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



TRINIDAD postal history
1886 use of QV ½d Post Card pmk'd A/JY 23 86 locally to Miss Palmer, Palm Grove, Princestown, reverse headed "P. of Spain 22.7.86" with message reading "No visit expected, as cause was removed on 13th inst.; but all possible precautions shall be taken to protect, With love A xxxxx" Text surrounded by a gibbet, cannon, blunderbuss, revolver, cudgel, mantrap, swords, and a barrel marked "Y NAM" (dy namite). Overall toning.
The text may only be cryptic humour but might have a connection with the Ordinance of 1879 whereby a Volunteer Corps was raised with one Company under Captain Wilson permitted to use the Police headquarters for parades. In 1885, the year before this card was written, the Volunteers’ own headquarters, the Drill Hall in Tragarete Road, was opened by Governor Havelock.
£150


PARCEL POST, TRINIDAD postal history
NOTIFICATION OF PARCEL LYING AT A POST OFFICE form with boxed purple "2nd NOTICE/Issued 30/12/30" (manuscript date) posted O.H.M.S. "Sub-Office Parcel Post Advice." to M.W. Hardy, Box 884, P.O.S. with PARCEL POST C/JA 3 31 cds, address deleted in red crayon with "via Guiaco" added with purple straight line "CREOLE PETROLEUM CORPORATION" and "Maturin-Venezuela" applied as arrival acknowledgements.
The Creole Petroleum Corporation was an American oil company formed in 1920 to produce fields on Lake Maracaibo, Venezuela. The company was acquired by Standard Oil of New Jersey in 1928. Until 1951 Creole Petroleum was the world's number one oil producer.
£225


TRINIDAD postal history
1903 Watkins-Scott Liebers "Trinidad Prices Current" marked "per s/s Maraval" with ½d Britannia (defective) pmk'd Port of Spain K/AP 7 03 to Capt W.H. Bernard, Prince Edward Island, reverse fine Summerside AP 22 03 duplex.
£140

The Chinese minority, Trinidad postal history
1923 use of KGV 2d PSRE with added 3d Seated Britannia from Lum Soy, Tunapuna (reverse) lightly posted some ten miles away at CUNUPIA A/NO 26 23 addressed San Francisco, California.
£40


MISSENT TO GRENADA, Trinidad to Holland postal history
1903 use of Trinidad KE7 ½d newswrapper, the front portion pmk'd Port of Spain E/MR 28 03 with str. line "MISSENT TO GRENADA" and attractively showing Amsterdam 25 APR 03 arrival.
£125

GREAT BRITAIN to Trinidad re-directed Tobago postal history
1954 Air Letter with handwritten text dated 22.12.54 to Pointe-A-Pierre, Trinidad re-directed Scarborough, Tobago with purple boxed "SALVAGED MAIL/AIRCRAFT CRASH/PRESTWICK 25-12-54", backstamped POS 14 JA and 15 JA 55 plus Scarborough 17 JAN 55. Some water staining at left.
£120


RETRIEVED STOLEN REGISTERED MAIL from PROSECUTING SOLICITORS FILES, Trinidad postal history
1874 cover front to Joseph Veira, Fish Market Street, Basseterre, St. Kitts twice handstruck red str. line "REGISTERED" with 1/- chrome-yellow (SG.74) paying 6d inter-island postage plus 6d reg. fee. Pmk'd SP 8 1874 and rated red "4" and endorsed with "contents not shown/stated no money/(initials)". Missing is the reverse which would have had wax seals but no backstamps, and the case file number "14876/74" as this cover front was evidence in the prosecuting solicitors files against a corrupt postal official.
Three retrieved stolen mail registered covers and one cover front are currently known for period spanning JY 26 1874 to SP 8 1874 all addressed St. Kitts from case file "14876/74". The JY 26 1874 to Mrs Alice Davoren, Palmetto Point with Colonial Postmaster/Trinidad (large stop at base) impressed into reverse wax seal, three dated SP 8 1874 comprising full cover and cover front to Joseph Veira, and to Miss Margaret Rennels, Dieppe Bay (Marriott Lot 378 realised £2,875) with Colonial Postmaster/Trinidad (rosette at base) and POST OFFICE/(arms)/SAN FERNANDO red wax seals on second.
£1250

T.18 used Princes Town, Trinidad postal history
1883 use of GB QV 1½d Post Card pmk'd Birmingham JA 31 83 sqc to Mrs Cleaver, Savannah Grande, Trinidad with "T.18" arrival duplex dated C/FE 24 83 on address panel.
On JA 20 1880 Princes Albert and George (later KGV) disembarked ship at San Fernando and took the Cipero Tramway to the town named The Mission Of Savannah Grande, where they planted two pooi trees in the St. Stephens Anglican Church compound, on their way to visit the Devils' Woodyard (famous mud volcano which first erupted 1852) near Indian Walk. To commemorate this event Savannah Grande was re-named Princes Town on FE 18 1880.
£250



T.35 used unknown location, Trinidad postal history
1899 use of complete QV ½d green Newswrapper to Arima pmk'd re-introduced temporary allocation partly weak "T.35" duplex dated A/FE 18 without year with ARIMA B/FE 18 99 arrival alongside address panel.
The "T.35" was previously employed at California and use superceded with introduction of the CALIFORNIA cds in 1886.
£240

FIRST ANNUAL HORSE RACING AT CEDROS, Trinidad social and postal history
1884 use of the QV 2d blue Post Card (for India and Countries in the Far East via UK) to Hampstead, London pmk'd "T.21" duplex dated C/SP 25 84 (Type 0.9, used Cedros). Writer says he has written "giving an account of the Races" and that he saw Luther "at the Races" with mention of Palmcole Estate.
Cedros, one of the most isolated areas in Trinidad, had little in the social calendar. In 1884, some of the colonial officials and larger planters of the area joined to hold a series of races at Columbus Bay, the sands being firm enough for their purpose. The event, which came off on September 18, was held under the patronage of the Governor, Sir F.B. Barlee. He came down for the occasion along with many guests aboard the island steamer. It was then an annual event, being held on New Year's Day, thereafter. The last races were held in 1950.
£325

TRINIDAD postal history
1848 part wrapper docketted along top "Trinidad 4 Dec 1848" to William McGregor Grant, Arnos Vale, St. Vincent rated unpaid "4" showing GRENADA DE 16 1848 transit dbl-arc and ST. VINCENT DE 21 1848 arrival dbl-arc.
Prestamp mail between Trinidad and St. Vincent rarely found. The flat ground at Arnos Vale became the site of the national airport and terminal as illustrated on the St. Vincent 1965 3c definitive (SG.233). For many years a bamboo pole was used to close both sides of the main coast road when flights were in progress.
£140


TRINIDAD postal history
1867 wrapper front plus lower flap to Pointe A Pitre, Guadeloupe with (1d) lake (SG.69) tied Port of Spain numeral "1" with red TRINIDAD PAID NO 24 1867 broken dbl-arc and blue O'CONNOR BROTHERS/ COMMISSION MERCHANTS/TRINIDAD sender's cachet alongside rated red "1" with handstruck black "8". Contents being part Prices Current in French.
£165


TRINIDAD postal history:
1882 wrapper on "Bookman Mills" wmk'd paper with "N. GARDES & Ca, Ciudad Bolivar" purple d/ring sender's cachet endorsed "p. Royal Mail" to Leipzig, Germany with Trinidad 4d grey tied TRINIDAD MY 27 82 cds locally applied and rated red "3" as top flap displays previously unrecorded blue chamfered corners framed "FORWARDED BY/SCHOCK BUNDSCHUH & CO/PORT OF SPAIN, TRINIDAD, W.I." cachet which has sealed tear.
£825

20 used LA BREA, Trinidad postal history
on wrapper front tying 1861 (1d) rose-red (SG.52) addressed Charles Fabien, Port of Spain, reverse text does not include despatch date, faults.
£175


Rowland Hill 1/- EXPORTERS LETTER SERVICE by Hovercraft in combination with TRINIDAD postal history
1975 cover to Calais, France with QE2 5c, 30c x 2 pmk'd 9 MAR 74 with red boxed FLOWN BY/HOVERCRAFT RAMSGATE and 1/- EXPORTERS LETTER SERVICE label depicting Sir Rowland Hill tied blue POSTE - RESTANTE/BP 300-62/CALAIS - RAMSGATE cachet.
£75

TRINIDAD postal history
1942 Queen's Park Hotel envelope with handstruck corrected spelling OPENED BY CENSOR No.10 (TR CH 5) with KG6 6c, 24c pmk'd P.O.S. FE 28 42, some opening tears top left.
£75

PENAL ROCK JUNCTION, Trinidad postal history
(T.3) C/MR 14 29 on KGV 1d rate cover to Montgomery Ward, Chicago.
£40

LAVENTILLE skeleton, Trinidad postal history
(T.10) dated 11 FE 81 on reg. 70c plus 15c rate cover to Port of Spain.
£24

COUVA skeleton, Trinidad postal history
(T.10) dated 26 FE 73 on reg. QE2 55c rate cover to Chicago.
£18
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