Monday, December 17, 2007

No truth to British stamp rumor

The UK's Church Times reports Royal Mail tried this week to end the rumor that that there was some sort of plot to end Christian Christmas stamps.

This year's Chirstmas stamps consisted of one set of six different angels, and another of two images of the Madonna and Child.

As soon as the new stamps were issued in November, emails began to circulate saying that the stamps were not advertised, were hard to obtain, and that there was “no demand” for Christian Christmas stamps.

According to the article, "One email, referring to a purported statement from an unidentified postmaster, said that post offices had been instructed by head office not to offer the stamps openly for sale, and to sell them only if specially asked for. One said that the sales clerk had to check with his supervisor before issuing a Christmas stamp. Other emails said that the angel stamps were readily available, but the Madonna stamp had to be asked for by name."

A Royal spokesman is quoted as saying that the two issues were a trial run of a plan to issue one set of Christian-themed stamps and one set of secular-themed stamps every Christmas beginning next year.

To read the entire article, click here.
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posted by Don Schilling at 12:01 AM