Issue date: October 12, 1993
Se-tenant strip of 5 postage stamps from Great Britain. If you have the actual stamps and a magnifying glass - and what Sherlock Holmes fan would be without his trusty glass? - you will discover a hidden letter on each of the five stamps. Put the letters together and you get the name of the author of the Sherlock Holmes stories - DOYLE.
The stamps illustrate scenes from various stories, including The Reigate Squire, The Hound of the Baskervilles, The Six Napoleons, The Greek Interpreter and The Final Problem.
An interesting side-note: The Hound of the Baskervilles, a favorite among fans of the great detective, was not originally intended by its author to be a Sherlock Holmes story. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was well into the writing of the short novel before he decided that Holmes belonged in it.
The stamps themselves were issued in sheets of 50, ten rows of 5 stamps each, and printed by the House of Questa. The Royal Mail also issued a Sherlock Holmes presentation pack, which is quite attractive. Five postcards were also issued, each bearing a picture of one of the five stamps.
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