Penquins, Potatoes, & Postage Stamps
A Tristan da Cunha Chronicle
by Allan B Crawford
About the Author
After the outbreak of World War II, Allan once again returned to Tristan this time as a meteorologist working for the Royal Naval shore establishment. After the War, he took over the weather station for the civilian authorities and his interest and services to the islanders resulted in his appointment by the Colonial Office as Honorary Welfare Officer.
At that time the island did not have any stamps or any official postal system and Allan's first introduction to "collectors" was his suggested designs for a series of postage stamps for the island in 1946.
Following the issue of the island's first stamps in 1952, many ideas were put forward or solicited for future issues, and Allan has been involved in as many as 16 issues. Very little, if any recognition to the artist appears in the stamp catalogues, as in most cases graphic artists were employed to prepare the final minuscule. However, collectors may now appreciate the more detailed background and the sources of many designs submitted by Allan over the years.
Allan Crawford died in 2007.
Allan is remembered in the form of stamps issued by Tristan da Cuhna. A series of stamps entitled "Life and Times of Allan Crawford (1912 - 2007)" was issued on 1st August 2008 to coincide with Mr Crawford's birthday.