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Postage stamps and postal history of Bermuda


Postage stamps and postal history of Bermuda

First regular stamp of Bermuda, 1865
Dry dock stamp, 1906
212d stamp of 1936, depicting Grape Bay

Bermuda, a group of islands in the North Atlantic Ocean, was previously uninhabited when the British established a settlement in 1612.


  • Early mails 1
  • First stamps 2
  • First commemorative stamps 3
  • See also 4
  • References and sources 5
  • External links 6

Early mails

In its isolated location, the colony originally depended on packet ships for mail, connecting via St Thomas, New York City, or Halifax at different periods. A packet agent managed external mails from 1818, with packet handstamps known from 1820.[1]


  • Identifying King George VI Stamps: Bermuda 12/6 First Three Printings by Eric Yendall

External links

  1. ^ a b Rossiter, Stuart & John Flower. The Stamp Atlas. London: Macdonald, 1986, p.144. ISBN 0-356-10862-7
  2. ^ Development of the Bermuda Dock Issue by David Cordon
  3. ^ Bermuda Postage Stamps At Bermuda Online. Retrieved 11 April 2014

References and sources

See also

A commemorative issue of 1949 marked the 100th anniversary of Perot's provisional stamp.

Bermuda issued a pictorial series of stamps in 1936, consisting of nine stamps with seven different designs depicting local scenery. Several of the designs were reused, and three more added, for a 1938 issue featuring George VI.

Bermuda's first commemorative stamps were an issue of 1920, marking the 300th anniversary of representative institutions. The design consisted of the caravel seal and a profile of George V, with the inscriptions "BERMUDA COMMEMORATION STAMP" above and "TERCENTENARY OF ESTABLISHMENT OF REPRESENTATIVE INSTITUTIONS" below. A second issue, in 1921, commemorated the same occasion with a completely different design, with George V in the centre and various symbols in the corners.[3]

First commemorative stamps

The unusual practice continued, at least in part, with caravel), while the higher values (2sh and up) were large-format designs featuring the king's profile.

In 1902, Edward VII was not honored with a depiction on new stamps; instead the issue depicted a Bermudian dry dock, and remained in use throughout his reign. These were the first stamps in the British Empire that did not depict the monarch's head.[2]

General stamp issues began in 1865, with a set of three (1d, 6d, and 1sh), each with a different design based on the profile of Queen Victoria. These were supplemented with 2d and 3d values in 1866 and 1873.

Bermuda's first James H. Thies.

First stamps


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