01 April 2023
Jersey Post has issued A History of Jersey’s Emergency Services, a new set of stamps celebrating the island’s emergency services, past and present.
Designed by Martin Mörck, a renowned Norwegian stamp artist and engraver, the eight stamp set features:
- a Jaguar MkII police car (1960s)
- RNLB Elizabeth Rippon (1948-1975)
- a Ford Model T field ambulance (1917)
- the Lord St. Helier fire engine (c. 1905)
- Channel Islands Air Search (2019-)
- inshore fire & rescue craft (2000-)
- a BMW i3 electric police car (2019-)
- and a King Air 200 air ambulance (2018-2020)
Jersey Post commissions a new set from Martin Mörck every year.
‘It’s been like this now for a number of years and I’m always prepared with rolled-up sleeves,’ he said.
‘It’s not just a case of designing a set of stamps, it’s telling a story; like postal ships of Jersey from ancient sailboat to present day ship, or emergency vehicles from horse-driven to electric-powered. It’s a very three-dimensional project in the sense that my research into the brief takes me in many different directions.
'This is because I like my paintings to have real backdrops and colours. I make sketches and build up the scenery in my head before I get to work with pen and ink plus colour pens. I get totally immersed and stay in the creative bubble until I can see the story told. It’s hard, but I love it.’