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The Film Adaptations of Hall Caine

Collection Issue Date: 14th February 2018

Isle of Man Post Office is pleased to present six show-stopping stamps.

Isle of Man Post Office is pleased to present six silent cinema show-stopping stamps inspired by the popular Edwardian tales of one of the Isle of Man's most illustrious and colourful characters, Hall Caine.

Ninety years after The Jazz Singer premiered to audiences in their thousands, we champion a select band of actors who have links back to the Island via the author Sir Thomas Hall Caine (1853- 1931). At a time when cinema celebrates one of the most monumental milestones to have affected the industry – the arrival of sound, better known as the 'talkies' - we pay tribute to some of the stars who brought Caine's characters to life.

During the end of the Edwardian era, Sir Thomas Hall Caine (1853-1931) became one of the Island's most famous residents after a string of his popular novels were adapted for the screen, with over half of these initially to be filmed on the Isle of Man (though Hollywood had different ideas). A few of his better-known novels were adapted to become some of the most important films in early cinema history, including The Eternal City (1915 & 1923), The Christian (1923), The Bondman (1929) and perhaps his most famous, The Manxman (1929), which was one of the most eagerly anticipated film openings on the Isle of Man.

Our set of six stamps showcase some of the stand-out stars from Hall Caine's cast of characters.

Issue Information

1st - Pola Negri (1894-1987). The undisputed silent screen vamp made a monumental impact in Barbed Wire (1927). Dubbed 'the monarch of all melodramas', Negri swapped her usual glamorous garb for rags as a French, rather than Manx farm girl set in Normandy, France instead of the Isle of Man.

1st - Anny Ondra (1903-1987). Alfred Hitchcock cast golden-haired Ondra as the heroine, pregnant by one man but married to another in The Manxman (1929). Besotted with her, Hitchcock cast her next in his first 'talkie' Blackmail (1929). Despite her exquisite looks, her heavy accent was a hindrance; therefore her brief moment in British cinema didn't last.

EU - Conrad Nagel (1897-1970). Nagel was dubbed 'The Prince Consort' during the 1920s following a series of successful leading roles opposite Gloria Swanson, Bebe Daniels and Pola Negi, however by the arrival of sound his career was beginning to wane. He survived playing a series of supporting male roles and later became a founding member of The Academy of Motion Pictures, Arts and Sciences.

98p - Barbara La Marr (1896-1926). Dark and exotic with extraordinary beauty and high IQ led La Marr to iconic film star status with a legion of fans. It was her wild private life which perhaps raised most interest; married six times, she enjoyed a wild love life which culminated in drug addiction and an early demise by a suspected overdose aged just 29.

RoW - Richard Dix (1894-1949). Initially a stage star, Samuel Goldwyn plucked Dix for screen stardom as the statuesque male lead in Not Guilty (1921). His well-demeaning nature earned him a solid reputation. However, when 'talkies' arrived he found himself cast aside. The Stock Market Crash of 1929 dealt him a second major blow wiping out most of his fortune.

£1.50 - Norman Kerry (1894-1956). His handsome dark look made him an early matinee idol, starring opposite major stars of the day. As the lead in The Bondman, directed by Herbert Wilcox, his was Caine's favourite film performance. A real-life action hero, he joined the French Foreign Legion at the start of WWII, returning to the U.S. when France capitulated to Nazi Germany.

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

Technical Information

Text Austin Mutti-Mewse
Design Glazier Design
Printer LM Group
Stamp Size 42 x 28mm
Colours 5
Process Offset Lithography
Perforations 13 per 2cms
Paper 110gms PVA Gummed
No of Stamps 6
Format Sheets of 20
Issue Date 14th February 2018

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The Film Adaptations of Hall Caine Sets and Sheet Sets
The Film Adaptations of Hall Caine Sets and Sheet Sets

Product Code: WE81
Product Issue Date: 21st December 2017

A set of six show-stopping stamps inspired by the Edwardian tales of one of the Isle of Man's most illustrious and colourful characters. Available in Mint and CTO.

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The Film Adaptations of Hall Caine First Day Cover
The Film Adaptations of Hall Caine First Day Cover

Product Code: WE91
Product Issue Date: 14th February 2018

The complete set of six silent cinema, show-stopping stamps inspired by the popular Edwardian tales of one of the Isle of Man's most illustrious and colourful characters, Hall Caine are perfectly displayed on this decorative envelope. The stamps are cancelled with a unique postmark dated for the first day of issue and are complemented with a filler card featuring text written by Austin Mutti-Mewse.

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The Film Adaptations of Hall Caine Presentation Pack
The Film Adaptations of Hall Caine Presentation Pack

Product Code: WE41
Product Issue Date: 14th February 2018

A mint condition set of six show-stopping stamps inspired by the popular Edwardian tales of one of the Isle of Man’s most illustrious and colourful characters, Hall Caine are beautifully displayed in this four page, glossy booklet.

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