EU Single Market Stamp / First Day Cover (13 October 1992) by David Hockney


This First Day Cover of the  stamp designed by David Hockney to commemorate the advent of the European Single Market. Each of the 12 member countries produced a stamp to celebrate the occasion, and the UK commissioned David, who created this. 

These first day covers are on bright blue envelopes with an image of the Mill exterior that were specially produced for the issue. The printing was limited to 5000 copies worldwide, and each cover has its own unique number printed on it. This is all made clear on each first day cover. The cover comes wrapped in clear cellophane.

The stamp was launched in the 1853 Gallery at Salts Mill on 13 October, 1992. David's brother Paul gamely dressed up as a Hockney family postman and cycled round the Gallery, whilst the artist himself designed a bright red cubist post box to post Hockney-stamped letters in. We had the postbox fabricated up the road, obtained a daily collection licence from Royal Mail for just one month, and all mail posted in the Gallery Post Box was hand franked as a special issue to mark the event. What larks! The gorgeous post box is still on show in the gallery today; the First Day Cover is a  real collectors item and a piece of pre-Brexit history. 

Dimensions: 31 x 11.5 cm