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MAIL FROM THE TINY ISLAND OF WATER CAY, Bahamas postal history
1927 reg. letter from Water Cay, Eight Mile Rock to Montgomery Ward, Chicago with 3 x KGV 1d pmk'd GRAND BAHAMA (T.3) dated 12 FEB 27.
In 1926 a local mail service by small boat started from the island of Eight Mile Rock to Water Cay, 40 miles north with 150 inhabitants (Proud handbook Page 173).
£225



BRITISH HONDURAS postal history
Coloured ppc of Sergeant's Cay with red cachet "1 R HAMPS" and 3-line "FORCES MAIL/BRITISH TROOPS/BELIZE" written with sender address of Up Park Camp, Kingston, Jamaica to Swindon, Wiltshire with QE2 10c pmk'd Belize 15 OC 60.
Writer's message includes "overleaf is where Princess Margaret stayed".
£48

ROCK ISLAND, Trinidad
Unused b/w ppc.
Size only 50 x 30 metres.
£18


GRENADA postal history
1926 printed return Montgomery Ward, Chicago with KGV 4d paying registered post pmk'd CARRIACOU C/JU 7 26, some smaller faults.
Unusual use of Spanish language envelope for this English speaking island
£60


LONG ISLAND (West Cork, Ireland) postal history
1973 cover with Eire 7p airmail printed matter rate pmk'd Sgoile Mhure (Schull) 24 IV 73 on face and Long Island 4p Harbour issue tied to reverse addressed Bombay, India, returned with various handstamps showing Baile Atha Cliath (Dublin) 7 AUG 1973 return. Very few of these returned covers which travelled thousands of postal miles are known.
Permission for Long Island locals was given by the Department of Posts, Dublin. After a year of preparation, much delayed by difficulty in finding a perforating machine, the stamps were issued AP 24 1973. First Day Covers were prepared and serviced in Schull (and collected later in the day) and over 1,000 others letters were posted that day to collectors and stamp trade worldwide. Instead of travelling the 60 miles direct to Cork Airport these letters reached nearby Skibbereen where postal rules dictated that all mail should be cleared before employees go home. Instead of the expected 15 or so letters over 1,000 arrived and on noticing the Long Island locals on reverse Dublin was phoned who said not to accept more mail until the matter was looked into. Orders were serviced in the following weeks, but due Government reshuffles no authorisation to continue ever came and the service, although legally approved, was eventually abandoned.
£125


LONG ISLAND (West Cork, Ireland) postal history
1973 cover with Eire 7p airmail printed matter rate pmk'd Sgoile Mhure (Schull) 24 IV 73 on face and Long Island 4p Harbour issue tied to reverse addressed Caracas, Venezuela, returned with various handstamps showing Baile Atha Cliath (Dublin) 22 AUG 1973 return. Very few of these returned covers which travelled thousands of postal miles are known.
Permission for Long Island locals was given by the Department of Posts, Dublin. After a year of preparation, much delayed by difficulty in finding a perforating machine, the stamps were issued AP 24 1973. First Day Covers were prepared and serviced in Schull (and collected later in the day) and over 1,000 others letters were posted that day to collectors and stamp trade worldwide. Instead of travelling the 60 miles direct to Cork Airport these letters reached nearby Skibbereen where postal rules dictated that all mail should be cleared before employees go home. Instead of the expected 15 or so letters over 1,000 arrived and on noticing the Long Island locals on reverse Dublin was phoned who said not to accept more mail until the matter was looked into. Orders were serviced in the following weeks, but due Government reshuffles no authorisation to continue ever came and the service, although legally approved, was eventually abandoned.
£125

AGAR'S ISLAND, Bermuda internal postal history
1916 cover with 1d Ship pmk'd Hamilton 6 DEC 16 wavy lines machine locally to W.J. Crozier, Agars Island showing light P.C./BERMUDA (CM15) censor, re-directed New York with DEC 19 DUE 3 CENTS duplex then forwarded Zoological Laboratory, Cambridge, Massachusetts arriving DEC 21 1916.
Agar's Island, bought 1611 by Sir Anthony Agar, is also known as Gunpowder Island due a top secret underground powder magazine built there in 1870, which was reputedly the largest in the world at that time. It was also home to Bermuda's first aquarium (destroyed in the 1922 hurricane). More recently it was the home of billionaire James Martin, a respected leader and contributer in computer science and futuristic technology, who prophesied that by 2050 mankind will experience a 'gigafamine' in which a billion people will die. Martin restored the underground chambers and Rudi Guliani hosted a 40 person private banquet there.
£150


BOAZ ISLAND, Bermuda internal postal history
1925 printed BELVEDERE PAGET flap with 1d Caravel pmk'd Hamilton 16 APR 25 locally to Capt. Evelegh, Boaz Island with IRELAND ISLAND 17 APR 25 on reverse (stamp selvedge peeled back to display), re-directed with further 1d Caravel posted IRELAND ISLAND 28 APR 25 to a Dr. Sheller, Hertford, Hertfordshire.
£55

NOT TUCKERS, Bermuda postal history
1902 stampless backed reduced cover front with fine "NOT TUCKERS" handstamp (carved in wood by Boer postmaster) incoming to "Hokens Eilands" (sic) showing numerous manuscript cancels.
£70

MUSTIQUE, St. Vincent postal history
San Andres Island, Colombia, Hotel Abacoa cover with St. Vincent 2c, 8c, 10c Bird definitives pmk'd */9 AU 72 to Miami, Florida. Exceptionally attractive.
£120
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