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Special stamps records T&T’s history

Saturday, February 24, 2018
A sample of the commemorative stamps.

Trinidad’s Creole Harvest, which will be featured in T&T Postal Corporation’s (TTPOST) latest stamp book, is already being offered for sale on eBay for US$37.50 (TT$248.62), over 200 times the cover price.

The eBay’s listing, however, ended on Thursday at 9.04 pm. Its seller, westindia-co.

According to the website, when the item was posted for sale there were only four booklets available. It’s uncertain, however, whether or not all were sold at the time the listing would have ended.

Contacted on the issue, TTPOST’s Product Manager, Tricia Scipio said the online sale was brought to her attention. The booklet was officially released by the TTPOST on January 22.

Another official at TTPOST, who wished not to be identified, said it was “nothing new.”

“Over the years, whenever TTPOST would release these special stamp booklets or limited edition stamp booklets customers would purchase to sell over on online shopping sites for mammoth prices. These are usually purchased by the ardent stamp collectors, who collect stamps from all over the world. There’s no prevention for this, of course,” the official said.

According to Scipio, this latest release, is part of TTPOST’s ongoing postage stamps booklets dedicated to promoting T&T’s culture and achievements.

She said historian Cassandra Joseph and artist Derek Smith came together for its production.

The ten stamps show different aspects of the Creole Harvest—the Creole culture has significantly contributed to the rich unique culture and heritage that plays an integral part in modern-day T&T.

Set on a picturesque plantation; it portrays the thankful estate workers in the last quarter of the year as they joyously celebrate, harvesting the fruits of their labour a grand estate. The planters surround themselves with the harvest, enviously gather themselves, adorned with traditional ‘dwiyets’ as they dance and sing in their French Creole (Patois) language to the beat of handmade instruments such as drums and bamboo.

This mix of French and African culture has created much of the Creole culture that has shaped the Trinidad as we know it today.


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