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Meterstamp Pitney Bowes Earthwatch

Yesterday, May 15, I received booklet from Earthwatch Institute. It sent using meterstamp.

The stamp is labeled in red ink with several terms: AIR MAIL, UNITED STATES POSTAGE, PITNEY BOWES, $ 05.10, 0 3 1M, 0004276527, APR 24 2015, MAILED FROM ZIP CODE 02136. It also contain a QR code and a logo picturing eagle.

earthwatch meterstampdokteryoseph 20150516


Maritime History IOM 2015

This stunning miniature sheet featuring four historic Manx vessels painted by artist, mariner and Manxman John Halsall marks a number of historic anniversaries from the Island’s rich Manx maritime heritage, including the 100th anniversary of HMS Ramsey sinking, the Master Frank RY95, The Wanderer (rescue boat to the Lusitania) and the 75th Anniversary of the loss of Mona’s Queen. 

Maritime History MS Presentation Pack IOM 2015

This highly collectable Isle of Man First Day Cover features a mint condition Manx maritime history miniature sheet, cancelled with the first day of issue and accompanied by an illustrated information card written by Matthew Richardson, Curator of Social History at Manx National Heritage. 

Maritime History FDC IOM 2015


Isle of Man Solar Eclipse 2015

To celebrate the 92.8% Solar Eclipse visible from the Isle of Man on 20th March 2015, Isle of Man Post Office is pleased to mark this rare occasion with an exclusive special cover produced in collaboration with the Isle of Man Astronomical Society. It features three stamps from the Dark Sky Discovery issue released in September; each cancelled with a unique postmark for the major stages of the event, and is accompanied by an illustrated information card about the history of eclipses on the Island.

Isle of Man Solar Eclipse Special Cover 2015



Gerhana matahari adalah sesuatu yang jarang terjadi. Masyarakat pada jaman dahulu, bahkan pada masa kini masih ada yang menganggapnya sebagai peristiwa alam luar biasa. Beberapa orang bahkan mengaitkannya dengan urusan ramal meramal dan hal gaib. Beberapa pemimpin suatu daerah atau negara memiliki sebutan luar biasa, yang sayangnya gelar tersebut diberikan oleh, ehm, diri mereka sendiri. Berikut beberapa contohnya:

  • Scourge of God : Attila, Eropa Tengah, 434-453.
  • Commander of the Faithful : Umar I, Arab Saudi, 634-644.
  • The King Strong to Aid, Joseph Son of Job; Exalted be the Standard : Saladin, Timur Tengah, 1175-1193.
  • Genghis Khan (Universal Ruler) : Temujin, Asia Tengah, 1206-1227.
  • Pachacutec (Transformer of the Earth) : Pachacuti Inca Yupaqui, Peru, 1438-1471.
  • By the Grace of God King of England, France, and Ireland, Defender of the Faith, and of the Church of England and also of Ireland in Earth the Supreme Head : Henry VIII, Inggris, Irlandia, Prancis, 1509-1547.
  • Kamehameha I (The Very Lonely One, The One Set Apart) : Paiea, Hawaii, 1810-1819.
  • Il Duce (The Leader) : Benito Mussolini, Italia, 1922-1943.
  • His Imperial Majesty, Haile Selassie I, Conquering Lion from the Tribe of Judah, Elect of God and King of the Kings of Ethiopia : Tafari Makonnen, Etiopia, 1930-1974.
  • Der Fuhrer (The Leader) : Adolf Hitler, Jerman, 1933-1945.
  • The All-Powerful Warrior Who, Because of His Endurance and Inflexible Will to Win, Will Go from Conquest to Conquests, Leaving Fire in His Wake : Joseph-Desire Mobutu, Republik Zaire (Republik Demokratik Kongo), 1965-1997.
  • Brother Leader and Guide of the Revolution : Muammar al-Qaddafi, Libya, 1969-2011.
  • His Excellency, President for Life, Field Marshal Al Hadji Doctor Idi Amin Dada, VC, DSO, MC, Lord of All the Beasts of the Earth and Fishes of the Seas and Conqueror of the British Empire in Africa in General and Uganda in Particular : Idi Amin, Uganda, 1971-1979.
  • Dear Leader : Kim Jong-Il, Korea Utara, 1994-2011.

Sumber: Lapham’s Quarterly


Dark Sky Discovery IOM

This set of four stamps show four dark sky scenes taken from four of twenty-six Manx Dark Sky sites, awarded the highest rating of ‘Two Stars’ by the Dark Sky Discovery Network. The stars as well as the surround of the stamp are picked out in metallic, resulting in a shimmering finish and an essential collectable for all philatelists and astronomy enthusiasts. 

Dark Sky Discovery IOM 2014

All four stamps produced to celebrate the Isle of Man’s Dark Sky Discovery status are set amongst a starry night sky, complete with a silver foil first day of issue postmark and illustrated information card written by Howard Parkin FRAS of AstroManx. 

Dark Sky Discovery FDC IOM 2014



Malam-malam tergelam terkadang bukanlah malam yang hanya diterangi bintang. Beberapa orang pernah mengalami malam tergelapnya dalam penjara. Beberapa tokoh yang dipenjara mengisi waktunya dengan menulis buku. Berikut ini adalah beberapa buku yang ditulis dari dalam penjara:

  1. Don Quixote, yang ditulis oleh Miguel de Cervantes saat dipenjara di Crow Jail of Seville, diterbitkan pada tahun 1605.
  2. John Bunyan menulis The Pilgrim’s Progress ketika berada di South Bedfordshire County Gaol. Bukunya terbit pada 1678.
  3. Oscar Wilde menulis de Profundis (yang terbit pada 1905) saat berada di Reading Gaol.
  4. Mein Kampf, tulisan Adolf Hitler saat dipenjara di Landsberg Prison, diterbitkan pada tahun 1925.
  5. Ketika berada di Yeravda Central Prison, Mohandas K. Gandhi menulis An Autobiography: The Story of My Experiments in Truth. Buku tersebut terbit tahun 1940.
  6. Nelson Mandela menulis Long Walk to Freedom saat berada di Pollsmoor Prison, Robben Island, diterbitkan pada tahun 1994.

(Sumber: Lapham’s Quarterly edisi Crimes & Punishments, terbit 2009 [Spring])

History of Manx Playing Cards IOM

These six highly decorative full colour stamps feature images from local expert Mike Goodall’s exceptional collection of printed cards. Each scene depicted, from Bradda Head and Peel Castle to Laxey Wheel and Groudle Wheel, is set against a vibrant background which corresponds to the rear of the original cards, giving a complete representation with every unique stamp. 

Manx Playing Cards IOM 2014



Kartu remi sering digunakan sebagai sarana judi. Kegiatan perjudian lazim dilarang di beberapa negara, beberapa negara malah melegalkannya dan menjadikannya salah satu sumber penghasilan. Namun ada pula beberapa larangan tidak lazim pada beberapa negara, berikut ini adalah beberapa contohnya:

  • Sirkumsisi alias sunat alias khitan dilarang di Koln (Cologne), Jerman. Alasannya: melanggar hak atas integritas fisik anak laki-laki, mulai berlaku 2012.
  • Perayaan Hari Valentine dilarang di Arab Saudi, sejak 2008. Alasannya: menyuburkan hubungan immoral antara laki-laki dan perempuan yang tidak sah dalam pernikahan.
  • Sirkus dilarang di Turkmenistan karena dianggap sebagai budaya asing yang tidak sesuai dengan mentalitas bangsa Turk. Efektif pada 2001 dan dibatalkan pada 2008.
  • Youtube dilarang di Iran sejak 2006 karena dianggap immoral dan ‘corrupting’.
  • Burka dilarang di Prancis, sejak 2011. Alasannya: bertentangan dengan persamaan gender dan martabat kaum perempuan.
  • Perjalanan menembus waktu (time travel) dalam karya fiksi dilarang di Cina, sejak 2011. Alasannya: treatment of “serious history in frivolous way, which should by no means be encourage anymore”.
  • Merokok dilarang di Amerika Serikat, khususnya di taman dan pantai kota New York. Alasannya: berbahaya, karena merokok pasif dalam jangka lama, di dalam maupun di luar ruangan, tidak baik untuk kesehatan. Efektif sejak 2011.
  • Permen karet dilarang di Singapura. Alasannya: tergolong dalam gangguan publik. Efektif sejak 1992, sebagian sudah dicabut pada 2010.

Sumber: Lapham’s Quarterly

Peel Cars 50th Birthday IOM

Limited to just 500 hand numbered items, this special cover celebrates 50 years of the highly distinctive Peel P50 and Trident micro cars produced by Peel Engineering Company on the Isle of Man. The accompanying illustrated information card is written by Grant Kearney, a Peel Car enthusiast and owner of one of the remaining 30 Trident shown on the 31p stamp and plots the history of the smallest production vehicle in the world and its manufacturer. A rare opportunity to own an especially fun collectable on the occasion of the 50th Birthday Celebration of these iconic cars. 

Peel Cars 50th Birthday IOM 2014



IOM Winter Flora sepac 2014

This single stamp, like its Winter Flora subject, offers a burst of colour. Celebrating the unique Manx countryside in the art of Catherine James. 

sepac Winter flora IOM 2014

Like the hedgerows of the Isle of Man in winter, this very special Sepac stamp is bursting with colour and life as we celebrate the delightful Winter Flora of our home.

Artist Catherine James has drawn inspiration from the unique countryside as it appears during those cold and bleak months for a highly-collectable Sepac stamp.



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