Royal Mail is celebrating the work of puppeteer Gerry Anderson with a new set of special “motion stamps”.
Anderson created the characters from cult TV programmes such as Thunderbirds, Captain Scarlet and Stingray.
FAB: The Genius Of Gerry Anderson kicks off the 2011 Royal Mail Special Stamps calendar.
The programmes celebrated on the main issue of stamps are Thunderbirds, Captain Scarlet, Joe 90, Fireball XL5, Supercar and Stingray.
In addition, a miniature sheet of four “motion” stamps has been specially printed which, when they are tilted back and forth, show the opening sequence of Thunderbirds, with each craft, 1-4, counting down to launch.
Anderson said: “I feel incredibly proud that my work has been chosen to appear on a set of Royal Mail stamps, and to see actual animation of the opening scenes of Thunderbirds appear on the motion stamps is really wonderful.”
The latest stamps celebrate the 50th anniversary of Anderson’s programmes which began with Supercar in 1961.
Philip Parker, from the Royal Mail, said: “Gerry Anderson’s ingenuity and inventiveness caused a sensation in the 1960s.
“We’re delighted that, 50 years on, we are able to recognise and celebrate his work on our first stamp issue of 2011.”