As a holiday island, Guernsey has been welcoming visitors for hundreds of years. During that time, holidaymakers have sent literally millions of postcards to the UK and further afield. Now for the first time we have a set of stamps designed specifically to convey that warm welcome: greeting stamps.
The basic appeal of Guernsey has remained constant: this peaceful, unspolit environment with over twenty different beaches to choose from and quiet lanes with the famous Guernsey cows grazing in the fields.
The trick with such a bounteous place is to leave it alone as much as possible while keeping abreast of the time. It is a balance that Guernsey has been careful to maintain. While fish still swim in clear, clean waters and seagull enjoys the freedom of blue skies and fresh air, man has been provided with plenty of things to do.
This is perfect territory for the traditional pursuits of swimming and walking, and the modern sportsman is also well provided for.. There is surfing, windsurfing and scuba diving, and the local clubs play host to visiting teams in everything from athletics to hockey and netball.
Guernsey is well aware of the increasing sophistication of its visitors as regards wining and dining. The island has a variety of first class restaurants catering for all tastes, with particular emphasis, naturally, on locally-caught seafood.
All these attractions contribute to Guernsey’s popularity, but the key to a happy holiday is always the atmosphere – and everyone is made to feel at home here.
The welcoming faces on the stamps are artfully composed: mouths fashioned in anchors and caterpillars or drawn in the sand; noses of whelk shells, mushrooms and champagne corks; eyes in the form of tomatoes, butterflies and mussels. The designer, Robin Ollington, has made these into a set that exudes good humour and happy time.
There are eight stamps in the set, with a selection of appropriate greetings around the edges of the souvenir sheet. Also available are booklets and booklet panes, and stamp cards.
Source: Guernsey Post Office Official Presentation Pack