New Agatha Christie Themed Stamps

The UK is releasing awesome stamps to celebrate the 100th anniversary of her first novel

One hundred years ago, Agatha Christie completed her first published novel, The Mysterious Affair at Styles (released 1920).To celebrate, the UK’s Royal Mail has issued a series of six new commemorative stamps, each one celebrating one of Christie’s best known works. Although narrowing down the famed mystery writer’s eighty plus titles seems like an unenviable task, the folks in charge made some good selections.

Designed by Studio Southerland and illustrated by Neil Webb, the stamps are, as far as stamps go, quite an artfully done collection. Beyond their aesthetic appeal, the images all contain their own hidden mysteries that the artists encourage collectors and regular letter senders alike to explore.

While they’re all worth a closer look, our favorite stamp is dedicated to The Mysterious Affair at Styles. The scene (pictured above) features the author’s famous recurring detectives — Hercule Poirot and Arthur Hastings — examining a bottle of poison that, if you magnify it, has a smaller reproduction of the image on its label.

Here is the whole selection:

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