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The postage stamps of Herm in the Channel Islands

 

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The editors of this website, David Ackroyd and Peter Hewitt, welcome enquiries from the press about the website. They can be contacted through the following email address: editor@hermstamps.co.uk

The following Press Release was issued in February 2011:

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All the stamps issued by Herm Island are featured in a comprehensive new website

The website covers the postage stamps of Herm in the Channel Islands through the following resources:

  • An image and description of each of the 26 sets produced between 1949 and 1969
  • A set of articles by Dr Bob Forrester and others about various aspects of the stamps of Herm
  • Details of Herm stamps available for purchase from the Herm Island shop, and a downloadable order form
  • Links to other relevant websites and contact details

To see all this information, go to www.hermstamps.co.uk

The origins of Herm stamps

The postal history of Herm began on 1 May 1925 when the British Post Office established a sub office on the island.  However it proved uneconomic and was closed on 30 October 1938.

In 1948 the then Tenant of Herm, Mr A.G. Jefferies, was seeking to exploit the island's tourist potential and  decided to establish his own local postal service from Herm to St Peter Port in Guernsey, where it would be handed over to the Post Office for onward transmission.

The first stamps were produced for sale on 26 May 1949, though all mail also had to carry British stamps.  The Herm stamps were placed on the back of envelopes, or in the top left hand corner of postcards.  A single stamp was also issued to pay for urgent messages carried by pigeon post, as Herm did not have a telephone link to Guernsey until late 1949.

Herm stamps were produced until, on 1 October 1969, Guernsey took over control of its own postal services from the British GPO.  The Tenant of Herm was no longer permitted to produce stamps or allow them to be fixed to postal items.

The origins of the new website

For a number of years, Herm stamps have been available for purchase via the Herm Island website (now www.herm.com).  Then in 2008, a new section of that website was set up, in which Dr Bob Forrester and David Ackroyd brought together a series of illustrated articles on the stamps of Herm, with the assistance of Peter Hewitt as web editor and the management of Herm Island Ltd. 

Sadly Bob Forrester died on 30 January 2009, but David and Peter remain committed to making a permanent record of his researches on Herm Island philately. When Herm Island Ltd revised their own presence on the Internet, they agreed to support a separate website providing detailed information and a sales channel for the stamps of Herm. 

The support of the Tenant and of Herm Island Ltd is gratefully acknowledged.

For information on the stamps of Herm Island, go to www.hermstamps.co.uk

 

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