Review: Gillmor reviewed in IBIS, International Journal of Avian Science

The following review of Robert Gillmor’s Birds, Blocks and Stamps appears in the July issue of IBIS, International Journal of Avian Science:

Robert Gillmor was commissioned to design the first
pictorial stamps for self‐service Post & Go machines –
four sets, each of six stamps, showing garden, woodland,
water and sea birds of Britain, and issued between
September 2010 and 2011. Another 18 stamps, ‘on a
different theme’, will appear in 2012. Not only is there
in this slim book a fascinating and detailed account of
how linocut prints are made, generally and as applied to
each of the species portrayed, but a large illustration of
the print is shown above the much‐reduced equivalent
on the stamp. Background stories influencing the designs
include working with the late Ken Simmons on Great
Crested Grebes Podiceps cristatus, the first Collared
Doves Streptopelia decaocto in Reading and, among regular
visits to Skomer Island, once also to Grassholm, with
its huge colony of Northern Gannets Morus bassanus.

Ibis  Volume 154, Issue 3, page 652, July 2012  © 2012 The Authors. © 2012 British Ornithologists’ Union