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,
Ten Pipers piping,
Nine Drummers drumming,
Eight Maids a-milking,
Seven Swans a-swimming,
Six Geese a-laying,
Five Gold Rings,
Four Colly Birds,
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.
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