Postcards and stamps for you!

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Today sees a special set of stamps issued in the UK, part of a European wide project to issue stamps featuring children’s books throughout 2010. The UK contribution takes images of Winnie the Pooh by A. A. Milne and uses them on stamps, which although unfortunately not available at most post offices (crazy, heh?), you can order online.

To see the contributions from the postal services elsewhere in Europe, take a look here. I particularly like the stamps issues in Gibraltar with the illustrations from Quentin Blake.

This year also sees the 70th anniversary of Puffin Books. Puffin Books is the children’s imprint of British publishers Penguin Books, which since the 1960s has been the largest publisher of children’s books in the UK. As part of the celebrations a box of 100 postcards featuring front covers from Puffin Books has been published and I just couldn’t resist treating myself to a set.

Now the fun bit – if you’d like to receive a Puffin postcard with a Pooh stamp from me email me your postal address – I’ll send out cards to the first 10 people (anywhere in the world) who contact me via email. If you’ve a particular favourite children’s book which was published by Puffin let me know – if I’ve got the postcard of its cover that’s the one I’ll send to you!

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