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Whereas many countries have featured marine life on their stamp issues, very few actually depict a diver, or diving action.
No doubt there are more - get in touch if so, please.
This "Underwater Exploration" set was issued by Alderney in the UK Channel Islands in the "Past Times" series of stamps on the 10th of February 1998 to commemorate the 21st anniversary of Alderney Diving Club. In all there were five stamps of various denominations plus if you bought what was called the "mini sheet", there was also an additional stamp with no definitive value. The set was designed by Victoria Kinnersley and was sold as a set in a mint presentation pack, as a first day cover, as a "mini sheet" with the additional zero value stamp and of course as individual stamps as they were legal stamps for posting. When the first day covers were franked, some (not all) were stamped with a small Heinke helmet which also adds to the interest of the diving theme.
The 20 pence stamp shows a Kirby Morgan superlite helmet, 30 pence has the Cousteau - Gagnan Demand Valve (1943), 37 pence shows a Heinke closed helmet (1845), 43 pence shows the Siebe closed helmet (1840) and finally the 63 pence stamp depicts the Deane open helmet (1829). The non-definitive stamp shown on the "mini sheet" shows Lethbridge's barrel (1715). [pt]
||First Day Cover.
The envelope and 4d stamp cancellation mark says this letter was posted in Williamsons photosphere from the sea floor on May 6th 1940. The full text reads:
"From the sea floor, Nassau, Bahamas. Only undersea post office in the world May 6th 1940. 100th Aniversary of the penny black worlds first postage stamp"
The drawing on the first day cover envelope shows the photosphere suspended under a ship, a cutaway of the sphere showing someone filming a diver outside on the seabed. There is also a representation of a well known photo taken by Williamson. Inside the envelope is a newspaper type article explaining a short history of the Williamson's, this was supplied with the envelope at the time. [pt]
I think this was issued in
1969 but don't know if it was one of a set of just a single stamp.
First Day envelope with Fishes series and scuba diver posrmark.
Published in 2003 as one
of a set of 6 stamps called "Fading Trades".
Subject: Tourism "Water Sports
Scuba Diving" , 1976
Republik of Indonesia 1966
- no, it is BULGARIA
This appears to be a Russian issue - my ignorance of the Russian language is hardly legendary but I need some help on this. It could be Bulgarian or one of the old Baltic states - I don't know. Help please! [ps]
This in from Ray Cox, presume
Autonomous Diving 1825
History of Underwater
Consists of a "sheetlet" of 9 stamps of identical denomination depicting the Earliest Divers: "Glaucus, God of Divers 2500 BC", "Alexander the Great Descends to Ocean Bottom 332 BC", "Salvage Diver 1430", "Borelli's Rebreathing Device 1680", "Edmund Halley's Diving Bell 1690", "John Lethbridge's Diving Machine 1715", "Klingert's Diving Apparatus 1789", "Drieberg's Triton 1808" and "siebe's Diving Helmet 1819".
History of Underwater
Treasure Hunting 1973
Consists of two stamps (there
may be more): 3 cent stamp depicts and early diving machine while the 30
cent stamp depict s a diver discovering a treasure chest.
Turks and Caicos Islands
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