Saturday, September 28, 2013

Tristan da Cunha

This great card was sent from Tristan da Cunha, the most remote inhabited islands in the world. You can look the map to find where it is : in the south Atlantic Ocean between South Africa and South America.  The main island has an area of 98 square kilometers, and only 264 inhabitants by 2010. The postcard shows an aerial view of the island and "Edinburg of the Seven Seas", the main settlement of the island as well as the national flag. The transport to the outside world from the islands is very difficult so the people there are mostly famers, owning their own stock and/or fishing. Lacking an airport,  the only possible way is by sea, actually it is connected to Cape Town of South Africa by fishing boats served 8-9 times every year. That's why this postcard is franked with an airmail sticker of the South African Post Office: the mails are carried out by ship at first, when they arrive in Cape Town, the S.A.P.O is responsible for delivering worldwide (the incoming mails are the same). The main foreign income of the islands is the lobster factory and the sale of postage stamps and coins to oversea collectors. Last,  as a reminder,  Tristan da Chunha is part of the British overseas territory of "Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Chunha".