The 2012 Olympics loom closer every day, and there's no better proof than to see a letter arrive in the mail from the United Kingdom with a splash of sporty stamps. With last week's release of 10 more Olympic stamps, Britain's Royal Mail has now issued 30 stamps honoring each of the sport groups in the Olympics.
At the head of the list is the iconic Para Dressage stamp representing equestrian sports. The stamp was one of the first of the series issued, and dates back to 2009.
One of the most interesting aspects of the stamp series is that all 30 stamps were designed by 30 different artists. The dressage stamp, which I think is quite stunning, was designed by Andrew Davidson, an artist from the Cotwolds district who is a master of the woodcut printmaking technique.
Here are the three sets of Olympic stamps for London 2012:
PS While researching this story, I found an amazing set of dog and cat stamps from the Royal Mail commemorating the Battersea Home for Cats and Dogs that I thought you might like as I much as I do. Each stamp features an actual animal rehomed by the charity. Here's one of my favorites: