The Twelve Days of Christmas

Saturday, December 1, 2007

in GB stamps

I've always loved these 1977 Christmas stamps because they were one of the first sets I collected as a child, eagerly waiting for different images to arrive on letters and then steaming them off Christmas card envelopes to make up the full set of six.

The five 7 pence stamps represent different lines of the Christmas song The Twelve Days of Christmas:

"Twelves Lords a-leaping,
Eleven Ladies dancing,
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Ten Pipers piping,
Nine Drummers drumming,
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Eight Maids a-milking,
Seven Swans a-swimming,
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Six Geese a-laying,
Five Gold Rings,
Four Colly Birds,
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Three French Hens,
Two Turtle Doves..."

whilst the 9 pence stamp represents the repeated chorus:

"And a Partridge in a Pear Tree".

The 7 pence stamps were printed horizontally in a se-tenant strip.

GB Christmas Stamps 1977

GB AIRMAIL LETTER AEROGRAMME COVERS UNUSED CHOOSE COVER
GB AIRMAIL LETTER AEROGRAMME COVERS UNUSED CHOOSE COVER
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Gibraltar 1977 Christmas Rubens Mi Bl 4 MNH
Gibraltar 1977 Christmas Rubens Mi Bl 4 MNH
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1977 COMMEMORATIVES SET XMAS ISSUE  USED 250618
1977 COMMEMORATIVES SET XMAS ISSUE USED 250618
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23 November 1977 THE TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS First Day Cover FDC
23 November 1977 THE TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS First Day Cover FDC
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1977 to 1980 GB 4 x First Day Covers CHRISTMAS ISSUES Job Lot
1977 to 1980 GB 4 x First Day Covers CHRISTMAS ISSUES Job Lot
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