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Issue Date: 14/06/2011
Issue Name: Thomas the Tank Engine Miniature Sheet Cover
Producer: Buckingham Covers
June 2011 saw the world celebrate the centenary of Reverend Awdry, creator of Thomas the Tank Engine and the Railway Series. as Thomas continues to entertain young and old worldwide with his locomotive adventures. Join us in the celebrations with this stunning first day cover.
Thomas the Tank Engine - A Short History
When Reverend Awdry first created Thomas, the engine existed only as a wooden toy made for his son Christopher. Thomas wasn't originally based on a prototype, and the initial stories were only an accompaniment to the toy. However, after Awdry's wife encouraged him to publish the stories, the publisher of the second book hired an illustrator named Reginald Payne, for who'm Awdry selected a real locomotive to work from, thus creating the iconic image of Thomas which remains relatively unchanged to this day. Although Thomas was the most popular character in the Railway Series, he did not actually feature unil the second book of the series.
After Britt Allcroft discovered Awdry's Railway Series following research done for a short film for the Central Office of Information about the resurgence of interest in steam railways, she became completely absorbed. She met with Awdry, with the idea of turning Thomas into a television series, who although initially reluctant, eventually agreed. Britt spent three years to finance the production, which included mortgaging her house and using her life savings, and her dream eventually came true when the first episode of Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends aired in the UK in September 1984. The series was imensely popular, and was originally narrated by Ringo Star.
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A limited number of these covers have been personally signed by Keith Wickham, who has lent his incredible voice for 18 of characters in the series Thomas & Friends since 2009.