Two values from the 1954 Flora and Fauna set of triangular stamps, as pictured, depicting Herm’s wildlife and sealife. The full set includes ten additional values, not included here.
M/M / Mounted Mint / Mounted Mint / MH / Mint Hinged.
About Herm Island
Herm Island, which is one of the smaller Channel Islands, and within the Bailiwick of Guernsey, produced its own stamps between 1949 and 1969.
Unlike many of the labels that appear to come from islands off the coast of the UK, those of Herm performed a genuine local postal function. Mail posted on the island, which did not have an official British post office, carried a Herm Island stamp for transport to the Guernsey mainland, and a UK stamp for the journey beyond. One publicity document, issued by Herm’s tenant in 1962. reports that 150,000 pieces of mail were handled the previous year.
However, when Guernsey took over its own postal service in 1969, Herm was no longer allowed to issue and use its own stamps.
For more information on Herm’s postal history, including an online catalogue, visit hermstamps.co.uk.