Thursday, October 21, 2010

The Veteran's Monument, St. Vincent and the Grenadines

Im proud to announce a new country in my collection....which came as a total total surprise hence im even happier! :D

St. Vincent and the Grenadines....that sounds just sooo exotic! I honestly barely know anything about this place..and yet it is one of those places which like to confuse you (like Antigua and Barbuda for example), since the whole name of the country for example is St. Vincent and the Grenadines, but then, this card in particular comes from St. Vincent, so sometimes i dont know what;s the proper way to classify them...but the stamp says 'St. Vincent and the Grenadines', so St. Vincent and the Grenadines let it be....either way, it's more than worth having it! :D

The card shows the Veteran's monument....and the back of the card say: "The Monument - Court House in the background. To the Glory of God and in Memory of the Sons of Saint Vincent who gave their lives for King and Country in the Great World War 1914-1918.

Now the thing with St. Vincent and the Grenadines is that St. Vincent is the main island, while the Grenadines are a chain of smaller islands stretching south from Saint Vincent Island. Capital is Kingstown, which lies on St. Vincent of course.
Funny fact...this country has 120,000 inhabitants (only), yet it is considered ajavascript:void(0)s densely populated with over 300 inhabitants/km2.

Thanks a million to Herbert for thinking of me during his trip in the Caribbean! This really really made my day!


Now let's get down to the stamp...what i couldnt believe is that this card was mailed on 6th October...it took just two weeks to get there....wow! Congrats to the SVG postal system!
The left stamp is from a set of 4 insect stamps issued in 2007....as for the other one, i didnt manage to find it...or i didnt have enough patience..but problem is these stamps do not have the issue dates printed on them, so the whole search takes a real more.
Now, another, frustrating thing (if i may call it that way) regarding the SVG stamps is something I read over at Glenn's blog not so long ago, and he said that St. Vincent has issued stamps for The Grenadines since 1974 but certain islands of the Grenadines, have their own stamps, in particular Union Island, Bequia, Mustique, Canouan and Mayreau.
Now, thats like a mission impossible to me...esp since from what I read, many people who live on those islands either have no idea that they have stamps of their own or they have never seen them.
This postcard and stamp thing really feels complicated sometimes...Im extremely glad to had got the chance to kick off with a St. Vincent and Grenadine card and stamps at least...as for the rest of the particular islands...oh well, we'll see..you never know :)

1 comment:

dmarks said...

Hi. You might be able to fill in Greenland for the countries in your collection. According to the latest Wiki info, it is still controlled Denmark, while it is largely autonomous now.