Not all covers have to be old to be interesting

Often you hear that modern covers are not as interesting as the old ones and as such people shun them. I take quite the opposite view.

Some of the covers which are now regarded as important and a wonderful example of the postage of the era were, in the past, regarded as commonplace. Take for example a cover with the humble Penny black on it. Once upon a time they were literally two a penny but today, if you want to buy a cover with a penny black on it then you can start at £50 and keep going upwards into the tens of thousands. So what is it that turns the ordinary into the extraordinary? Why are some covers valued in pennies and some in thousands of pounds?

Well, typically it comes down to the quality of the cover, the stamp, the cancel, the destination and on some cases a combination of all of these. And sometimes it’s the sender or the recipient which makes it interesting.

Which brings me neatly onto this cover. I think it’s destined to become a modern classic.

 

Barbados Registered Cover 2012 Barbados Registered Cover 2012

What makes this stand out?

Firstly, let’s dispel the idea that this is philatelic in any way. Yes it has been sent by Edmund Bayley, author of ‘The Stamps of Barbados’ which is the definitive work on the stamps of the island but it’s not a philatelic cover. A philatelic cover is an envelope prepared with a stamp(s) and address and sent through the mail delivery system for the purpose of creating a collectible item.

This item however has been sent thorough the mail as normal, except that this is a registered letter on a standard airmail envelope. Bear in mind that by 2012 if you wanted to send a Registered Envelope from Barbados you were issued at the counter with a standard plastic envelope which we have featured before. This defies that logic.

Secondly, it has a genuine postal usage of the $10 Flowering Trees definitive from 2005, “The Immortalle” (SG 1280) coupled with a 60c taken from the George Washington set of 1982 (SG716) Washington with Troops. If you were creating a philatelic item you’d be unlikely to mix up stamps issued over 20 years apart.

Thirdly it has nice clear cancels on the back showing the date of sending and registration, 11th and 12th September 2012, along with the Registered Post tracking label.

Finally, as if to prove that this is genuine, it has a Royal Mail sticker on the front proclaiming ‘Signature Required’ which was of course needed to fulfil the requirements of the Registered Mailing.

Now it may be that Mr Bayley sent a rare stamp to Mr Winter, or it could equally be that it was a legal document which required tracking. We will probably never know but wither way what we are left with, thanks to the diligence of whoever opened it, is a cover which shows a number of aspects of the Barbados and UK postal systems in 2012.

It’s not old but I would argue that it is interesting. There are many more covers out there like this and in 100 years they will be immensely valuable. Except today’s generation throw them in the recycling without a second thought.

Where will the classics of tomorrow come from if it’s not the postage of today?

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1970’s First Day Covers with an amazing destination down under!

I’m always happy to collect the First Day Covers of Barbados, not least of which because they have been very poorly represented in the past.

As an example of this there are certain issues in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s where it is almost impossible to find ‘Official’ covers with a printed design. The best you can hope for is to find clean, neatly cancelled covers on plain envelopes. But is there a catalogue anywhere that lists these? I haven’t found one and that, I suspect, will become another side project for this website in the future.

These covers are a really good example of this. Despite looking for the past seven years, I have yet to see any ‘Official’ covers for the 1970 definitive issue of Barbados. These stamps were issued on 4th May 1970 and I have never seen a cover with any official design on it. I have a few examples in the collection but mostly on oversized envelopes which to be frank, have not stood the test of time. Previous collectors have folded them to fit into albums and they are typically not in good condition.

These however are fabulous. The entire set of sixteen stamps up to $5 on clean covers with a rubber stamp ‘1st Day of Issue’ as well as a clear Philatelic Bureau GPO Barbados cancel. But the crowning glory…..look at the destination!

Barbados Definitive issue 1970 First Day Cover Barbados Definitive issue 1970 First Day Cover

I’ve never seen Barbados to Tasmania as a destination so to not only find clean covers but also a rare destination is a huge bonus!

If you have a better cover of this 1970 issue then I’d love to hear from you – please leave a comment below.

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Barbados 1901 cover to a really unusual destination!

There are quite a number of covers from Barbados that turn up in dealers boxes and in online auctions and the majority of them, whilst nice, have little to distinguish them from all the others.

For example, there are two very familiar destinations that you always see on these covers, one being the USA (chiefly New York) and the other Germany.

Finding a cover therefore to somewhere slightly different is always a bonus. And how about this one;

Barbados cover to Prince Edward Island 1901

I must confess, when I first saw it I had to check where “P.E.Island” actually was and it turns out that it’s not quite as exotic as I first thought.

Prince Edward Island is a Canadian Province sitting off the East coast of Canada and became the seventh Canadian province when it joined Canada in 1873.

This cover was sent in 1901 at printed matter rate of ½d and left Barbados on November 23rd 1901. there are no other markings on this which is a shame as it would have been nice to see just how long it took to travel the 2,300 miles between the islands.

Still, it’s nice to find an unusual destination for any mail out of Barbados.

 

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Barbados to Norway printed rate cover from 1897

I’m always on the lookout for interesting covers to and from the island so when I saw this one recently at Stampex I had to add it to the collection.

Sent in 1897 from Barbados to Stavanger, Norway, the cover was sent at printed matter rate of ½d and is marked as being a Freight Report from Hanschell & Co, Barbados who to this day are still Attorneys at Law on the island.

Printed Matter rate to Stavanger, Norway from Barbados

The cover was sent on what looks like October 16th and as we can see from the arrival backstamp it made it to Stavanger on 30th October 1897.

Printed Matter rate to Stavanger, Norway from Barbados (reverse)

Stavanger receiving mark 30th October 1897

It seems remarkable that it travelled all the way from Barbados to Norway in two weeks for just ½d!

 

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New Barbados stamp issue celebrates Centenarians of Barbados  

Comprising a total of 27 new stamps, the Centenarians issue was released on 8th December 2016 and is the single largest stamp new issue ever released on Barbados.

There are seven stamps in a Souvenir Sheet and twenty individual stamps, but all are priced at just 65c making them valid for the current internal letter rate mail.

Centenarians are individuals who have reached 100 years old or more and Barbados is blessed with more than their fair share of them. The last census in 2016 revealed that there are currently one hundred and fourteen centenarians alive on Barbados of which only eleven were men. Looks like the ladies know something the men don’t!

The National Committee on Ageing (NCOA) research also identified that by the start of 2017 there would be another thirty eight women and ten more men who would join this elite club.

Clearly it wouldn’t be possible to issue a stamp for everyone who reaches one hundred years old so for this issue individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to Barbados were chosen to be honoured.

These are the stamps in the series;

Barbados Stamps 65c - Alma Geraldine Rae

Barbados 65c Stamp – Alma Geraldine Rae

Barbados 65c Stamp – Beatrice Gertrude Carrington

Barbados 65c Stamp – Beatrice Gertrude Carrington

Barbados 65c Stamp – Vivian Ursula Blenman

Barbados 65c Stamp – Vivian Ursula Blenman

Barbados 65c Stamp – Edith Vimetta St. Clair Wilkinson

Barbados 65c Stamp – Edith Vimetta St. Clair Wilkinson

Barbados 65c Stamp – Rose Adelin Wiltshire

Barbados 65c Stamp – Rose Adelin Wiltshire

Barbados 65c Stamp – Olive Augusta Licorish

Barbados 65c Stamp – Olive Augusta Licorish

Barbados 65c Stamp – Elaine Ometa Walkes

Barbados 65c Stamp – Elaine Ometa Walkes

Barbados 65c Stamp – Iona Viola Griffith

Barbados 65c Stamp – Iona Viola Griffith

Barbados 65c Stamp – Christopher McDonald Smith

Barbados 65c Stamp – Christopher McDonald Smith

Barbados 65c Stamp – Winston Cameron Catline

Barbados 65c Stamp – Winston Cameron Catline

Barbados 65c Stamp – Aldora Yearwood

Barbados 65c Stamp – Aldora Yearwood

Barbados 65c Stamp – Rev C. Vincent S Belle

Barbados 65c Stamp – Rev C. Vincent S Belle

Barbados 65c Stamp – Vera Elaine Gibbs

Barbados 65c Stamp – Vera Elaine Gibbs

Barbados 65c Stamp – Doris Elese Greaves

Barbados 65c Stamp – Doris Elese Greaves

Barbados 65c Stamp – Helen Lizetta Hutchinson

Barbados 65c Stamp – Helen Lizetta Hutchinson

Barbados 65c Stamp – Carlotta Elise Strickland

Barbados 65c Stamp – Carlotta Elise Strickland

Barbados 65c Stamp – Constance L. Inniss

Barbados 65c Stamp – Constance L. Inniss

Barbados 65c Stamp – Alicia Waithe

Barbados 65c Stamp – Alicia Waithe

Barbados 65c Stamp – Rupert SpringerBarbados 65c Stamp – Francis Medford Clarke

 

From the Souvenir Sheet we have another seven stamps featuring;

Centenarians of Barbados Souvenir Sheet

Barbados 65c Stamp – James Emmanuel Sisnett

Barbados 65c Stamp – Emily Clarke

Barbados 65c Stamp – Marie Millicent Trotman

Barbados 65c Stamp – Melville Williams

Barbados 65c Stamp – Millicent Albertha Yearwood

Barbados 65c Stamp – Sylvia Maughan

Barbados 65c Stamp – Eleise Hortense Rock

As well as these stamps and souvenir sheet there is of course a First Day Cover for each of them which looks like this;

Centenarians of Barbados First Day Cover 1

Centenarians of Barbados First Day Cover 2

Centenarians of Barbados First Day Cover 3

Centenarians of Barbados First Day Cover 4

Centenarians of Barbados Souvenir Sheet First Day Cover

Overall this seems to be a very worthy issue, celebrating the people of the island and in so doing, creating stamps that will actually be used, some even by the people featured on them!

 

 

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A new twist on a Barbados Independence First Day Cover

As this was the 50th Anniversary it occurred to me that it would be nice to see if there was any way we could get a single cover with the stamps from both 2016 and 1966.

The subjects featured on the 1966 set were the Crest of Barbados, Hilton Hotel, Gary Sobers and Pine Hill Dairy. In 2016 we see both Hilton Hotel and Pine Hill Dairy featured again so I wondered if it would be possible to get a ‘special’ cover.

Of course, it was….

Barbados 50th Anniversary of Independence double dated First Day Cover

Pride of place in the collection now is this double dated Independence Cover featuring the very best of Barbados.

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Barbados 50th Anniversary of Independence stamps are here

Barbados was busy in November and December.

First there was the build up the 50th Anniversary Celebrations, then, as the day arrived the island suffered awful flooding. Undeterred, the island partied long and hard and then immediately the Bureau were preparing the Centenarians issue (more of that in a week or so) and Christmas arrived. Naturally post was delayed so it’s only now, in early January, that the Independence issues have arrived here in the UK.

As we said in our earlier post, they are not a disappointment, with a range of six stamps and a souvenir sheet along with First Day Covers to match.

So, here are the actual stamps;

Barbados Stamps 50th Anniversary of Independence 10c stamp – Transportation

Barbados Stamps 50th Anniversary of Independence 10c stamp – Transportation

Barbados Stamps 50th Anniversary of Independence 65c stamp – Education

Barbados Stamps 50th Anniversary of Independence 65c stamp – Education

Barbados Stamps 50th Anniversary of Independence $1.00 stamp – Manufacturing

Barbados Stamps 50th Anniversary of Independence $1.00 stamp – Manufacturing

Barbados Stamps 50th Anniversary of Independence $1.50 stamp – Sports

Barbados Stamps 50th Anniversary of Independence $1.50 stamp – Sports

Barbados Stamps 50th Anniversary of Independence $1.80 stamp – Agriculture

Barbados Stamps 50th Anniversary of Independence $1.80 stamp – Agriculture

Barbados Stamps 50th Anniversary of Independence $2.20 stamp – Tourism

Barbados Stamps 50th Anniversary of Independence $2.20 stamp – Tourism

Barbados Stamps 50th Anniversary of Independence $8.00 mini sheet – Errol Walton Barrow celebrating Independence in 1966

Barbados Stamps 50th Anniversary of Independence $8.00 mini sheet – Errol Walton Barrow celebrating Independence in 1966

Finally, we have First Day Covers for the set of stamps and the Souvenir Sheet;

Barbados 50th Anniversary of Independence First Day Cover

Barbados Stamps 50th Anniversary of Independence $8.00 mini sheet First Day Cover – Errol Walton Barrow celebrating Independence in 1966

Happy 50th Anniversary Barbados and this is a great set with which to celebrate.

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The perfect Barbados 50th Anniversary of Independence gift

Every now and again something comes my way which just has to find a home in the collection.

This item was in an auction lot and as I had never seen one before I just had to grab it. The item appears to be a gift, issued by the Government of Barbados in 1966 to celebrate the island gaining its independence. The front cover has the national crest and is embossed with the words “With the Compliments of the Government of Barbados” and looks like this;

Barbados Stamps - Independence 1966 Commemoration Stamp Booklet

Inside the front cover there is a further inscription which reads “Commemorating Barbados Attainment of Independence 30th November, 1966”.

Barbados Stamps - Independence 1966 Commemoration Stamp Booklet

After that the only thing in the book is the four Independence stamps, mounted on a black background and protected by translucent interleaving.

Barbados Stamps - Independence 1966 Commemoration Stamp Booklet

By a strange coincidence this item arrived in my home on 30th November 2016, exactly 50 years after it was first presented to someone as a way of commemorating independence. As I have never seen one of these before I have no ideas whether it is rare or not, nor how many were produced or to whom they were given. If anyone out there has any information on this item then please feel free to leave a comment below?

Meanwhile, rare or common, it is a wonderful memento and another fabulous item of Barbados stamp history and as such deserves a place in my collection.

 

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Happy Independence Day Barbados!

On 30th November 2016 Barbados celebrates 50 years of Independence.

Looking back to 30th November 1966 when Barbados became Independent, to celebrate the event a set of postage stamps were issued. The release day was 2nd December 1966 (presumably to allow for a couple of days partying!) and four stamps were issued, depicting the National Crest, Sir Garfield Sobers (just plain ‘Gary’ at that time), the Hilton Hotel and Pine Hill Dairy.

Fifty years on from that day all of these are still representations of Barbados and Sir Garfield Sobers is now 80 years old!

Barbados Independence 1966 FDC

2016 has seen the issue of another set of stamps which we reported last week and Pine Hill Dairy and Hilton Hotel featured again.

We expect that today will see an immense party on the island and we would like to wish everyone on Barbados a Happy Independence Day.

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Centenarians of Barbados Stamps to be issued on 8th December 2016

I have received the following from the Barbados Philatelic Bureau which confirms that these stamps are now due at the end of the year.

This issue will feature a set of twenty (20) stamps as well as a Souvenir Sheet with seven (7) images. First Day Covers will also be a part of this unique issue honouring the centenarians of Barbados. These individuals have made an outstanding contribution to the development of Barbados, with their longevity having brought recognition to the country as having the second highest percentage of centenarians in the world. The Barbados Postal Service is honoured to release this issue in tribute to our Centenarians, in the year we celebrate our 50th Anniversary of Independence. Each stamp will carry a 65 cents value.  The issue will be released on December 8th.

Recently someone commented to me that this would be an expensive stamp issue with 27 different stamps. Whilst this may seem a large number, personally I have no problem with this.

Firstly, this is a worthy issue celebrating the life and times of these centenarians and secondly, the stamps are priced at the modest inland rate of $0.65. The whole set therefore is no more than $15.60 which is just over £6.

To put this in context, the Christmas issue from Royal Mail here in the UK is £9.05 for the full set of stamps, including just two of the stamps at the lower second class rate.

Royal Mail would therefore do well to consider the modest issuing policy of Barbados but for goodness sake, don’t do a centenarians issue. At last count there were over 4,000 in the UK!

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