12 September 2018
Royal Mail recently issued a ‘Mail by Bike’ Post & Go stamp set, the fifth issue in the ‘Royal Mail Heritage’ series.
The set consists of six 1st Class stamps, each featuring an illustration by Andrew Davidson showing a postal worker on bicycle or motor-bike. A first day cover (priced at £5.24) and first day envelope (30p) are also available, along with a stamp set with carrier card.
The six stamps depict the unique Pentacycle, a five-wheeled cycle used for mail delivery in the Horsham district, Sussex, in 1882; a motorcycle and trailer from used in rural districts surrounding Sittingbourne, Kent in 1902, among the first motorised mail deliveries outside London; a tricycle and basket from 1920; a bicycle from 1949; a 1965 motorcycle, and a Honda quad bike from 2002.
Issued on 12 September, the self-adhesive stamps were printed by International Security Printers, using the gravure process and are sized 56mm x 25mm.
The issue follows similar Post & Go sets Mail by Rail (February 2017), Mail by Air (September 2017) and Mail by Sea (February 2018).