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Sunday, January 8th, 2012

London 2012 Olympic Stamps by Paul Smith

Imagine you’re a famous fashion designer who has been creating critically and commercially successful menswear for 40 years. Your quirky, colorful patterns are nothing short of iconic, and you produce 14 different collections, which cover everything from jeans, watches, and shoes to fabrics, pens, and furniture. Your company’s annual turnover is £325 million, and, oh, you’re also a knight, thanks to that MBE from Queen Elizabeth II. So what do you do next? If you’re Sir Paul Smith, you design a collection of postage stamps. Issued Jan. 1, the seven stamps—issued by Britain’s Isle of Man—commemorate the London 2012 Summer Olympics. Each illustrates a different sport, including archery, rowing, tennis, swimming, track, sailing, and cycling, with the renderings distinguished by their minimal designs and radiant hues. Face values range from 37 pence to £1.15, with all legally tender. Mint (and cancelled) souvenir sheetlets are available for purchase from the Isle of Man Post Office for £9.84; worldwide buyers can have them delivered free through Jan. 31.