What's New:  September 2001

Here is the material that was added or modified for this update:

  1. List of Stamps Arranged by Country  
    Note:  Two entries were moved from the TUVA page to the TANNU TUVA (TOUVA) page.

  2. Appendix II: Labels, Seals, Advertising Stamps, Etc.


    A seal depicting a large Testudo gigantea and the words "Jubiläumsmarke" (Anniversary Stamp), "Spendermarke" (Donor Stamp), and "Riesenschildkröte" (Testudo gigantea). The "denomination" is 5 Austrian schillings, which is apparently what the donor paid as a contribution to some sort of anniversary celebration. The date is unknown.


    Three non-denominated labels produced by the Postaco Stamp Company, which also produced baseball trading cards during the period 1910-1915. The turtle labels are part of a sheet which also contains lizards, crocodilians, and snakes. All of the labels are inscribed with old scientific names which are no longer in use today. A very interesting feature is that they are gummed in a vertical strip along the right edge (when viewed from the back) and the rest of the back is without gum. The gummed area is approximately 5/8" wide, or a little more than one quarter the width of the label. The turtles depicted are:

    Dermochelys coriacea (identified on label as Sphargis coriacea)
    Chelonia mydas (identified on label as Chelonia viridis)
    Chelus fimbriatus (identified on label as Chelys Matamata)


    Two non-denominated labels from a very large, old set of animal stamps. Each one is numbered and has text on the back, under the gum. The text on the back of the two turtle labels reads as follows:

    311.   THE LEATHERBACK TURTLE (Demochelys [sic] coriacea).   This strange reptile is not frequently seen. It lives in tropical seas and comes to shore only when it lays its eggs. It grows to be over a yard in length.

    313.   GREEN TURTLE (Chelonia mydas).   This shelled reptile's meat is also edible. It spends its life in the ocean and comes to land only to lay its eggs or occasionally to sun itself upon the beach.


    Two gummed labels depicting cartoon turtles and the words "Combat Insignia". Tiny print in the bottom selvedge of both says "© 1942.  Hearst Pubs. Inc.  R. L. Robbins  Postamp  AA249020 Cl."

    #94. - Cartoon turtle, w/ helmet, clubbing a snail. Realistic combat scene in background. Inscribed "124th Infantry".
    #99. - Cartoon turtle w/ helmet, boxing gloves, and roller skates. Realistic combat scene in background. Inscribed "Anti-Tank Company, 16th Infantry".

  3. Appendix V: Post Offices with "Turtle" or "Tortoise" in Their Names

    Post Office Name        Country        State or Province        Postal Code        Dates of Existence   
    Brshke Albania
    Turtleford Canada Saskatchewan S0M 2Y0
    Honuapo (means "caught turtle") Hawaii Ka'u District 1879 - 1900
    Bahia Tortugas Mexico
    Schildpadfontein So. Africa Transvaal June, 1937
    Tortugas U.S.A. Florida (pre-ZIP) Dec. 1, 1899 - Nov. 30, 1907
    Turtle Lake U.S.A. Louisiana 71334
    Turtle Lake U.S.A. Minnesota 56484
    Turtletown U.S.A. North Carolina (pre-ZIP) 1909
    Turtle Rock U.S.A. Virginia (pre-ZIP) 1883

  4. Acknowledgements
    Robert E. Gordon (deceased)
    Tan Ngiap Chuan

Last updated:  September 23, 2001