Bailiwick of Guernsey
Guernsey issued its first
definitives in 1969 after the Post Office of the Bailiwick of Guernsey
became a separate entity and British postage stamps ceased to be
valid. The design of the two stamps in this issue displayed a map of
the Bailiwick. The map includes indications of latitude and longitude.
The longitude of 2°20W is correct, but the latitude
of 40°30N is not. It should be 49°30N and new stamps with the correct
latitude were issued in 1970.
The Republic of Kirbati is
a group of islands in the Pacific Ocean at the intersection of the
equator and the international date line. The island group was
previously part of the Gilbert and Ellice Islands. Kiribati was
granted independence from Great Britain in 1979 It consists of
thirty-three islands including the former Gilbert Islands, Phoenix
Islands, Ocean Island and Line Islands, covering two million square
miles, and a land area less than that of New York City. Kiribati has
released several sets of stamps showing maps of the various islands.