> I have a set of 3 stamps from Rattlesnake Island. One is a 5c gray stamp
> showing a map of the island's location. Another is a 10c green stamp
> Ford Tri-Motor landing on the island (and is marked "Air Service").
> is a 25c blue stamp showing boats at a dock. I know these are US
> is there a catalog which lists these stamps? Also, I was told these
> first issue of Rattlesnake Island -- can anyone verify this? Thanks
I found a little more info for you.
"RATTLESNAKE ISLAND LOCAL POST
The Rattlesnake Island Local Post is unique amongst modern U.S. locals
because for 19 years it conducted a regular local air service between
the Island and Port Clinton, Ohio. It was a genuine postal service and
it limited its postal stamps to one issue per year.
Rattlesnake Island is located in Lake Erie, near Port Clinton, and
before 1966 the residents had no mail service despite many requests. On
August 27, 1966 it established its own post office and used a 1928 Ford
Trimotor of Island Airlines. The initial issue of stamps were in
regularrectangle stamp format and were promptly banned from the U.S.
Mails reaching Port Clinton because they resembled U.S. stamps too closely.
The Islanders agreed to issue their stamps in a triangle shaped format,
upon which the Post Office relented because the U.S. had never used this
format and the stamps could not be confused with U.S. stamps. Honour was
All Rattlesnake Island stamps were issued in three denominations. The
lowest denomination for postcards (as the Island is a tourist
destination), the middle denomination for airmail letters and the
highest denomination for parcel post. All issues were available
perforated and imperf. We have some stocks of these scarce locals in
very irregular quantities so can only offer singles or pairs in some
sets. All are the perforated type.
1976 Flags (3) $2.95
1977 Birds (3) $2.95
1980 Insects (3) $2.95
1989 Owls (2) $2.95
All four sets $10.95"
The above are currently available from Australia (Collections Plus):
collections plus http://www.centurynova.com.au/collectionsplus/
snail - Box 100, Doveton, Victoria 3177, Australia
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