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Royal Mail Strike Update

UPDATED: 29th September 2022 Royal Mail have proposed a series of further strikes throughout October and November. Whilst this will result in delays to orders, our strategy of holding orders for strike days proved effective, with no orders delayed by more than 1 working day. As such we will continue [...]

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World Braille Day Stamps

World Braille Day celerates the birthday of Louis Braille - the inventer of the reading system for the blind.

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New Issues

Isle of Man Stamps featuring the Laxey Wheel

In 1983, the Isle of Man Post issued a set of two stamps featuring the Laxey Wheel, issued for Europa. In 2004, a miniature sheet was issued to commemorate the 150th Anniversary of Laxey Wheel. The Laxey Wheel is also known as the ‘Lady Isabella’ and is the world’s largest [...]

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FAQ for Stamps

What’s a Perfin?

In philately (stamp collecting) a perfin is a stamp that has had initials or a name perforated across it to discourage theft. The name is a contraction of perforated initials or perforated insignia. They are also sometimes called SPIFS (Stamps Perforated with Initials of Firms and Societies. In 1868 Great Britain [...]

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Stamp collecting for beginners

Collecting stamps can be a rewarding hobby at any level of skill or expense. A beginner or child can be perfectly happy with an album of pretty pictures from any country. An advanced collector can be enthralled with a detailed study of a single stamp, or by the challenge of [...]

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How Manor Stamps started, and where it all began…

I was introduced to stamp collecting by a cousin when I was just a child, and like many at the time, started by receiving approval books through the post, and did this until my early teens. Like many, the interest waned and my collection was put aside. After leaving college [...]

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FAQ for Stamps

What’s a Bisect?

A Bisect is a stamp which has been cut or perforated into two parts for seperate use. This is often when there is a shortage of stamps. These are best collected on a piece or cover with ‘tied’ postmark. A stamp is said to be ‘tied‘ on cover or piece [...]

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