Help with Rattlesnake Island

Help with Rattlesnake Island

Post by Art Mong » Sat, 05 Aug 2000 04:00:00




Quote:

>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 showing a
>Ford Tri-Motor landing on the island (and is marked "Air Service").  The last
>is a 25c blue stamp showing boats at a dock.  I know these are US locals, but
>is there a catalog which lists these stamps?  Also, I was told these were the
>first issue of Rattlesnake Island -- can anyone verify this?  Thanks

>Tim

Hi
   What shape are the stamps? From memory the postal administration did
not like the rectangular shape so the rattlesnake Island stamps were
changed to a triangular shape. Now that USPS has issued triangular stamps
maybe the shape will be changed. But the USPS has been using other shapes,
so maybe an oval shaped stamp would be OK for   Rattlesnake Island.
   Cinderellas are for fun not profit,  Art

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Help with Rattlesnake Island

Post by TKBa » Sun, 06 Aug 2000 04:00:00


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 showing a
Ford Tri-Motor landing on the island (and is marked "Air Service").  The last
is a 25c blue stamp showing boats at a dock.  I know these are US locals, but
is there a catalog which lists these stamps?  Also, I was told these were the
first issue of Rattlesnake Island -- can anyone verify this?  Thanks

Tim

 
 
 

Help with Rattlesnake Island

Post by stann.. » Thu, 10 Aug 2000 04:00:00



5c gray stamp> showing a map of the island's location.       Another is a 10c
green stampshowing a> Ford Tri-Motor landing on the island (and is marked
"Air Service").The last> is a 25c blue stamp showing boats at a dock.  I know
these are USlocals, but> is there a catalog which lists these stamps?  Also,
I was told thesewere the> first issue of Rattlesnake Island -- can anyone
verify this?  Thanks>> Tim>Hello Tim:  -Here is what you are looking
for.-RATTLESNAKE ISLAND: An island in Lake Erie (near Port Clinton).It issued
local stamps to carry mail on aircraft to the mainland.-I hope this is
useful.-- Blair Stannard

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Help with Rattlesnake Island

Post by stann.. » Thu, 10 Aug 2000 04:00:00




Quote:
> 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
showing a
> Ford Tri-Motor landing on the island (and is marked "Air Service").
The last
> is a 25c blue stamp showing boats at a dock.  I know these are US
locals, but
> is there a catalog which lists these stamps?  Also, I was told these
were the
> first issue of Rattlesnake Island -- can anyone verify this?  Thanks

> Tim

Tim:

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
preserved!

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

Happy Stamping from Canada.
--
Blair Stannard

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Help with Rattlesnake Island

Post by stann.. » Thu, 10 Aug 2000 04:00:00




Quote:
> 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
showing a
> Ford Tri-Motor landing on the island (and is marked "Air Service").
The last
> is a 25c blue stamp showing boats at a dock.  I know these are US
locals, but
> is there a catalog which lists these stamps?  Also, I was told these
were the
> first issue of Rattlesnake Island -- can anyone verify this?  Thanks

> Tim

There are about 30 rattlesnake covers for auction at:

http://www.rubylane.com/

They start at $7.95 US and close in 2 days.

Just search on "Rattlesnake Island".

They are various years and there are scans posted,
so you can see the sets on covers.

--
Blair Stannard

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