Friday, October 25, 2013

Christmas Island Christmas 1999


Christmas Island as the home of Santa Claus - the theme of Christmas Island 1999 Christmas stamps. Based on this idea, Santa Claus is seen doing various activities on Christmas Island.

The 40c stamp depicts Santa Claus having a nap in his hammock at the beach on Christmas Eve, with his little helpers, the Red Crabs, tending to his needs - shining his boots and fanning him with a palm leaf.

The 45c stamp shows Santa at his dinner table on Christmas Day, sharing his festive fare with the fauna of Christmas Island.

Santa is captured taking off in his fully-laden sleight, pulled by a pair of female and male Abbott's Boobies in the 95c stamp.

A very lovely set of Christmas stamps, which not only appeal to children, but also avid collectors, I would say.

TECHNICAL DETAILS

Date of Issue : 9 Sep 1999
Postmark : Christmas Island 6798
Denomination : 40c, 45c and 95c
Stamp Size : 37.5 mm x 26 mm
Paper : Tullis Russell
Printing Process : Offset Lithography

A LIL' NOTE

Christmas Island Christmas stamps are issued in September, much earlier than Christmas month, so that they can be used for items being sent overseas via surface mail.

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