From our 18th Dec newsletter. . .
Stamps have been in the news this week for all sorts of reasons.
A post office in Durham, England, reckoned they had run out of 2nd Class stamps and blamed a national shortage, but the Royal Mail said there was no shortage, the shop in question had simply not ordered enough.
However, it was soon followed by a couple of letters in the Daily Telegraph (does anyone read that any more?) in which the writers claimed their local post office had run short as well.
In America their equivalent of Smiler stamps are Custom postage stamps but it is the same idea, you can design a stamp of your own.
But was does the US of A allow on stamps? Well from May 15 next year, you can only depict something which is, in their words, ‘suitable for all ages’ but guns, alcohol and tobacco are allowed.
However, you can’t depict cannabis even when it is legal in your state or show it being used for medical purposes.
Perhaps even more ironic is that the one of the people the US Post Office is honouring with a stamp next year is John Lennon (left) who was no stranger to various things Benson and Hedges never sold. . .