First Day Cover: Folklore/Headington Quarry Morris Dancers, 6 February 1981.
A first day cover (FDC) is a postage stamp on a cover, postal card or stamped envelope franked on the first day of issue.
This envelope is stamped with the logo of the Headington Quarry Morris Dancers of Oxford. The franking shows a Morris dancer playing an accordion with dancers in the background. The four stamps affixed to the envelope are:
14p: St. Valentine’s Day – a heart surrounded by flowers, flanked by cup-bearing cherubs and surmounted by lovebirds.
18p: “A Merry May” shows Morris Dancers dressed as medieval-styled troubadors flanking a hobby horse.
22p: “Lammastide” male and female dancers flank a Corn King, at the feet of which are horns of plenty.
25p: “Medieval Mummers” showing four medieval mummers in animal-headed costumes.
The Headington Quarry Morris Dancers have a recorded history from the late 1700s. One of their most famous members is William Kimber, a dancer and musician who played a major role in the revival of Morris traditions in the twentieth century.