Children’s Books – Winnie the Pooh

Since the 1950s European postal administrations have released stamps each year on a common theme; these are known as the Europa issues. This year members of PostEurop, the association of European public postal operators, are releasing stamps on the theme of Children’s Books. Royal Mail’s contribution is 10 stamps featuring characters from the Pooh stories by AA. Milne.

The stamps use E.H. Shepard’s book illustrations from the original Pooh stories, Winnie-the-Pooh, The House at Pooh Corner and the book of verse, Now we are Six.

Winnie-the-Pooh sheet stamps

Winnie-the-Pooh sheet stamps

Pooh and his friends Tigger, Piglet, Eeyore, Rabbit, Kanga, Roo and Owl feature on the six sheet stamps, while the friendship between Pooh and Christopher Robin is the focus of the four 1st Class stamps in the Miniature Sheet.

Children's Books miniature sheet

Children's Books miniature sheet

Two First Day of Issue postmarks are available, which also make use of Shepard’s illustrations.

Winnie-the-Pooh first day of issue postmarksq

Winnie-the-Pooh first day of issue postmarks

The enduring popularity of the Pooh stories will no doubt make these stamps a best-seller, although keen fans may wish to track down The Year of the Child commemorative issue (1979) which featured illustrations from Beatrix Potter’s The Tale of Peter Rabbit, Kenneth Grahame’s The Wind in the Willows and Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, as well as Winnie-the-Pooh.

Year of the Child stamp issue, 1979

Year of the Child stamp issue, 1979

The Winnie the Pooh stamps are available online from the Royal Mail website.

6 responses to “Children’s Books – Winnie the Pooh

  1. sooze plunkett-green

    Hello –

    The Winne the Pooh stamps are simply superb!
    I am from the UK but now live in New York City and, was wondering if I could purchase sheets of them somehow?

    Many thanks and, Kindest Regards,


  2. How do I find out the value of the Winnie the Pooh Year of the Child stamp shown on your website? You show them in a group of 4, i have only 1, I have the 3rd one in the group of 4, the one with Pooh with Piglet at his side and Eyore appearing to be upside down, and Christpher standing in the back ground. It says 11p in the lower left corner and below that it says Winnie the Pooh, The Year of the Child. It is framed by Hanford Heirlooms and numbered #759 of 5000 which I have learned doesn’t necessarily mean #759 of 500 stamps but possibly #759 of 5000 that Hanford framed and sold. I’m curious and would love to find out what it’s value may be. Thanks you in advance for your help and consideration.

    • Lori, that’s something you’d have to look up in the Stanley Gibbons catalogue, or you could ask a reputable stamp dealer. As a Museum and Archive we can’t provide valuations. Sorry.

  3. Hi, I’m trying to purchase the newest collection of Winnie The Pooh stamps, I’ve tried going through the Royal Mail Website but can’t find them and when I enter it in the search box there is no results found. The link doesn’t help either as same result.

    Can you offer me any other solution.
    Many thanks

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