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Definitive Designs of Danish West Indies

Numeral DesignArms and NumeralKing Christian IX

King Frederik VIIIKing Christian X
Danish West Indies (Dansk Vestindien) definitive designs of 1874-1879
(Numeral Design), 1900 (Arms and Numeral, 1905 (King Christian IX),
1907-1908(King Frederik VIII) and 1915 (King Christian X).

St. Thomas, St. Croix and St. John are the three most important of the 53 islands in the group, some of which were part of a Danish colony as early as 1674. St. Thomas and St. Croix came under Danish control in the 18th century. St. Thomas became a coaling station in 1841 and from 1851 to 1885 it served as the hub for packet services in the West Indies.

The islands were purchased by the United States and transferred to its control on April 1, 1917. Danish West Indies stamps remained valid until September 30, 1917. They were replaced by regular issues of the United States.

Charlotte Amalie
The harbour of Charlotte Amalie on St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands in 2006.

Virgin Island Territorial Issue
On December 15, 1937, the United States issued a commemorative depicting
Charlotte Amalie. It was the fourth in the series of Territorial Issues.

Air Post Card
Pre-stamped Air Post Card Autographed by the Designer

On March 31, 1967, the United States issued a pre-stamped airpost card celebrating the 50th anniversary of the purchase of the Virgin Islands by the United States. This post card has been autographed by the graphic artist, Burt E. Pringle.


Bibliography

"Danish West Indies." Standard Postage Stamp Catalogue. 1997.

Rossiter, Stuart and John Flower. The Stamp Atlas. London: Macdonald and Co., 1986.

"United States." Standard Postage Stamp Catalogue. 1997.


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