Penquins, Potatoes, & Postage Stamps

A Tristan da Cunha Chronicle

by Allan B Crawford

Contents

Preface 9
Foreword by HRH Prince Andrew 14
Acknowledgements 12

My arrival on Tristan da Cunha

11937Voyage to the South Atlantic 16
2 1942 World War II: Island becomes HMS Job 9 22
3 1946 The 'Potato Stamp' designs 27
4 1948 Marion Island South Indian Ocean Post Office 35
5 1948 Developments on Tristan 40
6 1950 Administrator's duties 42
7 1955 Return visit to Marion Island 45
8 1961 Volcano on Tristan (Post Office closed) 48
9 1962 Royal Society Expedition 50
10 1962 Islanders in UK; audience with HM The Queen 52
11 1963 Plans for repatriation 53
12 1980 150th Anniversary: Royal Geographical Society 59
13 1984 Stamp Advisory Committee meeting 65
The stamps

14 1985 Shipwrecks (first series) 68
15 1985 Flags 73
16 1985 Centenary of the lost lifeboat 84
17 1986 Halley's Comet 88
18 1986 Shipwrecks (second series) 91
19 1987 Flightlessness (birds and insects on stamps) 100
20 1987 Shipwrecks (third series) 108
21 1987 Additional Shipwreck Ideas 113
22 1987 50th Anniversary Norwegian Scientiflc Expedition 115
23 1988 Handicrafts, illustrated on stamps 123
24 1988 Whaling in the 19th century 128
25 1995 Sealing in the 19th century 136
26 1995 50th Anniversary of the end of World War II 138
27 1996 50th Anniversary of the 'Potato Stamp' 143
28 1997 Visual communications 145
29   Reflections 151
Appendices

A Postal cachets 154
B  Full Petition for Postage Stamps 155
C  Search for the Asthma Gene 158
D  Designing Postage Stamps 161
    Index 162
    Stanley Gibbons 167
List of colour illustrations

1  Portuguese Navigator Admiral Tristan da Cunha
2  Albatross and Tristan da Cunha
3  Jonathan Lambert
4  Jonathan Lambert's Flag
5  View from the ship's anchorage
6  Wreck of the Allanshaw, 1893
7  The mystery figurehead
8  Cave Point, Tristan Island
9  Origins of 7 family names
10  'Potato' stamp
11  Tristan Crawfish or Rock Lobster
12  Postal Services

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