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04 May 2020

Coronavirus COVID-19 — #CarryUsThrough

Isle Of Man: Coronavirus COVID-19 – #CarryUsThrough, 4 May 2020. Images from Isle Of Man Post Office.

Technical Specifications

Text: Ben Glazier
Design: Glazier Design
Printer: Lowe Martin
Process: Offset Lithography
Colours: 4 Colours
Paper: 110 gms PVA gummed
Perforations: 14 per 2cms
Stamp Size: 40 x 40mm
Format: 12 stamps per sheet
Date of Issue: 4th May 2020

An eight stamp collection celebrating our front line workers

Isle of Man Post Office is proud to issue this eight stamp collection in response to the global pandemic health crisis brought about by Covid -19, Coronavirus.

The stamps reflect the unique response of an Island population to the challenges brought by coronavirus; highlighting the message that Love, Faith, Care, Compassion, Work, Community, Words and Science will #CarryUsThrough these unprecedented times.

The issue is presented on the underlying themes of strength, fortitude and love during a global crisis, celebrating the people making such a contribution to our lives; NHS workers, key staff including postal workers, carers, volunteers, our community and the scientists and educators who will develop vaccines and educate our children.

The stamps proudly display the three legs of Man, its meaning: “Whithersoever way you throw us, we will stand”. This motto summarises the Manx spirit and the determination of our people to fight on through this crisis.

A donation from the sale of the stamps will be made to the Manx Solidarity Fund.

Worldwide we are seeing countless acts of kindness and the coming together of communities in a bid to spread unity, care and positivity.

The issue is presented on the underlying themes of strength, fortitude and love during a global crisis, celebrating the people making such a contribution to our lives; NHS workers, key staff, carers, volunteers, our community and the scientists and educators who will develop vaccines and educate our children.

Similarly we wish to celebrate the kind-heartedness and compassion found within our Island, as during these difficult times it is important to acknowledge these acts of kindness and care. This issue is very much community based and driven; however these morals can be applied to all nations across the world and our close neighbours within the UK, all of whom are also suffering during the ongoing crisis.

The stamps proudly display the three legs of Man, its meaning: “Whithersoever way you throw us, we will stand”. This motto summarises the Manx spirit and the determination of our people to fight on through this crisis.

Stamp 1 – Love Will #CarryUsThrough

Love for our fellow beings is what will help us conquer fear, grief and help us rebuild our lives.

Stamp 2 – Faith Will #CarryUsThrough

Faith is what keeps us all strong in a crisis and at this special time we are seeing a new level of tolerance.

Stamp 3 – Care Will #CarryUsThrough

Our carers, nurses, doctors, health workersand the entire NHS and all its supporting bodies are the champions of our time. We celebrate every one of them. Some, too many, will have given their lives by the time these stamps are seen.

Stamp 4 – Compassion Will #CarryUsThrough

Compassion for those who have lost people, compassion for those suffering and those who are afraid. Compassion is what distinguishes human

Stamp 5 – Work Will #CarryUsThrough

The Government has asked us to work to save our country. Workers from a great variety of expertise have joined in the effort to make healthcare equipment. Without their efforts we would be lost.

Stamp 6 – Community Will #CarryUsThrough

Communities are coming together like never before. Many are delivering food to the frail supported by networks of volunteers. Communities have become local again.

Stamp 7 – Words Will #CarryUsThrough

We are writing to each other again. For those in isolation, words raise the spirits, bring back memories and stir emotions. A letter to an elderly relative means more than a quick call or a text; it is tangible, real and treasured.

Stamp 8 – Science Will #CarryUsThrough

Scientists are working 24/7 to find a vaccine. Never have our Government advisers in science had more visibility. We have represented all the main fields of science (biology, chemistry, physics and maths) and by kind permission of Dr Lucy Hawking, included two of Professor Hawking’s equations.

Acknowledgements

The #CarryUsThrough stamps were created by Glazier Design, who created our RAF, 2001, Stephen Hawking and Moonlanding stamps. They understand the spirit, strength,fortitude and compassion of the Manx people and have sought to celebrate what is best about us in times of crisis.

Ben Glazier created the concept of ‘Carry Us Through’ as a positive message in a time of need. Emma Newton illustrated the stamps using bold, simple, contemporary illustration, clean colours and a charismatic style.

Presentation Pack:

Each of the eight mint stamps included pay tribute to those who continue to work tirelessly for us and are intended to thank those people who #CarryUsThrough.

Featured within this four page glossy folder is dedicated issue text written by Ben Glazier of Glazier Design, who designed the issue. The text features a transcript by HM The Queen when she addressed the nation on 5th April 2020 in a rare speech thanking key workers and assuring the nation that ‘we will succeed’.

Variable Value Self-Adhesive Stamps:

For a limited time, our ‘CarryUsThrough’ stamps will be circulated via our retail kiosks and post office counter network in order to show support to our front line workers. We are proud to issue this set of self adhesive stamps, featuring each of the designs, but each with a first class value.

By replacing ourcurrent kiosk stamps with these beautifully illustrated tributes, we hope to play our part in thanking the people who #CarryUsThrough and raise the morale of everyone that receives them.

About Variable Value Definitives

Variable rate definitive self-adhesive stamps’ are known as ‘Post & Go stamps’ and ‘Faststamps’ in a number of other jurisdictions. They are popular, highly collectible and viewed as the next generation of self-adhesive stamps. Each stamp features the stamp value, date of issue, sequential number and stamp identifier.

To help you understand our handling of this item below is some further information as some aspects are different to other postal administrations.

  • The #CarryUsThrough stamp issue is a set of eight stamps which are part of our normal issue programme and will be supplied in accordance with your standing order requirements for commemoratives.
  • The set of eight stamp designs will be available as collector items – mint/cto set, first day cover and presentation pack.
  • They will be vended via our retail kiosks and post office counter network
  • The withdrawal policy will match our current issues
  • The minimum value supplied for collector purposes is the 1st class postage rate up to 100gms prevailing at the time of request.

These stamps are available from across our network of self service kiosks.

First Day Covers:

The stamps displayed on the front of this deluxe envelope have been illustrated using a bold, contemporary style and symbolise Love, Faith, Care, Compassion, Work, Community, Words and Science. They pay tribute to all those key workers who have kept us alive, well and fed and to encourage all of us to work together to make our new world a better place.

Inside the envelope, you will unveil an illustrated information card, written by Ben Glazier of Glazier Design, including extracts from HM The Queen’s speech when she addressed the nation on 5th April 2020.

The stamps are cancelled with a unique first day of issue postmark.

All eight stamps from the #CarryUsThrough collection are available as self-adhesives, each with a 62p value and presented on a deluxe envelope. The stamps are cancelled with a first day of issue postmark, making this a wonderful collectors piece.

Inside the envelope you will unveil an information card with illustrations and text written by Ben Glazier, including extracts from HM The Queen’s speech when she addressed the nation on 5th April 2020.

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