The Postmarks of Barbados 1852 – 2017

At the recent British West Indies Study Circle (BWISC) weekend, members were invited to bring along some material to show.

There were some stunning displays from members and by the end of day two, it was really a case of ‘how do you follow that?’

In my case, this was how I did it; focusing on the cheaper end of collecting Barbados cancellations.

I started by looking for the parish bootheels on early imperforates and then perforated penny stamps and then on one of the cheapest stamps of the era, SG73 & SG74. From there it was parish bootheels on the Queen Victoria keyplate penny then parish cancels on the penny stamps after that.

Then, having visited the Philatelic Bureau in Bridgetown I presented a range of cancellers that they have in a drawer that are no longer in daily use in the Post Offices.

Following that, I presented examples on a cover of each of the parishes and Post Office cancels within the last couple of years.

Underneath are scans of the entire presentation so feel free to take a look.

Of course, this is still a work in progress as you can see from the number of gaps but that’s the beauty of this type of collecting. It takes a while but it’s inexpensive fun. So enjoy!