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Herm Island 1957 Neolithic Man Set on First Day Cover (FDC)

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First day cover (FDC) for the Herm Island stamps issued on 1 May 1957, commemorating the presence of Neolithic burial sites on the island.

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First day cover (FDC) for the set of five Herm Island stamps issued on 1 May 1957, commemorating the presence of Neolithic burial sites on the island.

The Herm stamps are on the reverse side, cancelled with a “Herm Island” postmark: the 4db, 8db and 2d values show a Neolithic man fishing, while the higher-value 6d and 1s stamps depict two men hunting. The stamps feature a roulette perforation.

The front of the cover bears a Royal Mail stamp with a Guernsey cancellation.

The cover is in good condition.

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.

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