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SEPAC: The 100th Anniversary of the West Show

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SEPAC Folder - Beautiful Corners of Europe 4 New Stamps from Small European Postal Administration Cooperation, SEPAC Since 1996 a number of small European Postal Administrations have cooperated in a group called SEPAC. Today this group includes..

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Set of Six Stamps Stamp Descriptions 40p - Tractor and Hay Kicker53p - Prizewinning Produce55p - Brewery Dray and Shire Horses63p - Guernsey Cows71p - Steam Tractor Engine79p - Haymaking in Traditional Dress Our sets..

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First Day Cover The Philatelic Bureau offers a first day cover service in respect of all stamp issues. A set of stamps is affixed to an unaddressed, specially designed envelope and it is cancelled with a special pict..

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Presentation Pack A convenient and attractive method of displaying and storing Guernsey Post commemorative and definitive stamp issues is the presentation pack folder. Housed in a proprietary stock card, to which is at..

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Description

This year sees one hundred years of Guernsey's West Show and the illustrations on our commemorative stamps capture the spirit of this two-day event, which is a highlight of the summer.

Back in 1913, life was very different on the island and farming was a major industry - especially in the western parishes. Farmhouses were geared around their small holdings with sides of pork hanging from the ceiling smoked by the open fires, livestock occupying one end of the long-house and furze ovens for cooking. Land was given over to growing produce or rearing animals and most country folk were self-sufficient in milk, butter, home-cured meats and vegetables.

The turn of the century also saw the introduction of greenhouses, raising horticulture up with agriculture in our heritage. The islander, it seems, was born to grow things - whether grapes and tomatoes or cows and goats - and The West United Agricultural and Horticultural Society was formed to promote and encourage their agricultural and horticultural interests. At the centre of this was to be an annual show so all this talent and progress could be showcased and shared. Despite wars, downpours, droughts and livestock outbreaks, it has continued to go from strength-to-strength.

 

Specification

Date of Issue 24 September 2013
Designer Joel Kirk
Printer Lowe-Martin
Values 40p, 53p, 55p, 63p, 71p, 79p
Process Offset Lithography
Stamp Size 30.5mm deep x 40mm wide
Paper 100gsm unwatermarked / PVA Adhesive
Sheet 50
Perforation 13.33 x 12.5
Cylinder A