Thursday, 13 August 2015

SOLOMON ISLANDS - Republic of Solomon Islands

Solomon Islands is a sovereign country consisting of a large number of islands in Oceania lying to the east of Papua New Guinea and northwest of Vanuatu and covering a land area of 28,400 square kilometres The country's capital, Honiara, is located on the island of Guadalcanal. The country takes is name from the Solomon Islands archipelago, which is a collection of Melanesian islands that also includes the North Solomon Islands (part of Papua New Guinea), but excludes outlying islands, such as Rennell and Bellona, and the Santa Cruz Islands.
The official name of the then British overseas territory was changed from "the British Solomon Islands Protectorate" to "Solomon Islands" in 1975. Self-government was achieved in 1976. Independence was obtained two years later. Today, Solomon Islands is a constitutional monarchy with the Queen of Solomon Islands, currently Queen Elizabeth II, as its head of state. 

These two beautiful covers sent by Christal from Solomon Islands with their new barcode label with Solomon Islands post corporation logo. The covers posted on and I received them on 22, July 2016. Solomon Islands issues beautiful thematic stamps every year, and the philatelic bureau is very helpful too. 
After a long waiting of 5 months i got back my self prepared covers from Solomon Islands . You can see the right upper part of the cover is look like someone eaten . And it came as wet too. i carefully kept it for drying because i really like this cover with full blue UPU barcode label which is not commonly get from there. they usually affix the barcode only. So this cover is precious to me even it is partially damaged.
This is another cover sent alongwith the above one, luckily this one I got back without damage. On both covers i used popular WWF set stamps issued in different years to keep the cover attractive. 

 

 My good friend Holger Kaufhold sent me this beautiful airmail cover with the help of Philatelic Bureau of Solomon Islands. These stamps are the part of their definitive series. The country's philatelic service is pretty good, they issue a large varieties of collectors items every year.The covers posted on August 26, 2014 and I received on September 30, 2014. Thank You Holger for the great help !

On 15th October 2017, My friend Pieter Soer visited Solomon Islands, and he sent me some photos of the post office from Honiara and Gizo. 

 The main post office and philatelic bureau in Honiara

 Hoarding shows the board of Solomon Islands Post Corporation.


The staff postmarking the cards. Pieter said the post office staff were very cooperative and they helped in the best way possible. Stamperija, the stamps printing company produces a number of stamps for Solomon Islands, but those stamps will not be available in the post offices or in philatelic bureau. Only definitive stamps are available there, which were issued long back. The stamperia produced stamps are accepted on covers for postmarking, but for registered mails we need to pay extra. 

Post office building from Gizo
The post office staff postmarking the postcards and covers which are prepared by Pieter. He said they are very happy and cooperative to help foreigners and did the best way possible services. There is no large variety of stamps to select, but the available ones are nice to see. Personally I also have a great experience from Solomon Islands philatelic bureau. Thank You Pieter for the rare and great pictures you sent to me.


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