*cough cough cough* what a great map card, eh? :)))))
And from such a rare country...here is my first received Isle of Man postcard...but this second one is so special since it is actually written and stamped and mailed from Isle of Man itself! I feel so happy and proud :P
Isle of Man is located in the Irish Sea between the islands of Great Britain and Ireland. The head of state is Queen Elizabeth II, who holds the title of Lord of Mann. The island is not part of the United Kingdom, but its foreign relations and defence are the responsibility of the UK Government. The island has been inhabited since before 6500 BC. It began to be influenced by Gaelic culture in the AD 400s and the Manx language, a branch of the Gaelic languages, gradually emerged. In the 800s, the Norse began to settle there. A Norse-Gaelic culture emerged and the island came under Norse control. In 1266, the island became part of Scotland. After a period of alternating rule by the kings of Scotland and England, the island came under the feudal overlordship of the English Crown in 1399. The lordship revested into the British Crown in 1764 but the island never became part of the United Kingdom and retained its status as an internally self-governing jurisdiction.
Mann is not a part of the European Union, but has a limited relationship concerning the free movement of goods.
for those who dont know exactly where Isle of Man is:
the stamp on the card is from a set of 6 issued this year, representing the Ford Model T. This is the 1923 7 cwt Van