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For me the best Christmas stamp issues tell something of the biblical story of Christmas. This is certainly true of Gibraltar's 2007 issue. There are the porcelain figures of Jesus, Mary and Joseph as well as the three Kings. Together with the Shepherds and the stable animals and an angel or two the china ornaments would have recreated the traditional manger scene of Holy Family and representatives of the human race and Heaven marvelling at the new-born Son of God.

However the stamps go one step further: they actually provide excerpts of the biblical text. The words are not however part of the imagery on the front of the stamps. The words are on the back. Yes, that's right, The words are on the gummed side. For the full text we need to go to the Bible and read the relevant chapters of Luke's and Matthew's Gospels. But here  I reproduce both sides of the stamps so you can see what the issues designers wanted us to  realise or remember.

Biblical Nativity Text on the gummed side of the stamps

Biblical Nativity Text on the gummed side of the stamps

Biblical Nativity Text on the gummed side of the stamps

Biblical Nativity Text on the gummed side of the stamps

Biblical Nativity Text on the gummed side of the stamps

Biblical Nativity Text on the gummed side of the stamps

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Theotoo · 1235 days ago
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  •  angrybird: 
     

    Very interesting design showing porcelain figures and words printed on the back of the stamps!

     
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08.12.2014 (1235 days ago)
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