(CMR) The much-anticipated Cayman Islands Christmas stamps are here, and as usual the Postal Service has a magnificent annual issue that is distinctly tropical yet uniquely Caymanian.
The release comprises stamps in four denominations: 25c, 75c, 80c and $2, as well as the philatelic version with the collectible First Day Cover (FDC). The FDC depicts all four stamps as well as an attractive additional image and includes a brochure providing a quick yet educative perspective on Cayman Islands’ thatch making and trading history.
“Once again, we at the Postal Service are delighted to bring out a joyous issue for the Christmas festive season, something that is a favourite among our releases each year. We feel happy to know that the stamps will spread some traditional cheer and joy, yet highlight an important aspect of Caymanian tradition and life,” Postmaster General Sheena Glasgow said.
She added, “I hope the stamp issue brings as much joy to our customers – all the end users including collectors – as it has to us at the Postal Service.”
Each stamp elegantly weaves into the design the sky, sand and sea that distinguish the Cayman Islands’ experience. Additionally, the FDC is made truly attractive with the addition of an image featuring the ubiquitous seagrape and fruits that folks in years past, especially children, might have expected as fruit gifts in their Christmas stockings.
Individually, each stamp also showcases a speciality of the various techniques involved in Cayman’s thatch work. For instance, the basket shown in the 25c stamp depicts the use of the hedgehog or loop plaiting style which is described as a masterful and intricate example of the skilled craft and consists also of both scalloped and notched edges.
“The stamps are available at all post offices over the three islands while the first day covers and stamp sets can be purchased at the Philatelic Bureau at Seven Mile Post Office, Hell Post office and the General Post Office in the heart of George Town on Grand Cayman,” advised Philatelic Bureau Acting Manager Shindi Beput.
The stamps can be purchased individually or as a set at $3.80, with the FDC costing $4.60.