Stamp of success for Hammer Horror

Original Hammer cinema posters to appear on 50th anniversary set of stamps.
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The British Royal Mail has released a series of stamps to commemorate the 50th anniversary of several Hammer Films' including Dracula and The Curse of Frankenstein.

Coolabi, the global licensing agent for the Hammer Films brand, supplied the images used for the stamps, which appear as part of a six stamp set celebrating Hammer horror movies and the Carry On films.

The stamps highlight three of Hammer's early successes: The Curse of Frankenstein, Dracula and The Mummy.

The Royal Mail is producing stamp cards, a presentation pack and a first day cover to accompany the film stamp issue. The pack contains all six stamps, plus comment from cult film critic and author Kim Newman. Also available is a set of postcards with enlarged images of each of the Hammer Films and Classic Carry On stamps.

"Few people would have guessed in 1958 that Hammer would still be a well-known name half a century after the first Hammer Dracula," said Coolabi's head of licensing, Janet Woodward. "But, as this set of stamps and an amazingly diverse and exciting licensing programme are proving, Hammer Horror and all the associations those words evoke is still a vibrant part of British culture 50 years on."

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