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Classic Toys Stamp Series

The latest stamp collection from Royal Mail has been released and it commemorates 10 classic British toys from the last 100 years as designed by creative agency Interabang.

I have very little to add to what Design Week have already published on these, other than wow – aren’t these just a stunning collection of stamps!

Each stamp is beautifully laid out, evoking pure nostalgia and childhood memories capturing what these toys were all about.

Each of the toys was sourced in the original packaging from the likes of eBay (and private collectors) and formed a prime source of inspiration for each stamp.

A mix of apt photography with period style graphics and text makes them an absolute joy to look at.

“The stamp design is about the toy, but capturing the essence of the world of the toy as well.”

Interabang director Adam Giles

If you have to push me for a favourite I’d have to say Spirograph, though both Meccano and the Stickle Bricks aren’t very far behind.

Fantastic job, Interabang!

The Classic Toys stamp sets are available from Royal Mail and in Post Offices, with the presentation pack top of my list!


Spirograph Drawing Machine

Hands up who remembers Spirograph?  I know I do.  Many afternoons lost to the art of creating endless swirling patterns, often trying the to replicate the perfect scenes on lid of the box but rarely coming close.  2011 heralds an era where bigger is being shown as better, and when you see Eske Rex’s Drawing Machine it is difficult to disagree.

A kind of Spirograph on steroids if you will, with an ethereal beauty which is oddly soothing as the marker’s raw sound scrapes across the paper.

A limitless opportunity to create infinite patterns, overlaying different colours across a range of sizes.  What I find so attractive about this work is the natural beauty of it, as far as I can tell it is something that a human cannot freely create.  The bare and unfinished machinery working the pen to create sweeping curves and colourful geometry.

Eske’s “Drawing no 1”

If you liked the Drawing Machine then take a look at some more of Eske Rex’s work, particularly Grinder.

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