I went to my local post office yesterday and was, yet again, shocked that it was costing me $1.05 to send a letter to downtown Vancouver. Today, I found some stamps that are actually worth paying for — if you are in Britain, at least.
This is the centenary anniversary of the Agatha Christie’s first detective story, The Mysterious Affair at Styles. To celebrate this event the Royal Mail ordered up six stamps representing some of her most famous mysteries. Jim Sutherland and Neil Webb have come up with beautiful designs that look good, fairly represent the plots of the books, and include clues that can be found through heat or UV light. In addition, each stamp contains a secret letter that, put together with the others in the set spell “AGATHA”.
This is the stamp that shows “The Mysterious Affair At Styles”. As Creative Review describes this:
“Poirot and Hastings investigate the crime scene – forming the skull, as the murderer used poison. The whole stamp is then reproduced in miniature on the poison bottle.”
It seems to me that Canada Post is good at putting ever larger numbers (i.e. prices) on their stamps. Perhaps they should release their artistic energies instead.