Britain’s very memorable first Christmas stamps were the result of a ground-breaking design competition limited to children under 16.

Six-year-old James Berry of Beckenham painted a jolly snowman in a blizzard, and his 1s 6d stamp, with the Queen’s head die-stamped in gold foil, remains one of the most recognisable ever.

When we first saw the stamps, many of us were appalled. But haven’t they grown on us now?

Design: James Berry.
Printing: gravure by Harrisons.