I listened to a very interesting podcast the other day about the process of choosing what gets put on commemorative stamps. It was US centric show, but I’m guessing that the procedure is pretty much the same over .
What impressed me most was the passion and the importance that the postal service puts into its stamps. Real thought and enthusiasm goes into it, and the whole thing certainly made me stop and think about an aspect of day to day life that I’d previously pretty much overlooked.
Now, I’m not sure if you’ve noticed – but there seems to be some sort of giant sports day event thing planned for this summer down in London.
It’s pretty unsurprising that with the London 2012 Olympics coming up the Royal Mail are issuing an Olympic themed set of stamps this year. However what is rather more unexpected is the innovative way in which they are doing it.
For the first time in history the Royal Mail will be issuing stamps in real time! (well…the next day anyhow – but that’s pretty good for the post office).
Every time the Great Britain team get a gold medal the Royal Mail will issue a stamp featuring an action shot of the Gold Medallists putting in the winning performance. These will then be printed up by lunchtime the next day and sent to a selected 500 special post offices for the public to buy, with the stamps then being rolled out to a further 4500 post offices later on during the games.
In addition to this Be The First set, the Royal Mail will issue a set of stamps to commemorate the Paralympics games too – which is something I very much approve of as I feel that the Paralympics are far more representative of the true Olympic spirit.
So if you’d like to be amongst the first to get your hands on these special Olympic stamps then you can Register your interest now on their website. If you do so you also get a handy dandy presentation folder. Marvelous stuff!