The cover above is a philatelic cover;
that is it was sent for collector purposes and not for the
purpose of regular mail. The cover contains a color cachet commemorating
the establishment of the radio station PITC on Pitcairn
Island. The stamp is the New Zealand 1-pence,
copper-red "Kiwi and Cabbage Palm" issue of 1936-1941,
(Scott #204). The cover was mailed from Pitcairn
Island on March 18, 1938 to The Stamp Shop
in Providence, RI. The New Zealand stamp is tied
to the cover with a Pitcairn Island Postal Agency Circular Date
Stamp (CDS). This cover is what is known as a "Forerunner."
The Pitcairn Island Postal Service did not begin issuing
stamps until 1940.
Island is an isolated volcanic island in the
south-central Pacific Ocean. It is located about 1350
miles southeast of Tahiti. It is the only
inhabited island in the Pitcairn Group, which also
includes Henderson, Ducie and Oeno
Islands. Pitcairn is a small island with an area
of only 2 square miles. The island is surrounded by
high cliffs and raises to a volcanic crater in the
center of 1100 feet.
The Island was discovered
in 1767 by Philip Carteret, a British Naval Officer. The
island's current population is descended from the mutineers
of the HMS Bounty and the Tahitian maidens
that accompanied them to the island. After the mutineers under Fletcher
Christian had set Captain Bligh adrift in 1789;
they sailed on finally landing on Pitcairn Island in 1790.
The island community remained unknown to the rest of the
world until 1808 when it was rediscovered by
American whalers. The islanders were resettled
on Tahiti in 1831 but most later returned to
Pitcairn. The island became a regular port of call for whalers
and passenger ships sailing between Australia and the
United States. In 1856 some of the islanders were
relocated to Norfolk Island because of
The main town on the island is Adamstown
located on the north coast near Bounty Bay and is one of
the very few places on the island where small-boats can land. The
islanders subsist mainly on fishing and crops, which
include sweet potatoes, sugarcane, oranges, bananas and coffee. The sale
of postage stamps and carved curios brings in cash income.
2004, the mayor of the island, Steve Christian
and three other islanders were convicted of multiple sex
offenses and Christian's sister, Brenda Christian
succeeded him as mayor.