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First Christmas stamps, first children’s paintings (1966)

Despite many requests over the years that Royal Mail issue Christmas stamps, these were always refused until Tony Benn became Postmaster General. He wanted Christmas stamps in 1965, and even suggested a charity surcharge. However, time meant that 1966 was the soonest feasible. A competition was organised among schoolchildren aged under 15 with over 5,000 entries received. A team of eight professional stamp designers chose designs by Tasveer Shemza (of King Wenceslas) and James Berry (Snowman) as first choice.