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Manx Tholtans by Ray Kelly

Collection Issue Date: 5th January 2018

A beautiful set of six stamps from author and photographer Ray Kelly.

The Isle of Man Post Office is delighted to present a set of six stamps featuring the work of photographer, author and historian Ray Kelly, showcasing a selection of picturesque stone ruins that grace the Island's landscape.

Issue Information

Photographer and author Ray Kelly started his photographic recording of Manx Tholtans some thirty years ago with the aim of capturing the fragile ruins of old Manx farm and Industrial dwellings. Ray began documenting the buildings after he observed how quickly the ruins would decline and felt he had to create a record of them as they stand today before they disappear forever.

The beauty of these fascinating buildings is captured perfectly in this stamp collection which pays tribute to Ray's remarkable work and provides a glimpse into the Island's rural history.

Photographer and author Ray Kelly writes...

It is from the old hill farms, homesteads and mills that the Island people originated and some of the traditional farming ways are still vivid in my memory. As I walked the hills and the valleys I wanted to capture the old ways in my photography as a means of an almanac, to preserve their images for the future. I have encountered Tholtans in various states of disrepair; some are a mere pile of stones. Each year they deteriorate further as they are exposed to the elements so it has been important for me to encapsulate their essence before they disappear totally.

The best preserved Tholtans are the ones that still have their roofs intact; or at least some part of the structure remaining. Even the most dilapidated homesteads seem to reveal something about the families who once lived there. It could be the style of the wall construction, lintel indentations that were used as shelving, the rusty old iron stove or washbowl that remains.

I started my photographic recording of Tholtans some thirty years ago and it is with some dismay and sadness that, when I came to compare my images, the rate of deterioration is tangible. I felt that I had been called to record them so I commenced my fascinating journey.

I feel that this project will always be a work in progress as I don't think I can ever say categorically that I have recorded every Tholtan but I am happy that the most important ones are now stored forever, frozen in time on the day I took the pictures.

Available in the collection are:
• Set (Mint and CTO)
• Presentation Pack
• First Day Cover
• Sheet Set

Technical Information

Images Ray Kelly
Design EJC Design
Text Ray Kelly
Printer Cartor
Stamp Size 38 x 30.6mm
Colours 4
Process Offset Lithography
Perforations 14 per 2cm
Paper 110gms
No of Stamps 6
Format Sheets of 15
Issue Date 5th January 2018

Collection Products

Manx Tholtans by Ray Kelly Set
Manx Tholtans by Ray Kelly Set

Product Code: WA31
Product Issue Date: 5th January 2018

The Isle of Man Post Office is delighted to present a set of six stamps featuring the work of photographer, author and historian Ray Kelly showcasing a selection of picturesque stone ruins that grace the Island’s landscape.

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Manx Tholtans by Ray Kelly First Day Cover
Manx Tholtans by Ray Kelly First Day Cover

Product Code: WA91
Product Issue Date: 5th January 2018

The complete set (20p, 1st Class, EU, RoW, £1.74, £2.08) of Ray Kelly’s stunning Manx Tholtan images are perfectly displayed on this embellished envelope. The stamps are cancelled with an exclusive postmark dated for the first day of issue.

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Manx Tholtans by Ray Kelly Presentation Pack
Manx Tholtans by Ray Kelly Presentation Pack

Product Code: WA41
Product Issue Date: 5th January 2018

A Tholtan can be defined as an abandoned home, farmstead, mill or other industrial building, its gradual decay a signifier of a changing rural society.This delightful Presentation Pack features a mint condition set of all six of these striking stamps presented inside a beautiful, four page, full colour album. It also features fascinating facts and insights into these historic buildings, courtesy of Ray Kelly.

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