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Finished - Album of smaller Channel Islands

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I've finally been able to complete my sets of the smaller Channel Islands (Alderney, Herm and Sark) and sharing these here.

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I used to be rather a slave to pre-printed albums which for all their benefits do of course come with a number of limitations (but have now discovered album page creation software which has allowed me to customise to suit). For these islands I bought a pre-printed album from the Channel Island Stamp Co to work through. I believe at some point they held large stocks of these issues (and possibly were behind some of the issues) so this was clearly a good way to drum up interest!

I know these are local carriage labels / local labels rather than officially approved stamps, used for either parcel delivery (which were outside the Government licence) or for transferring letters and postcards over to St Peter Port where they then went into the (at the time) GPO service. The Commodore Shipping Company held the contract for deliveries between Sark & Guernsey and Alderney & Guernsey with Herm making their own arrangements.

Growing up I spent many holidays in Jersey and took the opportunity to visit Guernsey and Herm, so I'm rather attracted to them regardless. The early issues were interesting but they rather lost their way in the mid 1960s when they along with many others got swept up in the thematic craze with lots of clearly philatelic issues to mark Europa, Kennedy, Churchill and so on.

These came to an end for all three islands in 1969 when Guernsey Post Office was established.
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Alderney - Commodore Shipping

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Commodore handled the Alderney - Guernsey parcel service. Early issues were plain, typeset labels (super rare!) before the introduction of stamps in 1962.

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1962 & 1963 Commodore parcel stamps

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Alderney 1964 issues

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1964 Definitives, provisionals and Europa sets. (the first two both rare to find unused)

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Alderney 1964 & 1965

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The beginning of the more philatelic items with miniature sheets introduced (in different colours to the issued perforated set).

1965 m/s the rarest of all their miniature sheets.

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And the beginning of imperforate sets.

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1965 Europa

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1966 Definitives

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1066, Churchill and Kennedy - thematic overload!

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Re: Finished - Album of smaller Channel Islands

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Interesting topic Expatyeoman.

Rarely one does encounters the smaller Islands' collections.
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And now the megamix of Europa AND Kennedy

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Re: Finished - Album of smaller Channel Islands

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mseif_99 wrote:Interesting topic Expatyeoman.

Rarely one does encounters the smaller Islands' collections.
Thank you :-) I do have rather a soft spot for these. Before our favourite online auction site came along they were tough to find with just a few specialist dealers, nowadays there are many of the more common ones online but there are still some tough ones to track down.

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And back to Europa again..

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The second (and final) Europa 'Luxe' M/S

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1971 postal strike overprints

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Numerous issues were overprinted "BRITISH POSTAL STRIKE 1971" although it appears this was not done by the Commodore shipping.

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1965 Liberation and Europa sets overprinted

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1966 sets overprinted

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Remaining 1966 sets overprinted

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1967 sets overprinted

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Alderney - scout jamboree

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Final strike overprints, and then a new Strike Post overprint "B.P.S. Scout Jamboree Japan 1971" - again not overprinted by Commodore and the source and reason for this unknown.

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Alderney - errors

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The Europa 1966, Churchill and Kennedy issues also threw up a lot of errors and varieties - misplaced vignettes, frame and vignette proofs, missing & inverted overprints etc. - I suspect many created to stimulate demand rather than errors in printing.

One of the downsides of pre-printed albums - these examples are only some of the many known, and personally I'd rather have seen the two Scout sets neatly shown on one page and no errors....

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Herm Local Carriage Labels

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Moving on to Herm

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Herm - first issues and pigeon post

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Some of my favourites with interesting and relevant designs.

The nautical chart series ran to 18 printings so this is a simplified listing.

The island also ran a pigeongram service for a shilling.

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Again interesting and topical commemorative issues to complement the nautical chart definitives.

The flora and fauna issue seemed to be a mainstay of the 1970s approval book industry, every book I received seemed to have it either to purchase or as a free 'spend bonus' item!

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New definitives and overprinted issues.

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1960 - 1962 commemorative issues.

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1963 - 1965 commemoratives

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1965 - 1969 commemoratives

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Herm - strike post

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1969 final set and 1971 strike post overprint (not an official overprint but produced with their approval and sold in their tourist shop)

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Herm - 1958 booklet

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Although not part of the album pre-printed pages there were also a number of stamp booklets and bisected issues which I'll include here for completeness.

First up, the 1958 2/- booklet. 1,000 were produced using stock of the definitive 4 and 8 double values. As a result there are 500 with the booklet stapled at the left and 500 stapled at the right.

Quality control on these seemed to be rather poor as I have an example with an extra pane of stamps included.

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Herm - 1959 stamp booklet

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A second 2/- booklet was issued in 1959 with a production run of 2,500 booklets, again split evenly between left and right side stapled.

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Herm - 1988 stamp booklet

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Straying slightly further off-piste now, there was one final booklet produced in 1988 - clearly well after the stamps were withdrawn, but I include for completeness.

Using panes drawn from the 1969 Ships definitive set, the booklet was produced as a free gift given with each purchase of the new 1989 catalogue of Herm by Backman and Forrester.

This is one of the rarest Herm items. Judging by the serial number on the back of the cover it suggests only 100 were produced.

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Herm - bisects

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At four points three Herm stamps were bisected as result of shortages. The rarest is the bisect of the 8 doubles Flora & Fauna 1954 definitive use for four days only in August 1955. If I ever find one of those I'll add a picture!

The other issues were the nautical map 8 doubles bisected in 1953 and 1957 and the 1954 colour change 8 doubles definitive in 1954.

The majority of examples seen appear to be philatelic but there are some that 'did their duty'.
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Bisect authorised for use between 3 - 10th September 1953.

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Second bisect authorised for use between 22/8 - 24/10 1954.

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Final bisect authorised for use 22/9 - 18/10 1957.

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Herm - tourist discount voucher

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Final related item for Herm, the tourist discount voucher. This offered a £1 voucher for spending on the island to drum up visitors during the off season. The vouchers were stamped with the 6 penny stamp (in two shades) and countersigned by the Tenant of Herm to validate them.

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Sark Commodore Shipping Issues

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And so onto Sark Commodore Shipping Co issues.

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1961 definitives and Europa. There were two printings of the 1/- and three of the 1/3d definitives.

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1962 and 1963 issues

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1964 issues.

The bulk of the Provisional set were cancelled to order, in mint the set is only found as a set of five without the 1/- value.

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1964 and 1965 sets.

As with Alderney the 1965 miniature sheet is the rarest m/s.

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1965 imperf and overprint sets.

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1965 Europa sets

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Further for 1966.

Another pitfall of pre-printed albums, it looks like CISCO followed the earlier catalogues with spaces for five imperf Churchill stamps but only three values are known to exist.

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Sark - 1966 & 1967

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1966 & 1967 sets and first 'Luxe' miniature sheet.

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Sark - 1967 Europa

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1967 Europa series

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