Gerry Anderson Goes Postal

The Royal Mail has made FAB: The Genius of Gerry Anderson the theme of its first stamp issue of 2011.  

Stingray, Joe 90, and Captain Scarlett are among the Sixties television shows featured on stamps.

The stamps went on sale January 11.

Gerry Anderson is a past Worldcon Guest of Honor (1995).

Maybe I will be lucky and Langford will use one of the new stamps when he sends my copy of Ansible. That’s one of the fringe benefits of continuing to trade paper editions of our fanzines. I still have the envelope from his November issue with a stamp bearing a drawing of Pooh and Eeyore.

I must remember to return the favor by using some colorful commemoratives next time I mail him File 770. Which means I better publish another issue, so I will have something to put in the envelope.

But dang, I see I missed the Royal Mail’s Christmas 2010 issue of Wallace and Gromit stamps. Of course, who would mail such lovely things?

[Thanks to Andrew Porter for the story.]

6 thoughts on “Gerry Anderson Goes Postal

  1. Ordered these online from the Royal Mail just after Xmas: both the Aardman set and the Anderson set!

  2. As I watched Supercar and Fireball XL5 with such rapt attention as a child, I never dreamed that half a century later they’d be on postage stamps.

    They’re not quite a jetpack or flying car, but as 21st Century icons, they’re close.

  3. Would love to add those to my sporadic collection of stamps — I’ll have to stir up some of my UK connections, and see who’s willing to go to the trbouble on my behalf.

  4. The Royal Mail is toying cruelly with hopeful Ansible readers, by not including a stamp for the first airmail weight step (67p) — neither in the set you show nor in the special sheet of moving-image stamps depicting the launches of Thunderbirds 1 to 4.

  5. PS: However, I’ve had a rummage through our box of used stamps saved for charity, and found enough Christmas 2010 Wallace and Gromits to slip into all the oversea Ansible envelopes in February! If I remember, that is. Really lucky recipients may get a first-class as well as the commoner second-class specimen….

  6. @Dave: Oooh! There’s something to look forward to. Meantime, should we be using our internet powers to remind the Royal Mail not to overlook first class airmail? (Which seems such an odd omission….)

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