Royal Mail Christmas Stamps 2008
A secular issue, for the most part, from Royal Mail featuring a Pantomime theme.
The Pantomimes set:
2nd class and 2nd class Large
- The Ugly Sisters from Cinderella
1st class and 1st class Large
- The Genie from Aladdin
50p - Captain Hook from Peter Pan
81p - The Wicked Queen from Snow White.
Reprinted from the Royal Mail 2007 Christmas issue:
Madonna - 1st Class
The Madonna of Humility by Lippo di Dalmasio
Madonna - 2nd Class
Madonna and Child by William Dyce
Pantomime: Designed by Steve Haskins and the team at So Design Consultants, Bristol, using photographs by Peter Thorpe. Printed in gravure by De La Rue on self-adhesive paper in sheets of 50.
Madonna: Formatting and typography are by Peter Willberg.
These stamps are also printed by De la Rue in gravure. The small stamps are definitive size - 20 x 24mm - and the Large Letter stamps 30 x 24mm. See note below pictures.
The Miniature Sheet is conventionally gummed. It contains the six stamps, arranged as a block of 4 and a pair, within an illustrated border.
As the stamps are definitive-sized, the Christmas stamp booklets will be the same size as definitive books of 12. There will be two different 1st class and two different 2nd class books of 12.