First Day Covers from the Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Series, 1977
Isle of Man
Queen Elizabeth II 1977 Silver Jubilee postage stamps
The Isle of Man, a largely self-governing community within the Commonwealth, lies in the Irish Sea, roughly equidistant from England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland. The open-air Court at Tynwald, the island's thousand year old parliament, is the oldest parliament in the British Commonwealth. The people are Celtic, called Manxmen. Scholars believe that the island's name, Man, comes from a Celtic word that means hilly land and, indeed, the coast in many places is mountainous and beautiful. But the Isle of Man is better known for the rare breed of tailless Manx cats which originated on the island.
This First Day Cover was issued at Douglas, the capital of the Isle of Man, on March 1, 1977. Built upon trade with British ports such as Liverpool, Douglas grew from a small fishing village into a thriving commercial and tourist center which today boasts twenty thousand permanent residents.