Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Isle of Man

In the Irish Sea between Northern Ireland and England lies the Isle of Man. It is not a part of the United Kingdom, but a Crown dependency that is self-governing in internal affairs. Foreign relations and defence are the responsibility of the British government. Also the island is not a part of the European Union.

The first Manx postage stamps were the country definitives of the United Kingdom, like the ones issued for Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. The first stamps were issued in 1958. They continued to be issued until the Isle of Man Post was created and the first Isle of Man stamps were issued in 1973.

I sent an envelope with an International Reply Coupon to Isle of Man Stamps & Coins and they chose the stamps and put them on the envelope. The stamps show two of the seventeen churches of the Parish Walk, a series of stamps issued on 15 June 2016.

Website of the Isle of Man Stamps & Coins: iompost.com/stamps-coins.

Date sent: 17 April 2017
Date postmark: 26 April 2017
Date received: 29 April 2017
Number of days: 12
Envelope in collection: 22

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