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Nice to see the flying-boat, a huge and impressive beast! There are several non-operational ones at Auckland's Museum of Transport & Technology.

I still vividly recall being taken by my parents to the Wellington harbour (probably around 1953-54) to view the final flight of the last flying boat to leave the city. It revved up, then pointed its nose out to sea (facing away from us crowded on the beach), and roared off. I was terrified as a small child, as clouds of sand at high velocity plus sea spray were blown violently into my face by the roaring engines!

I'm sure the Funafutians were equally glad to see the last of them.



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Although their airport does look rather impressive, and nice that they can play sports on it when planes aren't landing. I imagine in the "good old days" when it first opened, planes landing were bulging with letters filled with cash from collectors wanting to buy stamps from the Philatelic Corp. (back when they had 61 employees!) But nowadays, those who collect Tuvalu probably buy online, and their orders are despatched from New York, Tel Aviv, or Kaunas (or where ever the current agency handling them is based.)

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Stamps of Tuvalu. 1981. Surch. 45 Cents on 50c Hammerhead.
Stamps of Tuvalu. 1981. Surch. 45 Cents on 50c Hammerhead.
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Stamps of Tuvalu. 1981. Butterflies. Set of four. SG158-161.
Stamps of Tuvalu. 1981. Butterflies. Set of four. SG158-161.
Stamps of Tuvalu. 1981. Butterflies. Set of four in Gutter Pairs. SG158-161.
Stamps of Tuvalu. 1981. Butterflies. Set of four in Gutter Pairs. SG158-161.
Stamps of Tuvalu. 1981. Butterflies. 3/4 issues in sheetlets of four. SG159-161.
Stamps of Tuvalu. 1981. Butterflies. 3/4 issues in sheetlets of four. SG159-161.
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About the 8c, 20c and 30c values. Info from Wikipedia.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hypolimnas_bolina

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And an image of the 40c value. Common name is Meadow Argus.

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Stamps of Tuvalu. 1981. Ships. 1st series. Set of six. SG162-167.
Stamps of Tuvalu. 1981. Ships. 1st series. Set of six. SG162-167.
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Stamps of Tuvalu. 1981. Ships. 1st series. Set of six in Gutter Pairs. Sg162-167.
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Stamps of Tuvalu. 1981. Ships. 1st series. Set of six in Blocks of Four. SG162-167.
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Bits and pieces I found about these ships.

Brig Elizabeth 1809. 10c stamp.
Brig Elizabeth 1809. 10c stamp.
Brigantine Rebecca 1819. 25c stamp.
Brigantine Rebecca 1819. 25c stamp.
Whaler Independence II 1821. 35c stamp.
Whaler Independence II 1821. 35c stamp.
Visiting Royal Ships. 40/45c stamps.
Visiting Royal Ships. 40/45c stamps.
Olivebank. 50c stamp.
Olivebank. 50c stamp.
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Stamps of Tuvalu. 1981. Royal Wedding.Royal Yachts. Set of six. SG168-173.
Stamps of Tuvalu. 1981. Royal Wedding.Royal Yachts. Set of six. SG168-173.
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Stamps of Tuvalu. 1981. Royal Wedding.Royal Yachts. Set of six in Gutter Pairs. SG168-173.
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Stamps of Tuvalu. 1981. UPU membership. Set of two stamps & miniature sheet.Plus Gutter Pairs. SG177-179.
Stamps of Tuvalu. 1981. UPU membership. Set of two stamps & miniature sheet.Plus Gutter Pairs. SG177-179.
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Stamps of Tuvalu. 1981. UPU membership. Set of two stamps in sheetlets of ten. SG177-178.
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Some information about the UPU.

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UPU Statue  in Bern Switzerland.
UPU Statue in Bern Switzerland.
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Stamps of Tuvalu. 1982. Amatuku Maritime School. Set of four in Gutter Pairs. SG180-183.
Stamps of Tuvalu. 1982. Amatuku Maritime School. Set of four in Gutter Pairs. SG180-183.
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Started as this.
Started as this.
Changed name to this.
Changed name to this.
Institute logo.
Institute logo.
Institute Instructors.
Institute Instructors.
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Stamps of Tuvalu. 1982. 21st Birthday of Princess Wales & Royal Baby overprint. SG184-186. 189-191.
Stamps of Tuvalu. 1982. 21st Birthday of Princess Wales & Royal Baby overprint. SG184-186. 189-191.
Stamps of Tuvalu. 1982. 21st Birthday of Princess Wales. Set of three in Gutter Pairs. SG184-186.
Stamps of Tuvalu. 1982. 21st Birthday of Princess Wales. Set of three in Gutter Pairs. SG184-186.
Stamps of Tuvalu. 1982. Royal Baby overprint. Set of three in Gutter Pairs. SG189-191.
Stamps of Tuvalu. 1982. Royal Baby overprint. Set of three in Gutter Pairs. SG189-191.
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Stamps of Tuvalu. 1982. Tonga cyclone relief. Set of two . SG187-188.
Stamps of Tuvalu. 1982. Tonga cyclone relief. Set of two . SG187-188.

This completes the general stamp issues contained in this album.
Two pages each of OFFICIAL & SPECIMEN issues to come.
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Stamps of Tuvalu. 1981. Fish. Set of 19. SG105-122 overprinted OFFICIAL. SG0-1 to 0-19.
Stamps of Tuvalu. 1981. Fish. Set of 19. SG105-122 overprinted OFFICIAL. SG0-1 to 0-19.
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A selection of Tuvalu stamps overprinted SPECIMEN.
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This concludes my tour of Tuvalu stamps. I hope you enjoyed it.

If you have any Tuvalu philatelic items from this 1976 to 1982 era please feel free to add them below.
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Excellent journey Ubobo. I have only a few F.D.Cs of the Charles/Diana wedding which you may already have. Plenty of Kiribati mint stamps though but no further Tuvalu ones as we share the same album.
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Stamp of Tuvalu 1981 F.D.C. The Royal Wedding Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer.
Stamp of Tuvalu 1981 F.D.C. The Royal Wedding Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer.
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Stamp of Tuvalu 1981 F.D.C. The Royal wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer.
Stamp of Tuvalu 1981 F.D.C. The Royal wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer.
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Stamp of Tuvalu 1981 F.D.C. The Royal Wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer.
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Stamp of Tuvalu  Frontspiece of 1981 Presentation Pack for the Royal wedding. Actual stamps contained, already posted By Ubobo.
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1979 Fish Definitives in miniature sheets of 4
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Additional Booklets of the 1979 Fish Definitives
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Tuvalu 1981 Hammerhead Shark 45c on 50c Surcharge by Typography stamp
Tuvalu 1981 Hammerhead Shark 45c on 50c Surcharge by Typography stamp


Some interesting additional information about this stamp from http://www.tuvaluislands.com/stamps/st-d1979c.htm

This value was produced in order to have a stamp available for the new first class airmail rate to North America and Europe, which came in effect on January 1, 1981. Initially, 17,000 50c stamps were sent to the printers in order to apply the overprint. That is all that was available, as sufficient quantities of the 50c value had to be kept for other current rates. At the same time, the 50c stamp (along with several other values) was ordered reprinted, and 60,000 of them were requested with the additional surcharge. These took longer to produce and had to be shipped later.

The initial overprinted stamps were done by typography, and were placed on sale only at the General Post Office in Funafuti, for postal use. The Postmaster did not consider supplies large enough for philatelic sales. The first day of sale was January 19. The second printing, which had the overprint applied by lithography during a complete new printing of the stamp, was not available in Tuvalu until February 26, 1981. These were sold only through the Philatelic Bureau.

By April, the Philatelic Bureau ran low on gutter pairs, cylinder blocks and other configurations from the complete sheets. They were able to acquire about 260 of the typographed varieties from the Post office, in order to meet customer demands. It must be pointed out that at this time that the Philatelic Bureau (and stamp collectors) were unaware that there were two different varieties. They were not identified until well after the stamps were replace by a new 45c design in June.

The identification of the 2 types is also from the above site, I have used my own images to assist as the images on the site are unclear.

Tuvalu 1981 Hammerhead Shark 45c on 50c Surcharge by Typography stamp
Tuvalu 1981 Hammerhead Shark 45c on 50c Surcharge by Typography stamp
Typography:
Non-uniform black ink, blurry around the edges. This is especially noticed in the bars and the word 'CENTS'
Slight indentation of the overprint through the back of the stamp

Tuvalu 1981 Hammerhead Shark 45c on 50c Surcharge by Lithography stamp
Tuvalu 1981 Hammerhead Shark 45c on 50c Surcharge by Lithography stamp
Lithography:
Uniform black ink, very sharp edges through all portions of the overprint
No indentation of the overprint through the back of the stamp


The information goes on to estimate the quantities sold.
The Philatelic Bureau announced that the total quantity of 45c overprints sold was 60,383. This of course includes both varieties. Since they received some 260 full sheets of 38 of the typographed stamp from the Post Office (10,000 stamps), that would indicate the Post Office sold about 7,000. Most of these would have been used for postage by the natives, and any remainders destroyed. How many of the Bureau's 10,000 were sold is unknown, but since they acquired the additional sheets for breaking up into gutter pairs and cylinder blocks, it must be assumed that most of these would have been torn out and sold as such. Any loose remainders could have been sold as singles or used as postage by the Bureau, but the probability is low. Most standing order accounts would have already been filled with the lithographed version.

The following collectable configurations can be obtained from a single sheet of 38:

1 sheet of 4 plus 2 labels (4 stamps)
1 sheet of 2 (2 stamps)
1 cylinder gutter block (4 stamps)
6 gutter pairs (12 stamps)

The above configurations account for 22 stamps. Assuming they all sold, multiplied by 260 sheets would total 5720. Allowing a conservative amount of 1280 singles, that would give a maximum total of possible mint typographed stamps in existence at 7,000. Many collectors may even be unaware they have this scarce stamp in their collection.

Postally used covers with the typographed overprint are very rare. At least one commercial cover mailed from the Funafuti GPO is known. It is used on an Aerogramme with an enclosure, paying the 45c rate, dated May 1, 1981.

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