Alice In Wonderland (UK, 2015)

[press release]

Alice in Wonderland
10 Stamps – Issue date: 6th January 2015
uk_alice_strip1Reason and inspiration
To celebrate the 150th anniversary of the publication of Lewis Carroll’s classic book Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Royal Mail commissioned illustrator Grahame Baker-Smith, winner of the Kate Greenaway Medal and author of FArTHER, to illustrate ten key scenes from the book. Art-directed by Godfrey Design, Baker- Smith offers a fresh, lively interpretation of unforgettable characters such as the White Rabbit, the Cheshire Cat and Alice herself, making the story come to life with new vivacity. The unusual vertical se-tenant format not only suits the topsy-turvy story but also adds philatelic interest.

uk_alice_strip2Stamps
2nd Class The White Rabbit
2nd Class Down the Rabbit Hole
1st Class Drink Me
1st Class The White Rabbit’s House
81p The Cheshire-Cat
81p A Mad Tea-Party
£1.28 The Queen of Hearts
£1.28 The Game of Croquet
£1.47 Alice’s Evidence
£1.47 A Pack of Cards

Technical Details
Stamps: 2 x 2nd, 2 x 1st, 2 x 81p, 2 x £1.28, 2 x £1.47
Products: FDC, Presentation Pack, Stampcards, Retail Book, Medal Cover, Frames, Pins
Design: Godfrey Design
Illustrations: Grahame Baker-Smith
Printer: International Security Printers
Stamp size 35mm x 35mm
Sheet Size: 60 per sheet, 10 sheets or 5 sheets of ST pairs?
Print process: Lithogrpahy
Acknowledgements: Stamp designs © Royal Mail Group Ltd 2015

Products

Presentation Pack
uk_alice_packThe presentation pack, designed by Godfrey Design and written by Professor Hugh Haughton, tells the story of the genesis and publication of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. From the “golden afternoon” in July 1862, when Reverend Charles Lutwidge Dodgson – better known by his pen name Lewis Carroll – told an outlandish tale to the young Alice Liddell and her sisters, through illustrator John Tenniel’s role, to the myriad editions over the past century and a half, the pack offers real insight into the story behind this classic children’s tale. Beautifully illustrated, it includes a photograph of Alice Liddell taken by Dodgson himself as well as reproductions of pages from his first hand-written manuscript. Price: £9.95 Code: AP396

First Day Cover
uk_alice_fdcThe First Day Cover, designed by Godfrey Design, features a striking illustration of the White Rabbit by Grahame Baker-Smith. The Tallents House handstamp features an illustration of the Mad Hatter’s hat drawn by John Tenniel for the original edition of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. The alternate location is Oxford, where Reverend Charles Lutwidge Dodgson lived and worked. Price: £11.78 (overseas £9.82) Code: AF388

Stamp cards
The 10 Special Stamps image are reproduced at postcard size
Price: £4.50, Code: AQ215

Retail Stamp Book
uk_alice_retailThe Alice in Wonderland Retail Stamp book contains the two 1st Class stamps from this beautiful Special stamp issue, alongside 4 of the Machin 1st Class red stamps. Price: £3.72 Code: UB380

Postmarks
The Tallents House handstamp features an illustration of the Mad Hatter’s hat drawn by John Tenniel for the original edition of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

An alternative First Day of Issue pictorial and non-pictorial OXFORD postmark will also be available for this issue. OXFORD was chosen as this is where Reverend Charles Lutwidge Dodgson lived and worked

uk_alice_cancelsTALLENTS HOUSE Pictorial FD1501-TH
OXFORD Pictorial FD1501-PL
OXFORD Non-pictorial FD1501-NP

Pin Badges (set of 5)
Price: £5.95 each,
Set of 5 Alice in Wonderland Pin Badges using the images of the stamps. The pin badges will be 30x30mm with a butterfly tie tack reverse. Each pin badge will be supplied on a backing card designed in the colours and style of the stamp issue and in clear hook and hang packaging. Not suitable for children under 3 years old due to choking hazard and sharp edges.
NB157: The White Rabbit (2nd Class)
NB158: Drink Me (1st Class)
NB159: A Mad Tea-Party (81p)
NB160: The Cheshire-Cat (81p)
NB161: The Game of Croquet (£1.28)

Panorama Pops Book – Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland 
by Lewis Carroll, illustrated by Grahame Baker-Smith. Additional details not yet available.

Stamp Art
Set in a black box frame, these beautifully illustrated Alice in Wonderland Stamps make a great addition to the wall. Handmade for Royal Mail in the UK. Dimensions: 33x18cm Price: £5.00 Code: NZ051

An exquisite 150th anniversary edition of Lewis Carroll’s classic story, created in association with Royal Mail. Alice’s adventures are bought to life in this special three-dimensional cut-paper book, presented in a charming slipcase. The book unfolds to reveal 10 of the most famous moments in the classic story, from Alice falling down the Rabbit hole, to the Mad-Hatters tea party. The beautiful illustrations by Kate Greenaway Medal winner Grahame Baker-Smith were specially commissioned by Royal Mail for a set of commemorative stamps and this innovative version of the classic tale makes an irresistible gift.

Stamp Art
Set in a black box frame, these beautifully illustrated Alice in Wonderland Stamps make a great addition to the wall. Handmade for Royal Mail in the UK. Dimensions: 33x18cm Price: £25.00
Additional Frame – Alice in Wonderland Print and Stamp Price: £45 (TBC)

Medal Cover – Issue Date 5th March 2015
Price £TBC, Code TBC
, Visual not yet available – this is for information only.
The Alice in Wonderland medal cover is issued on 5 March 2015, in time for World Book Day, includes the Alice in Wonderland special stamps and a specially designed Royal Mint medal. The insert features key characters from the story as portrayed by notable illustrators over the past 150 years, all set within a beautifully conceived paper cut-out illustrations by Rebecca Sutherland. The medal cover has been designed by Interabang and written by Lewis Carroll expert Selwyn Goodacre.

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