Postal Updates

Heraldic beasts appear on British labels

Apr 24, 2015, 6 AM


Great Britain’s Royal Mail will feature six heraldic beasts on pictorial computer-produced self-adhesive postage labels to be issued May 13 during London 2015 Europhilex, which will take place May 13-16 at the Business Design Centre in London, England.

Royal Mail calls these labels “post & go.” The denominations are printed at the time of purchase.

Chris Wormell created the illustrations for these labels using the linocut technique. They show a lion, unicorn, yale, dragon, falcon and griffin, each on a different colored background.

A yale is a mythological creature similar to a horned goat.

Osborne Ross designed the labels using Wormell’s illustrations. International Security Printers printed them by gravure.

The postage labels are available from terminals in post office branches throughout the United Kingdom. The terminals allow customers to weigh their letters and packages, pay the postage and print the appropriate label.

For more information, contact Royal Mail, Tallents House, 21 S. Gyle Crescent, Edinburgh EH12 9PB, Scotland; or visit Royal Mail's online shop.

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