Saturday, September 24, 2016

Royal Mail Releases Stamps With Hidden Clues To Honour Agatha Christie

To celebrate the centenary of Agatha Christie's first detective novel the U.K.’s Royal Mail has released a set of stamps dedicated to six key scenes and principal characters from Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express, The Mysterious Affair at Styles, The Body in the Library, And Then There Were None, The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, and A Murder Is Announced. Each stamp sums up one of Christie’s plots in a single frame illustrated by Neil Webb, with clues that point to the murderer hidden in the artwork. These ‘hidden clues’ are revealed with exposure to UV light or heat, and of course, the use of a magnifying glass.

And Then There Were None: A poem, key to the plot, is the moon’s reflection,
and the mysterious U.N.Owen appears at the lit window.

Murder on The Orient Express: Don’t be distracted by the red kimono character,
she distracts the viewer from the killer hidden behind a heat sensitive
ink curtain. The curtain disappears when the stamp is touched,
and names of suspects are written along the train track in micro text.

The Mysterious Affair at Styles: Poirot and Hastings investigate the crime scene
 – forming the skull, as the murderer used poison.
The whole stamp is then reproduced in miniature on the poison bottle.

The stamps were designed by London-based Studio Sutherland in collaboration with British illustrator Neil Webb.

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