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Guernsey
Guernsey
Post is the postal service for the island of Guernsey, Channel Islands. It includes a Philatelic bureau, and regularly issues both definitive and commemorative stamps. It also provides postal services for Sark. In contrast to the United Kingdom, Guernsey
Guernsey
Post pillar boxes can be identified by their distinctive blue colour.

Contents

1 History 2 Guernsey
Guernsey
Stamps 3 References 4 External links

History[edit]

A Guernsey
Guernsey
Post pillar box

See also: Postage stamps and postal history of Guernsey The first pillar boxes in Britain were introduced in the Channel Islands as an experiment in 1852. Anthony Trollope, the novelist, who was employed by the General Post Office, trialled pillar boxes in the Channel Islands
Channel Islands
before introducing them into mainland Britain.[1] He was influenced by roadside letter-receiving pillars used in France. Before the use of pillar boxes, on the mainland, individual letters would be taken by hand to a letter receiving house or post office, which was often a coaching inn, a postage stamp purchased and the letter handed to the receiver or postmaster, to connect with the mail coach and later the railway.[2] In the Channel Islands, people took their letters to the mail steamer when it was awaiting the tide in the harbour – the particular problem of an island mail service then. Pillar boxes allowed letters to be posted at any time and they could then be collected when a steamer was due. They were convenient and immediately successful. However, as with many innovations, the first boxes were introduced into Jersey.[3] One of these original pillar boxes can be seen in Union Street, St Peter Port
St Peter Port
and has been maintained by Guernsey
Guernsey
Post in its traditional red livery. Guernsey
Guernsey
stamps were first issued in the island during the German Occupation of 1940–1945, when there was a great shortage of British stamps, as all ties with mainland Britain had been severed by the German authorities.

One of Guernsey
Guernsey
Post's Fiat Scudo
Fiat Scudo
postal vans, in Saint Peter Port

Guernsey's government, the States of Guernsey, took over the running of postal services from the British Government
British Government
in October 1969 (as did Jersey, forming Jersey Post). Since then on it has regularly issued Guernsey
Guernsey
stamps. Guernsey
Guernsey
is postcoded as the GY postcode area, established in 1993 as an extension of the United Kingdom postcode system.[4] In 2001, the States of Guernsey
Guernsey
commercialised the Post Office, and it became Guernsey
Guernsey
Post Ltd and was awarded the licence to operate the reserved sector postal operation and meet the Universal Service Obligation (USO). To monitor Guernsey
Guernsey
Post and either encourage competition in the market or where it is missing provide a controlling force the Office of Utility Regulation, otherwise known as the OUR, was created. Guernsey
Guernsey
Post is a member of the Small European Postal Administration Cooperation. Guernsey
Guernsey
Stamps[edit] See also: List of postage stamps of Guernsey Guernsey
Guernsey
and Alderney Stamps are world-renowned for their beauty and quality.[5] The first Guernsey
Guernsey
Postage Stamps were designed and printed during the occupation in 1941 when supplies of British stamps ran out. Over the years many aspects of island life have been commemorated and depicted on Guernsey
Guernsey
and Alderney stamps. Topics of past philatelic issues include the sea, the natural world, agriculture and horticulture, transport, sport, Christmas, military, art and entertainment. Guernsey
Guernsey
Stamps are produced by Guernsey
Guernsey
Post.

Current Guernsey
Guernsey
issues in August 2016 are:

175th Anniversary of the Penny Black 70th Anniversary of Liberation Europa Old Toys Guernsey
Guernsey
Flag The Year of the Goat The Life of Winston Churchill Stories from the Great War Part 2 Ramsar Herm 500 Years of Postal History SEPAC: Seasons World Stamp Show NY2016 Commemorative Sheet EUROPA: Think Green Toilers of the Sea by Victor Hugo Bailiwick Life The Year of the Monkey Guernsey
Guernsey
William Morris Stained Glass Windows

Current Alderney issues in August 2016 are:

Alderney Longis Nature Reserve Her Majesty The Queen's 90th Birthday Alderney 70th Anniversary of Homecoming Alderney Anne French Stained Glass Windows Her Majesty: The Longest Reigning Monarch Alderney Forts Alderney Flora & Fauna Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

Next Alderney issues in September 2016 are:

950th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings

References[edit]

^ British Postal Museum & Archive. "Channel Island Box, 1853, accession number: OB1996.653" ^ GREATER LONDON INDUSTRIAL ARCHAEOLOGY SOCIETY. "Spot It And Jot It: Letter Boxes" " ^ Oldfield, Molly, Harkin, James and Mitchinson, John. "Quite interesting: A quietly intriguing column. This week: A procession of Ps", The Daily Telegraph, London, 18 April 2008. Retrieved 1 March 2010. ^ Written Answer [87341], House of Commons Hansard, London, 17 December 2002, column 739W. ^ Mark Sargent GB Stamps. " Channel Islands
Channel Islands
and Isle of Man Stamps – Issued 1969 to Date". Retrieved 4 March 2010.

External links[edit]

Guernsey
Guernsey
Philatelic Bureau website Guernsey
Guernsey
Post Ltd website Office of Utility regulation website Swift – Postal Automation System

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