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The 200th Anniversary of the Guernsey Press and Star

Products in this Issue

Set of Six Stamps Stamp Descriptions 40p - The Star was born in 1813 to provide islanders with weekly news.53p - Queen Victoria celebrated 60 years on the throne a month before the first issue of The Guernsey Press...

Price £3.61

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..

Price £4.81

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..

Price £4.51

Sheets of 10 Some of our stamp issues are produced in sheets of ten. This enables collectors to obtain cost-effective sheets of each value with the name of the designer, printer and printer’s information and ‘traf..

Price £36.10

Description

Guernsey Press 200 Years Commemorative Issue 1813 -2013

The Guernsey Press and Star, reaches a milestone birthday this year and we have marked the occasion with a commemorative issue that features miniature interpretations of six key front pages from the publication's illustrious past. Editor Richard Digard told us: 'We are absolutely delighted that our special anniversary is being marked with this stamp issue, which so absolutely captures the essence and history of our newspaper over the last two centuries'.

Dating back to 1813, The Press as it is known locally has become an integral part of island life and along with the postal service, has worked diligently to keep islanders in touch and up-to-date. The two institutions have enjoyed strong links over the years and in the early 20th century they were located across the road from each other in Smith Street, St Peter Port. A pipeline - still thought to exist - ran between them and special tubes carrying telegrams were propelled through it, landing in the editor's tray for the evening paper.

In 1940, the Channel Islands were invaded by Germany and occupied for five years. British stamps could no longer be brought into the island and by 1941 stocks ran dry. The General Postal Office - as we then were - commissioned the Press' commercial print department to produce runs of half-shilling and shilling postage stamps. The green 1/2d version is featured in the 55p stamp and recently trod the boards of the world stage on the cover of acclaimed novel 'The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society'.

It is a fitting tribute to have produced an issue dedicated to this long-serving publication, which once helped us with our own stamps. Richard Digard said: 'We couldn't be more pleased that 70-odd years later you are returning the favour!'

Specification

Date of Issue 31 July 2013
Designer Charlotte Barnes
Printer Lowe-Martin
Values 40p, 53p, 55p, 63p, 71p, 79p
Process Offset Lithography
Stamp Size 42mm deep x 37.54mm wide
Paper 110gsm unwatermarked / PVA Adhesive
Sheet 10
Perforation 12.85
Cylinder A