Friday, October 17, 2008

Garfield appears on French stamps

Dave Astor says Garfield is on two French stamps in his article, "A Pair of 'Garfield' Books -- and French Stamps!" E&P Online October 17, 2008.

[A correspondent of mine says this is actually a booklet of 10 stamps]

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Smurf your letters

50 years of little blue men leads to nice new stamps in Belgium. No less than two issues : one set of two times five stamps featuring the main characters (and a few post-related ones) from Peyo's celebrated comic series, and one souvenir sheet featuring a festivity scene that seems to be rather clumsily copy pasted together. But it's printed on a luxurious large size for once, so who are we to complain ?

This release is accompanied by an awareness campaign by the Belgian Post to get children to use their services again. If they manage to collect ten different, cancelled Smurf stamps, they receive free Smurfs gifts and can compete for bigger prizes.

By the way, this is the second major Smurf stamp (not counting the crass commercialism that is the duostamp).

More at the Belgian Post Philately site.