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16 January 2018

Popular Culture - the 1960s


Popular culture of the 1960s is the subject of the latest set of six stamps to be issued by Jersey Post on 26 January 2018.

The second in a five part series looking at popular culture through the decades, this new stamp issue explores different aspects of 1960s culture, namely language, music, fashion, events, food and leisure pursuits. The concepts and designs have been created by Hat-Trick Design (London) Ltd, working with specially commissioned illustrators.

The 1960s was a prominent period of large-scale socio-political change and counterculture during which people felt increasingly at-ease to express themselves through music, fashion and leisure pursuits.  Young people, unencumbered by the post-war blues of rationing and austerity, embraced these aspects of the “Swinging Sixties” with enthusiasm.  Flower power, music festivals and fashion were the order of the day, whilst progress in scientific discovery led to the space race and moon landings which gripped the world.

In the 1960s Jersey tourism was in its hey-day; accommodation and travel were affordable and duty free goods highly sought.  The Miniature Sheet accompanying the stamps is illustrated by award winning illustrator and designer, Malcolm English, and represents a playful interpretation of Jersey’s main shopping area, incorporating King Street and Queen Street.  Bright, clashing colours, typical of 1960s décor are prominent, with lively hues of red, orange, purple and pink decorating the shop-fronts. 

This set of stamps really captures the mood of the era”, said Melanie Gouzinis, Head of Philatelic at Jersey Post. “As with the previous issue celebrating the 1950s, we have been lucky enough to work with award winning illustrators who all present recognisable styles, synonymous with the decade.”

Jersey Post’s Popular Culture – The 1960s stamps will be available to buy from all branches of Jersey Post from 26 January 2018. Philatelic stamp products such as Miniature Sheets, First Day Covers and Presentation Packs will be available from the Jersey Post offices at Broad Street, St Helier and Rue Des Pres, St Saviour on issue day and can be ordered now at or by telephoning the Jersey Philatelic Bureau on: 00 44 (0)1534 516320.

The previous Popular Culture issue, depicting the 1950s, was released on 5 July 2016 and is still available to collectors.

The Flag of Jersey

The Jersey flag shown in the Miniature Sheet in the issue Popular Culture - The 1960s depicts the current Jersey flag, established by Royal warrant on 10 December 1980. The flag features the Jersey crest surmounted by a crown, positioned in the upper quadrant in addition to a red saltire. Previously a plain red saltire on a white field had been recognised unofficially, but was generally felt to be insufficiently distinctive to represent the Island.

Technical details:- Concepts and designs by Hat-Trick Design (London) Ltd. working with illustrators as mentioned above. Stamps printed by Joh.Enschedé Security Print, The Netherlands in four colour offset lithography. Stamp die size: 36mm x 36mm. Miniature Sheet size 94mm x 131mm; stamp within 72mm x 72mm. Stamp products © Jersey Post Ltd 2018.  Issue date: 26 January 2018

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