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Final Post & Go British Farm Animals stamps issued: Cattle

Royal Mail rounds off its British Farm Animals series of Post & Go stamps with its third and final issue featuring six examples of cattle breeds found in the British Isles.

The Post & Go Cattle stamps issued today include the extremely endangered Irish Moiled, one of Britain’s oldest the White Park, and one world’s best known breeds, the Aberdeen Angus.

Post & Go Cattle issue

Post & Go Cattle issue

The Aberdeen Angus also has royal connections: HRH Prince Charles is the patron of the Aberdeen Angus Cattle Society and has a successful herd at Highgrove.

The other cattle featured on the stamps are the Welsh Black, Highland and Red Poll.

As with all previous Post & Go pictorial stamps, Royal Mail has commissioned Kate Stephens to oversee the designs, which are illustrated by wildlife artist Robert Gillmor. The British Farm Animals series began with sheep in February, followed by pigs in April.

The Cattle Post & Go pictorial stamps will be available from Post & Go terminals in 146 Post Office branches. The initial design used for the self-adhesive stamps, which are overprinted with the postage on demand, featured the profile of Her Majesty the Queen created by Arnold Machin and used on UK definitive stamps. Pictorial versions of these new kinds of stamps were introduced in September 2010 with the first in the Birds of Britain series.

Post & Go terminals allow customers to weigh their letters and packets, pay for and print postage stamps and labels without the need to visit the counter. The first Post & Go machine was trialled in The Galleries Post Office in Bristol in 2008. Since 2008 over 220 terminals have been installed in 146 branches.

Two First Day of Issue handstamps are available to accompany this issue.

Post & Go Cattle - First Day of Issue handstamps

Post & Go Cattle – First Day of Issue handstamps

Second Post & Go Birds of Britain Set Issued

Today Royal Mail has issued a second set of pictorial stamps for Post & Go machines. Once again they feature commonly seen British birds, illustrated by Robert Gillmor.

The second set of Post & Go stamps, issued 24 January 2011

The second set of Post & Go stamps, issued 24 January 2011

The series will continue in May with a third set featuring birds seen in or around the UK’s rivers, lakes and ponds, and in September with a fourth and final set featuring birds seen around the UK’s coast. The first set was issued in September 2009.

Birds of Britain is the first series of pictorial stamps issued by Post & Go terminals, a self service facility which allows customers to weigh their letters and packets, and pay for and print postage labels.

Post & Go machine, 2007 (Photographed by BPMA Curatorial department)

Post & Go machine, 2007 (Photographed by BPMA Curatorial department)

Initially these pictorial Post & Go stamps are available from Post & Go terminals in 30 branches with subsequent sets being available from all Post & Go terminals.

The first Post & Go machine was installed at The Galleries Post Office in Bristol in 2007; since then over 170 terminals have been installed in around 100 branches.

Two First Day of Issue postmarks are available. Royal Mail says all first day covers posted at the Post Office counter will be cancelled with the Bristol birds nest pictorial postmark regardless of where they are posted.

The first day of issue postmarks which accompany the second set of Post & Go stamps

The first day of issue postmarks which accompany the second set of Post & Go stamps

The Map of Britain postmark is only available from Tallents House (Royal Mail, Tallents House, 21 South Gyle Crescent, Edinburgh EH12 9PB).

Location of Post & Go machines selling Birds of Britain pictorial stamps

East of England
Stevenage – 22-23 Westgate, Stevenage, SG1 1QR
Cambridge – 9-11 St Andrew Street, Cambridge, CB2 3AA
Southend-on-Sea – 199-201 High Street, Southend-On-Sea, SS1 1LL
Colchester – 68-70 North Hill, Colchester, CO1 1PX
Castle Mall, Norwich – 84-85 Castle Meadow Walk, Castle Mall, Norwich, NR1 3DD
Milton Keynes – 17-19 Crown Walk, Milton Keynes, MK9 3AH
Luton – The Arndale Centre, 42-44 Smith Lane, Luton, LU1 2LP

London
Old St – 205 Old Street, London, EC1V 9QN
Trafalgar Sq – 24-28 William IV Street, London, WC2N 4DL
Croydon – 10 High Street, Croydon, CR9 1HT
City of London – 12 Eastcheap, London, EC3M 1AJ
Baker St – 111 Baker Street, London, W1U 6SG
Paddington Quay – Unit 6, West End Quay, 4 Praed Street, London, W2 1JE

Midlands
Nottingham – Queen Street, Nottingham, NG1 2BN
Walsall – Darwall Street, Walsall, WS1 1AA
Birmingham – 1 Pinfold Street, Birmingham, B2 4AA

North
Durham – 33 Silver Street, Durham, DH1 3RE
York – 22 Lendal, York, YO1 8DA
Grimsby – 67-71 Victoria Street, Grimsby, DN31 1AA
Harrogate – 11 Cambridge Road, Harrogate, HG1 1AA
Corn Exchange, Liverpool – India Building, ‘Water Street, Liverpool, L2 0RR

Northern Ireland
Belfast – 12 – 16 Bridge Street, Belfast  BT1 1LT

Scotland
Glasgow – 47 St Vincent Street, Glasgow, G2 5QX
Edinburgh – 8-10 St James Centre, Edinburgh, EH1 3SR

South West
Portsmouth – Slindon Street, Portsmouth, PO1 1AB
Truro – High Cross, Truro, TR1 2AP
Plymouth – 5 St Andrews Cross, St Andrews Cross, Plymouth, PL1 1AB
The Galleries, Bristol – Castle Gallery, Broadmead, Bristol, BS1 3XX
Exeter – 28 Bedford Street, Exeter, EX1 1GJ

Wales
Cardiff – 45-46 Queens Arcade, Queen Street, Cardiff, CF10 2BY

The Post & Go stamps are also available from the Royal Mail website.

Post and Go pictorial stamps – Garden Birds

Now available from the Post and Go terminals in 30 Crown Post Offices are six illustrated stamps featuring Garden Birds. The birds chosen are some of the most commonly seen in gardens in the UK, the Robin, Starling, House Sparrow, Blue Tit, Goldfinch and Wood Pigeon.

Post and Go Garden Birds stamps

Post and Go Garden Birds stamps

The stamps are designed by Kate Stephens, the UK’s most prolific female stamp designer, and illustrated by wildlife artist and ornithologist Robert Gillmor. Gillmor’s bird images were made using the linocut method and an old printing press. Speaking to Eastern Daily Press recently, Gillmor said:

It is very interesting that my stamps will appear on people’s letters and parcels using the latest technology, especially as my artwork was created using a 161-year-old printing press.

Post and Go terminals are a self service facility which allows customers to weigh their letters and packets, and pay for and print postage labels. While the Garden Birds stamps are only available in 30 Post Offices (see the list below), a second set in the Birds of Britain series will be available from all Post and Go terminals from next year.

Two pictorial First Day of Issue postmarks are available, one with a map of the British Isles and the other with a speckled egg.

Post and Go Garden Birds First Day of Issue postmarks

Post and Go Garden Birds First Day of Issue postmarks

Unstamped Royal Mail First Day Cover envelopes (price 30p) are only available from the 30 Post Offices selling the Garden Birds Post and Go stamps. Alternatively, collectors may send stamped covers for the first day of issue to Royal Mail, Tallents House, 21 South Gyle Crescent, Edinburgh EH12 9PB, quoting reference FD10 39 (Tallents House) or to any Special Handstamp Centre quoting reference FD10 40 (BRISTOL pictorial postmark) or FD10 40NP (non-pictorial).

Location of Post & Go machines selling Garden Birds pictorial stamps

East of England
Stevenage – 22-23 Westgate, Stevenage, SG1 1QR
Cambridge – 9-11 St Andrew Street, Cambridge, CB2 3AA
Southend-on-Sea – 199-201 High Street, Southend-On-Sea, SS1 1LL
Colchester – 68-70 North Hill, Colchester, CO1 1PX
Castle Mall, Norwich – 84-85 Castle Meadow Walk, Castle Mall, Norwich, NR1 3DD
Milton Keynes – 17-19 Crown Walk, Milton Keynes, MK9 3AH
Luton – The Arndale Centre, 42-44 Smith Lane, Luton, LU1 2LP

London
Old St – 205 Old Street, London, EC1V 9QN
Trafalgar Sq – 24-28 William IV Street, London, WC2N 4DL
Croydon – 10 High Street, Croydon, CR9 1HT
City of London – 12 Eastcheap, London, EC3M 1AJ
Baker St – 111 Baker Street, London, W1U 6SG
Paddington Quay – Unit 6, West End Quay, 4 Praed Street, London, W2 1JE

Midlands
Nottingham – Queen Street, Nottingham, NG1 2BN
Walsall – Darwall Street, Walsall, WS1 1AA
Birmingham – 1 Pinfold Street, Birmingham, B2 4AA

North
Durham – 33 Silver Street, Durham, DH1 3RE
York – 22 Lendal, York, YO1 8DA
Grimsby – 67-71 Victoria Street, Grimsby, DN31 1AA
Harrogate – 11 Cambridge Road, Harrogate, HG1 1AA
Corn Exchange, Liverpool – India Building, ‘Water Street, Liverpool, L2 0RR

Northern Ireland
Belfast – 12 – 16 Bridge Street, Belfast  BT1 1LT

Scotland
Glasgow – 47 St Vincent Street, Glasgow, G2 5QX
Edinburgh – 8-10 St James Centre, Edinburgh, EH1 3SR

South West
Portsmouth – Slindon Street, Portsmouth, PO1 1AB
Truro – High Cross, Truro, TR1 2AP
Plymouth – 5 St Andrews Cross, St Andrews Cross, Plymouth, PL1 1AB
The Galleries, Bristol – Castle Gallery, Broadmead, Bristol  BS1 3XX
Exeter – 28 Bedford Street, Exeter, EX1 1GJ

Wales
Cardiff – 45-46 Queens Arcade, Queen Street, Cardiff, CF10 2BY

The Post and Go stamps are also available from Stampex.