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|Thread: Thomas the Tank rubbish stamps|
Adrian, that's a good point. I think that what you say about the minature sheet is true, but the same could be said of almost every souvenir sheet ever produced, even if they are on general sale. Who is going to buy a sheet of four stamps with a decorative border simply to separate and use them? That is even more true when the stamps are of different denominations. I am sure most people going to buy stamps at a counter are looking for stamps of one denomination, usually the standard first class rate.
I think that there are big differences between the appendix-listed stamps of the 1960s and modern issues like the Thomas the Tank Engine stamps issued by the Royal Mail.
First, the 60s stamps often had no connection at all to the subject matter. It was pure commercialization. At least the Thomas and Friends show was UK based.
Second, and more important, the 60s stamps were often never intended to be used on real mail. They came from small countries with little or no need for the stamps. The modern commemoratives issued by authorities like the Royal Mail and the US Postal Service are intended to appeal to users as well as collectors. The various "Love" stamps issued regularly by the USPS are a good example - I see them on wedding announcements, Valentines Day cards, etc...
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