Published on March 20th, 2015 | by Sarah Jubb
Special Stamps Of The 2010s
We end our special stamps series in the current decade, the 2010s. While the 2000s brought smartphones to the world, in 2010 Apple introduced the iPad, bringing about increased ownership of tablet computers and making working on the move easier.
A number of collectible stamps have been issued on the theme of Harry Potter and the last film of the saga, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, was released in 2011, becoming the highest grossing film series to date. In 2012 Britain celebrated the 60th anniversary of the Queen’s accession with many events as well as the issue of collectible stamps and coins to commemorate the Diamond Jubilee.
The bicentenary birth of one of Britain’s most loved authors, Charles Dickens, was celebrated in 2012 and Royal Mail released a series of stamps that featured some of his greatest works. Though some of Dickens most famous works include A Tale of Two Cities, A Christmas Carol and Great Expectations, this stamp set included characters from some of his other iconic books including Oliver Twist and David Copperfield.
London was the centre of the world’s attention in 2012 when it played host to the most important event in the sporting calendar, the Olympics and Paralympics. Great Britain saw its best ever medal haul in the Olympics, finishing third behind the United States and China with a total of 65 medals including 29 gold. In the Paralympics Britain did just as well, producing 120 medals with 34 gold’s for another third place finish.
To celebrate Britain’s sporting success, Royal Mail undertook its most daunting task yet when it pledged to produce a stamp for each Team GB gold during the Olympics and Paralympics. This resulted in a mind boggling 63 stamps being released!
In 2013 Doctor Who celebrated its 50th anniversary and Royal Mail released a series of stamps featuring the previous Doctors along with some of the most famous villains the Doctor has faced. Since its first appearance in 1963, Doctor Who and his famous blue time travelling police box, the TARDIS, has remained a much loved aspect of British culture and become a cult favourite worldwide.
2014 saw the one hundred year anniversary of the start of World War One, the global war the ravaged Europe from 1914 to 1918. To commemorate the anniversary of one of the deadliest wars in history, Royal Mail released six stamps that included an image of the poppy that is synonymous with Remembrance Day and an excerpt from the poem ‘For the Fallen’ by Lawrence Binyon.
Royal Mail plans to honour the brave contributions that both British and Commonwealth nations gave in the war by releasing six stamps a year until 2018. Included in these stamps will be stamps that celebrate the courage of the armed forces, armed combatants and women.