Wednesday, December 19, 2007
Postcard From A Faraway Island
Today I'd like to show a postcard that I received a while ago. It is from Tristan da Cunha, the world's remotest inhabited island. The postmark reads Tristan Da Cunha, South Atlantic. The picture on the card is of Calshott Harbour. Tristan is located 2816 km from South Africa and 3360 km from South America. It is a dependency of the British Overseas territory of Saint Helena, which is located 2173 km to the North. The island is named after the Portuguese sailor, Tristao da Cunha , who was the first to sight these islands. The population is around 275 and the main settlement is called Edinburgh of the Seven Seas. The stamp used is a 15p value from a set of 12 definitives issued in 2005 featuring birds. One doesn't get much mail from such faraway places , so when one does arrive, it is quite exciting.