In 1986 this Mini-sheet was produced to celebrate the Anniversary of the birth
of St. Samson, after whom the Isle of Samson is generally accepted to have been named.
It was the first commission from the owner of the ‘Woodcock Letter’ and the One Pence
blue part sheet, which at that time were the only known ‘stamps’ of Samson. The
mini sheet was designed and printed by Jupeta Design of Middle Cornwall.
The stamp shows the only known image of St. Samson, taken from an icon thought
to be held at the Cathedral of Dol in Brittany. Produced as a mini sheet of four
imperforated stamps in a limited edition of 25 sheets, it was intended to circulate
them through the Cinderella stamp community.
However one sheet - No. 25 - was split into four individual stamps and put
onto envelopes to have 'franked' on the four main Scilly Isles. They were never actually
posted, and so the whereabouts of the envelopes, and whether they were franked remains
The remaining mini-sheets are probably out there somewhere.
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