1st January 1976
perf 14, litho
|Gilbert & Ellice Islands overprints|
|1 cent||1||5-27 †|
|other values 2c to $s||2-15|
† Gibbons lists a dedicated Tuvalu set of three as the first issue and numbers the overprints differently, presumably by issue date.
|1976 Sc16 SG1|
Formerly the Ellice part of the GB colony, Gilbert & Ellice Islands. It separated into the Gilbert Islands and Tuvalu in 1976.
|1985 Sc1 SG-|
To paraphrase Linn's World Stamp Almanac , this is one of the nine small islands of Tuvalu.
"Like the other Tuvalu islands [Funafuti, Nanumaga, Nanumea, Nui, Nukufetau, Nukulaelae and Vaitupu], Niutao issued a flurry of stamps depicting such diverse subjects as cars, locomotives, cricket players and the British royal family in the mid-1980s".
Scott numbers many of the issues for all the islands the Gibbons only lists the subjects and denominations. Niutao's first issue depicted cars in se-tenant pairs, beginning with a 15 cents 1930s Bentley, probably the stamp shown.