What's New:  March 2008

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

  1. Catalog Abbreviations

    MN = Costa Rica Documentary Revenue Stamp Catalog by Mena and Rohrmoser, Second Edition, 2006. Published by The Society of Costa Rica Collectors and The Costa Rica Revenue and Postage Society.

  2. List of Stamps Arranged by Country

    Note:  Pitcairn Island Scott #632 and #633 have been removed from the list because it has been determined that there are no turtles on these stamps.

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


    A strip of five non-denominated labels, each depicting a cartoon turtle engaged in various activities. Issued to promote a large, international, tongue-in-cheek, loosely organized group called the Ancient and Honorable Order of Turtles. Date unknown.

    GERMAN PRIVATE POST   turtle stamp icon

    Stamp apparently issued by a private post in Germany. Depicts a cartoon turtle wearing a cap and a white neck scarf. Denomination is 1.42 and stamp is inscribed "PIN Mail". An example on cover is postmarked "06. Nov. 2007" and carries the words "Schick es grün".

    JAPANESE TUBERCULOSIS SEAL - 2003   turtle stamp icon

    A sheet of six tuberculosis seals produced by the Japan Anti-Tuberculosis Association in 2003. The seals are self adhesive and serpentine die cut although the die cuts do not show up on the accompanying scan. One seal has a rabbit, one has a zebra and one has a giraffe's head and neck. The other three seals are identical to each other and each one depicts 31 tiny animals, including a turtle. All six seals display the double-barred tuberculosis cross.

    SWEDISH ADVERTISING LABEL - c. 1930-1950   turtle stamp icon

    Old Swedish poster stamp promoting Paddan Boat Tours in Gothenburg, Sweden. Depicts a large turtle surrounded by a boat, a car, a train, a bus and two airplanes. Upper left corner shows a map of Scandinavia.

  4. Acknowledgements

    Walter Allen (1927-2007) was an early major contributor to this compilation of turtles on stamps. In the late 1960's Walter and Don Riemer independently began to compile lists of the world's turtle stamps. Eventually they learned of each other's existence and began to correspond. They soon decided to merge their individual lists into a single comprehensive list. Because there were so few turtle stamps at that time, the merged list consisted of only several typewritten pages but it was the forerunner of the list presented on this web site.

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