Stamp launch: 100 Years of Rupert

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21 July 2020
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Guernsey Post is delighted to announce that Rupert Bear, the children’s character made famous in the Daily Express newspaper, celebrates his 100th birthday this year and will appear on a set of Guernsey stamps. Find out more and celebrate the stamp launch…

Guernsey Post is delighted to announce that Rupert Bear, the children's character made famous in the stories published in the Daily Express newspaper, celebrates his 100th birthday this year and appears on a set of stamps.

Two of the stamps show Rupert himself, whilst other designs feature his pals Podgy Pig, Edward Trunk, Bill Badger, and Algy Pug.

Meanwhile, a £3 mini-sheet features a single stamp showing the loveable Bear.

Bridget Yabsley, head of philatelic at Guernsey Post, said:

“Rupert Bear first appeared in the Daily Express newspaper on 8 November 1920, in a bid to rival to the Daily Mail’s Teddy Tail cartoons. Originally created by artist and illustrator Mary Tourtel, who was married to Guernseyman Herbert Tourtel, it wasn’t long before Rupert, with his checked yellow trousers, scarf and red jersey, became the nation’s favourite.

“Following previous stamp issues depicting Rupert Bear and friends, we are delighted to celebrate the 100th birthday of this much-loved character who continues to captivate younger readers”.

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Issued on 21 July 2020, the stamps are available now at: www.guernseystamps.com
 

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Stamp technical details

Date of issue: 21 July 2020
Designer: The Potting Shed
Printer: bpost 
Values: 50p, 68p, 70p, 85p, 95p, £1.02
Process: Offset Lithography
Stamp size: 40mm deep x 30mm wide
Miniature Sheet: 100mm deep x 140mm wide
Paper: 446 Gummed FSC Securpost 110 GPW
Sheets: 10
Perforation: 1.1 x 1.667
Cylinder: A