Philatelic fun with Haitian stamps

One of my specialty areas is I collect Haitian stamps.

In the late 1980s and early 90s, I served in the U.S. Coast Guard and we spent some time dealing with Haitian migrants, particularly after the 1991 Haitian coup d’état.

As a result of frequent and close contact with Haitians, I became interested in the country’s history and culture, and still keep up with what’s going on, especially by reading The Haitian Times.

About Haitian Stamps

There are three things, other than my relationship with the country, that I like about Haitian stamps.

  • First, they are affordable.
  • Next, they are easy to obtain.
  • They have enough complexity to keep the collection interesting.

While there are some highly expensive examples, by and large, Haitian stamps are affordable. One can get closer to a complete collection than you can with many countries. Dealers regularly have the stamps available.

Also, there is complexity. With overprints, issues that were printed perforated or imperforate, forgeries, and illegal issues, Haitian postal history is fascinating and fun.

The Haiti Philatelic Society, to which I belong, is an excellent resource.

My recent purchases

Haitian stamps
Haiti Scott #8 with a sever misperforation.

I recently purchased two items at an auction by Paradise Valley Stamps, and they are a great addition to my collection.

The first was Haiti Scott #8. It is an OK variety but what is interesting is the severe misperforation. The stamp was issued in 1882 and features the “liberty head”, which is also featured on Haiti’s first postage stamp. The colors are listed in the Scott catalog as deep purple and pale lilac.

I won’t discuss pricing but I was fortunate to pick this one up with my minimum bid at auction.

The next stamp is a bit more interesting.

It is actually a British stamp – or more appropriately, pair of stamps – that were used in Haiti in 1877. This was before Haiti even issued its first postage stamp in 1881. The stamps contain an oval postmark C59, which indicates it was stamped in Jacmel, Haiti.

I’d love to know what was mailed, but I’ll have to settle for owning this pair of stamps.

Haitian stamps.
Great Britain used in Haiti in 1877.

Two fun additions to my collection!

The author pictured in the June, 1992 issue of Time Magazine, assisting a Haitian child.