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Saturday, January 23, 2021


Hello, I hope you are having a good weekend.

Here is another from Trinidad and Tobago which I hope you enjoy seeing. It is also one which we can use to learn some interesting history about the first postal service in Trinidad.

The first stamp issued was in 1847  It is famous for being the first stamp issued by a British Colony. It was however not issued by the government but was a private issue. It was the idea of David Bryce who operated a steamer, called the Lady McLeod, between Port of Spain and San Fernando.   This is an example of the actual  stamp with the pen cross cancel


He would carry mail at a rate of 5c per letter but was plagued by the problem of running out of change when customers would pay with large coins.  So he decided to introduce stamps which could be bought individually at 5c or at $4 per 100. The stamps were cancelled by pen in the form of a cross.

The original pen cancel  you might think!

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