London 2012 Olympic Games-It’s nearly time…

London 2012 Olympic Games-It's nearly time...Hi everyone, well, what an exciting time we have coming up in the next few months! Not only is it the Diamond Jubilee in the UK but we also have the London 2012 Olympic Games!

This is a perfect time to remind you about our exclusive Olympic stamps which were designed by none other than our friend, world famous fashion designer Sir Paul Smith with contributions from world cylcing champion and BBC Sports Personality Of The Year (and fellow Manxman) Mark Cavendish MBE! You find out all about them here.

Highly collectable, contemporary and beautiful to look at, they bear all the style, coolness and colour you would expect from Sir Paul’s designs.They were featured online in GQ.com, Harpers Bazaar, Vogue and Mens Health just to mention afew. They also got a massive viral buzz going on Twitter with everyone commenting on their style and beauty with people even talking about them now (4 months after their release)….not got yours yet? Why not make a purchase for that sports fan, stamp fan or style icon in your life? Just click here.  Keep you’re eyes peeled to our blog for more news coming soon ;) !

How To Enter Our Diamond Jubilee Facebook Competition!

Hi everyone,

We are very happy to announce that on Monday 6th Feb we launched our very first Facebook ad campaign and competition!

In exchange for your “Like” we are offering you the chance to enter in to a prize draw to win £100 worth of our Diamond Jubilee collection which was released on Monday.

Please see instructions below on how to enter:

  • Go to our Facebook page. If you are NOT yet a fan you will initially see this image below, if you ARE it should take you to the second image:

Facebooking Diamond Jubilee Comp Landing Page 1

  • Click “like”
  • It will take you to another image – please see below:

Diamon Jubilee Facebook Landing Page 2

  • When you get to the above image – click on the banner at the top which says “Click Here to Enter Our Royal Competition” – it will take you to a page titled “Enter Diamond Jubilee Comp Here!” This is where you can enter all your contact details.
  • Our Competition Terms & Conditions can be found on our “Info” tab found on the page
  •   Once details have been written -simply click “submit”
  • All finished! Easy peasy! After that why not have a nosey on our Facebook page and join in the conversation with us and your fellow fans?

The final entry time for the comp is 11.59pm GMT on Monday 13th Feb. The winner will drawn and announced anytime from Tuesday 14th Feb onwards!

Good luck everyone, speak soon and we hope you enjoy our Facebook page!

An overview – Isle Of Man Stamps And Coins London 2012 Olympic Collection by Sir Paul Smith

Our Paul Smith Olympic stamp issue contains a mini sheet presentation pack which has a cycling themed £3 stamp, a history of the Olympic Games, a brief history of Sir Paul Smith and an item on Mark Cavendish. Reference code number is QA42 and it retails at £3.75.

Our presentation pack contains seven values of all Olympic stamps, a history of the Olympic Games, a brief history of Sir Paul Smith and full technical details and it’s all contained in a beautiful silver folder, product reference QA41, £5.67.

Our mini sheet first day cover comes in a beautiful gold envelope, containing information on the London Olympics, on Sir Paul Smith and Mark Cavendish – QA92, £3.70.

Our first day cover comes in a beautiful envelope stamped with with the date of the first day of issue (1st January 2012).  A stamps collectors ESSENTIAL.  Inside contains a history of the Olympic Games and a write up on the designer, Sir Paul Smith MBE, reference code QA91 – £5.62.

Our souvenir sheetlet incorporates two full sets of stamps – ideal for framing.  Reference number QA64 – £9.84.

Our stampcard set – a beautifully printed set of eight full color postcards includes a pre-paid world wide stamp on reverse. Product reference number QA27 £6.08.

There is free delivery worldwide on ALL orders over £7.50 and you can buy these on iomstamps.com

Isle Of Man Stamps & Coins Presents Sir Paul Smith London 2012 Olympic Games Special Collector’s Book

The Isle Of Man Post Office is pleased to present a most prestigious issue, inspired by the London 2012 Olympic Games.  Designed by the iconic fashion designer, Sir Paul Smith.  The collection is inspired by Paul’s passion for cycling and the Olympic legacy.  He has designed this beautiful compendium of stamps and postcards for the Isle of Man Post Office to commemorate the London 2012 Olympic Games.  This hardback book includes images and text by Sir Paul Smith with contributions from Mark Cavendish MBE and David Brailsford CBE.  It incorporates sets of eight pre-paid postcards and eight gummed full-page stamp sheets set in to the pages.  The book is printed in full-color and measures 210 x 210mm.

The Special Collector’s Book, product code referent QA43 is available from iomstamps.com at a retail price of £50.00 (free global postage and shipping on any product over £7.50)

William Hoggatt – Almost a Manxman

Hoggatt Set

Hoggatt Set

The issue date for this collection is Feb 20th 2012.You can now pre order the collection here.  Please see the terms and conditions for pre ordering here. The collection will be available to order on our eBay Store from Monday 13th February 2012. Please also note that items will be dispatched from the issue date onwards. The Isle of Man Post Office is pleased to present a set of five stamps which feature the artwork of William Hoggatt (1879 – 1961).  Alan Kelly of Mannin Collections writes: William Hoggatt was born 1st September 1879 at 10 Garnett Street, Lancaster, son of James Hoggatt, a joiner, and Margaret Ann Hoggatt née Stalker. Hoggatt was educated in Lancaster, where his artistic talent won him a scholarship to the Royal College of Art, London, which he declined on the grounds that ‘he wanted to work freely’. He then worked as an apprentice for a local firm of stained-glass manufacturers, but also continued his art studies at the Storey Institute, Lancaster. Whilst there Herbert L. Storey, the son of the founder of the Institute, noticed the quality of Hoggatt’s work and paid for him to study art at the L’Academie Julian, Paris, from 1901-1903, under Jean Paul Laurens.

Hoggatt First Day Cover

Hoggatt First Day Cover

On his return to England, Hoggatt rented a cottage at Caton, near Lancaster, and started to paint full-time. In 1906 he worked for a period of time at the Tate Gallery, London, and whilst there met a young man called Leonard Archer who invited Hoggatt to stay at his home at Chalfont St. Giles. It was there he met Leonard’s sister, Dazine, and by the time Hoggatt left she had agreed to marry him. Both their parents were opposed to the intended marriage so the couple decided to elope to the Isle of Man – a place Hoggatt had heard much about in Lancaster. Early in 1907 he arrived in the Island and moved into ‘Glendown’, Port St. Mary. He then sent for Dazine and shortly after her arrival they were married on 20th April, 1907 at Kirk Christ, Rushen.

Hoggatt Stamp Sheet

Hoggatt Stamp Sheet

Working in oils, watercolours and pastels Hoggatt spent the next fifty-four years painting scenes throughout the Island. He exhibited from 1904 at the Royal Academy, Royal Institute, Royal Cambrian AcademyGlasgow Institute and at many other art institutions, including overseas. In 1925 he was elected a full member of the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours and was later a member of the Liverpool Academy and the Royal British Colonial Society of Artists. His first one-man exhibition was held at the Hampstead Art Gallery, London in 1920 entitled Tone Harmonies and contained sixty of his paintings of the Island. Most of the pictures were sold at the exhibition, including six which were purchased by a collector from South Africa. After this exhibition Hoggatt started to receive the recognition he deserved and his work was reproduced in all the leading art journals, including The Studio and The ConnoisseurThe Studio magazine said of him – ‘William Hoggatt has chosen the artistic solitude of an Island full of natural beauty. His work shows a constant passionate striving for the wonders of light, colour, texture and the whole overpowering poetry of landscape’.

Hoggatt Presentation Pack

Hoggatt Presentation Pack

Oh What A Night!

Aalin George / Dot Tilbury / Kirsten George

Sir Paul Smith’s Isle of Man 2012 London Olympic stamps launched on the first minute of January 2012 at the Regent Street Post Office in Douglas.

The O'Sheas Enjoy The Evening's Proceedings

Regent Street Post Office opened its doors on New Year’s Eve to launch the Isle of Man’s 2012 London Olympic stamps which are designed by Sir Paul Smith, the iconic British fashion designer and great friend of cyclist Mark Cavendish.

Policemen Paul Cubbon and Juan Killip

Dot Tilbury General Manager of IOM Stamp and Coins welcomed all the guests which included British National Archery champion Aalin George and her sister Kirsten, Olympian Marie Morgan (formerly Purvis) Tom Black (cycling) and Stewart Bennett (cycling training partner for paralympian Ian Sharpe) Red Cross chairman, Peter O’Shea who will be on first aid duty at the Games together with his daughter Sadhbh who is a volunteer at the Olympic cycling road races.
An enthusiastic crowd turned up to launch the stamps and the staff were kept going till 1.00am.

Stuart Bennett / MarieMorgan / Tom Black

Happy New Year – Here’s to a fantastic 2012!

Happy New Year everyone!  We hope you’ve had a brilliant Christmas and New Years Eve. We wish all the health and happiness in the world to you for a prosperous 2012! We are so happy that our London 2012 Olympic Games collection is proving such a hit already at this pre-release stage and give our warm thanks for your support. Designer and our good friend Sir Paul Smith  is so happy about the collection he created for us, so he sent this video greeting to post to you.

Sir Paul says ” Hello, I’m Paul Smith. It’s the new year and it’s time for my lovely Olympic stamps to be launched and I hope you like them! Bye!”

Don’t forget you can by the stamps online from 12.01am News Years Day 2012 from our website here, or our eBay shop or our eBay tab on our Facebook page

We hope you enjoy the video and once more Happy New Year!!! :)

…And it was all Yellow…

We’re so happy here at Isle Of Man Stamps And Coins!

We set up our very own Isle Of Man Stamps And Coins eBay store in October 2011 and its been growing nice and steadily..the best way online sales start. We integrated it into our Facebook page via a brilliant eBay items app and on the day we launched it we had 287 hits on our Facebook page and 199 hits on the eBay app alone!

We have already gained 18 brilliant reviews and have a 100% customer service satifisfaction rating!How fantastic is that? We are chuffed to little bits :). Heres some of the reviews we have recieved:

“Great ebayer, everything is perfect. Very fast delivery! Thanks”

“Excellent product v.fast delivery A+”

“Well packaged. Fast delivery. Recommended. A+”

We have now received our first eBay award for 10 positive reviews :) ….and all this was promoted purely by social media! So thankyou for promoting us – YOU are the stars!