In my youth, my siblings and I had quite a collection of Ladybird books. Ladybird books were first published in 1914, although it wasn’t until the 1960s and 1970s that they became enormously popular. A few years ago I bought a box of postcards featuring Ladybird book covers, which provided quite a trip down memory lane.
When I went into the Post Office a few weeks ago it wasn’t to buy stamps, but when I saw the new issues featuring Ladybird books I couldn’t resist buying the two designs of 1st and 2nd class.
Each of the 1st class stamps features three books, one depicting books from the Early Tales and Rhymes series, and the other from the Key Words Reading Scheme. Of the books shown on the stamps, I think we may have had ‘Piggly plays truant’ when I was a child but I’m not sure about the others.
The 2nd class stamps were more familiar to me, and I was delighted to see that one of my favourite Ladybird books was amongst the three Well-loved Tales depicted. In fact, I think we had all three of the books shown in this series.
‘The elves and the shoemaker’ was a book I read over and over again as a child. I loved the idea of busy little elves working industriously through the night making shoes to help an old shoemaker.
The other 2nd class stamp also looked familiar to me. We had quite a few of the Adventures from History series, and of the three depicted I’m fairly sure we had the Florence Nightingale book and the Queen Elizabeth one.
It was such a joy to find these stamps that I bought rather a lot of them. I’ve managed to use quite a few, but I suspect I won’t want to part with my last ones for some time.