#1.   DAHLAK ISLANDS - The 7 cancellations available on the Dahlak Islands sheet are as follows:

1.   No cancellation
2.   Canceled at Main Base NOCRA - 30 Dec 69
3.   Canceled at Forward Base No. 1 - 27 Dec 69
4.   Canceled at Forward Base No. 2 - 29 Dec 69
5.   Canceled at Forward Base No. 3 - 31 Dec 69
6.   Canceled at Forward Base No. 4 - 11 Jan 70
7.   Canceled at Rear Base Massawa - 24 Dec 69
These stamps were issued to commemorate the Scientific Exploration Society of England's expedition to the Dahlak Islands in 1969-70.
#2.   BERNERA ISLANDS - The stamps listed are local post stamps issued for Great Bernera and Little Bernera Islands, which lie northwest of the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides. Four mailboxes are maintained on the islands and they are serviced at regular intervals. The mail is collected and re-mailed at a nearby British Post Office with regular British postage added.
#3.   ST. PIERRE AND MIQUELON - Although these stamps are inscribed "Phare de la Tortue", this is apparently an error. According to Don L. Gary, writing in The Pharos (Vol. 8, No. 6, March 1981), the lighthouse is known as the "Pointe aux Canons" lighthouse. Mr. J. Lehuenen, of the St. Pierre and Miquelon Merchant Marines, agrees the name is "Pointe aux Canons Lighthouse". He suspects that the stamp designers were working on these stamps and some other lighthouse stamps simultaneously and the wrong name was inscribed on the St. Pierre and Miquelon stamps. This has not been confirmed.

The "F.N.F.L." o/p on some of the St. Pierre and Miquelon stamps stands for "Forces Navales Francaises Libres" or "Free French Naval Forces". The "Noel 1941" o/p on some of these stamps refers to a Christmas Day plebiscite ordered by Vice Admiral Emile Henri Muselier, commander of the Free French Naval Forces.
#4.   SEYCHELLES - All stamps depicting the Seychelles Coat-of-Arms are turtle stamps because a turtle appears on the Arms. Starting in 1978, all Seychelles stamps have a very small Coat-of-Arms on them, and thus are technically turtle stamps. However, since the turtle is indistinguishable to the naked eye, and since it barely looks like a turtle, even under magnification, due to insufficient resolution in the printing process, these stamps are not included in the list.
#5.   STAFFA - This island is in the Inner Hebrides, 7 miles west of Mull and 6 miles northeast of Iona. The Laird of Staffa has established a Postal Service which operates daily from April to September. Mail is picked up and carried by a boatman to British Post Offices on Mull and Iona, where it is re-mailed with regular British postage added.
#6.   TONGA - Tonga has issued approximately 200 stamps on paper which is watermarked with a turtle design. Most of these do not have a turtle on the face of the stamp and are not included in this list.
#7.   ZIL ELWANNYEN SESEL SEYCHELLES (Also spelled "ZIL ELOIGNE SESEL SEYCHELLES" and "ZIL ELWAGNE SESEL SEYCHELLES") - This group of Islands was formerly part of the British Indian Ocean Territory. Since being returned to the Seychelles Islands, they have issued their own stamps, each bearing a small imprint of the Seychelles Coat-of-Arms. Since the Seychelles Coat-of-Arms has a turtle on it, every one of Z.E.S.'s stamps is technically a turtle stamp. However the turtle is too small to be seen by the naked eye and so the stamps are not included in this list. See discussion of this problem under Endnote #4. ZIL ELWANNYEN SESEL SEYCHELLES is listed at the end of SEYCHELLES in the Scott Catalog.
#8.   TRANSDNIESTRIAN MOLDOVAN REPUBLIC - Transdniestria (or Tranistria) is a region in Eastern Moldova between the Dniester River and the Ukrainian border. It is populated by a Russian and Ukrainian majority that objects to Moldovan-Romanian rule. Armed clashes between Moldovan forces and Trandniestrian secessionists led to Russian army intervention on behalf of the secessionists in the early 1990's and the proclamation of a Transdniestrian Moldovan Republic with Tiraspol as its capital. On 13 September 1993 the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the Trandniestrian Moldovan Republic decreed that postage stamps should be issued for the payment of postal charges. A peace accord with the Moldovan government giving the region greater autonomy was signed in 1997. A Russian-sponsored peace plan for the region was rejected by Moldova in November of 2003 because it would have permitted Russian troops to remain there until 2020.
#9.   JAPAN - National Pension Revenue Stamps - The "mop-like" material flowing from the posterior portion of the carapaces of the turtles on the Japanese Pension Revenue Stamps represents filamentous green algae which is a symbol of old age. Considering that the stamps were issued for an old age pension fund, the connection is obvious. The Japanese call these algae-covered turtles "mino-gam" or "minogame" and some captive specimens grow extremely long filaments. These Japanese Pension Revenue Stamps are listed in at least two additional Japanese stamp catalogs and naturally they have different numbers in those catalogs than the numbers listed here.
#10.   MALAGASY REPUBLIC - Scott C172 - According to Bourquin and Sura, the small tortoise on this stamp is probably Pyxis arachnoides. (Bourquin, O. and P. Sura. 1995. Herpetofauna on Stamps. Part 4: Tortoises and Terrapins. African Herp News, 23: August 1995, pg. 9).
#11.   JAPAN - Japan has issued at least thirteen different postal cards with images of turtles on the cards (but not on the stamps printed on the cards). The denominations of the stamps printed on the cards vary from 40y to 50y. Most of the cards have cartoon turtles, but a few have photographs and line drawings.
#12.   KAULBAUCH ISLAND - Kaulbauch Island is located in Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia. The Kaulbauch Island Local Carriage Service provided mail service to and from the mainland from 1971 through 1984. Each year a new series of stamps was issued and during its fourteen years of existence, the local issued a total of 196 different stamps. Canadian Postal Officials insisted that these local stamps be placed on the backs of the envelopes when used for local franking purposes. FDC's with the stamp on the front of the envelope were prepared for sale to collectors.

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