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Note: on my website many of the pictures can not be seen! They are of course present in the catalogue;
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These islands can be found near Western Australia. The stamps are completely bogus and issued somewhere around 1952. It seems that at that time these islands were used as test places for atomic bombs by Great Britain (and were therefore in the news).

I have only seen the 1 p black on green (map of the islands), 3 p green on lilac (ship) and 6 p yellow (primitive cave paintings).


Some bogus stamps were issued for Clipperton Island (1895). I have seen in all slightly different designs: 1 brown, 1 red(?), 2 green, 3 orange, 4 red, 5 brown, 8 green, 10 orange, 25 blue, 50 lilac, $1 black.

(Reduced size)

The above stamp is cancelled with "W.FRESE & CO SAN FRANCISCO Agents FOR O.P.Co" in violet. I have also seen uncancelled stamps.

In 'The Philatelic Record' of March 1898, page 64, the following text can be found:

Amongst the journals which joined in the exposure of this rubbish was the American Journal of Philately, the leading American Philatelic Journal. Subsequently the Scott Stamp & Coin Co., in their Catalogue listed this rubbish under the head of "'Fraudulent Issues." Upon this they received the following letter which was addressed to dealers in San Francisco, who were selling their catalogue :
San Francisco, January 14th, 1890.
Dear Sirs : My attention has been called to your Standard Postage Catalogue, 56th edition, in which you refer on page 617 to Clipperton Island Stamps under "fraudulent issues." Since my name is connected with these stamps, I strongly protest against this expression! Under date of April 4th 1895, at a meeting of the Board of Directors of the Oceanic Phosphate Company, the legal owners of Clipperton Island and its Guano deposits, situated about 110 W 10 N. in the Pacific, I was authorised to issue a set of stamps, illustrating features of Clipperton Island. These stamps were intended for local use between Clipperton Island and San Francisco, and as an advertisement for the products of Clipperton Island only. Since I do not offer, and never did offer, these stamps for sale to stamp collectors or dealers, I fail to see with what authority you claim "fraud." I request you to withdraw the Clipperton Island stamps from the space "Fraudulent Issues,'' or otherwise bear the consequences.
Very respectfully, W. Frese.
In this letter it will be noted that Mr. W. Frese "states that he does not offer, and never did offer, these stamps for sale to stamp collectors or stamp dealers." Here he has over-reached himself, for Messrs. Whitfield King & Co. received from Messrs. Frese & Co. a letter distinctly offering unused sets at face value, and furthermore stating that a limited number of sets of cancelled stamps could be supplied at a rebate of 25 per cent, on face value. Apparently the impudence of these San Francisco speculators knows no limit.

Christmas Island (Pacific Ocean)

In 1917 the Central Pacific Coconut Plantations Ltd issued a stamp with a sailing ship and palm trees. The value was 5 c, the colour was: blue, red, orange and green.

(reduced size, on letter)

This stamp has perforation 12.

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
Value Unused Used Remarks
5 c R R  


1936 New value, colours changed and '10 CENTS' added in design

A 10 c value on envelope (philatelic usage?), reduced size.

This stamp also has perforation 12.


Christmas Island (Indian Ocean)

Cancelled on the Christmas Islands
(A stamp of Straits Settlements used in Christmas Islands, Indian Ocean)


Much later, in 1958, stamps of Australia with the face of Queen Elizabeth, with overprint 'Christmas Island' were issued (10 values), in 1965 more stamps followed (Anzac issue, 1 stamp) and a new definitive set was issued in 1968 (fishes, 12 values).


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