The old fashioned joy of buying interesting stamps at the post office and indeed of recieving letters in the post, have been lost in the age of email. When I was young, collecting stamps – precious books housing the tiny peices of art – was a popular hobby. These days, I dont think my children have even looked at stamps properly, since all we receive in the post these days are either bills or magazines.
So I was pleasantly surprised when the Royal Mail announced that a new range of Beatles stamps would be launched in January 2007. The stamps will be featuring some of the legendary band’s most famous covers, including: Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, Let It Be, Revolver and Abbey Road.
A bit of trivia: Until last year, there was a UK law stating that only living people allowed to be featured in British stamps were members of the Royal family. When the rule was broken in 1999 because of a stamp commemorating rock legend Queen (Freddy Mercury), in which drummer Roger Taylor could be clearly identified in the background.
Despite that stirring up philatelists and Royalists, the law luckily doesnt seem to be in effect any longer with these eagerly awaited Beatles stamps.