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Postage stamps and postal history of the Cayman Islands

A pictorial stamp of 1938.

The Cayman Islands, a British Overseas Territory located in the western Caribbean Sea, came under British control in 1670, as a dependency of Jamaica, continuing in that status until 1962.

Early days

The Caymans had no regular postal system until April 1889, when stamps of Jamaica came into use. There two known postmarks, "GRAND CAYMAN" for Stake Bay.[1] Jamaican stamps were valid until 19 February 1901.

First stamps

The first stamps of the Caymans were issued in November 1900. They were two Key Plate designs depicting Queen Victoria, with values of 1/2d and 1d. These were used for little over a year before being superseded by the same design, but with Edward VII.

Shortages of stamps occurred in 1907, and frankings for short periods in May and October.

At the end of 1907, a new version of the Key Plate design included the inscription "POSTAGE & REVENUE", as they were now allowed for use as revenue stamps. In 1908 a 1/4d stamp appeared, with a design consisting of the denomination in an oval frame.

The Key Plate continued in use with George V in 1912, then gave way to a new design in 1921.

First commemoratives

The Caymans' first William IV facing each other, with palm trees in between.

The first Queen Elizabeth ascended the throne, and two new designs added, for 4d and 1-pound denominations.

A set of two stamps issued 4 July 1959 marked the Caymans' new constitution, and on 28 November 1962 a new definitive series came out.

References and sources

References
  1. ^ Rossiter, Stuart & John Flower. The Stamp Atlas. London: Macdonald, 1986, p.150. ISBN 0-356-10862-7
Sources

Further reading

  • Oliver, Ed. The Post Cards of the Cayman Islands including Cayman Brac and drawings of Little Cayman. Cayman Islands: EDO Ltd., 1993.
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