Sunday, 12 February 2017

Sunday Stamps II in the western hemisphere

The West Indies seemed to be the natural place for me to go this week, starting with the short lived political union that existed from 3 January 1958 to 31 May 1962. Ten British West Indian territories with Trinidad & Tobago, Jamaica and Barbados as the principal members and many of the Leeward and Windward Islands became - 

The West Indies Federation
This stamp, issued 22 April 1958, shows their location. It was accompanied by two others of the same design - a 3c green and a 6c blue.

The seat of government for the Federation was in Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago, where

Trinidad & Tobago - 12 September 1960
Whitehall was used for the Federation offices.

Built in 1904 by Joseph Leon Agostini, a cocoa planter, it later became the office of the first prime minister of Trinidad & Tobago after independence and was occupied by prime ministers of the Republic of Trinidad & Tobago until 2009.

A Royal Visit made to Jamaica in  1966 is recorded by the overprint on this stamp issued on 3 March.

Jamaica - Palisades International Airport
The airport, renamed Norman Manley Airport in 2011, serves Kingston - the capital of Jamaica.

For other stamps from the western hemisphere check out the links at Sunday-Stamps-II-113.


Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Bob - if we take the time to look ... these stamps do give us a brief history of the area and times - don't they ...

Interesting to see them - thank you ... cheers Hilary

Joy said...

I didn't know about the federation, nice to see the island mapped out. Seems that the cricket team was more successful in combining nationalities.

violet s said...

I sadly admit that my knowledge of the history of the West Indies is sketchy at best.
I should gather all my Caribbean stamps together and see what I can learn from them.

FinnBadger said...

Always fascinating to take a trip through history on stamps.

Jo said...

Well we visited a few of those islands once upon a time. They seemed predominantly French rather than British, but maybe that was just the ones we visited.

Interesting stamps.

Maria said...

Thanks for the information about the West Indies, I really like the first stamp with the map.