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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 7˝p 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 7˝p 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


SMITH'S ISLAND, BERMUDA internal postal history
In July 1609 Sir George Somers left Plymouth on the flagship Sea Venture as part of a fleet of 9 vessels with supplies for the new English colony at Jamestown, Virginia. In a severe storm she was separated and driven onto the reefs at Bermuda with all 150 sailors and settlers saved, this event is thought to be Shakespeare’s inspiration for The Tempest. With materials primarily stripped from the Sea Venture two new ships, The Deliverance and The Patience, were built and most set sail again on May 10 1610 for Jamestown. Smith’s island in St. George’s became Bermuda’s first settlement when three of the survivors, Christopher Carter, Edward Waters and Edward Chard (two were mutineers), set up camp becoming the first accidental permanent colonists. They built cabins, planted beans, melons, tobacco, maize, fished the coast and hunted wild hogs left there from an earlier visit by the Spanish. When the Plough arrived from England July 11 1612 with the first part of planned colonists Governor Moore was delighted with the garden produce because the Somer Isles Company in London had supplied him with some 80 varieties of seeds to try in Bermuda. Many of the first European crops Virginia and later American colonies saw were planted on Smith’s Island. The illustrated QV ˝d Post Card, postmarked St. Georges 14 JA 1901, is addressed to C. W. McCallan, perhaps the only resident family on the 61 acre island, and perhaps the replied pricing for pupils at the Grammar School was intended for E.A. McCallan, the 1948 Bermudian author of “Life on Old St. David’s”.
£325


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


BOAZ ISLAND to DENMARK, Bermuda postal history
1889 use of QV 1d UPU Post Card written "Boaz. March 14th" to Skive, Denmark with K4 "3" duplex dated MR 14 89 and Skive 30/3 arrival.
The K4/4a duplex series were issued JA 1 1889
£85

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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