Issue Date: 17/10/2006
Issue Name: 2006 Celebrations - First Class Smilers
Producer: Buckingham Covers
This 2006 cover is part of Royal Mail's "Celebrations" series. It's perfect for celebrating a new baby, 21st birthday, or to say Thank You, Best wishes or Congratulations! So all in all, a perfect set of stamps for all your needs, as you can see. Our main autograph edition is signed by a British favourite, actor and TV star, Geoffrey Palmer. Tony thought of him after his role in TV sitcom, As Time Goes by where his character was "the custard tart king" (follow the chain of thought: custard tarts, throwing custard tarts, clowns, events, celebrations).
We later arranged a special signed edition, autographed by Richard Chamberlain the American hearthrob and star of stage and screen. He was of course the teen idol, Dr Kildare, in the television show of the same name and star of the iconic In The Slipper and the Rose, a musical version of the Cinderella story.
First Class Smilers
In the last couple of centuries traditional lifestyles have changed. Families and friends can no longer live their lives in small close knot communities, so greeting cards have become an inportant means of keeping in touch. We also have far less time, so it makes every sense to buy your stamps when you by your cards to send. Royal Mail started selling ordinary stamp booklets through the card retailers and supermarkets, but then someone had the idea that it would be nice to have appropriate stamps for the occasion. Greeting stamps started in 1989 and have been popular ever since.
With the advent of email and mobile phones, the greetings card is the only socail mail that most people sent. It has become one of the most important reasons for Royal Mail to issue special stamps and will be of great interest to future postal historians.
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Geoffrey Dyson Palmer, OBE is an English actor known for his roles in British television sitcoms playing Jimmy Anderson in The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin, Ben Parkinson in Butterflies and Lionel Hardcastle in As Time Goes By.
George Richard Chamberlain is an American stage and screen actor and singer, who became a teen idol in the title role of the television show Dr. Kildare.