World War One Trench Art miniature sheet from Isle of Man Post Office

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imports_CCGB_stamp-2-_99403.png World War One Trench Art miniature sheet from Isle of Man Post Office
Ahead of the centenary of the outbreak of World War One, the Isle of Man Post Office has issued a miniature sheet featuring artwork created by soldiers during the Great War. ...
Ahead of the centenary of the outbreak of World War One, the Isle of Man Post Office has issued a miniature sheet featuring artwork created by soldiers during the Great War.

The miniature sheet, which features a £3 stamp and a highly decorated border, commemorates the trench art tradition that flourished during World War One, when soldiers would collect battlefield detrius such as shell casings and bullets for use in craft projects. The Isle of Man Post Office website feature information on how these materials could be recycled to create artwork: 'Spent brass shell casings are the most common medium used to create trench art, but other battlefield detritus was transformed into cigarette lighters, match box covers, tobacco boxes, letter openers, models of tanks, aeroplanes or submarines, clocks, inkwells, penny banks, picture frames, candleholders and jewellery.

'Even a soldier's military equipment could provide a surface for painted or engraved trench art pieces, while prisoners of war used scrap wood, soup bones, tin and other materials to make vases, trinket boxes and other handmade pieces to sell or barter for food and cigarettes.'

TRENCH ART MINIATURE SHEET ISSUE DETAILS

Issue date: 19 February 2014
Design: EJC Design
Photography: Kathleen Bishop MFA
Printer: BDT
Stamp size: 32.4mm x 48.26mm
Process: Offset lithography

To purchase the miniature sheet, visit the Isle of Man Post Office website.

(Image copyright Isle of Man Post Office)

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