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The Bailiwick of Guernsey
is a British Crown Dependency in the English Channel off the coast of
The Bailiwick, as a
governing entity, embraces not only all 10 parishes on the
Although its defence is
the responsibility of the
See: Great Britain
Thomas de la Rue, Founder of Security Printers
Inside #57: GB #22O
Inside #59: US Conferate States #6O
150th Anniversary, Penny Black
Inside #426: GB #1 [T-A]
Visit: The Penny Black Plate project http://www.arcieriminerva.it/SOS/homeSOS.htm
Inside #427: GB #3 P
Inside #428: GB #255 P
Issued to promote Guernsey participation at the
Thanks to Lou for scan and info
50th Anniversary, Occupation Stamps
Birth Bicentennial, Thomas de la Rue, Printer
Inside #523: GB #22O
Scott: #523aO (Booklet pane of 4)
(Thanks to Lou for the scans)
Herm is an island off
finding a tenant to run it, the following proviso was imposed: "That the governing principle... shall be to ensure that the natural attractions and peacefulness of that island are preserved and are made available to all who visit it".
When Peter and Jenny Wood took over the tenancy in 1949 Herm was derelict and overgrown. They gradually enhanced the countryside, repaired the buildings, made the island fit for visitors and the Bailiwick of Guernsey gained a wonderful new attraction which has captured the hearts of thousands over the years. The stamps combine new designs with detail from some of Herm's carriage labels, on the 50th anniversary of their introduction. The labels (not strictly speaking stamps) were used until 1969, when the Guernsey Post Office took over control of its own affairs from the British Post Office and opened a sub-post office in Herm.
The larger part of the stamp design features the Burnet Rose on dunes behind Shell Beach, while the four-doubles (the Bailiwick's old unit of currency equivalent to one old penny) carriage label shows the Yellow Horned Poppy, Yellow Flag Iris and Wallflower. Here we see Puffins on the cliffs with Belvoir Bay in the distance, while the 5d. (five pre-decimal pence) carriage label shows
the Kentish Plover, Oystercatcher and Common Tern.
The Small Heath butterfly is a common sight around the island; the 6d. (six pre-decimal pence) carriage label shows a Red Admiral and a Painted Lady.
Shell Beach, named for the amazing variety of shells washed up by the Gulf Stream, is one of Herm's most famous features.
Here we depict the Variegated Scallop, Dogwhelk, European Cowrie and Painted Topshell, while the one shilling (equivalent to five new pence) carriage label shows the Garfish and the Ballan Wrasse.
Lou wrote: I really like
this set design wise, and I found it interesting that it gave some legitimacy
What I had not been aware of when the stamps were issued, is that they were printed in decorated sheetlets of 10 stamps, with background info and enlargements of the label and stamp artwork without inscriptions.
The designer, Colleen Corlett, was very kind and sent us "in progress plates" of the full set.
Thanks to Colleen Corlett: www.colleencorlett.com
The 200th Anniversary of the Guernsey Press and Star
Inside #???: Guernsey #N1
Thanks to Prof. Plinio Richelmi and Martin Hirschbühl
175th Anniversary of The Penny Black
Inside #????: G.B. #1 [Q-B]
Thanks to Lou Guadagno and Prof. Plinio Richelmi
Stories From the Great War, Part 2
Inside #????: G.B. #128c (rose ink printing 1911)
The stamp is reproduced from a letter from a Guernsey soldier to his sweetheart; the purposely angled placement on the envelope has a secret meaning: "Longing to see you again"
Thanks to Lou Guadagno
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