Guernsey Post announces plans for 50th Anniversary of Postal Independence
Guernsey Post is set to open an exhibition featuring some of its original stamp artwork to mark its 50th anniversary of postal independence this year.
The exhibition is due to open at St James on Tuesday 1st October, exactly fifty years to the day since Guernsey obtained its postal independence from the British General Post Office and started designing and issuing its own stamps. All original stamp artwork is housed at Island Archives and a variety will be selected to represent each decade.
Bridget Yabsley, Head of Guernsey Stamps said “I think it will be really interesting for anyone interested in art, design, history or stamps to come and see the exhibition. Design techniques have changed over the years and we rarely receive original artworks from artists now as many choose to finish their artwork digitally so it will be a real treat to showcase some of the earlier works.”
Boley Smillie, Chief Executive of Guernsey Post said “We are really proud of the stamps we have issued over the last 50 years which have covered a huge variety of topics from local history to wildlife as well as many events of local and national interest. We hope there is something of interest in the exhibition for everyone.”
For further information please contact Dawn Gallienne on 733524 or email [email protected]
Notes to editor
Peppino Santangelo was appointed President of the States of Guernsey Post Office Board and was instrumental in achieving postal independence for Guernsey on 1st October 1969. Prior to this Guernsey’s postal system was overseen by the British General Post Office.
Two new stamp issues will be released to celebrate Guernsey’s Postal Independence on 1st October 2019. Further details will be sent in due course, along with further plans for Guernsey Post’s celebration of its Postal Independence.