the postage stamps of Herm in the Channel Islands
Articles on Herm stamps
of a Stamp by Dr Bob Forrester - Part 1
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creation and production of any stamp is a complicated and lengthy
business. To collectors it
is also a fascinating process and in this article the various stages are
illustrated with reference to a variety of Herm's local stamps.
issues begin as someone's brainchild and the first idea must relate to
the nature of the theme. In
1958 artist Rigby Graham was asked to design a series of definitives.
Figures 1 and 2 show a list of his initial thoughts for subjects
and a rough sketch of the island prison, suitably framed by simulated
In the event none of these ideas were used for the stamps,
issued the following year, as the theme eventually chosen was the
journey of the mailboat Arrowhead from Herm to St Peter Port.
This brings us to the next stages of designing, research and
the acquisition of reference material.
Figures 3 and 4 show photographs taken whilst the artist was
following the Arrowhead at sea in order to make sketches and, as rough
conditions thwarted this attempt, a photograph of the boat which was
later supplied so that he could reproduce its design accurately in the
relevant stamp design.
the transition from reference material to finished product involves less
work as in the 7p value of
good the research, designs do not come easily artists developing their
ideas through a range of preparatory drawings.
Figure 6 shows international stamp designer Michael Goaman's
developing illustrations for one of his 1962 Europa designs.
Figure 6. Michael
Goaman’s illustrations for one of his 1962 Europa designs, and the 8
Figure 8 Panorama lengthened to fit proportions of
the collections of Dr Bob Forrester and David Ackroyd
Scanning and editing
by Peter Hewitt