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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.

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 [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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