Jamaica 1956 Part 2On 1 May 1956 Jamaica issued its first Queen Elizabeth II definitives. The set consisted of 15 stamps, all on paper watermarked multi-script CA. The series incorporated five different design formats. The series was recess-printed by De La Rue.
In Part 2 we shall study the second design format, which consisted of four stamps. All of these four stamps are perforated 13.
The first stamp is the 3d emerald and red-brown. This stamp was issued 17 December 1956. The theme of this stamp is the flower of the Blue Mahoe tree, which is Jamaica's national tree.
The Blue Mahoe is a beautiful and durable timber that is widely used for cabinet making and also for making decorative objects such as picture frames, bowls and wood carvings. The inner bark of the tree is often referred to as Cuba bark because it was formerly used for tying bundles of Havana cigars...
The second stamp in this design format is the 4d bronze-green and blue. This stamp was issued 17 December 1956. This stamp can be found with wmk inverted, so be on the lookout. Such stamps have a cv of £110 mint. The theme of this stamp is breadfruit.
Breadfruit (Artocarpus altilis) is a species of flowering tree in the mulberry family. It is found throughout Southeast Asia and most Pacific Ocean islands. Its name is derived from the texture of the cooked fruit, which has a potato-like flavor, similar to fresh-baked bread...
The third stamp in this design format is the 5d scarlet and bronze-green. This stamp was issued 17 December 1956. The theme of this stamp is the Ackee, which is the national fruit of Jamaica. Ackee and saltfish is the national dish...
The fourth and final stamp to use this design format is the 6d black and deep rose-red. This stamp was issued 3 September 1956. The theme of this stamp is the Doctor Bird.
The Red-billed Streamertail (Trochilus polytmus) also known as the Doctor Bird, is indigenous to Jamaica, where it is the most abundant and widespread member of the hummingbird family.
Stay tuned for Part 3. Until then...
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