The Royal Mail Honours Rupert Bear as he Turns 100

The Royal Mail

Illustrator Stuart Trotter’s Rupert Bear turns 100.

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Rupert Bear has turned 100 and to commemorate the milestone, the anthropomorphic adventurer has been honoured by The Royal Mail in a set of eight stamps. Created in 1920 and first illustrated by Mary Tourtel, Rupert was a check-trouser wearing young bear who lived with his parents in the country village of Nutwood

Rupert first appeared in the Daily Express newspaper on 8 November 1920, as Little Lost Bear – the work of illustrator Mary Tourtel. The character, whose famous red jumper was originally blue, was part of the newspaper’s push to attract new readers. Alfred Bestall took over from Tourtel in 1935 as Rupert’s illustrator, remaining with him until the early 1970s, and also it’s his distinctive style that appears in the new stamps.

Royal Mail Honours Rupert Bear as he Turns 100
The Royal Mail Honours Rupert Bear as he Turns 100 with a set of commemorative stamps. image: Royal Mail

The eight stamps feature the artwork of Alfred Bestall, who wrote and illustrated more than 270 Rupert stories. The set is made up of four pairs of stamps, each pair featuring two illustrations from one of Rupert’s adventures – Rupert’s Rainy Adventure (1944), Rupert And The Mare’s Nest (1952), Rupert And The Lost Cuckoo (1963) and Rupert’s Christmas Tree (1947).

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