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2001: A Space Odyssey

Collection Issue Date: 14th June 2018

Marking the 50th Anniversary of Stanley Kubrick's groundbreaking film

Isle of Man Post Office is delighted to mark the 50th anniversary of Stanley Kubrick's groundbreaking film '2001: A Space Odyssey' (1968), ranked as one of the best films of all time, with a special collection of stamps, each one like the film itself, layered with hidden secrets embedded in microscopic form.

Issue Information

This British-made film was released to UK Audiences in 1968, one year before the moon landing. Audiences were stunned by the effects used and the sheer vision of writer Arthur C. Clarke and filmmaker Stanley Kubrick.

Clarke inspired the film with his book 'The Sentinel' and is also partly responsible for starting the Isle of Man's space industry. He inspired Chris Stott to set up his satellite company ManSat and was also Chancellor of the International Space University when the chapter on the Island was formed with Chris at the helm. The Isle of Man has a thriving space industry, that includes communication with geostationary satellites, an area of research in which Arthur C .Clarke was a leader.

We have been honoured to work with Warner Brothers and through them the Kubrick family, to create a set of stamps that are respectful of the genre, the film and its makers, as well as the millions of fans in the UK and beyond.

The series of eight stamps depicts some of the most iconic imagery and themes from the film: the 20p stamp shows Stanley Kubrick in the midst of creating movie magic. On the 30p stamp, revered sci-fi author Arthur C. Clarke whose short story, 'The Sentinel', from which '2001' was adapted, is pictured on the set, standing in front of the pod.

The 52p stamp features the docking scene at Space Station V, decades before today's ISS was a reality. The 75p stamp has the 'monolith, a featureless yet menacing black structure that provides the time link between past, present and future, that adds so much to the tension in the film.

Heather Downham who played one of the space stewardesses who feature on the 83p stamp, recalled hearing an intake of breath at the premiere, so astounded were cinema audiences at the portrayal of weightlessness in space.

Another one of the defining images is the Star Child, featured on the £1.40 stamp; is this the future of humanity? It is for you to decide. On the £1.93 stamp is astronaut and main character Dr. Dave Bowman, played by actor Kier Dullea. He said later about the film, "It set the benchmark for everything else."

The main theme of tension in '2001' is derived from the interplay between the human characters and the artificial intelligence, HAL 9000. His all-seeing, all-hearing red 'eye', is featured on the £2.01 stamp.

The theme of the film came from Kubrick's own fascination with the Moon and the possibility that an alien life force had visited Earth centuries ago, perhaps before man, choosing the arid and airless surface of the Moon to leave clues, calling cards with evidence that mankind was not alone, that intelligent life had existed before and already mastered the art of intergalactic space travel.

Kubrick knew exactly what his film should look like and the message it was going to deliver as he takes the audience on a mind-bending journey through space and time.

In true Kubrickesque style, each of the '2001' stamps issued by the Isle of Man Post Office contains a message, a secret code hidden to the naked eye. Fans of this collection are challenged to find the following quotes;

1) The only way to discover the limits of the possible is to go beyond them into the impossible.
2) The most terrifying fact about the universe is not that it is hostile but that it is indifferent.
3) Open the pod bay doors please HAL.
4) Eighteen months ago the first evidence of intelligent life off the Earth was discovered.
5) Thank you. You are cleared through Voiceprint Identification.
6) My God, it's full of stars!
7) I've just picked up a fault in the AE35 unit
8) I'm sorry, Dave. I'm afraid I can't do that

Technical Information

Text Austin Mutti-Mewse, Benedict Glazier
Design Glazier Design
Printer Cartor
Process Offset lithography
Colours 4 plus two security inks
Paper 110gms PVA gummed
Perforations 13 per 2cms
Stamp Size 32 x 40mm
No of stamps 8
Format Sheets of 10
Issue date 14.06.18

Collection Products

2001: A Space Odyssey Imperforate Sheetlet
2001: A Space Odyssey Imperforate Sheetlet

Product Code: WJ70
Product Issue Date: 14th August 2018

This sheetlet comes from the original stamp print but has not been perforated into detachable individual stamps. The sheetlet continues in our official licenced product range and is only available in mint format.

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Price: £22.50

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2001: A Space Odyssey Stamp Set
2001: A Space Odyssey Stamp Set

Product Code: WJ31
Product Issue Date: 14th June 2018

A phenomenal set of eight stamps celebrating the landmark anniversary of Stanley Kubrick's groundbreaking film, 2001: A Space Odyssey.


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Monolith 2001 Black Box Collection
Monolith 2001 Black Box Collection

Product Code: WJ43
Product Issue Date: 14th June 2018

For every 2001: A Space Odyssey enthusiast, this is a collectors dream! Inside the Monolith 2001 Black Box will await a mountain of movie memorabilia, guaranteed to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of this iconic movie in the most special way possible.


Price: £75.00

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2001: A Space Odyssey Framed Commemorative Sheetlet
2001: A Space Odyssey Framed Commemorative Sheetlet

Product Code: WJ50
Product Issue Date: 14th June 2018

This limited edition framed 2001: A Space Odyssey Sheetlet commemorates the movie in the finest way. Not only is it complete with a mount, ready to hang; when you purchase one of these premium collectables, you will receive a certificate of authenticity on the frame reverse so that you can be assured that yours is one of only a limited number available.


Price: £35.00

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2001: A Space Odyssey - The Trinity (A Special 3 Cover Collection)
2001: A Space Odyssey - The Trinity (A Special 3 Cover Collection)

Product Code: WJ94
Product Issue Date: 21st June 2018

Limited edition of three exclusive 2001: A Space Odyssey special commemorative covers (envelopes).


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2001: A Space Odyssey Pictorial Sheet Set
2001: A Space Odyssey Pictorial Sheet Set

Product Code: WJ68
Product Issue Date: 14th June 2018

With only 3,000 of each sheet available, this pictorial sheet set is individually numbered with a decorative margin, inspired by the iconic movie. Included is eight sheets, with six stamps on each sheet.


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2001: A Space Odyssey Presentation Pack
2001: A Space Odyssey Presentation Pack

Product Code: WJ41
Product Issue Date: 14th June 2018

The complete stamp set is presented in a four sided, glossy collectors folder, capturing standout graphics from the movie along with 'behind the scenes' details about each of the images selected for the stamps


Price: £8.74

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2001: A Space Odyssey Commemorative Sheetlet
2001: A Space Odyssey Commemorative Sheetlet

Product Code: WJ64
Product Issue Date: 14th June 2018

This incredible commemorative sheetlet comprises a full set of stamps from the 2001: A Space Odyssey collection on a sheet encompassing a central label. Presented in a decorative wrap, this is a wonderful piece for any fan of this iconic movie.


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2001: A Space Odyssey First Day Cover
2001: A Space Odyssey First Day Cover

Product Code: WJ91
Product Issue Date: 14th June 2018

A complete set of the 2001: A Space Odyssey stamps presented on a deluxe envelope with a unique foil postmark cancelling the stamps with the first day of issue.


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2001: A Space Odyssey Stampcards
2001: A Space Odyssey Stampcards

Product Code: WJ39
Product Issue Date: 14th June 2018

This collection of eight, full colour A6 (105 x 148 mm, 4.1 x 5.8 in) cards features remarkable scenes from 2001: A Space Odyssey; making them perfect for framing. These cards are Numbered 36 (8) of Isle of Man Post Office's series on reverse. This is a truly great collector's item for any fan of this classic film.


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