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Britcollector wrote:- Very few indeed are non-religious. There is a 4 stamp set from 1970 from Dominica based on A Christmas Carol". Guyana has parrots and other non-related items.
Here are four Christmas sets from the Gilbert and Ellice Islands or Gilbert Islands that depicting non-religious subjects:

Christmas 1973 - Gilbert and Ellice Islands - Local Views and map of the Christmas Island:

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Christmas 1974 - Gilbert and Ellice Islands - Local Toys made of natural materials:

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Christmas 1977 - Gilbert Islands - Captain Cook Bicentenary - Discovery of Christmas Islands 1777:

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Christmas 1978 - Gilbert Islands - Local Flower Bouquets:

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I have more sets from these Islands with religious subjects, but I think they are very special and representing the Island culture. Will scan them later.

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I also like this set from Gibraltar 2006:

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Geordie Boy wrote:I also like this set from Gibraltar 2006:

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Nice.

Collected the GB Xmas releases over the last few years. Nice sets in general and a decent variety of styles over the years. It holds no other attraction for me (as I'm an atheist) but sets I'm happy to have in my collection.

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I am not particularly religious although I do believe in God, but I think many country's push the boat out with Christmas Issues. :)

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Geordie Boy wrote:I am not particularly religious although I do believe in God, but I think many country's push the boat out with Christmas Issues. :)
I agree, they do tend to produce something a little special at that time of year - perhaps because of the increase in letter volume.

Stamps: healing the age-long rift in religious belief since 1840. :wink:

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vikingeck wrote:with any luck Bill , neither child was ever allowed to design anything else!


That 3d value is absolutely one of the worst stamps ever issued by GB. I makes me cringe with shame every time I find one. Only its mother could love it !
Hmmm... Well, at least they were genuine children's paintings and (presumably) not beautified by somebody else. They were of course the first set of UK/GB Christmas stamps and the gold embossed Queen's head was really snazzy for 1966. (And the printer's name is the same as mine :lol: )

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Found a small article here Bill, regarding one of the children:

http://www.stampmagazine.co.uk/news/article/britain's-most-s ... -no64/7866

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Only June and hit 105°F last week driving home from work.
That and the State has called for a 30% water reduction because of our drought
(flooding in Texas :( ). Green lawns are on the way out here.

What else to do but put up a bit of Santa and think cooler.

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So to help get ready:

https://days.to/christmas/2015

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Thanks Patg, lovely cover by the way. :)

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Please see http://www.stampboards.com/viewtopic.php?f=27&t=63934 for a large lot of Christmas souvenir sheets offered for US $15.

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Just picked this one up for £1.50. :D

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Edzell Scotland, Christmas Day 1905.

Always nice to pick up a Dec. 25. Was on a Monday that year.

O.K. To do a bit of preservation, I think, and (carefully) fix the lower left corner back in place.

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Patg what would you suggest I use? :)

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a dab of any water based / water soluble gum would be ideal , but "PRITT" stick would do I think.
It is unlikely to stain, the stamp is not rare , the Card didn't cost a lot you are really preserving the postmark.

Nice !
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Looking for something else in my stock book I'm reminded that for a few years in the 1980s Royal mail sold stamps at a discount for Christmas cards.

Some thing else to look for are the discount stamps.


Some of these had a letter " D " on the back , others like this 12½ p definitive had a Star .
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Alex that is something I would love to get my hands on. :)

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Is there a list of these issues Alex, and maybe where I can purchase them?

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They are listed in SG Great Britain Concise Catalogue . but you have to hunt them down.
Called "UNDERPRINTS"

Various issues in 1982 -1986 were " UNDERPRINTED" with stars or the letter D . sold at post offices in November each year they were usually in the Christmas Booklets at a discount from Normal rate specifically for Christmas mailing .

Machins "STAR" 12p ( 1985) 12½ (1982,1983) 13p (1986) 15 ½ (1982) ; "D" 16p (1983) 17p (1985)
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Christmas stamps1984 13p value Holy family 1985 12p Pantomime boy 1986 13p Glastonbury Thorn .

I only have the ones shown here . Happy to let you have them . the rest you must hunt .
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The Australian "Surfing Santa" caused a bit of a stir from the conservatives when it was issued in 1976. :?

I have heaps of Australian christmas spares that you are welcome to. But my e-mail is playing up at the moment. Sending but not receiving. I'll e-mail you when it's fixed.
Surfing stamps and covers, KED VIII, and Newfoundland.
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Raz wrote:The Australian "Surfing Santa" caused a bit of a stir from the conservatives when it was issued in 1976. :?

I have heaps of Australian christmas spares that you are welcome to. But my e-mail is playing up at the moment. Sending but not receiving. I'll e-mail you when it's fixed.
Cheers just let me know. :D

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Margo usually has a Vote for World Christmas stamps and here is the last one I can find.
http://www.stampboards.com/viewtopic.php?f=13&t=41409

Check down this list for more of them.
http://www.stampboards.com/search.php?keywords=Christmas&ter ... mit=Search

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Brummie wrote:Margo usually has a Vote for World Christmas stamps and here is the last one I can find.

http://www.stampboards.com/viewtopic.php?f=13&t=41409
2014 is here:

http://www.stampboards.com/viewtopic.php?f=13&t=58970

Just try "Xmas" as well as "Christmas" in your search :D

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Added this pretty CHRISTMAS DOVE stamp today to my Rarity page.

Looks really superb in the flesh .. scans do not show these metallic stamps so well. :mrgreen:

Australia 2016 65c Xmas Metallic, grossly Misplaced Printing: A most spectacular modern error on this Dove Of Peace stamp, and as can be seen next to the normal on left (included in lot) on the error stamp at right, the Country name and value is printed at TOP of stamp instead of base in green metallic ink. This stamp was printed in a striking shiny metallic ink that really “pops” and shimmers in daylight when you see it in the flesh - sadly it does not scan nearly so well, being 2 dimensional. This was discovered at the Uniting Church “Sammy Stamp” Charity when processing office kiloware.

A supervisor there gave it to me to sell on their behalf, and they will confirm that. I have made checks, and am unaware of ANY of other examples being sold or reported, anywhere. Buy one of the most striking modern “BIRD” errors from this region - and good BIRD stamps have sold for $900,000 - https://www.tinyurl.com/Glen9-16 and have risen in value 20 times more than Sydney Real Estate in the past 50 years. AND assist a charity - who get 50% of this price, as I too feel they are a superb cause. $A300 (Stock 714DK)
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I have just come across this thread and would like to add a couple of ideas.

1 - Don't forget Christmas Island has some wonderful Christmas stamps.

2 - Christmas stamps are very plentiful; starting with just 1 or 2 types in the 60's and 70's, and now 5 or 6 different types. However, they are not expensive.

3 - This would make them ideal as your first thematic collection. A brief write-up of the various art on Christmas stamps would be an interesting exercise.

4 - Am I making a "Print Your Own Stamp Album " for Christmas stamps. Probably not, but I am tempted.

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Added this scarce Printer Proof today for just $75 - stock 482JA :)
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GHANA 1980 Christmas Paintings stamp Miniature Sheet Imperforate Printer PROOF fine MUH plus normal issued sheet
GHANA 1980 Christmas Paintings set Mini sheet Printer's IMPERFORATE PROOF on gummed stamp paper. Fine, fresh MUH as printed. Plus the normal issued mini sheet MUH.

Catalogue numbers:

SG #929-MS933
Scott #736-739, 740
Michel #856-859, Bloch 88

Very scarce piece from Estate of the printer.
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Listed up this very cool Xmas item today - Stock 692LQ.
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Australia stamps 1958 Xmas Die Proofs set + MUH Blocks 4, all signed by the Designer/Engraver Donald Cameron, in special VIP folder etc.
A wonderful assembly in a special hard and thick black, heavily grained card gatefold folder with gilt edging inside – some kind of official or VIP presentation it seems clear.

The special APF recess printed/intaglio raised print Die Proof here was printed from the original dies, by the Reserve Bank Of Australia. Also 2 x fresh MUH corner blocks 4 of the 2 issued stamps.

Cameron has signed the presentation album 4 times – in the same red, blue, purple and black colours of the issued stamps and the die proof colours. Very cool. :lol: :lol:

Nice item for an Australia collector, QE2 era collector, or a CHRISTMAS topical collection.

Donald Cameron designed and/or engraved 16 different Australia and PNG stamps.

He was a renowned artist, and was a finalist no less than 13 times in the famous Archibald Painting Awards, and engraved Banknotes too.

https://www.portrait.gov.au/people/donald-cameron-1927

This issue is pretty famous, as Cameron revealed his mother and father were used as models for the engraving of Mary and Joseph! Back over 60 years back in 1957, this was absolutely VERBOTEN – only monarchy or deceased person could be depicted on our stamps.
saphilatelist wrote:Donald Cameron's parents - 1958 Christmas Stamps

This article from the Herald in Melbourne, reveals the stamp designer Donald Cameron got his parents to dress up as Mary and Joseph for the nativity scene on the 1958 Christmas stamps!

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One of my favourite Christmas fdcs:
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Australia Christmas stamp WCS fdc - 4th November 1959.
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North Star cds
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I wonder how many of these were done by the Morningside Stamp Club.
The postmarking at North Star is reference to the Star of Bethlehem, or Christmas Star, which appears only in the nativity story of the Gospel of Matthew, where "wise men from the East" (Magi) are inspired by the star to travel to Jerusalem which is the theme of this Christmas stamp.

The North Star or Pole Star, (now known as the Polaris Star) is the brightest star in the constellation of Ursa Minor. It is very close to the north celestial pole, making it the current northern pole star. I think it is a pretty big call to say the North Star & the Star of Bethlehem are the same star, but I still think it is a nice tie in with the stamp issue. :)

PS The town of North Star is near the NSW-Queensland border about 50 kms south of Goondiwindi.
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Australia Post Office fdc for Christmas 1965, unusually it has added all the previous Australian pre-decimal Christmas Stamps, all postmarked with the Clarence Street Sydney fdi postmark, even though issued years before:
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Australian Christmas stamps from 1957 - 3½d red & 4d purple (SG #298 & 299), 1958 - 3½d red & 4d violet (SG #306 & 307), 1959 - 5d purple (SG #333), 1960 - 5d carmine red (SG #338), 1961 - 5d brown (SG #341), 1962 - 5d violet (SG #345), 1963 - 5d blue (SG #361), 1964 5d Multi (SG #372) & 1965 - 5d Multi (SG #SG381).

Interesting to note that from October 1957 to October 1965 Australia issued only 84 stamps, about 10 per year. :o
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Wish you all a Merry Christmas

Madonna and Child, painting by Raphael Sanzio (1483-1520), engraved by Pierre Munier and issued for use in Saar on August 14, 1954:

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Granduca Madonna, painting by Raphael Sanzio (1483-1520), issued by Laos on March 9, 1983 to mark the 500th birth anniversary of Raphael:

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Our lady of La Vang, issued by the Republic of Vietnam (South Vietnam) on July 7, 1962:

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The adoration the shepherds, by Jusepe De Ribera (1591-1652), engraved by Jean de Vos and issued by Rwanda on December 24, 1970:

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Madonna and Child, painting by Bartolomé Esteban Murillo (1617-1682), engraved by Jean de Vos and issued by Rwanda on December 20, 1982:

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Geordie Boy wrote:Found a small article here Bill, regarding one of the children:

http://www.stampmagazine.co.uk/news/article/britain's-most-s ... -no64/7866
There's a little about the other designer, Tasveer Shemza, here on the Buckingham Covers Site

https://www.buckinghamcovers.com/celebrities/view/801-.php

There's a collectable variety of her stamp where the initiial "T" from her name in the bottom margin inscription is omitted, collected as a pair or block of four.

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Simply stunning, your examples I consider absolute classics.

Thank you for sharing
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Madonna and Child, painting by Raphael Sanzio (1483-1520), engraved by Pierre Munier and issued for use in Saar on August 14, 1954:

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Granduca Madonna, painting by Raphael Sanzio (1483-1520), issued by Laos on March 9, 1983 to mark the 500th birth anniversary of Raphael:

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Our lady of La Vang, issued by the Republic of Vietnam (South Vietnam) on July 7, 1962:

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The adoration the shepherds, by Jusepe De Ribera (1591-1652), engraved by Jean de Vos and issued by Rwanda on December 24, 1970:

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Madonna and Child, painting by Bartolomé Esteban Murillo (1617-1682), engraved by Jean de Vos and issued by Rwanda on December 20, 1982:

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I mentioned the variety on the 1966 UK Christmas 3d stamp a few posts ago, I'm now in a position to show a scan. The stamp on the left is normal, the one on the right is "Missing T" (SG 713c)

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UNITED KINGDOM 1982 Christmas Issue - Christmas Carols.
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UNITED KINGDOM 1981 Christmas Issue.
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UNITED KINGDOM 1992 Christmas Issue.
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I donated many $100s to the Bushfire Funds to secure the few copies of these GB 2013 Christmas First Class stamps, that were offered from the discovery sheet of 50. Absolute stunners I thought!

GB 2013 Christmas 1st Class stamp, with quite spectacular Colour Mis-Registration - $A195!: The most striking error of this type I have seen in any very modern issue. Especially from the GB, De La Rue printings, who these days have VERY sophisticated computer eye quality controls to detect exactly this type of freak. From the one sheet of 50 from De La Rue printers, that was reported showing this error on some units.

Often a spike of electrical outage causes press to “hiccup” for a millisecond, and registration on the roll of paper is slightly skewed - looks like THREE colours are mis-registered here! Very attractive price as you can see superb MUH - “Christmas On Stamps” is a huge topical, and of course GB is mega popular a MUH PAIR for $A375 (Stock 683KR) or a SINGLE as shown - for $US133 - or $A195 (Stock 683KT)


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And an rarer Christmas stamp error still -
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Australia 1968 5¢ Christmas Stamp - “MISSING GOLD” superb MUH!: One of the more striking Decimal errors. The metallic gold printing over dark green church window was entirely overlooked, and is missing. Over a half century old now, and the printer laser ID checking was not as precise as it is now! 20 or so mint exist globally from the part sheet discovered. (Any ebay “used” copies are chemically treated fakes of course - easily spotted visually, and on UV!)

Obtained from Tom Pierron in a trade, who formed the finest QE2 Commonwealth missing color collections ever, and published the massive 800 page full colour catalogue of them - this one is on page 334. In daylight even more evident, as the normal shimmers with that gold ink. Normal stamp included for comparison. Guaranteed 105% Genuine by both he and I - pristine and fresh, superb centred MUH! SG 431a £850=$A1,700. ACSC 494ca, Cat $A1,500 (18 years back!) The identical Hugh Morgan example got £575 at Spink. To clear at HALF SG! $US575 or $A850 (Stock 782JA)
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UNITED KINGDOM 1980 F.D.C. - Christmas Issue.
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UNITED KINGDOM 1973 F.D.C. - Good King Wenceslas.
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UNITED KINGDOM 1979 F.D.C - The Christmas Issue.
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UNITED KINGDOM 1978 F.D.C. - Christmas 1978.
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UNITED KINGDOM 1990 F.D.C. - Christmas 1990.
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UNITED KINGDOM 1984 F.D.C. - Christmas 1984 The Nativity.
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UNITED KINGDOM 1985 F.D.C. -Christmas 1985.
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Sadly attacked by red ball-point police even though already superbly date cancelled.
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UNITED KINGDOM 1998 F.D.C. - Christmas 1998 - Sing Choirs Of Angels.
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UNITED KINGDOM 1987 F.D.C. - Christmas 1987.
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AUSTRALIA/CHRISTMAS ISLAND 1994 F.D.C. -Christmas on Christmas Island.
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UNITED KINGDOM1975 F.D.C. - Christmas 1975
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Finding these on my blog the other day it is worth showing them here.

Modern GB Christmas stamps are larger than definitive size, but a forger has decided that is too much trouble. The one on the right is a forgery
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Similarly these have totally the wrong perforation. The stamp at top left has the correct perforation
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Given that these all appeared at the same time, it's safe to assume they were all produced at the same time, even though they are from different years' issues.

I believe they were sold 'on paper' on eBay and designed to appear as if they had been through the post but uncancelled. Listed as being for 'philatelic use because they had already been through the post' (which they hand't) they would appeal to people looking for cheap postage to 're-use'.
Ian Billings - Norvic Philatelics GB stamps info: https://blog.norphil.co.uk, NPhilatelics on twitter, www norphil.co.uk, shop.norphil.co.uk for our e-commerce site [currently closed for the duration]

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