Colourful paintings, drawings and collages created by the people of Jersey will appear on a set of ten self-adhesive stamps to be issued by Jersey Post on Monday 9 November. The designs are the winning entries from an island wide competition launched last year, inviting budding artists to design a stamp showing what their Island means to them.
People of all ages were inspired by the competition entitled ‘My Jersey’ and Jersey Post received paintings, pencil drawings, photographs and even digital artworks from those eager to see their design on a real Jersey stamp. Ten winners were chosen in total, across three age categories and five of the winning designs will feature on Jersey’s Local Letter stamps with the other five to feature on UK Priority Letter stamps.
Jersey Post’s Philatelic Marketing Manager, Rachel MacKenzie commented: “We launched the competition last year in an effort to get local people more engaged and involved with stamps. Postage stamps are an important part of any community and who better to design them than the people who see and use them every day? We were overwhelmed by the positive response the competition received and the entries provided a wonderful insight into the things Islanders love most about Jersey.”
Depicted on the ten stamps are Jersey cows, historic Jersey buildings and lighthouses, seascapes, a puffin, the crest of Jersey and even Jersey Royal potatoes. Islanders will be able to buy the stamps as strips of UK Priority and Local Letter stamps and in booklets of 50.
The stamps will be available to buy from all branches of Jersey Post from 9 November 2015. Philatelic stamp products such as sets of stamps, 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: www.jerseystamps.com or by phoning the Jersey Philatelic Bureau on: 00 44 (0)1534 516320.