Hat-Trick designs London 2012 Olympic stamps
Hat-Trick Design has created four stamps for the Royal Mail which will be released on 27 July to mark the start of the London 2012 Olympic Games.
The Welcome to London stamps feature London landmarks blended with Olympic sports so, for example, the London Eye becomes the front wheel of a bicycle and the Olympic stadium is merged with a running track.
The other two stamps show a fencer’s lunge meeting the walkway of Tower Bridge and a diver alongside Tate Modern.
There are two first-class stamps in the set and two priced at £1.28, for worldwide airmail postage.
London Mayor Boris Johnson says, ‘Even fleet-footed Hermes himself would hang up his winged sandals and send his letters through Royal Mail if he saw the quality of these beautiful Olympics-themed stamps.’
It will also be releasing special gold medal stamps throughout the Olympics, for each gold won by a British athlete. An example is show above.
Royal Mail says these stamps will, where possible, feature a photograph of the athlete or team in action from their gold medal-winning final.