An Australian 'Big Things' series of postage stamps was initially proposed to Australia Post by Layfield Design in 2006. Reg Mombassa was subsequently commissioned by Australia Post to design the stamps, commemorating five of the most iconic "Big Things" in Australia. They were launched and issued in June 2007 to critical acclaim, as a set of five 50c postage stamps.
The Big Golden Guitar at Tamworth (NSW)
The Big Pineapple at Nambour (QLD)
The Big Lobster at Kingston SE (SA)
The Big Banana at Coffs Harbour (NSW)
The Big Merino at Goulburn (NSW)
They’re a great affordable addition to any collector of Reg's work, and are sought after in the philatelic community too. The series was offered as single stamps, booklets, strips, full sheets, post office packs, first day covers, and the elusive gutter strip sheet* which included some additional artwork by Reg.
Big Things Gutter Strip
*a gutter strip is the space left between postage stamps which allows them to be separated or perforated. These sometimes contain markings, originally used to aid the printer by showing the colours used in the printing of the stamps. Stamp gutters are now used as decorative friezes to enhance stamp issues and special gutter sheets are printed for this purpose. They are attractive additions to thematic collections, and are extremely collectable.