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We close the year with our Star Trek issue…

Stuart Star Trek FDC

I do like Star Trek; I remember watching repeats of the original series on BBC2 around 6pm, when I was younger. I was gripped!

The special effects, though poor, didn’t matter – the imagination took you elsewhere! I like the colours of these stamps, and it’s nice to see the old and the more recent cast together.

Finally, the last issue of the year! I think we can honestly say it’s been quite a blockbuster of a year, in more ways than one. I know both Erica and I are looking forward to slowing down a bit over the Christmas period, to spend time with our families.

Erica and I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your continued support and patience. As you know, we are a small family business, and we have worked hard to continue
to deliver an impressive service during this year. But we wouldn’t have been able to do it without you. You keep us going and we are so grateful for that.

We hope you have a lovely Christmas and New Year; please make sure you stay safe and look after yourselves and your families. In the meantime, stay well and keep collecting (or ‘live long
and prosper’!)

Freya Betts

Freya Betts is the illustrator of this issue’s stamps. The 24yr old Cornwall based illustrator went straight from school to landing an apprenticeship in design for film, where she ended up art working and designing campaigns for Universal, Paramount, Warner Bros and Disney. Now freelance and represented by the illustration agency, Jelly, the Star Trek stamps are her latest commission. Betts describes her style as ‘realistic but painterly’. She does work digitally, but still aims to keep her approach as close to fine art as possible.

Her focus is mainly on film-based art, as this combines her three main loves: illustration, design and film. Betts said she found working on the stamps as a challenge, due to the artwork being printed on such a small scale!

Gene Roddenberry

Star Trek creator, Gene Roddenberry, was a very colourful character – he flew B-17 bombers in the Second World War, was an airline pilot and then a sergeant on the Los Angeles police force. However, despite all this danger and excitement, what he really enjoyed was writing and realised early on, the future of television. Roddenberry became a freelance television writer and contributed scripts to several network programs, such as Dr Kildare and Dragnet. He started selling his idea of Star Trek to producers in 1964, and finally got the green light in 1966, though
it was frequently threatened with cancellation. In fact, after the studio rejected the pilot, Lucille Ball stepped in and told the studio to reshoot the pilot.

The show survived until 1969, and despite only lasting three years (& 79 episodes), the success of Star Trek meant that it was able to initiate an animation series, a series of theatrical films, and numerous spin-off television series.

Did you know….?

  • Freya Betts never went to university; her journey started when she went to work for a friend of a friend for work experience at 16yrs!
  • Freya Betts lives off grid in a ‘tiny home’ cabin in Cornwall.
  • Leonard Nimroy introduced the Vulcan ‘live long and prosper’ salutation after seeing the splitfinger gesture being performed as a blessing at a synagogue.
  • Nimroy also invented the Vulcan nerve pinch manoeuvre, as he felt that bashing someone over the head to knock them out, was rather unsophisticated for a 23rd century Vulcan.
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