20 October 2016
Royal Mail marks the 45th anniversary of the launch of the Mr Men series with ten stamps featuring Mr Men and Little Miss characters, each of which has their own memorable and endearing personality
Royal Mail marks the 45th anniversary of the launch of the Mr Men series with ten stamps featuring Mr Men and Little Miss characters, each of which has their own memorable and endearing personality.
It all began with a child’s question ‘What does a tickle look like?’ – a query which would lead to one of the world’s most popular book series which has continued in popularity for 45 years, during which time many other children’s characters have come and gone.
The child who asked the question was named Adam Hargreaves and his father was Roger Hargreaves, a Yorkshire cartoonist and author who created the character Mr Tickle in 1971 in response to Adam’s curiosity, going on to invent Mr Greedy and Mr Nosey whilst waiting to hear back from publishers about the fate of his Mr Tickle short story.
Now, 45 years on, there are fifty Mr Men characters, who were joined by a cast of Little Miss personalities from 1981. Over the decades, more than 85 million Mr Men and Little Miss books have been sold and the stories have been translated into twenty different languages.
The first of the ten stamps features Mr Happy, the bright yellow character with the happy grin. Next comes his opposite number – the perpetually frowning Mr Grumpy who provides an entertaining foil for Mr Happy’s cheerfulness.
Little Miss Naughty is the first of the Little Miss characters in the set, here she’s shown giggling over her latest prank. Little Miss Princess looks demure and pretty in pink, with a crown atop her blonde hair, and the final two Little Miss representatives are Little Miss Sunshine and Little Miss Christmas.
The other four Mr Men are Mr Bump, walking along wearing his bandages; Mr Strong, Mr Messy – created as a mess of bright pink squiggles, and finally Mr Tickle, the long-armed orange character who launched the Mr Men books.
Mr Men & Little Miss
1st: Mr Happy
1st: Mr Grumpy
1st: Little Miss Naughty
1st: Little Miss Princess
1st: Mr Bump
1st: Mr Strong
1st: Little Miss Christmas
1st: Little Miss Sunshine
1st: Mr Tickle
1st: Mr Messy
Issue date: 20 October, 2016
Design: Supple Studio
Size: 35mm x 35mm
Printer: International Security Printers
Print Process: Lithography
Perforations: 14.5 x 14.5
Phosphor: Bars as appropriate