DOUGLAS, Isle of Man, January 2, 2015 /PRNewswire/ --
Working with the Churchill Archives Centre at Churchill College, and Chartwell, the National Trust family home, and with access to private photograph collections courtesy of the family, the Isle of Man Post Office has captured a true portrait of this enigmatic character; the legendary politician, the great orator, the wartime leader, the soldier, the prolific writer, the talented artist and even the apprentice bricklayer!
Winston Churchill 1874-1965 - The Death of a Hero, which also marks the 70th anniversary of his final year as wartime Prime Minister, and 75th anniversary of his 'Finest Hour' in 1940, includes rarely-seen images of Churchill as a youngster, as a world leader and privately enjoying his favourite pastimes.
The stamps are available in mint condition and cancelled to order sheet sets, mounted on a specially-designed First Day Cover, accompanied by an illustrated information card, and as part of a presentation pack containing a four-page mini brochure revealing more of the Churchill story and featuring additional photographs.
The issue bears the official Churchill 2015 logo of the Churchill Alliance, which is spearheading commemorations of the 50th anniversary of his death, and text written by Allen Packwood, Director of the Churchill Archives Centre in Cambridge.
Mr Packwood said: "It is wonderful that the Isle of Man has decided to recognise Sir Winston Churchill in this way on the 50th anniversary of his death. I love the way the stamps capture the different aspects of his amazing life and personality: from statesman and orator, to writer, painter and even would-be bricklayer."
Churchill was born into an aristocratic family in 1874 and served with the British military before being first elected a Member of Parliament in 1900. He is best remembered for his leadership during World War II, after becoming Prime Minister in 1940, and his rousing speeches which galvanised British morale in the face of German aggression. Despite losing the 1945 general election, Churchill remained in politics until 1964, a year before his death at the age of 90.
He was also a published author, writing extensively on history and military campaigns, and a dedicated painter whose works are still collected and acclaimed today.
The Isle of Man paid tribute to Churchill in July 1957 when he was given the Freedom of the Borough of Douglas.
The Winston Churchill 1874-1965 - The Death of a Hero stamp issue can be ordered now from http://www.iomstamps.com.
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SOURCE Isle of Man Post Office