New Stamps from Isle of Man

Napoléon’s Hundred Days Campaign

iom nepoleon stampIsle of Man has issued a stamp to commemorate the start of Napoleon’s 100 Days campaign which saw both the Duke of Wellington and Manxman Caesar Bacon engage in combat to defeat Napoléon and his army.

Issue Date: 09.03.2015 Designer: EJC Design Illustrator: Paul Hannon Process: Offset Lithography Colours: 4 Colours Size: 25.73 x 39.56mm

Solar Eclipse 2015

iom solar eclipse stampsOf all the natural phenomenon seen on Earth, few can compare with the majesty of a total solar eclipse. At exactly 8.26am on the 20th March, the Isle of Man will start toiom solar eclipse stamp experience a partial solar eclipse. This is special because the Sun will be 92.8% obscured by the Moon by 9.31am, making it one of the best opportunities to witness this event from the Island. Isle of Man Post Office special limited edition postmark cover to mark the eclipse is comprised of text and a cover concept from Howard Parkin of Astro Manx. The cover includes three postmarks that show key times of the eclipse, as well as illustrating the moons passage over the sun. The cover is further complimented by three Dark Sky Discovery stamps placed on it from the Post Office’s recently released Dark Sky Discovery stamp issue.

Issue Date: 24.03.2015 Designer: Isle of Man Advertising Illustrator: Photography: Ron Strathdee, Glenn Whorrall Process: Offset Lithography Colours: 4 Colours Size: 62.2 x 31.1mm

Centenary of World War I – Battle Fronts

iom battlefront stampsIOM has issued stamps to  commemorate the centenary of World War I (WWI) in support of the Royal British Legion by presenting its latest stamp issue which surveys a wide geographical range of battle scenes. This set is the second part of the four year series stretching from 2014 to 2017 to mark the period of WWI.

The six stamp images are shown in sepia and black and white with the Royal British Legion red poppy displayed as the symbol of remembrance. The pictures used in each depict and reflect six battle fronts – Palestine: Turkish guns at Harcira in 1917, The Home Front: women shown painting a tank, The Western Front: the main street of Nesle, the Somme 1917, The Eastern Front: Austrians marching through Eastern Europe, Gallipoli: the British at work in 1916 and Italy: Austrians pictured in a glacier, Tyrol 1916.

Issue Date: 17.02.2015 Designer: CASCO Process: Offset Lithography Colours: 4 Colours Size: 42.58 x 28.45mm

70th Anniversary End of WWII 1945 – 2015

iom world war stampsVE Day marks a key event in WW2 the end of the war with Germany on Tuesday May 8, 1945. VJ Day meanwhile is another key date in WW2, the day that Japan surrendered to the allies following almost six years of war on August 15, 1945. Both were momentous occasions for celebration and remembrance throughout allied territory including the Isle of Man which played a vital role as a strategic territory.

The miniature sheet is split into two sections; one part contains stamps that mark the 70th Anniversary commemorations of VJ Day and the other is for VE Day. The image used for VE Day is a photograph from the Press Association while James Fenton has provided his artworks for the VJ Day stamps and is perfectly positioned to produce these designs for this having served as a gunner and then as a bombardier with the Royal Artillery in Burma. The magnificent portfolio of artistic works from James’ service years depicts his experiences with striking style. His collection of pencil sketches, oil paintings, water colours, ink cartoons, photographs and models are a fascinating record and many feature alongside letters to his family to form the basis of his book ‘The Forgotten Army’.

Some of the finest examples of James’ artwork feature in this Isle of Man Post Office miniature sheet including a portrait of a Gurkha, the Burma Star and a soldier of war. The stamps are also accompanied by a fascinating and in-depth narrative on the close of WW2 and subsequent final moments of the war in Europe provided by Colonel Charles Wilson war veteran with Japan’s final moments of war to victory being provided by Major General (ret) Sir Laurence CB CBE Patron of the Burma Star association Isle of Man.

Dr Robert Lyman FRHistS also gives a small tribute to British Commander, Field Marshall and viscount Bill Slim who in 2011 was voted joint winner of the accolade ‘Britain’s Great General’, largely for his role of leading Britain to victory in the East.

2015 also sees the 200th Anniversary of the formation of the Gurkha Regiment and unstinting service to the Britsh Crown.

Issue Date: 26.02.2015 Designer: Isle of Man Advertising Process: Offset Lithography Colours: 5 Colours Size: Miniature Sheets 120 x 54mm and 55 x 54mm

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