Sunday 24 July 2011

Viking invasion

In 1983 the Post Office on the Isle of Man celebrated its 10 years in existence as a separate entity from the post office in the United Kingdom.  In 1971 they started issuing stamps unique to the island and after 1973 they became the only valid stamps.

The stamp shown on the card, one of a set of three, was issued to make its first decennium, or, as anyone else would say, first decade.  I assume they chose a Viking because Vikings did have a stronger influence there than in the rest of Britain, in particular the system of government.  Tynwald is the oldest parliament in the world in continuous existence.

This month it was announced that the Isle of Man Post Office will launch Swiss Post's ePostBox.  This system enables a customer to have a postal address on the island.  This regular mail will be collected and scanned in a highly secure centre and sent to the recipient by email.  It means all your post can be sent to a single address and can be read at any time wherever you are in the world.

This is a post for Sunday Stamps, now hosted by Violet Sky at "See it on a Postcard!"


    I love vikings :(

  2. Now I should look up the history fo the Isle of Man, to see why the vikings had such influence. thank you for participating.

  3. Swiss Post's ePostBox sounds interesting.

  4. Oh mighty Thor, indeed!
    Decennium... that's a new word to me, thanks for sharing. haha. Swiss ePostbox is quite interesting, I wonder how much it costs to open an account? But still I am not comfortable with the fact that another pair of eyes apart from mine will be reading my mails though.
    Isle of Man is one of the countries that fascinate me, now I know why... it's the viking factor. I hope someday when I visit the UK, a short visit to the Isle of Man would be in the itinerary.

    Postcards Crossing

  5. Fine stamp. The history of the Vikings and their travels is a fascinating one. They even mad it to North America.

  6. I didn't realise that the Isle of Man post office was so 'young', I think it would be very odd to have a mail account with someone unknown reading it all first.

  7. Fantastic stamp and design. Would make a great poster!

  8. That is an awesome card Sheila. I think lots of folks like Vikings.

  9. OMG!I guess this stamp is the coolest!I've never seen that Isle of Man stamp..

    re:Nope,it wasn’t cancelled. The Sendai’s Tanabata Festival will be held on August 6 to 8,2011.

    Thanks for dropping by sistah!

  10. There is so much to love about this post! I laughed out loud to "first decennium, or, as anyone else would say, first decade" and had to explain why to poor Ste.

    The idea of the ePostBox sounds modern, exciting and innovative! But I don't like it at all. I never get excited or gleeful about email but I just love receiving mail.


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