NIUAFO'OU

Niuafoʻou (Tin Can Island) is the most northerly island of the Kingdom of Tonga. Starting in 1921 Stuart Ramsay introduced a mail system in Niuafoʻou using tin cans whereby mail was put into a tin can and taken by a swimmer to the monthly steamer transiting in the area. Ramsay left the island in 1932 and his rival, Walt Quensell, expanded the system and enhanced the look of the mail by applying multi-lingual and colorful cachets to the tin can mail. Proper postage stamps for the island have been issued since 1983. The first series depicted a map of the island, followed, that same year by a set depicting birds. Most of the themes depicted on Niuafoʻou's stamps have local relevance and are very attractive.

There are 5 items in this category

2002 QUEEN ELIZABETH II GOLDEN JUBILEE MINT NEVER HINGED MINIATURE SHEET
Country: Niuafoʻou
Condition: 2002 QUEEN ELIZABETH II GOLDEN JUBILEE MINT NEVER HINGED MINIATURE SHEET
Price: $12.00
Item Id #013535    See Details...
TONGA TIN CAN MAIL COVER NIUAFOOU ISLANDS BY CANOE
Country: TONGA
Condition: TONGA TIN CAN MAIL COVER NIUAFOOU ISLANDS BY CANOE
Description: 1930s - interesting cover from SS MARIPOSA - DESPATCHED BY CANOE MAIL
Price: $30.00
Item Id #010904    See Details...
NIUAFO'OU WORLD WAR 2 VICTORY IN THE PACIFIC 2 Strips of 5 Values SCOTT 179-180
Country: NIUAFO'OU
Catalog #: Scott #179-180
Condition: NIUAFO'OU WORLD WAR 2 VICTORY IN THE PACIFIC 2 Strips of 5 Values
Description: NIUAFO'OU WORLD WAR 2 VICTORY IN THE PACIFIC 2 Strips of 5 Values SCOTT 179-180 VERY FINE MINT NEVER HINGED ORIGINAL GUM DIFFICULT TO FIND ITEM
Price: $28.00
Item Id #009614    See Details...
1998 PRINCESS DIANA MINIATURE SHEET MINT NEVER HINGED
Country: Niuafoʻou
Catalog #: Scott #201
Condition: 1998 PRINCESS DIANA MINIATURE SHEET MINT NEVER HINGED
Price: $7.50
Item Id #013955    See Details...
NIUAFO'OU 1999 FLOWERS 4v MINT NEVER HINGED [MNH]
Country: TONGA
Catalog #: Scott #217-220
Condition: NIUAFO'OU 1999 FLOWERS 4v MINT NEVER HINGED [MNH]
Price: $6.90
Item Id #010204    See Details...