Jersey Souvenir Sheet Depicts Popular Culture of the 1960s

18 Jan 2018  Thu

Jersey Post issued a souvenir sheet as part of a stamp set, looking at the popular culture of the 1960s.

An award-winning designer Malcolm English created the illustration for the souvenir sheet. In announcing the Popular Culture: The 1960s set, Jersey Post described English’s artwork as a “playful interpretation of Jersey’s main shopping area, incorporating King Street and Queen Street. Bright, clashing colours, typical of 1960s decor are prominent, with lively hues of red, orange, purple and pink decorating the shop-fronts.”

The sheet contains a single £2 stamp, showcasing a perfume shop, wool shop, and drapers. From the second storey of the perfume shop, a Jersey flag is hanging. The same flag can be seen in the selvage on the right side of the sheet above the grocery.

On the left is an illustration of Jersey’s current flag. It features a diagonal red cross, called a saltire, and the badge of Jersey on a white field. The badge shows the three leopards of Normandy on a red shield, topped by a Plantagenet crown.

On 12th June 1979, the flag was adopted and proclaimed by Queen Elizabeth II Dec. 10, 1980, for use in the Bailiwick of Jersey as the island’s flag; and officially hoisted April 7, 1981. The current flag is the first to be adopted officially. Unofficially, a plain red saltire had been used since at least the 1830s until April 6, 1981. It is pictured on the right.

Since the souvenir sheet was issued to recall pop culture of the 1960s, a flag was not adopted until 1979 and not officially hoisted until 1981.

Malcolm English also designed the 63-penny Music stamp in the set.

The five other stamps feature illustrations by Oscar Wilson, 49p Language; Billy Hilson, 73p Fashion; Bob Venables, 79p Events; Debbie Powell, 90p Food; and Aurelie Guillerey, £1.07 Leisure.

These six stamps were issued separately in sheets of 10 and in a single souvenir sheet with a timeline at the bottom.

Hat-Trick Design Ltd. designed the stamps and souvenir sheets. Joh. Enschede printed them by offset lithography.

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