Jersey Post & Go stamps to celebrate Battle of Flowers anniversary

A special overprint celebrating the 120th anniversary of the Jersey Battle of Flowers will be available on Jersey Post & Go stamps from 11 August 2022.

The overprint, which reads ‘Battle of Flowers’ will be available on Coastal Flowers stamps vended from both Jersey Post’s JE02 and JE03 Post & Go kiosks from 11 – 31 August 2022.

The Battle of Flowers is a two-day event, which takes place each year on the second Thursday in August. One of the largest floral carnivals in Europe, it sees a spectacular parade of colourful flower floats, accompanied by music and dancers, travel along Victoria Avenue on the south coast of Jersey, first by day, and then the next evening, festooned with lights.

The Battle of Flowers dates back to 1902, when Islanders decided to hold a flower parade in honour of the coronation of King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra. This first event consisted of horse-drawn floats from which flowers were torn and thrown to the crowd. Spectators threw the flowers back and a ‘Battle of Flowers’ was born. Whilst the throwing of flowers stopped in the 1960s, due to concerns of safety, the Battle of Flowers, with its colourful floral floats, has remained a popular annual event.

Having been cancelled for the last two years, as a result of the global pandemic, this year the Jersey Battle of Flowers is back from 11 – 12 August, and celebrating its 120th anniversary.

Jersey Post’s JE02 series Post & Go kiosk is located in Jersey Post’s Broad Street post office in St Helier, whilst the JE03 series kiosk is located at Jersey Post Headquarters at Rue Des Pres, St Saviour. Collectors’ strips featuring the overprint will be available to order at www.jerseystamps.com or by contacting the Jersey Philatelic Bureau on: 00 44 (0)1534 616717.

Freddie Mercury’s Childhood Stamp Album to be displayed at London’s Postal Museum for first time

Wednesday 13 July – Sunday 30 October

The Postal Museum in London is to display one of Freddie Mercury’s childhood possessions – his stamp album – for the first time.

The album will be on display in the museum from 13 July until 30 October this year and is part of the celebrations to mark the 50th anniversary of the UK Pride movement.

The 54-page album consists predominately of stamps from the British Commonwealth and reveals not only Freddie’s early life in Zanzibar, but also his artistic talent.

Freddie Mercury, born Farrokh Bulsara (1946-1991), spent his early life in Zanzibar where his father Bomi worked for the British Colonial Office. Bomi’s passion for stamp collecting was passed on to his son who is believed to have collected from the ages of nine to twelve.

After the family moved to the UK in the 1960s Freddie studied graphic design at the Ealing College of Art. His artistic talent can be seen in the creation of the pages. The designs often use the stamps’ shape and colour to produce symmetry on the page.

Curator Georgina Tomlinson said:

“The Postal Museum is delighted to be able to show this rare item from Freddie Mercury’s childhood which we are exhibiting to celebrate 50 years of Pride in the UK.  The album, is a surprising insight into the early life of a man who is remembered across the world for his incredible musical prowess and theatrical stage presence.”

The album was purchased at auction in 1993 with the proceeds going to the AIDS charity, Mercury Phoenix Trust. Since then, the album has been displayed at stamp shows in the UK, Prague, and Australia as well as touring exhibitions.

As well as seeing the album in the museum, visitors will be able explore the entire album page-by page on The Postal Museum’s website.

The Postal Museum will also be displaying a new set of eight, vibrantly illustrated stamps, being issued to mark the 50th anniversary of the UK’s first Pride rally that took place on 1 July 1972.

Issued exactly 50 years to the day, the stamps celebrate the march that took place from Trafalgar Square to Hyde Park, which was the first to bear the name ‘Gay Pride Rally’. The march was inspired by events in the USA, where the first Pride events had taken place to commemorate the anniversary of the Stonewall riots in New York.

The stamps, specially commissioned by Royal Mail, were art directed by NB Studio and illustrated by award-winning artist Sofie Birkin.

Jersey Post & Go stamps show support for Ukraine

Jersey Post continues to show its support for the people of Ukraine with a special overprint available on Jersey Post & Go stamps from 18 July 2022.

Crest of Jersey stamps vended from both Jersey Post’s JE02 and JE03 Post & Go kiosks will feature the overprint: We stand with Ukraine, to show continued solidarity with the people of Ukraine following the Russian invasion and ongoing conflict. The overprint will run from 18 July to 10th August 2022.

Since March, Jersey Post has waived postage charges for mail addressed to Ukraine to help families and loved ones caught up in the conflict to stay in touch. The company has also held fundraisers and delivered 200 oxygen concentrators from Jersey to Poland to help with aid efforts in Ukraine.

Jersey Post’s JE02 series Post & Go kiosk is located in Jersey Post’s Broad Street post office in St Helier, whilst the JE03 series kiosk is located at Jersey Post Headquarters at Rue Des Pres, St Saviour. Collectors’ strips featuring the overprint will be available to order at www.jerseystamps.com or by contacting the Jersey Philatelic Bureau on: 00 44 (0)1534 616717.

The Postal Museum to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee with a new Post & Go overprint

The Postal Museum is set to release a new overprint on its Post & Go machines to mark Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee.

The Postal Museum/Platinum Jubilee overprint © The Postal Museum

The overprint “The Postal Museum/The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee” will be printed on the multicoloured “Machin 50th anniversary” stamps and will run from 3 June to 1 July 2022.

Each of six anniversary Machin stamps comprises a different colour and will be overprinted with the standard UK first class (up to 100g) value. They will temporarily replace the existing “Mail by Air” stamps for the duration of the overprint. These stamps will be available from the Post & Go machine in the museum’s welcome space, either singly or in strips of six.

The overprint “Mail Rail/The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee” will be printed on standard “Machin first class” stamps of all values. These stamps will be available as a collector’s strip of six and as individual values from the Post & Go machine in the Mail Rail’s welcome space from 3 June to 1 July 2022.

The Postal Museum will be joining other Royal Mail Post & Go sites in offering this Jubilee overprint – the National Museum of the Royal Navy (NMRN) site at HMS Victory in Portsmouth, NMRN Submarine Museum in Gosport, NMRN Explosion Museum also in Gosport, Fleet Air Arm Museum in Ilchester, HMS Trincomalee in Hartlepool, The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust in Stratford Upon Avon and STEAM – Museum of the Great Western Railway in Swindon.

In addition to Post & Go stamps, there will be a limited run of 150 First Day Covers featuring all six of the multicoloured “Machin 50th anniversary” stamps with the new Jubilee overprint. These First Day Covers will be limited to 10 per customer. Blank Covers with a Jubilee Insert will also be available to purchase. All products can be pre-ordered online at shop.postalmuseum.org from 30 May with expected deliveries from 6 June onwards.

Both Post & Go machines are available at The Postal Museum throughout the museum’s opening hours. Please check the full opening hours at www.postalmuseum.org/visit-us/.