Guernsey To Launch New Post & Go Overprint For Virtual Stampex

Guernsey Post’s philatelic bureau announces that it will vend Post & Go stamps with the new overprint ‘Virtual Spring Stampex 2021’, for the forthcoming edition of the expo. The stamps will depict Guernsey’s Bailiwick airplane designs, which were released in February this year. The bureau will also provide a limited edition First Day Cover carrying the six Bailiwick airplane stamps with the overprint and a Virtual Stampex cachet.

Bridget Yabsley, head of Guernsey Post’s philatelic bureau, explained: – “We are excited to be involved again in this year’s virtual international stamp show, which the Philatelic Traders’ Society has organised in lieu of the usual February event. It looks set to be another exciting event, bringing together everyone from the world of philately.

“Guernsey Post is one of over 100 participants involved and we will take part in the ‘live’ online event on 25 and 26 March; the collector strips and First Day Covers can be ordered direct from the bureau or via our website.

The Postal Museum reveals 151 years of the British postcard in a new exhibition opening April 2021

2020 marked the 150th anniversary of the British Postcard. On 1 April 2021, The Postal Museum will open a new exhibition, Wish You Were Here, celebrating the iconic role the postcard has played in connecting people for more than a century and a half. The exhibition was originally scheduled for 2020 but was delayed due to the pandemic.

Postcard of South Sands at Scarborough, early 1900s © The Postal Museum

The British postcard’s history dates back to 1870, when it became an innovation of its time, opening new and faster correspondence for everyone in Britain. Postcards were used to send secret messages of love, to boost morale for soldiers at war and to boast from holidays near and afar.

Exhibition highlights will include:

  • The first British postcard from 1870; a pre-paid postcard template with a blank front which sparked the public’s obsession for rapid communications.
  • Early 20th century illustrated postcards from Harry to his sweetheart Olive with hidden messages in the stamps.
  • Correspondence by Rifleman Harry Brown that captures the First World War through the postcards he sent home to his mother.
  • On loan from Kirklees Museums and Galleries original artwork produced by Bamforth & Co Ltd featuring classic seaside postcards and those deemed inappropriate for sale. 
  • Contemporary art where the postcard acts as the inspiration or the medium for artists such as Francesca Colussi Cramer.

Visitors will be invited to reflect on the many guises of the postcard across themes including romance, First World War correspondence, the great British seaside, contemporary art and the postcard in a digital age.

They will be asked to reflect on whether the postcard has lost its place in the modern age of even more instant communication, or if it will undergo a rebirth, as people make a move to reclaim the emotional connection a postcard can deliver.

Exhibition Curator Georgina Tomlinson said:

“We really want our visitors to be curious about the future of the postcard. An innovation of its day, people became obsessed with sending and collecting postcards – they documented the significant and mundane of everyday life much like social media today. We hope the exhibition will evoke both a sense of nostalgia and invite our visitors to think about the different ways they connect with friends and family and how that might have been influenced by this innovation in communication from 1870.”

The exhibition will be accompanied by events throughout 2021 at The Postal Museum and online. Details to be announced soon.

Wish You Were Here: 151 Years of the British Postcard

1 April 2021 – 2 January 2022 (opening subject to COVID-19 restrictions)

Admission included in the ticket price for The Postal Museum (£16 online)

Coastal Towers to feature on Jersey’s Post & Go stamps

Six of Jersey’s iconic coastal towers will feature on a new set of Post & Go stamps to be issued by Jersey Post on 17 February 2021.

Jersey’s coastline is dotted with towers and fortifications, from Georgian and Victorian era battlements intended to defend the Island from French invasion, through to concrete strongpoints and observation and communication buildings constructed around the coast by the occupying German forces during World War II.

These six Post & Go stamps, designed by digital illustrator, Mark Boardman, feature: Archirondel Tower, Marine Peilstand 3, Seymour Tower, La Tour de Vinde, Victoria Tower and La Rocco Tower. Boardman has depicted the towers as they can be found today, with people enjoying them and their surroundings.

Post & Go stamps are self-adhesive stamp labels with the postage printed on demand. They can be bought either as single stamps or in strips of six. As well as being available to vend from the JE02 kiosk at Jersey’s main Broad Street post office and from the JE03 kiosk at Postal Headquarters, Rue Des Pres, Jersey Coastal Towers Collectors’ Strips will be available from Jersey Post’s back office B002 kiosk through the Philatelic Bureau.

Artist, Mark Boardman works digitally to produce illustrations with a crisp, textural style and a sense of atmosphere. Whilst he employs modern methods of working, Mark is inspired by Impressionist painting and enjoys finding the atmospheric side to everyday scenes.
Jersey Coastal Towers Post & Go stamps and philatelic stamp products such as First Day Covers and Presentation Packs will be available from the Jersey post offices at Broad Street, St Helier and Rue Des Pres, St Saviour on issue day and can be ordered now at or by telephoning the Jersey Philatelic Bureau on: 00 44 (0)1534 616717.