I found these (apparently) British Olympic stamps inside a low-priced catalog that I found in Ottawa a couple of years ago. Now, I`ve never known Britain to issue truly UGLY stamps, but to my mind these ARE ugly, and very incomplete looking. What have I got here? Are they real, complete British stamps or some kind of ugly anomaly? Sorry about the quality of this photo, but I couldn`t get one without my shadow on it!
Collecting Australia, New Zealand, Channel Islands, Canada, U.S., St-Pierre et Miquelon, Faroe Islands Topical - Seahorses, Paleophilately, Machins (limited), kingfishers, trees, horoscope & zodiac, O`Higgins (Chile), Lake Baikal.
These 5 stamps (yes, there are only 5 different - you get a free duplicate with every miniature sheet!) were originally produced by the British Post Office in 1996 to commemorate the centenary of the Olympics. They had a a face value of 26p. Then in 2005 when London was awarded the 2012 Olympics, rather than go to all the fag of having any new ones designed, they used the same ones as a MS with the face value changed to 'Ist' and the inscription changed from 'Olympic and Paraympic Games' to 'London 2012 Host City'.
It is this combination of total laziness and exploitativeness that is the problem - not the aesthetics. They are actually quite an effective way of representing Sport in a generalized way. If you want to see ugly, look at their output of Christmas stamps for the past 50 years!
Pato is a Swahili word meaning, amongst other things, Receipt. (It can also be used to mean a variety of other financial things such as Profit or Income). These stamps were issued in the early 70s to replace the previous practice of overprinting Revenue on postage stamps.
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