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Tuvalu

1st January 1976

- Niutao and other island issues

Oceania 13, 13a

Tuvalu 1976
  1976 Sc1-15 xxx

perf 14, litho

Description   Scott SG Mi Y&T  
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.

TuvaluSG1
1976 Sc16 SG1

Formerly the Ellice part of the GB colony, Gilbert & Ellice Islands. It separated into the Gilbert Islands and Tuvalu in 1976.


Niutao
Niutao
1985 Sc1 SG-

Niutao

To paraphrase Linn's World Stamp Almanac [1], 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.

Sources: ScS, SGS, LWSA [1].

Images from ebay.

FI ref: 716, 738 Page credit: NB

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