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First World War Centenary 1918-2018

Collection Issue Date: 1st November 2018

A Tribute to the fallen

Isle of Man Post Office is honoured to mark the centenary of the end of the 'Great War' with a dedicated collection of four commemorative stamp issues.

WW1 Life in the Trenches

The reality of the trench warfare endured during World War One is central to this very special issue, commissioned by the Isle of Man Post Office to commemorate the centenary of the outbreak of hostilities.

The six stamp set features revealing black and white archive photos giving a small insight into the trench life experienced by the troops.

Battle Fronts

In support of the Royal British Legion, this stamp issue surveys a wide geographical range of battle scenes. This set is the second part of the four year series 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.

Battle of the Somme

A set of six poignant stamps in support of the Royal British Legion, commemorating the centenary of the Battle of the Somme, a battle of attrition on the Western Front that proved such a significant lesson to all nations.

The ANZAC Memorials of Rayner Hoff

A set of six stamps celebrating the work of Manx-born sculptor Rayner Hoff whose work adorns the ANZAC memorials in Sydney and Adelaide, Australia.

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The Centenary of the Battle of the Somme Memorials Commemorative Envelope
The Centenary of the Battle of the Somme Memorials Commemorative Envelope

Product Code: UD95
Product Issue Date: 1st July 2016

To coincide with The Somme Service of Commemoration at the Thiepval Memorial, France we mark the official 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme with this multi-national memorial special envelope.

As with the rest of the collectables within the collection, this special envelope is in support of the Royal British Legion

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100 Years of the Royal Air Force Set and Sheet Set
100 Years of the Royal Air Force Set and Sheet Set

Product Code: WB81
Product Issue Date: 15th January 2018

The Isle of Man Post Office is pleased to present a set of eight stamps that celebrates one hundred years of history and service of the Royal Air Force, presented through images of iconic aircraft that we all know and love.

Our stamps feature more than just the chosen aircraft; on each stamp you will also find: the name of the aircraft, a medal ribbon and medal initials, the RAF Ensign, the name of an important person associated with the Royal Air Force, the name of an RAF base and the GPS coordinates of the airfield. These additional features are included to add texture and depth to the stamps and to reflect the wealth of information that 100 years of history of the world’s greatest air force has to offer; we hope they will be of interest to serving and former personnel alike.

Some of the additional details in our stamps are so tiny that you will need to magnify the stamps to see them, but one further tribute awaits; printed in security ink, visible only under UV light, the sonnet High Flight by John Gillespie Magee appears on the stamp, not in lettering, but in Morse code. Magee was an Anglo-American officer pilot in the Royal Canadian Air Force; he died at the young age of nineteen while training. His famous sonnet was written shortly before his death and is a worldwide favourite of aviators and astronauts. To see the poem, shine a UV light on the stamps and if your Morse is a little rusty, perhaps use an online translator to read it.

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100 Years of the Royal Air Force First Day Cover
100 Years of the Royal Air Force First Day Cover

Product Code: WB91
Product Issue Date: 15th January 2018

This luxurious first day cover is a wonderful collectable and would be a perfect gift for any veteran or military enthusiast.

It features the eight dynamic stamps from the 100 years of the Royal Air Force issue with a specialised postmark for the first day of issue. This First day cover is presented alongside a filler card featuring additional text written by Air Vice Marshal David Murray, Controller of the RAF Benevolent Fund, providing a wealth of knowledge into the history of the worlds oldest air force.

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100 Years of the Royal Air Force Presentation Pack
100 Years of the Royal Air Force Presentation Pack

Product Code: WB41
Product Issue Date: 15th January 2018

The eight intricately detailed stamps celebrating 100 years of the Royal Air Force are elegantly presented in this prestigious presentation pack. It features a mint condition set of the eight stamps from this wonderful collection.


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100 Years of the Royal Air Force Stamp Cards
100 Years of the Royal Air Force Stamp Cards

Product Code: WB39
Product Issue Date: 15th January 2018

These unique A6 stamp cards are perfectly sized to fit into a collectors’ album or be framed as an eye-catching set. Each of the stamp cards features an enlarged version of one of our special issue of eight stamps celebrating 100 Years of the Royal Air Force.

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100 Years of the Royal Air Force Commemorative Sheetlet
100 Years of the Royal Air Force Commemorative Sheetlet

Product Code: WB65
Product Issue Date: 15th January 2018

Perfect for collectors, this exclusive sixteen stamp sheet is available in mint condition or Cancelled to Order. It is presented in a luxurious folder, worthy of this prestige collection.

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Isle of Man Internment Postal History Book
Isle of Man Internment Postal History Book

Product Issue Date: 31st July 2015

This is the first book to ever be published about the Isle of Man postal history of internment mail and is fully illustrated throughout and incorporates related banknotes, maps and postcards. It will appeal to the collector of this fascinating aspect of Manx postal history as well as anyone interested in Isle of Man interment during the First and Second World Wars.

100 Years of the Royal Air Force Prestige Booklet
100 Years of the Royal Air Force Prestige Booklet

Product Code: WB72
Product Issue Date: 15th January 2018

This RAF100 prestige full colour 24 page booklet contains two sets of self adhesive 100 Years of the Royal Air Force stamps. It also features additional issue text providing more history about iconic aircraft from the entire history of the oldest air force in the world.

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This Terrible Ordeal
This Terrible Ordeal

Product Code: SB50

Written by Matthew Richardson, Manx National Heritage Curator for Social History, this fascinating new book charts how the Isle of Man endured the ordeal of the First World War. Previously untold personal stories from men, women and children are revealed, alongside letters home from Manx soldiers and sailors, poetry and art produced in reaction to the conflict.

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