Today, 7th of February 2012 is the 200th anniversary of the birth of the great Charles Dickens. Google's doodle commemorates this with illustrations of a few of his famous characters.
The British Postal Museum & Archive has an article about two prints by the artist Albert Ludovici Jr. in their collection. They show scenes featuring mail coaches from the novels 'David Copperfield' and 'Great Expectations'. They are absolutely fabulous and would make marvelous stamps (in my opinion anyway).
Later on this year (19th of June to be exact) Royal Mail will be releasing a set of stamps in Dickens honor but apparently they realeased a set of 4 stamps back in 1970 which was the centenary of his death. I read all about it at Bob Scotney's blog on Sunday. He has a Dickens themed post today as well, which is very interesting.
I have read a few of Dickens' novels such as 'Great Expectations' and 'Oliver Twist' a number of times but others I loathed within a few pages such as 'The Old Curiosity Shop'. Little Nell is the MOST irritating character!