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Culture Vannin 40th Anniversary Set & Sheet Set

This six stamp collection showcases the work of the talented artist and illustrator, Jay Cover. Having previously worked with Jay on previous stamp collections, Chinese Year of The Ox and Manx Folk Traditions, we were delighted to have Jay’s support again on this issue, in designing a set of stamps that celebrates Culture Vannin’s 40th anniversary.

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  • The perfect opportunity to own a set of uniquely creative stamps proudly embodying Isle of Man’s diverse and rich Manx culture. Each stamp showcases original illustrations by the brilliant Jay Cover representing Culture Vannin's ethos. These interesting and unconventional stamps are stunning on their own; however, they can also be combined into one long frieze creating different sequences but still equally telling a visually enjoyable story!

    Sheet Set

    All six stamps will be on the sheet set of 30 (2x30 - one sheet will have the lower value and other comprises of the higher values)

    The Stamps

    Each stamp contains lores that are a nod to the Manx culture such as the use of the four colours derived from Manx tartan and the host of characters in the spirit of enthusiastic and slightly mischievous Manx faeries (or the Mooinjer Veggey in Manx) running to transport Manx culture to the people of the Island and further afield.

    Stamp 1, Supporting Language & Literature (73p)

    One character is shown with a banner reading “Gaelg Aboo” (‘hooray for Gaelic’ in Manx). Another character is reading a book by T.E Brown, renowned Manx poet and author.

    Stamp 2, Supporting Archaeology & Industrial Development (£1.04)

    A construction worker, miner and an archaeologist are depicted.

    Stamp 3, Supporting History & Law (£1.38)

    Tynwald hill, one of Isle of Man’s most distinctive landmarks and the annual meeting place of the world’s oldest continuous parliament is being carried aloft followed by a Deemster wearing his legal wig and robes and holding the key to our government building the House of Keys.

    Stamp 4, Supporting Architecture, Arts & Crafts (£1.91)

    An artisan and famous Manx artist Archibald Knox are seen carrying the architecturally distinctive Douglas Sea Terminal building. The pencil being carried by a beret-wearing artist features the letters ‘RBV’ which stands for Reih Bleeaney Vanannan, the highest award for Manx Culture available from Culture Vannin.  

    Stamp 5, Supporting Natural History & Ecology (£2.16)

    Assorted birds and a rabbit accompany a farmer riding a famous Manx loaghtan sheep while carrying a herring. The herring was traditionally vital to our fishing industry and has great folk symbolism, the metaphor

    Stamp 6, Supporting Music, Folk-Lore & Folk-Dance (£2.57)

    A Manx folk dancer leads a ship-carrying Norseman, to a tune played by the flautist.

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