First Pictorial Definitive of Bahamas

28 Sep 2018  Fri

In 1901, the Bahamas became one of the Empire's early issuers of a pictorial stamp, with a depiction of the Queen's Staircase in Nassau.

Known officially as the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, The Bahamas is an archipelagic state consisting of more than 700 islands in the Atlantic Ocean. The postal history of the Bahamas begins in the 18th century. The use of postage stamps began in April 1858 with a consignment of British stamps.With the new century; the Post of Bahamas issued its first pictorial definitive stamp featuring the Queen's Staircase in Nassau.

The Queen's Staircase located in the Fort Fincastle Historic Complex in Nassau, a major landmark commonly referred to as the 66 steps. It was hewn out of solid limestone rock by slaves between 1793 and 1794 and it is said that it provided a direct route from Fort Fincastle to Nassau City. These steps were later named in honour of Queen Victoria.

This major landmark was honoured on the new stamps of the country. A one penny stamp was issued on 23rd September 1901 which depicts a photograph of the forest clad staircase. The same design was reused in 1903.

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