the postage stamps of Herm in the Channel Islands
Articles on Herm stamps by Dr Bob Forrester
the right stamps were not to hand, other measures were taken
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of the features of the Herm local postal service was its reliance on the
periodic use of bisected or other provisional stamps to make up for
shortages of commonly-used values. There
were six instances of this emergency action, all of them at the end of
busy summer seasons when the flood of tourists had taken its toll on the
stock of stamps. In the
first four instances stamps were bisected; that is 1d stamps were cut in
half diagonally to be used as ½d stamps, by far the value in greatest
demand as at that time it paid the local postal rate for tourists'
postcards. Bisected stamps
were used during four periods: September 1953, August-October 1954,
August 1955 and September-October 1957.
That of 1955 is the rarest.
1953 bisect – 1d Map definitive used as 1/2d.
1954 bisect – Crest
issue 8 doubles halved to serve as 4 doubles
1957 bisect – 1d Map
definitive used as 1/2d
1953 and 1957 these shortages were caused by a combination of low print
runs and poor monitoring of stock levels whereas the instances of 1954
and 1955 were caused by an inadequate supply of ½d value stamps being
delivered to Herm by the philatelic agent responsible for the
contemporary special issues.
shortage of the postcard rate stamp was experienced in August 1964.
By that time the charge for postcards had risen to 1d (expressed
on the stamps in the idiom then used on the current
the collections of Dr Bob Forrester and David Ackroyd
Scanning and editing
by Peter Hewitt