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Postage stamps: Ladybird book covers

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.

Ladybird 1st class 1
1st class stamp featuring Ladybird books from the Early Tales and Rhymes series.
Ladybird 1st class 2
1st class stamp featuring Ladybird books from the Key Words Reading Scheme series.

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.

Ladybird 2nd 1
2nd class stamp featuring Ladybird books from the Well-loved Tales 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 elves and the shoemaker
One of the Ladybird postcards included in the box I bought a few years ago, featuring ‘The elves and the shoemaker’, one of my all-time favourite Ladybird books.

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.

Ladybird 2nd 2
2nd class stamp featuring Ladybird books from the Adventures from History series.

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.

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4 thoughts on “Postage stamps: Ladybird book covers

  1. These postage stamps are wonderful. It is so great to see books featured! I see the new 10-pound note has Jane Austen on it! I will want one of those when we next visit the UK.

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    1. The variety of stamps never ceases to amaze me. So far this year we’ve had books, castles, horses, windmills and much more, and each of them a miniature work of art. I hope you get your hands on a Jane Austen £10 soon, they are rather nice.

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  2. Beautiful, old fashioned art work on the covers of the books and what a wonderful idea for the postage stamps. All the wonderful art exhibited on the money and the stamps makes me quite jealous. We had some wonderful reading books when I started first grade about a million years ago called Fun With Dick and Jane. The books were illustrated in a lovely old fashioned style and I absolutely loved them. Thanks for sharing the books and stamps.

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    1. I’ve heard of those Dick and Jane books but I don’t know if we ever had them in the UK. That style looks old-fashioned now, but I agree with you that it’s stood the test of time and still has great appeal.

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