10 June 2008
UK Cult Classics Celebrated on Royal Mail Stamps
Belly laughs and spine-chilling screams are brought together as Royal Mail celebrates the 50th anniversary of two timeless UK films on six cinematic stamps.
Released on 10th June, the stamps mark the 50th birthday ofCarry On and the first Dracula
movie by Hammer films.
The six stamps feature original cinema posters of six of the best-known Carry On and Hammer Horror productions and alternate between the two genres
National Service caper Carry On Sergeant (1st) is followed by Christopher Lee’s sinister Dracula (48p), while Sid James’ cheeky sphinx dominates Carry On Cleo (50p).
Lee is back in action as The Monster, seen clawing his way menacingly from the poster of The Curse of Frankenstein (56p), and the Carry On team returns with its classic Hammer spoof Horror Carry On Screaming (72p). The Mummy (81p) completes the issue and, like all three Hammer films featured on the stamps, sees Lee in action alongside that other great Hammer stalwart, Peter Cushing.
The stamps were designed by Elmwood, while the supporting products were designed by Webb and Webb.
Royal Mail is producing Stamp Cards, a Presentation Pack and a First Day Cover to accompany the Classic Carry On and Hammer film stamp issue.
The presentation pack contains all six stamps and comment from cult film critic and author Kim Newman.
Julietta Edgar, Head of Special Stamps, Royal Mail said: “Carry On and Hammer Films had a huge impact on audiences around the world. The stamp issue celebrates and unifies the two very different film genres that spanned decades of British cinema and still remain popular today.”
Issued by Eulogy! on behalf of Royal Mail
Tel 020 7927 9999
NOTES TO EDITORS
Images of the Classic Carry On and Hammer Films stamps are available by telephoning Christie Palmer at Eulogy! on 0207 927 9999 or via email from firstname.lastname@example.org
Carry On and Hammer, stamp by stamp, film by film:
1st Class – Carry On Sergeant
The very first Carry On film released in 1958 follows the adventures of a hapless group of National Servicemen as they face the culture shock of Army life. Starring Bob Monkhouse, Kenneth Connor, Bill Owen, Shirley Eaton and William Hartnell.
48p – Dracula
Released in 1958 and the first colour version of Bram Stoker’s vampire tale, Dracula starred Christopher Lee as the undead, blood-sucking count with Peter Cushing as his nemesis Van Helsing.
50p – Carry On Cleo
Released in 1964, Ancient Briton Henghist Pod (Kenneth Connor) accidentally becomes Caesar’s (Kenneth Williams) bodyguard and joins him on a trip to the court of Cleopatra (Amanda Barrie). Sid James is Mark Antony and the film also features Charles Hawtrey, Joan Sims and Jim Dale
56p – The Curse of Frankenstein
Released in 1957, this retelling of Mary Shelley’s classic story was one of the first films to do so in full gory colour. Cushing played Victor Frankenstein while Lee was the creature.
72p – Carry On Screaming
1966 saw a pastiche on the then popular Hammer Horrors, Carry On Screaming follows the adventures of a pair of Victorian detectives (Harry H Corbett and Jim Dale) as they investigate a suspicious showroom dummy factory run by Fenella Fielding and Kenneth Williams.
81p – The Mummy
Released in 1959, an archaeologist, John Banning, (Cushing) is pursued by the Mummy of Kharis (Lee) avenging the desecration of the tomb of his lover who turns out to be the image of Cushing’s present-day fiancé played by Yvonne Furneux.
The Classic Carry On and Hammer Films stamps
1st - First class inland letter Rate
Carry On Sergeant
48p - World wide basic rate
50p - European standard rate
Carry On Cleo
56p - Basic airmail rate up to 10gm
The Curse of Frankenstein
72p – Europe up to 60gm
Carry On Screaming
81p - Rest of World up to 20 gm
Number of stamps
Dracula, The Curse of Frankenstein and The Mummy © Hammer Film Productions Ltd 2008, Licensed by Coolabi; Carry On Sergeant, Carry On Cleo and Carry On Screaming courtesy of Canal+ Image UK Ltd
Walsall Security Printers Ltd
41mm x 30mm
Number per Sheet
14.5 x 14
Presentation Pack No: 414 – Classic Carry On and Hammer Films
The fully illustrated presentation pack is written by cult film and television critic and author Kim Newman who looks at both film genres and their legacy. The pack was designed by Webb and Webb, and printed by Walsall Security Printers.
UK First Day Cover Envelope
The First Day Cover Envelope was designed by Webb and Webb and printed by Dobson and Crowther Ltd. The filler card is also designed by Webb and Webb with copy by cult film and television critic and author Kim Newman and is printed by Fulmar Colour Printing Company Ltd
There will also be a set of six postcards, issued approximately one week ahead of the stamp issue, and bearing enlarged images of each of the Classic Carry On and Hammer Films stamps. Price £2.40 the set. Printed by Fulmar Colour Printing Company Ltd.
Carry On Collecting Stamp Book
The retail stamp book contains six Gold first class Machin definitives with an advert printed on the left-hand panel, which features a reproduction of the Carry On Sergeant stamp and Royal Mail stamps web address.
Two different pictorial ‘first day of issue postmarks’ are available for every new stamp issue (pictured below).
Unstamped Royal Mail First Day Cover envelopes (price 30p) will be available from Post Office branches and philatelic outlets approximately one week before issue. Collectors who hand in or post covers at main Post Officeâ branches will receive the pictorial Bray Maidenhead Berks first day postmark.
Alternatively, collectors may send stamped covers for the first day of issue to Royal Mail, Tallents House, 21 South Gyle Crescent, Edinburgh EH12 9PB, quoting reference FD08 15 (Tallents House) or to any Special Handstamp Centre quoting reference FD08 16(Bray Maidenhead Berks pictorial postmark) FD08 16NP (non-pictorial).