Issue Date:12th OCT'2010
Winnie the Pooh is a fictional bear created by A. A. Milne. The first collection of stories about the character was the book Winnie-the-Pooh (1926), and this was followed by The House at Pooh Corner (1928). Milne also included a poem about the bear in the children’s verse book When We Were Very Young (1924) and many more in Now We Are Six (1927). All four volumes were illustrated by E. H. Shepard. The hyphens in the character's name were later dropped when The Walt Disney Company adapted the Pooh stories into a series of Winnie the Pooh features that became one of the company's most successful franchises worldwide: see Winnie the Pooh (Disney). The Pooh stories have been translated into many languages, including Alexander Lenard's Latin translation, Winnie ille Pu, which was first published in 1958, and, in 1960, became the only Latin book ever to have been featured on the New York Times Best Seller List.Since the 1970s, Pooh Bear has been voiced by three actors: Sterling Holloway, Hal Smith and Jim Cummings
Pooh and his friends: Tigger, Piglet, Eeyore, Rabbit, Kanga, Roo and Owl – feature on the six sheet stamps, while the friendship between Pooh and Christopher Robin is the focus of the four 1st Class stamps in the Miniature Sheet.
Philip Parker, Royal Mail Stamps spokesperson, said: “We know that Winnie-the-Pooh is a stamp issue that will rekindle many fond memories for people of all ages.
“He is rightly regarded as the world’s most popular classic children’s book character and we are delighted that we could use E.H. Shepard’s original illustrations to bring Pooh and his friends to life on millions of stamps.”
Winnie-the-Pooh is Royal Mail’s contribution to the PostEurop theme for 2010 of ‘children’s books’ The “Europa” logo is included on both 1st Class stamps.
1st Class – Winnie the Pooh, Piglet and Christopher Robin
Pooh, Piglet and Christopher Robin illustration taken from A.A. Milne’s book of verse Now we are Six
58p – Winnie the Pooh and Piglet
Pooh and Piglet walk off into the wind on their way to Kanga’s house in ‘A very grand thing’ from The House at Pooh Corner
60p – Winnie the Pooh and Rabbit
Pooh informs Rabbit about the ‘Expotition to the North Pole’ from Winnie-the-Pooh.
67p – Winnie the Pooh and Eeyore
Pooh sings ‘Cottleston Pie’ to Eeyore from ‘Eeyore has a birthday’ in Winnie-the-Pooh.
88p – Winnie the Pooh and friends
Pooh is joined by Rabbit, Kanga and Roo, Owl and Piglet for a Pooh party in ‘We say good bye’ from Winnie-the-Pooh.
97p – Winnie the Pooh and Tigger
Pooh discovers that Tiggers don’t like honey in ‘Tigger has breakfast’ from The House at Pooh Corn
Remark:Great stamps and FDC not only for children but for all ages.Thanks