Great Britain 388
Great Britain issued a set of three stamps in
1962 to observe the National Productivity Year. The middle value of
the set has a silhouette map of the British Isles. In addition to
England and Scotland, a part of Ireland is also included with Northern
Ireland in the darker purple of Great Britain. There were those who
objected to the inclusion of part of the Irish Republic. Others
objected because the Shetland Islands north of Great Britain were not
included, and the stamp has been identified as an error because of
that omission, and the omission of the Scilly Islands off the
southwestern tip of the island.
Other islands, the Orkneys, the Hebrides, the
Isle of Man, Anglesey, and the Isle of Wight are shown in their proper
locations on the map. On the other hand, Guernsey, Jersey, and
Alderney, Herm, Jethou, and Sark have been omitted. The Isle of Man,
Guernsey, Jersey, and Alderney issue their own stamps, while the
Scillys, the Orkneys, the Shetlands, the Hebrides, Anglesey, and Wight
The Channel Islands may have been omitted
because the space for the map was to small to include them, and, if
that is true, that may also be the reason for the omission of the
Shetlands. They are even further from the main island than the Channel
Islands. But that doesn't explain the omission of the Scilly Islands
which are about as close as the Isle of Man.
So...error or legitimate design?