Royal Mail’s first stamp issue of 2011 celebrates the pioneering work of Gerry Anderson. Gerry Anderson is best known for 1960s children TV series such as Joe 90, Captain Scarlet, Stingray and Thunderbirds, all made using specially designed marionettes.
The set of stamps also includes Royal Mail’s first ‘motion stamps’ on a miniature sheet using micro lenticular printing.
Several seconds of the original Thunderbirds footage, which plays at 30 frames per second, were re-edited to 36 key frames for the project. Further details on the design and production process can be found on the Creative Review blog.
Two First Day of Issue postmarks are available showing characters and vehicles from Thunderbirds.
And if you want to complete your Gerry Anderson on stamps collection, track down the 1996 50th Anniversary of Children’s Television issue, which includes a stamp commemorating the programme Stingray.
The Gerry Anderson stamps are available from the Royal Mail website.