Hark The Herald Angels Sing

The Isle of Man Post Office is pleased to present a special issue of stamps to celebrate Christmas 2007.

This highly decorative set has been produced entirely as a self-adhesive stamp issue (and in sheets of 20 stamps) in response to popular public demand. The stamps also ulitise silver litho and advanced varnish printing techniques. It is the first time that the IOM Post Office has produced a 'self-adhesive-only' issue, making the First Day Cover in particular highly collectable.

Local artist Julia Ashby Smyth, who was commissioned to produce this year's Christmas stamps, describes her working process: "Using the carol Hark the Herald Angels Sing as the theme, I wanted to create a serene gentle flowing quality and included the lute, harp and trumpet to give a musical lilt. Just as I was starting these illustrations, I went to see the falconry display at the Wildlife Park, where I had the opportunity to get up close and personal with the hawks and falcons. I managed to get loads of photos of wings which were extremely useful."

Date of Issue: 19th October 2007

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