Christmas stamps are a celebration collection of Post Office history

A look back at the Isle of Man Post Office’s 40 year history entitled ‘A Christmas Stamp Gallery’ is the subject of this year’s Christmas stamps.

The set of six stamps depict Christmas stamps from years gone by showcasing a variety of aspects of Christmas from the Three Wise Men, stained glass windows, Winter birds, churches in the snow to Christmas trees.

Maxine Cannon, General Manager, Isle of Man Stamps & Coins said: “This year we felt it would be a fitting postal tribute in itself to feature designs selected from our portfolio of Christmas issues as a celebration collection in our 40th Anniversary year. There have been a significant number of Christmas stamps produced and it was a difficult task to select just six to make the issue. However we feel they capture a little bit of everything when it comes to Christmas and what it means to so many.”

She added: “I’m sure it will be welcome news to our customers that the local and UK stamp values will be available in self-adhesive form this year – perfect for those people who send a lot of cards! They will be available in both sheets and booklets.”

The overall issue has been designed locally by Emma Cooke of EJC Design who said: “This issue presented the perfect opportunity to revisit some of the beautiful Christmas Stamps that have been issued by Isle of Man Post Office over the last 40 years. With 162 previous Christmas Stamps to choose from, it was quite a challenge to narrow the selection down to just six stamps. I think the final selection makes a lovely set and I’m looking forward to seeing them on the Christmas post that comes through my letterbox.”

‘A Christmas Stamp Gallery’ will be officially issued on October 17. For an exclusive look at the stamps please watch our video
You can also pre-order the stamps online here

Designer Emma Cooke of EJC Design with the collection of Christmas stamps issued over the past 40 years

Designer Emma Cooke of EJC Design with the collection of Christmas stamps issued over the past 40 years

 

Wildlife artist Dr Jeremy Paul’s big cats paintings to feature on new stamps

As Dr Jeremy Paul celebrates 25 years as a professional full-time wildlife artist, Isle of Man Post Office features his latest paintings as the subject of a new stamp issue, due for release in September.

Jeremy Paul is renowned around the globe for his talents as a wildlife artist and is based in the Isle of Man. In his career he has painted birds to polar bears, seals to baboons and one of his most recent projects showcase ‘Big Cats.’ The new stamps feature some of the most characteristic species of cat – the tiger, lion, leopard, jaguar, snow leopard and cheetah. All are in danger mostly due to habitat loss, poaching and persecution. Most now inhabit a tiny fraction of their original range and many are confined to national parks and reserves.

The commentary to support the illustrations has been written by Jeremy and not only provides background information about each animal, but also a personal account of his experience with them whether it be in their natural habitat or a reserve.

The release of the Big Cats stamp issue on September 13 ties in with the opening of Jeremy’s new exhibition at the Manx Museum in the Isle of Man. The exhibition, which will run until January next year, will feature approximately 35 paintings that have previously been unseen, some of which Jeremy has been working on for the past year as well as some from his earlier career as an artist.

Jeremy’s artwork is also featured on a new miniature sheet of stamps ‘A Journey through Africa’ which depict his pictures inspired by his trips to Tanzania, Zambia, Alamibia and Botswana to name but a few. It also marks the 40th anniversary of CITES – the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora. CITES regulates international trade in close to 35,000 species of plants and animals, including timber and aquatic species, to ensure that such trade is legal, sustainable and traceable. This miniature sheet is due for release on the same day (September 13) and adds to this wonderful new collection of stamps by the talented Jeremy Paul.

Dr Jeremy said: “When you see your artwork on a stamp it gives me such an enormous thrill. It’s fantastic to see and a real honour. I never dreamed that my paintings would feature on stamps and I know many artists are so envious of this opportunity. With stamp issues I have done in the past I get contacted by people from all over the world asking for a signed first day cover – it’s just wonderful.”

To view the Big Cats stamps and the Journey through Africa miniature sheet and to pre-order please click here.

Island-based wildlife artist Jeremy Paul in his studio with the ‘Big Cats’ stamps due for release on September 13

Island-based wildlife artist Jeremy Paul in his studio with the ‘Big Cats’ stamps due for release on September 13

A Classic Encounter…

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A Classic Encounter...

Considered one of the most dramatic TT races of all time, the 1967 TT saw Mike Hailwood duel with Giacomo Agostini. We mark this historic encounter with our truly-collectable stamped print, signed and numbered by racing legend John McGuinness.In a limited edition of 500, the print features fabulous archive images of the race and riders and includes two stamps from our ‘Greatest Race’ collection. The stamps are hand-cancelled with the TT Grandstand postmark for the 24th August marking the day of the Classic TT2013 Re-enactment Parade, recreating the excitement of the famous battle, with John McGuinness riding Mike’s Honda RC181 and Agostini riding his own 1967 Senior-race MV Agusta 500.Our full-colour print incorporates a full text by motorsport journalist and photographer on the reverse and comes in a colourful MGP card wrapover – but is also ideal for framing!The race truly deserves the name ‘classic’ – Agostini broke Hailwood’s lap record on the first lap at a speed of 108.38 mph. Hailwood responded with a second lap at 108.77 mph. At the half way pit stop, Hailwood had cut Agostini’s lead to a couple of seconds and by the fifth lap, the riders appeared to be in a dead heat. The closest of finishes appeared to be on the cards until disaster struck Agostini when his chain broke at Windy Corner. Hailwood went on to win at a record 105.62 mph.

A great race and a great collectable for all motorcycle fans…

This issue is available at http://www.iomstamps.com from 24th August with FREE WORLDWIDE DELIVERY. Spend £15 on any of our IOM Stamps & Coins Special Motorcycling products to claim a free TT Tarmac (a great novelty). Simply write ‘FREE TARMAC’ in the comments box at the Checkout at http://www.iomstamps.com to receive your FREE gift.

Isle of Man’s stamp of approval for the arrival of HRH Prince George of Cambridge

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In celebration of the birth of a future heir to the British Monarchy, Isle of Man Post Office is producing royal memorabilia items to mark this key moment in British history.

It follows the news the world had been waiting for, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge saw the arrival of their first child a baby boy on Monday (July 22) at St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington, London. Named George Alexander Louis, the Prince is third in line to the throne and weighed 8lbs and 6oz.

The premium product is the limited edition of 500 Postal Tribute which contains a commemorative cover with gold foil postmark, birth announcement card (fully authenticated) and a mint sheet of stamps, priced £25. There is also a silver-foiled special commemorative envelope available, priced £8.50, which features stamps of the proud parents the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge accompanied by details of the birth of HRH Prince George of Cambridge. A special feature of this product is that there are two unique postmarks namely ‘Royal Avenue’ and ‘Windsor Road.’ Enclosed in the cover envelope is a dedicated information card with a specially-commissioned text by leading royal journalist and biographer Claudia Joseph. The stamps and birth announcement are also available on a sheet priced at £8.

Maxine Cannon, General Manager of Isle of Man Stamps & Coins, said:

“We were thrilled to hear the news of the safe arrival of the Royal baby HRH Prince George of Cambridge. As this is such a historic occasion we wanted to issue royal baby souvenirs in celebration. These products are bound to be popular with collectors of royal memorabilia around the world and I’m sure the news of the royal baby will be one of those moments in your life when you will always remember where you were when you first heard it. We send our warm congratulations to the Royal couple.”

She added:

“We will be sending a special cover to William and Catherine’s home at Kensington Palace as well as to the parents of the four babies who were born on the Isle of Man on Monday (July 22), in celebration that the birth of their child coincided with the much anticipated delivery of the Royal couple’s baby boy.”

Get your royal baby souvenirs now by ordering them online here

‘Magical’ murals showcased on new miniature sheet of stamps

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The work of renowned Manx artist John Miller Nicholson is showcased in a new stamp issue by Isle of Man Post Office in the centenary year of his death.

St Thomas’ Church in Douglas is one of the town’s most hidden treasures. Behind the exterior of the church located on a busy main road lies an awe-inspiring interior decoration of murals hand-painted by a house painting business based in Douglas ran by John Nicholson and his brother James in 1896. So much of what was portrayed was symbolic, such as the vertical decoration on both gables representing the Tree of Life. In the chancel there are angles, musical and flying. The Archangel Michael is shown fighting a many-headed dragon, representing the devil, whilst Archangel Gabriel brings news to Mary that she is to be the mother of God.

Meanwhile either side of the arches in the nave religious symbols abound with the Ark of the Covenant, Golden Candle Stick and the Table of Shewbread. The four evangelists appear as a man, lion, ox and eagle. Next comes the lamb, pelican and dove – being well known representations of the very foundations of truths of the Christian faith.

St Thomas’ Church was designed by Ewan Christian, an architect of Manx decent, who chose the architecture of the 12th century for its style. It opened on 1st August 1849 and in 1882 Canon Savage was appointed to St Thomas’. A keen antiquarian with knowledge of church architecture, he put forward the idea that the church would be enhanced if the walls were decorated in a form appropriate to its style of architecture and so transpired the relationship with self-taught artist John Nicholson.

Often signing his work ‘J.M.N’, John Miller Nicholson was born in Douglas on the 29th January 1840, the son of William Nicholson, house painter and decorator. He was an excellent draughtsman who developed his skills as an apprentice with his father’s firm and through meticulous study of life in the colourful, bustling streets of Victorian Douglas.

Today the murals have undergone some restoration to protect their beauty and are a must-see for anyone who is a fan of Nicholson or indeed is intrigued to see what artistic heritage is in store behind those church doors.

Commenting on the miniature sheet of stamps Reverend Brady of St Thomas’ Church said:

“The stamps are wonderful and they reflect the historical nature of St Thomas’ Church. The murals are almost like hidden gems as many people don’t even know they exist. To have this magnificent artwork showcased in postage stamps is a real delight for our church – the murals are magical and there’s no other church like it for its architecture and internal decoration on the Island.”

The St Thomas’ Church Murals miniature sheet collection is released on August 8 but to view them and to pre-order please click here

Photo: Reverend Ian Brady with the St Thomas’ Church Murals miniature sheet of stamps

Celebrating 225 years of The Times newspaper

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Isle of Man Post Office marks the 225th anniversary of The Times newspaper by commemorating some of the most significant events of recent history reported in this world famous publication.

The Times dates back to 1788 and has covered every news story in history. All the headlines reproduced in this unique new stamp issue, in association with The Times newspaper, capture the drama and immediacy of particular news events flashed across the world.

People of a certain age vividly remember where they were when they heard the news that President Kennedy had been assassinated in Dallas, Texas in November 1963. They can recollect the excitement and pride as England won the 1966 FIFA World Cup Final, dramatically beating West Germany 4-2 in extra time, at the Old Empire Stadium.

People can still talk about watching in awe remarkable television pictures of American Apollo XI astronaut Neil Armstrong stepping down onto the surface of the Moon in July 1969. Residents in the Isle of Man recall with particular pleasure going to a post office and buying the first postage stamps issued by their new independent Postal Authority, in July 1973.

Each one of these key moments in history are featured on the stamps as well as two other significant occasions when the supersonic airliner Concorde retired from service in 2003 after 27 years of service and Her Majesty the Queen’s state visit to the People’s Republic of China in October 1986 when she was shown the iconic Great Wall of China.

The six Newspaper Headlines have been carefully selected and these stamps will appeal to a wide variety of thematic collectors from those interested in aviation, American history, royalty, space, football and postal history.

Maxine Cannon, General Manager, Isle of Man Stamps & Coins said:

“Residents of the Isle of Man, stamp collectors and non-collectors alike from countries throughout the world will find something of interest in this engaging Newspaper Headlines set of stamps. People in the Isle of Man over a certain age will well remember going to a post office and buying the first commemorative and definitive stamps issued by the new independent Postal Authority, in July 1973, 40 years ago.”

Please visit our website at www.iomstamps.com to find out more about our Newspaper Headlines collection of stamps and products and to pre-order.

Team Sky’s Peter Kennaugh MBE receives Tour de France Edition 100 stamps

 

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Isle of Man Stamps & Coins have officially launched their Tour de France Edition 100 set of 8 stamps at an event with Peter Kennaugh MBE. Recently confirmed as a rider for Team Sky, Peter was presented with the stamps and collectors products at a local Isle of Man bike shop which has supported many Isle of Man cyclists over the past 20 years.

 

Peter Kennaugh, who was officially presented with his MBE by the Isle of Man’s Lieutenant Governor, Adam Wood at Government House earlier this week, finished fourth in the National Road Race Championship in Glasgow last weekend, won by fellow Manx cyclist Mark Cavendish. Announced as a Team Sky Tour de France team member just last week, he follows the Manx Missile Mark Cavendish into Le Tour history.

 

Maxine Cannon, General Manager of Isle of Man Stamps and Coins said:

 

“We are extremely proud to have been given worldwide rights to produce exclusive items for Le Tour 100 in recognition of the tremendous contribution of the Isle of Man to the colourful history of the world’s greatest race. For more than 50 years, Isle of Man International Cycling Week attracted a long list of Tour de France riders. We’re delighted to be a part of this global event.”

 

Peter Kennaugh said:

 

“I think the Tour de France stamps issued by Isle of Man Post Office are pretty cool. They really showcase Le Tour and I think it’s great that they always goes to the effort of producing stamps to mark sporting events, achievements and Manx sportsmen. Interest in cycling is massive and is growing all the time around the world. It’s particularly popular on the Isle of Man and I know the Island is 100% behind me in its support as I prepare to take part in this year’s Tour de France – it’s an enormous boost and I feel very proud.”

 

Isle of Man Stamps and Coins will issue a varied range of products during Le Tour to capture instantly cycling history in the making. Please visit our website www.iomstamps.com and social media platforms to get the latest news on all our products on Facebook/IsleofManStampsandCoins