Bailiwick stamps celebrate Postcrossing’s birthday

Guernsey Post’s philatelic bureau will issue three stamps in celebration of Postcrossing, a hobby enjoyed by over 800,000 people worldwide, which celebrates its birthday on 14 July (stamp issue date: 10 June 2021). 

Each of the colourful ‘Happy Postcrossing’ stamps, designed by Chris Griffiths of Guernsey-based agency Two Degrees North, depicts iconic Guernsey animals mailing postcards into the island’s distinctive blue post boxes – a Golden Guernsey Goat with Torteval Church in the background; a Guernsey Chancre Crab against the backdrop of Pleinmont Observation Tower; and a Herm Puffin with the islands of Herm and Jethou in the background.

Bridget Yabsley, head of philatelic at Guernsey Post: – “As Postcrossing approaches its birthday, we are delighted to release three stamps in celebration of this unique hobby and its achievements in connecting people around the world, resulting in friendships sometimes formed across borders or even continents.”

Paulo Magalhães, who founded the Postcrossing project in 2005, commented: – “It’s an absolute joy to see such fun stamps come to life on Postcrossing’s anniversary. We cannot wait for them to start making their way around the world on Guernsey postcards, like miniature ambassadors for the island.”  

The Postcrossing stamps and other products, including maxi cards, are available to preorder from 27 May at www.guernseystamps.com or by calling Philatelic Customer Services on +44 (0)1481 716486.

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