Wild baby animals
  • Народные писатели Беларуси. Кондрат Крапива, Иван Шамякин, Иван Мележ | Belarusian folk writers. Kandrat Krapiva, Ivan Shamiakin, Ivan Melezh
  • Восточный календарь. Год Быка | Year of the Ox, Lunar New Year
  • Птица года. Козодой обыкновенный | Bird of the year. European nightjar
  • 30-летие образования РСС | 30th anniversary of the RCC
  • Красная книга Республики Беларусь. Грызуны | Red Book of the Republic of Belarus. Rodents
  • Выпуск по программе «EUROPA». Исчезающие виды национальной дикой природы | EUROPA. Endangered national wildlife
  • Чемпионат мира по хоккею с шайбой 2021 года | 2021 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship
  • Машиностроение Беларуси | Machine building of Belarus
  •  Достижения белорусской медицины | Achievements of Belarusian medicine
  • Соколы Беларуси | Falcons of Belarus
  • Гербы городов Беларуси. Герб Копыля | Municipal arms of Belarus towns. Kopyl
  • Архитектура Беларуси. Православные храмы | Architecture of Belarus. Orthodox churches
  • С Новым годом и Рождеством Христовым! | Happy New Year! Merry Christmas!
  • 150 лет железнодорожной магистрали Смоленск-Минск-Брест |150 years of Smolensk-Minsk-Brest railway
  • details and photos (when they come available) below

I’m also hoping to find a little info on designers. If you have leads, drop me a line. All images courtesy Belarus Post.

I’ve highlighted the English titles to make it easier to navigate for the majority of my readers.

Belarus 2021 stamps for Jan 2021

Belarus stamps for 2021 Baby animals

Belarus 2021 stamps

2021 Stamps for Belarus showing baby animals

Wild baby animals

2021 Stamps for Belarus showing baby animals

Squirels

2021 Stamps for Belarus showing baby animals

Fawns

Детская филателия | Children & philately }Зверята | Wild baby animals

 

Four stamps + souvenir sheet

Issue date: January 12, 2021

Belarus 2021 stamps for Feb 2021

Belarusian folk writers. Kandrat Krapiva, Ivan Shamiakin, Ivan Melezh Souvenir sheet

Belarusian folk writers – Kandrat Krapiva, Ivan Shamiakin, Ivan Melezh
Souvenir sheet

Народные писатели Беларуси. Кондрат Крапива, Иван Шамякин, Иван Мележ | Belarusian folk writers.
Kandrat Krapiva, Ivan Shamiakin, Ivan MelezhThree stamps + Souvenir sheetIssue date: Feb 8, 2021

Belarus Lunar New Year Stamp for 2021 showing an ox

Year of the Ox

Восточный календарь. Год Быка | Year of the Ox, Lunar New Year

One stamp

Issue date: Feb 8, 2021

Belarus 2021 stamps for March 2021

Belarus stamp for 2021 release European nightjar

European nightjar

Птица года. Козодой обыкновенный | Bird of the year. European nightjar

Issue date: March 2, 2021

30-летие образования РСС | 30th anniversary of the RCC

Issue date: March 2, 2021

Belarus 2021 stamps for April 2021

30th anniversary of the RCC

30th anniversary of the RCC

Красная книга Республики Беларусь. Грызуны | Red Book of the Republic of Belarus. Rodents

4 stamps in series

Issue date: April

Belarus 2021 stamps for May 2021

Выпуск по программе «EUROPA». Исчезающие виды национальной дикой природы | EUROPA. Endangered national wildlife

2 stamps in series

Чемпионат мира по хоккею с шайбой 2021 года | 2021 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship
Машиностроение Беларуси | Machine building of Belarus

2 stamps in series

Belarus 2021 stamps for June 2021

 Достижения белорусской медицины | Achievements of Belarusian medicine

Belarus 2021 stamps for July 2021

Соколы Беларуси | Falcons of Belarus

6 stamps in series

Belarus 2021 stamps for August 2021

Гербы городов Беларуси. Герб Копыля | Municipal arms of Belarus towns. Kopyl

Belarus 2021 stamps for Sept. 2021

Архитектура Беларуси. Православные храмы | Architecture of Belarus. Orthodox churches

souvenir sheet

Служебные собаки. Собаки на службе белорусской таможни | Service dogs. Dogs at the service of Belarus customs.

2 stamps

Belarus 2021 stamps for Oct. 2021

С Новым годом и Рождеством Христовым! | Happy New Year! Merry Christmas!

2 stamps in series

Belarus 2021 stamps for Nov. 2021

150 лет железнодорожной магистрали Смоленск-Минск-Брест |150 years of Smolensk-Minsk-Brest railway

2 stamps in series

Watching out for new Australia 2021 stamps

Watching out for new Australia 2021 stamps

Some of the Australia 2021 stamps have been announced. Yes, it’s that time of year when post offices around the world tease out upcoming releases. Australia Post’s stamps for Jan and Feb offer tradition, history, creatures, and home comforts. One set will appeal to aviation, airmail, Australian history, and militaria fans around the world. As of this articles publication date (Dec 29, 2020), none of the stamps listed are for sale yet, but check Australia Post office closer to  release dates Stamps – Sending (auspost.com.au).

Stamp subjects for Australia 2021

  • Chinese New Year
  • 5 Home comforts with Memorable Moments
  • Happy Birthday
  • 100 Years of the RAAF
  • Norfolk Island Lizards
  • Front Line Heroes

Australia 2021 stamps – Kicking off with Lunar New Year Jan 8, 2021

It’s now expected that post offices will issue a Chinese New Year, or Lunar New Year, stamp and Australia Post’s Christmas Island stamps don’t disappoint. Of all the Lunar New Year stamps I’ve seen this set will go down as my favourite.

Year of the Ox Australia 2021 stamp showing a stylized ox

Year of the Ox 2021 Christmas Island $1.10 value

 

 

Year of the Ox Australia 2021 stamp showing a stylized ox

Year of the Ox 2021 Christmas Island $2.20 value

Year of the Ox Australia 2021 stamp showing a stylized ox

Year of the Ox 2021 Christmas Island $3.30 value

It’s interesting to see how each country interprets the same subject. I was thinking this morning that this would make for an interesting study.  The Lunar New Year series, will also come in souvenir sheets, maxi cards, covers etc.

Scan of the Christmas Island Post Mark cancel showing a stylized Ox

Come hither and buy my stamps

Christmas Island’s First Day of Issue cancel is, well, adorable. The ox looks like flirtatious. Not sure if that was intentional, but now I want to get hold of a cancel. It’s a hell of a “come hither” glance.

Australia Post outdid themselves with this issue.  If there is a stamp collector in your life that is near and dear to you, you might want to consider the gold mini-sheet folder.  It’s breathtaking.

photo of Australia 2021 stamps for Year of Ox as a gold minisheet

Australia 2021 stamps feature a gold mini sheet with folder

Sydney, Australia based artist Chrissy Lau designed the series, and when I wandered through her site, I realised I’ve seen her art before. She designed Guernsey Islands Year of the Rat stamp series last year. Check out her distinctive style on her website: Chrissy Lau | Artist Illustrator | Portfolio.

Australia Post also has a full Chinese zodiac souvenir sheet displaying all the animals and years they are associated with. It would round out a Lunar New Year collection.

The full Chinese zodiac presented in stamp souvenir sheet

Souvenir keeper showing entire Chinese zodiac

 5 Home comforts with Memorable Moments – Jan 25, 2021

This is a set designed for comfort and home thoughts. Memorable moments for Australia 2021 stamps were designed by Keith Downes and Sonia Young, Australia Post Design Studio. Release date:  January 25, 2021. Five stamps in series. In the series will be:

  • $1.10 Bunnies showing stuffed toy rabbits
  • $1.10 Thank You
  • $1.10 Balloons showing colourful heart balloons
  • $1.10 Heart showing a heart graphic
  • $2.20 Blossoms

 

Australia 2021 stamp showing 3 stuffed bunnies hugging each other

You can never go wrong with bunnies – designed by Sonia Young

2 stamps from Australia's Memorable Moments. One saying Thank you the second stamp shows a bouquet of hearts

Thank you designed by Keith Downes & Happy Birthday Heart Balloons by Sonia Young

2 stamps from Memorable Moments showing a hand drawn heart and the other white flowers

Heart designed by Sonia Young and Blossoms by Keith Downes

The postmark reflects the overall “home comforts” theme.

Postal cancel for First Day Issue showing a heart balloon with the words Fist day of issue 25 Jan 2021 Sydney NSW

First Day Cancel for the Moments series

Happy Birthday Available from Order Jan 11, 2021

The Happy Birthday heart balloon stamp (above) will also be available for a personalised birthday greeting. Australia Post allows people to pre-order the stamp and birthday cover with a specific date on the cancel. You choose the birthdate of your choice and it will bear the appropriate date on the cancel.

Australia post cancel for the Happy Birthday stamp

Happy Birthday to you

100 Years of the RAAF Feb 9, 2021

As an aviation buff, this is the set for me. Although, my interest in airplanes stops with the advent of jet engines. I’m a canvas and wood kind of woman. The Royal Australian Air Force was formed Mar 31, 1921 and this stamp will help celebrate their storied history.

Australian Airforce 100th aniversary logo

1921 – 2021 the RAAF Logo for their centenary (not a stamp)

The usual covers, cards, stamps, and sheets will be issued. My favourite is the distinctive SE5a biplane. It’s hard to mistake that flat nose for anything but an SE5A.

RAAF biplane the SE5a in flight

The much-loved Scout

RAAF jet F-35 in flight

RAAF F-35 jet

Full image showing different covers and maxicards that can be bought

Covers, maxi cards and sheets ready for purchase in Feb.

The first day cancel features an F-35 in flight. It’s too bad the SE5a wasn’t offered as well.

First day Cancel showing a jet in flight

First Day issue cancel

Souvenir sheet showing both stamps

RAAF souvenir sheet

The series was designed by Jamie and Leanne Tufrey, who designed the 2014 Centenary of Military Aviation & Submarines for Australia Post. This series shares the style of the ’14 set, especially the Bristol Military Biplane number CFS-3 stamp.

Stamp from the 2014 Centenary series

Bristol Military Box kite, CFS-8 in flight from 2014

Norfolk Island Lizards Feb 9, 2021

Not to be left out, little lizards will be featured on a Norfolk Island series.

Norfolk Island stamps showing 2 lizards

Skinks and Geckos from Norfolk Island

Post mark for the Lizard stamps of Norfolk Island showing a gecko and skink

Best cancel of the year!

Skinks and geckos were designed by Jason Watts, who also designed 2020’s September Sydney to San Francisco mail steamer service stamp and the World Heritage Australia series from Oct.

Front Line Heroes Feb 16, 2021

Yet to be shown will be a series honouring the front-line workers of 2020. It sad it took a pandemic to make so many appreciate their day-to-day work.  When details are released, I’ll post more.

And finally

That’s all the news for Australia 2021 stamps to date. I spent a couple days signing up for newsletters from various post offices so hopefully, I’ll be able to keep you up to date on new releases. Keep coming back, I have a few more country issues for 2021 lined up and will roll them out over the coming weeks.

In the meantime, check out Japan’s soon to be released MOOMINS.

Calling all Moomins! 2021 will be a great Moomin New Year

Peeking at USA stamps for 2021

Peeking at USA stamps for 2021

USA stamps for 2021 will see some old friends return along with a couple of fun new issues. The ever-popular Black History Month, Love and Chinese New Year stamps will be back of course. I doubt a US postal offering would be complete without them. Although not shown in the USPS press release, there will also be Christmas and Diwali stamps available. The US Postal Service is also serving up a few new stamps in 2021 that piqued my interest. Among them are coffee and confusion.

Old favourites return

Jan 14 will see the return of the LOVE stamps. Hard to believe the first LOVE stamp was sold in 1973. Since then, it has gradually turned into a perennial stamp. Check out the USPS online store to pre-order them Love Stamp | USPS.com

Black Heritage Month will celebrate the late, very great playwright August Wilson.

Wilson, a master storyteller, honed his craft by walking the streets of his Hill District neighborhood as a young man, observing, and immersing himself in Black street life, listening to old-timers talk about their daily lives. It inspired what would become his plays’ vibrant characters and lyrical language. August Wilson Archive | University of Pittsburgh Library System

This 44th stamp in the series is already available for pre-ordering August Wilson Stamp | USPS.com It will be released Jan 28th, 2021. The first stamp featuring Black History Month was the 1978 Harriet Tubman stamp. If you would like to research more on African Americans on stamps, start with the USPS page African American Subjects on United States Postage Stamps – Who We Are – USPS

One of the USPS’ popular series has been the Lighthouses of America stamps.  The series began 30 years ago, April 26, 1990. This year the following lighthouses will be shown: Thomas Point Shoal, MD; Montauk Point, NY; Harbor of Refuge, DE; Navesink, NJ; and Erie Harbor Pierhead, PA. I imagine collectors should start looking for them in April.

The US Lighthouse Society has a delightful page on collecting lighthouse stamps. If you haven’t checked them out, here’s the link Collecting Lighthouse Stamps by Richard T. Richardson | US Lighthouse Society (uslhs.org) If you are interested in starting a lighthouse stamp specialty collection, this would be a good starting point.

The flower offerings, Garden Beauties, will include a pink dogwood; a rose-pink and white tulip; ornamental onion; a pink and white Asiatic lily; a magenta dahlia; a yellow and pink American lotus; a pink moth orchid; a pink and white sacred lotus; an orange and yellow tulip; and a yellow moth orchid.  (From the press release Hello, 2021 – U.S. Postal Service Announces Upcoming Stamps – Newsroom – About.usps.com).

New Stamps for 2021 – coffee and confusion

The USPS Espresso Drink stamps are, as expected, of interest to me. It’s not just the caffeine content that caught my eye, it’s the warm design that I appreciate. The stamps are a combo of rich colours and great typography. Four stamps will be sold – caffe latte, espresso, caffe mocha and cappuccino. Too bad they weren’t scratch and sniff. The stamps are nice little works of art so kudos to Greg Breeding who designed the stamps using the artwork of Terry Allen.

Mystery Message stamps are intriguing.  “The new Mystery Message stamp will put your sleuthing skills to the test. Featuring bright colors and interesting shapes, the stamp design is a visual riddle spelling out a message. Each colorful square contains a letter in an interesting pattern. The patterns, though seemingly random, were carefully placed so that when put all together, the message reads.” Ah yes, a dose of frustration offered up with the daily mail and morning espresso. What could go wrong?

USA stamps for 2021

USPS 2021 stamps - LOVE

USPS 2021 stamps – LOVE Pre-order now available Love Stamp | USPS.com On sale Jan 14, 2021

USPS Black History Month Stamp - August Wilson

August Wilson – on presale now August Wilson Stamp | USPS.com

USPS stamps for 2021 showcasing barns

USPS stamps for 2021 show casing barns. Onsale Jan 24, 2021. You can pre-order now Barns Postcard Stamp Stamp | USPS.com

USPS stamp showing the brush rabbit

Little Brush Rabbit will be released Jan 24, 2021. Pre-ordering available now Brush Rabbit | USPS.com

2021 stamps for spring -Garden Beauty - USA stamps for 2021

Garden Beauty stamps for Spring 2021

USPS 2021 stamp - Chien-Shiung Wu (1912-1997) nuclear physicist

Chien-Shiung Wu (1912-1997) “one of the most influential nuclear physicists of the 20th century”

Go for Broke: Japanese American Soldiers of WWII

Go for Broke: Japanese American Soldiers of WWII

An intriguin offering for 2021 stamps - Mystery Message

So, what’s the message? We’ll have to wait.

USPS 2021 stamps - Year of the Ox

USPS 2021 stamps – Year of the Ox

USPS 2021 stamp - Colorado Hairstreak butterfly

Colorado Hairstreak butterfly

USPS celebrates the Day of the Dead

Day of the Dead – first stamps issued by USPS to celebrate the day

A fun set of stamps - Backyard Games

Backyard games – badminton, bocce, cornhole, croquet, flying disc, horseshoes, tetherball, and pick-up baseball

2021 US stamp Raven Story

Raven Story, from Indigenous peoples of the Northwest Coast, will honour a 2021 stamp

Series of stamps highlighting Heritage Breeds for 2021

2021 stamps heritage breeds. Animals that were the backbone of farms in pre-industrial USA

Colourful stamps showing off Western Wear

Western Wear

Missouri Statehood stamps

Bicentennial of Missouri statehood

The always popular lighthouse series adds 4 more stamps to the series

The always popular lighthouse series adds 4 more stamps to the series

Espresso Drinks for 2021 USPS stamps

Now we’re talking – Espresso Drinks. Latte, espresso, caffe mocha and cappuccino

USPS stamp with Happy Birthday scene

Happy Birthday

Message Monsters stamps showing little colourful monsters

Message Monsters

 

Check out the upcoming Canadian stamps for 2021

Awesome 2021 Canadian stamps announced

 

 

Rupert the Bear’s special 100th birthday

Rupert the Bear’s special 100th birthday

Hard to believe but much-loved Rupert the Bear is now 100. First appearing Nov 20 1920, Rupert has entertained young and old alike over the decades. I remember mom scouring bookstores looking for Rupert for me when I was younger. They were extremely hard to find in small town Ontario back in the 60s, but she managed to find a few that were treasured and read until they fell apart.

Isle of Man’s Rupert the Bear tribute

The Isle of Man stamps are usually attractive offerings, and their Rupert compendium is no different. Check out them out at the Isle of Man’s Post Office (iompost.com) store and splurge on a set for a bear loving soul in your life.  It’s a bit pricey at £65, but you get a lot in return, including a copy of the Rupert Annual. Might be a little too late to order for Christmas, but you could put it away for a special day. Face it, no one is too old for Rupert.

Photo of Isle of Man's Rupert the Bear's 100th birthday package

A book, stamps & some coins to celebrate Rupert’s birthday

I tried to find just the sheet of stamps for sale at the online store, but it doesn’t look like they are sold separately, just as part of this pack. Either that, or they simply sold out.

Rupert the Bear Postal Cancel

Isle Of Man's Rupert cancel

Rupert the Bear Stamp sheet & cancel.

The special hand cancel is good fun on the covers and is almost as fun as the upcoming Japanese Moomins.  Almost.

However, if you are a Rupert aficionado, track down Royal Mail’s wonderful Sept releases – Rupert the Bear’s 100th birthday stamps. Royal Mail outdid themselves with this set. But, then again, the subject makes an easy study.

Rupert the Bear on Royal Mail stamps

Rupert the Bear stamp

Then with a terrifying roar / The water bursts through the door.

Rupert the Bear

The bath is rocked from side to side / And Pompey quite enjoys the ride.

Rupert the Bear

Then Algy looks a trifle glum / “I’m going home,” he tells his chum.

Rupert the Bear

The large bird says “Our king will know; climb on my back and off we’ll go”

Rupert the Bear

“There’s something puzzling all of you,” / Says Rupert. “So please tell me too.”

Rupert the Bear

“My cuckoo is back again – hooray! / He didn’t really go away.”

Rupert the Bear

Though Rupert searches all around, / There’s not one spruce tree to be found.

Rupert the Bear

The tree is such a lovely sight, / Then Rupert’s chums gaze in delight.

The 8 stamps are taken from 4 adventures – Rupert’s Rainy Adventure (1944), Rupert and the Mare’s Nest (1952), Rupert and the Lost Cuckoo (1963), and Rupert’s Christmas Tree (1947). I vividly remember when I received the Lost Cuckoo adventure. I read it until the cover fell off.  Oh, the memories. Click on each stamp to see a large version. The details harken back to the classic advertising stamp designs of the early 1900s. Crisp colours, amusing, and full of whimsy. I think of the two sets, the Royal Mail’s is superior.

Each of the stories, displayed in this set, was written, and illustrated by Alfred Bestall, who penned over 200 of the best Rupert adventures.

Photo of Alfred Bestall, writer & illustrator

Alfred Bestall  14 December 1892
 to  15 January 1986 (aged 93)

It was Bestall who dressed Rupert in his iconic red sweater and yellow checked pants, after assuming the mantel of official illustrator. If you’re interested in reading more on him, check out Comicopedia’s entry Alfred Bestall – Lambiek Comiclopedia.

Rupert the Bear in a presentation pack, FDC, sheets & framed.

Rupert the Bear Presentation pack stamps

Rupert the Bear Presentation package

Royal Mail’s presentation packs are eye catching. I don’t tend to collect them, but this is one I’d like to get my hands on. These colourful brochures tend to be chocked full of interesting details about the subject and design. I looked through the online store and didn’t any info on the stamp designer. A shame really. They should be commended for this excellent collection.

As usual, full sheets of 60 stamps and half sheets of 30 are available through the online shop. My favourite is the framed stamps.

Framed set of Rupert the bear stamps

Looking for something different? Think about the framed set

This is an excellent set of Rupert the Bear memorabilia to have. If you collect comics, bears or Rupert, this is a must have set.  If you enjoy stamps like the Rupert set, don’t forget to check out the Moomins from Japan.

Calling all Moomins! 2021 will be a great Moomin New Year