1966 Christmas 1s 6d
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.
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