2014 St Valentine’s Day

The Bunnies of Love

The 2014 Valentine’s Day issue from the Isle of Vue again visits the folklore stories. that are passed down through the families of Laernu.  It concerns a pair of rabbits who find themselves the only two on the Isle of Vue by remarkable chance, and how they devised the flower chase which all rabbits on the Isle still use in their mating habits.

The stamps show the two rabbits as depicted in woodcut style.  The two stamps lie alternately se-tenant in the sheets, and each sheet has one flower variant of each stamp.  The issue is completed by a pair of covers, a card, single pair of stamps mini-sheet, and an Artwork proof sheet.  For those ordering the complete set and members of the Cinderellastampsforum there were a couple of extra items, namely a proof sheet with both stamps and their variants and a colour trial strip of seven stamps.  Some of these were used as imperforate stamps as envelope decoration and undoubtedly all colours will be represented in collections.  Additionally there was notice of a forthcoming Isle of Vue charity issue.  A preview of this stamp was included within the card, and in an explanatory flier.  The final item is a printed sheet detailing the rabbits of Laernu and the full story of Bella and Bonnie, and how the met.  A postscript to the issue was a postcard from Stampex 2014, complete with the 4 stamp strip.

A deeper study of the stamps shows that a different sheet layout was used to produce the stamps for the deluxe cover which has two normal stamps and two flower variants.  This led to shade variations between stamps from the two sheets with the cover stamps a deeper shade.  However the stamps on the ordinary cover and the card envelope were paler, suggesting these derived from a no-variant sheet run.  The mini-sheet stamps match the released sheets, which ties in with these being printed below sheet and being cut to size after perforating.  The stamps for the covers may have been printed in larger sheet sizes and without any marginal text.

Included in the listings are those items that have been issued to collectors, those which may yet appear (eg envelope decoration), and hypothetical sheet options which may have existed to provide the required stamps for covers etc.

57-58 57-58

57-58ap 57-58ap

57-58cd 57-58cd  57-58ct

57-58ct

57-58cv 57-58cv  57-58cv2 57-58cv2  57-58ms 57-58ms

57-58pc 57-58pc

57-58ps 57-58ps

57-58s 57-58s

envelope

flier

2014 St Valentine's Day

SK NumberTypeDescription
57501F Bella Teal
57d1F Bella - deeper shade - only found on Deluxe cover
57i1F Bella imperforate from proof sheet
57v1F Bella flower variant
57vi1F Bella variant imperforate from proof sheet
57vd1F Bella variant - deeper shade - only found on Deluxe cover
57p1F Bella paler print - only found on cover and card envelope
58511F Bonnie chestnut
58d1F Bonnie - deeper shade - only found on Deluxe cover
58i1F Bonnie imperforate from proof sheet
58v1F Bonnie flower variant
58vi1F Bonnie variant imperforate from proof sheet
58vd1F Bonnie variant -- deeper shade - only found on Deluxe cover
58p1F Bonnie paler print - only found on cover and card envelope
57-58sSheet of 20, 10 of each design including 1 each of the variants
57-58e1As above with missing perforation between first and second row of stamps
57-58cvCover with 57p and 58p - pale print varieties
57-58cv2Deluxe cover with 57d,58d,57vd and 58vd in a strip of 4 - deeper print variety
57-58spSheet of paler print ordinary stamps - hypothetical
57-58d4Strip of 4, 57d, 57vd, 58d, 58vd - deeper shade - only found on Deluxe cover
57-58dsSheet of strips of 4 31-32d4 - unissued
57-58cdValentines card and envelope, with 57p and 58p plus imperf 1F+1F
57-58apA5 Artwork proof sheet
57-58psProof sheet of 57, 57v, 58 and 58v imperforate
57-58pcPostcard with Strip of 4, 57d, 57vd, 58d, 58vd
57-58ctColour trial sheet of 7 imperforate stamps in range of colour options - both designs
57cv1Imperforate from colour trial sheet Bella - olive
57cv2Imperforate from colour trial sheet Bella - pale orange
57cv3Imperforate from colour trial sheet Bella - pale blue
58cv1Imperforate from colour trial sheet Bonnie - purple
58cv2Imperforate from colour trial sheet Bonnie - blue
58cv3Imperforate from colour trial sheet Bonnie - pale teal
58cv4Imperforate from colour trial sheet Bonnie - pale pink
Envelope for minisheet
Flier for the 1F+1F William Lole Charity issue

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