Agatha Christie Prestige Stamp Booklet

Today is Agatha Christie’s birthday, born on September 15, 1890, she would have been 125 years old!

She is the creator of some fantastic characters in her books – especially with Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple.

Agatha Christie Prestige Stamp Booklet

It was fun to come across “Detective Fiction on Stamps” – it “is a relatively small topic, but at least three dozen countries have issued postage stamps (and other philatelic items) which are connected to or commemorating fictional detectives, their creators or cinematic portrayals.”

Attribution: Scott BK155 – Stanley Gibbons DX12 from

From that page it led to the “British Royal Mail Agatha Christie Prestige Stamp Booklet — for which no Agatha Christie stamp was issued”.  The Prestige Booklet cover from March 19, 1991 is shown on the web page and includes a whole series of cover cancels (see the one on the right) celebrating the Centenary of Agatha Christie.   It appears to have been a competition – “Trace the Alias Competition” – with the complete booklet (SG DX12).  I’m wanting to explore getting an actual copy of this, I found this listing and will be investigating ebay this week and other sources.   It is still a mystery to me so stay tuned!

Attribution upper left of cover Alias Agatha Christie, from  Thank you for their unique site for Topical postage stamp collecting.

“The best time for planning a book is while you’re doing the dishes.” – Agatha Christie

Attribution: By Trailer screenshot (Witness for the Prosecution trailer) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons of Tyrone Power, 1957
Did you ever see the classic film “Witness for the Prosecution” (1957) ?   It is set in London and stars Tyrone Power, Marlene Dietrich, and Charles Laughton, with Elsa Lanchester. The movie is based on a short story which was later a play written by Agatha Christie.   If you haven’t seen it yet I will not give away the ending.   If you have seen it, I think you may be joining me in dusting it off and watching it again – if not tonight on a work/school night – then perhaps this weekend.

“The impossible could not have happened, therefore the impossible must be possible in spite of appearances.” – Agatha Christie, Murder on the Orient Express

I’m recalling summers reading almost the entire Miss Marple series and am reminded I need to figure out which ones I still need to read, and look at her entire catalog again.   What better way to conclude today’s blog post than with our own bit of sleuthing to locate an actual COPY of the Stamp Booklet referenced above – here’s to our exercising our little grey cells!


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