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Postage stamps and postal history of Tristan da Cunha


Postage stamps and postal history of Tristan da Cunha

A 1952 stamp of Saint Helena overprinted for use in Tristan da Cunha from 1952.
This is a survey of the postage stamps and postal history of Tristan da Cunha.


  • Local stamps 1
  • First stamp 2
  • See also 3
  • References 4
  • Further reading 5
  • External links 6

Local stamps

In 1946, labels showing penguins and the currency being potatoes were issued. The 4 potatoes red stamp was included in the miniature sheet issued in 1979 to commomorate the death centenary of Sir Rowland Hill.

First stamp

The first stamps of Tristan da Cunha were issued on 1 January 1952[1] and consisted of twelve stamps of Saint Helena overprinted TRISTAN DA CUNHA.[2]

See also


  1. ^ Rossiter, Stuart & John Flower. The Stamp Atlas. London: Macdonald, 1986, p.323. ISBN 0-356-10862-7
  2. ^ Stanley Gibbons Stamp Catalogue: Commonwealth and British Empire Stamps 1840-1970. 110th edition. London: Stanley Gibbons, 2008, pp.595-597. ISBN 0-85259-653-7

Further reading

  • Crabb, George. The History and Postal History of Tristan da Cunha. Ewell: G. Crabb, 1980 347p.
  • Crawford, Allan B. Penguins, Potatoes & Postage Stamps: A Tristan da Cunha Chronicle. Oswestry: Anthony Nelson, 1999 ISBN 0-9046146-8-9 166p.
  • MacKay, James A. and George F. Crabb. Tristan da Cunha: Its postal history and philately. Ewell, Surrey: Published by the authors, 1965 72p.
  • Mueller, Michael D. and Peter P. McCann (editors). Thirty years of St. Helena, Ascension, and Tristan da Cunha philately: a collection of new, revised and reprinted articles published by the St. Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha Philatelic Society on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the founding of the society. Morgantown: St. Helena, Ascension and Tristan Da Cunha Philatelic Society, 2006 ISBN 1-890454-37-0 193p.
  • Peck, Richard. Handbook of Modern Tristan da Cunha Philately. Sydney: R. Peck, 1992 ISBN 0-9491772-4-5 Comprising: Pt. 1: Stamps & stationery; Pt. 2: Postal history and cinderellas.
  • Peck, Richard C. Tristan da Cunha, the William L. Mayo accumulation. Drummoyne, NSW: Richard C. Peck, 1996 41p.
  • Proud, E. The Postal History of Ascension, St Helena and Tristan Da Cunha. Proud-Bailey Co. Ltd., 2005. ISBN 1-872465-33-1 248p.
  • Rainey, Chris. The Postal History of Tristan Da Cunha 1892 - 1946: A display to the Royal Philatelic Society of London 25th November 2010. Chris Rainey, 2010.
  • Skavaril, Russell V. (editor). St. Helena, Ascension, and Tristan da Cunha Philatelic Society's 20th anniversary anthology: original philatelic papers written by Society members to commemorate Society's 20th anniversary. Columbus, OH.: St. Helena, Ascension and Tristan Da Cunha Philatelic Society, 1997 ISBN 1-89045-402-8 189p.
  • Smith, Rozell. A History and The Mails: The Ships of Tristan da Cunha. Richmond-Vancouver, B.C.: Produced by R.C. Smith, 1994

External links

  • Official Post Office site.
  • St. Helena, Ascension, and Tristan da Cunha Philatelic Society
  • Tristan da Cunha postal history home page
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