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The Land of Springs


Our occasional “village” series turns its attention to Jamaica.


From the arrival of Christopher Columbus in 1494, the Island had been a Spanish possession.


When the British took over in 1655, the colony became a leading sugar exporter and, in 1838, emancipated all the slaves.

With the hundreds of cancellations in use at the time of the Jubilee, this can only be but a brief skirmish through the island. First some local rate covers to the capital, Kingston…

Cave Valley

A settlement amongst the cave system of the North and West.

Cds for Oc 30 35.


Market town in the North East in the parish of St Mary.

Cds for Oc 1 1935


A settlement in central Jamaica.


Cds for Oc 28 35

A couple of empire rate covers...

Sav La Mar

Capital of Westmoreland parish with an 18th century fort - for protection against pirates.

Cds for Jy 13 35.

St Ann's Bay

Capital of  St Ann's parish, supposedly where Christopher first landed.

Cds for No 24 35 with Christmas seal to the reverse.

Some foreign rate covers...

Myrtle Bank

Originally within the Myrtle Bank hotel, it was moved to Tower Street following the 1907 earthquake.

Cds for De 31 35.

Mile Gully

A village in the lee of the Don Figuerero Mountains.

Cds for De 16 35 with Christmas seal to the reverse.


An area named after the iguana lizzard.

Cds for Oc 25 35 to Cleveland, Ohio, USA.


A couple of registered covers...

Cross Roads

Commercial part of Kingston.

The 6d stamp provides for 2d registration, 2½ foreign rate 1st oz  & 1½d a possible 2nd oz.

Cds for Ja 7 36, to USA.

Mount James/Stony Hill

On the outskirts of Kingston in the parish of St Andrew.

Cds of Mount James for No 5 35 with additional Stony Hill strike, to UK.

Some airmail covers, including examples showing the discrepancy in sources for airmail rates for this territory...


Village in the Santa Cruz mountains.

8d paying the ½ oz airmail rate to UK.

Cds for Se 19 35.


Small town in St James parish

This time it's 8½d paying the airmail rate to UK.

Cds for Oc 14 35

Long Bay

Of the two so-named, coordinates point to the one in the Northeast.

Another 8d rate once the 2d registration is deducted.

Cds My 28 35

A couple of set covers for good measure...

Gordon Town

A settlement in St Andrew parish.

On this airmail cover to Switzerland, the postmarks are unclear but the registration label is clear enough.


A settlement in the Blue Mountains.

Despite paying for registered airmail, this cover appears to have taken a month to reach Ceylon.

Some other postmarks...

AJA – April 2019



An unsealed cover to Pennsylvania bearing both Posted on the High Seas and New York duplex paquebot cancels for May 26. With no indication of the flag nation, presumably it would take some research to verify the 3d cost.

Some previous articles are available as PDF's by clicking their titles below:


    "The Great 1935 Quetta earthquake disaster - The effect on postal services by Neil Donen

    "Silver Jubilee Myths - Morocco Agencies first day cover" - An examination by Nick Levinge

    "Flight from Malta" - A look at the airmail rates and routes from the island

    "Bridging Barbados" - The postmarks of Barbados

    "Madame Joseph Forgeries - an Update" - A follow-up to Chris Georgallis's article on Cyprus forgeries

    "Argentinian interference with mail from the Falkland Islands" - by Ralph Riddell-Carre

    “Ceylon Circuit" - Some postmarks of Ceylon

    "Variety Values" - Bruce Davies's campaign to secure values for used examples of varieties

    "Fragmented Fiji" - Some postmarks of Fiji

    "Absentee Rupee" - The Mauritius 1 rupee as a stranger to postal rates

    "Postal Usage of the Egypt Seal" - Nick Levinge looks at the Crowned Circles of the forces bases

    "Over Fifty Shades" - Something wrong with the colour?

    "Ghana Guide" - Some postmarks of Gold Coast

    "Vanuatu Voyage?- A look at Hong Kong used in New Hebrides

    Surfing the Solomon Sea” - The few operating post offices in the Solomon Islands

    “Security Punch” - A look at the Jubilee’s perfins by Jeff Turnbull

    “Morocco Now and Then” - A tour of the British post offices in Morocco

    “Fault lines of the Falklands” - Part two of Ralph Riddell-Carre’s analysis

    “Straddling the Straits” - Some postmarks of the Straits Settlements

    “Set and Match” - Can full set covers be non-philatelic?

    “Boating around The Bahamas” - Some postmarks of The Bahamas

    “Serial Salutes” - Some of the Silver Jubilee’s own anniversaries

    “Mauritius Meanderings” - Some postmarks of Mauritius

    “A Cat among the Penguins” - A suspect Falklands cancel

    “Cycling Cyprus” - Some postmarks of Cyprus

    “Scars of Conflict” - How the Jubilees were affected by war

    “Bech Trek” - Some postmarks of Bechuanaland Protectorate

    “Specimen Specifics” - A look at the various uses of the word SPECIMEN

    “Hong Kong Hike” - Some postmarks of Hong Kong

    “Aden Funnel” - Covers from and through Aden

    “Grenada Guide” - Some postmarks of Grenada

    “In The Frame” - A look at some frame plate flaws

    “Basuto Byways” - Some postmarks of Basutoland

    “Cyprus Cypher” - Chris Georgallis examines the colony’s Madame Joseph forged postmarks

    “Trinidad Tour” - Some postmarks of Trinidad & Tobago

    “Commercial Ceylon” - A look at the perfins of the colony

    “Guiana Panorama” - Some less common British Guiana postmarks

    “Where were they then?” - From the more recent stamp-issuing territories

    “Cautious Mauritius” - A variety of Mauritius perfins

    “Madame Joseph’s Masquerades” - Some examples of forged first day covers

    “Tag Wrestling” - A look at the higher postal rates through parcel labels

    “AR” - An article on Avis de Reception by David Handelman

    “The Fleury Flair” - Hugo Fleury’s designs for the Jubilee

    “Split the Difference” - Some occurrences of bisects among the Jubilees

    “Specimen Fundamentals” - Notes on U.P.U. requirements & some forged examples

    “Windsor Spoofs” - Gerald King’s alternative Jubilees

    “Puncturing Oz” - Some speculations about Australian perfins

    “Perforating the Silver Jubilee Stamps”- An article on GB by Harvey Russell

    “Nauru’s Split Personality”  - Split “B” variety on the 2d value?

    “In Camel’s Clothing” - The Egyptian seal’s booklet

    “Rural Disservice” - The Cyprus low value forgeries

    “Canadian Precancels” - The only precancel involvement with the Jubilee

    “Phoenix-like Sphinx” - Some notes about the Egyptian seal

    “Fag Tax” - Observations on South West Africa’s cigarette duty overprints

    “From the collection of...” - Jubilee items from some illustrious collectors

    “Prize-less Specimens” - Beware of forged specimen stamps

    “Dubious Jubilees” - Spoofs, parodies and bogus overprints