Sunday, 8 December 2013

Christmas Cornucopia

To celebrate 40 years of postal independence the Isle of Man sent out this Christmas card with a selection of the stamps they have issued over those decades. They look quite wonderful seen as a whole (the message on the card is Manx for Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year).   Now what if you had to choose six stamps from all the Christmas stamps issued over the years?
Well that is what they did for this year's issue of Manx stamps of the past.
The stamps feature today's postage, at the time of the 1990 stamp of a girl posting a letter it was 14p as opposed to 40p (which is still a whole lot less than GB postage).  The original set featured children doing Christmassy things in the snow.  They have cropped the original design which also featured a boy whizzing past on a toboggan on the road below the girl.  The 40p is from the 1991 'Paper Sculptures' set.  The 73p set of 2005 featured stained glass windows from Manx churches.  The always popular robin is one of 1988's Manx Birds. The church featured on the 119p is St Catherine, Port Erin from the 1995 set which sounds delightful as it included hedgehogs, robins and churches.  Lastly we have one of the many Christmas Trees featured on the 2006 stamp set.

An entry to Viridian Postcard's Sunday Stamps theme of - Christmas or holidays

11 comments:

Maria Kristina Maano said...

I don't have any stamp from Isle of Man, and looking at all of these Christmas stamp, I'm including it in my Christmas wish to receive one from there soon! :D

Bob Scotney said...

Your favourite has to be the 40p with the postbox. I'me sure.
My three IOM stamps are not on your card.

Postcardy said...

I like the card with all the designs and the idea of reissuing favorites.

Lisa B said...

The postcard is a great idea. I didn't realise postage is cheaper in the I.O.M.

VioletSky said...

I do like that card - especially for the fact that you can clearly see all the stamps and they aren't 'haphazardly' placed.

viridian said...

What a delightful card! I like the variety of stamps on it.
Thank you for participating.

♥ Willa ♥ said...

wow!! what a great selection of holiday stamps!!!

Willa @ Postage Journal

luvlinens said...

The stamp gallery is beautiful. Congratulations.

Heleen said...

It's a beautiful collection. I love the child posting a letter in the pillar letterbox, and the robin stamp. Thank you for sharing!

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Hawwa said...

Difficult to choose a favourite... But I guess I'd choose the Three Wise Men. This is my favourite Christmas tradition, and I like to explain it to people from countries where it isn't celebrated...