The Royal Mail
launched a special set of commemorative stamps on 10 June. The stamps mark 50
years of both the Carry On and Hammer Horror franchises. The six stamps
feature the original UK cinema poster artwork from Carry On Sergeant,
Carry On Cleo, Carry On Screaming, The Curse of Frankenstein,
Dracula and The Mummy.
The stamps are
available in a variety of ways over the next twelve months from local
post-offices in the UK (well, those that remain after the recent spate of
closures) and from the Royal Mail's website
postwoman Andrea Boothman and Samuel Houston from the Royal Mail in
Friar's Bush Cemetery, Belfast to promote the launch of the Hammer and
Carry On stamps, 9 June 2008.
image © Robert J.E.
are available in sheets of 50, as presentation packs, first day covers, and post
cards (both blow-ups of the stamps, and those with pre-paid postage available).
In London a
special launch event included Jimmy Sangster, Fenella Fielding (star of Carry
On Screaming and Hammer's Old Dark House
release and images of the stamps from the Royal Mail is here.
Unofficialhammerfilms.com were asked to help out with the Northern Ireland
launch of the stamps, and editor Robert Simpson helped organise a photoshoot for
the local press. The shoot took place in Friar's Bush graveyard in Belfast, with
Robert providing one of the Gresham Blake Hammer capes for the photographers.
Houston from the Royal Mail in Belfast donned the cape, whilst postwoman Andrea
Boothman played the part of the screaming victim.