Limited edition Beagle Project first day covers with optional signature by Sir Robin Knox-Johnston are available for purchase from Buckingham Covers.Though Peter already posted about this, I am going to go out on a limb here and guess that because it went up last week you might have missed it in the whole Darwin bicentenary media tidal wave.
Even if you had seen Peter's post you'd be forgiven for assuming from the post title that he was just linking to the shiny new Darwin stamps (a batch of which I've just ordered for my own greedy self), or you might have thought that the post was about stamps or first day covers commemorating HMS Beagle.
If actual fact, these puppies are specifically about The HMS Beagle Project and a portion of proceeds will go to support the project ...but what are they?
When I first heard the phrase "first day cover" I was left scratching my head (as us primates are wont to do). I'm not sure we even have anything like this in the States (though it would be surprising if some enterprising person hadn't thought to import the idea). Anyways, enough about my ignorance; a first day cover is a commemorative envelope bearing special edition stamps and a special postmark. I am told they are collectibles.
These particular first day covers are made by Buckingham Covers, they feature a Beagle Project banner and are postmarked in Lawrenny, Pembrokeshire, where The Beagle Project is based. If you're willing to pay a little more you can even get your cover signed by none other than Sir Robin Knox-Johnston CBE RD, the first person to sail single handed and non-stop around the world and patron of The HMS Beagle Project.