Request

To my cover-exchanging friends, please try as much as possible to
(1) WRITE THE ADDRESSES USING YOUR OWN HANDWRITING
as these give a more personal touch to the cover
(2) PLEASE DO NOT USE TAPE OR STICKERS ON THE REVERSE;
the Philippine postal service damages the cover with scribbling that highly devalues the aesthetic value of the cover, which is what I am after
(3) PLEASE TRY TO USE COMPLETE SETS
or at least same themes when sending covers, but it is okay if this is not possible or if this would be expensive, and
(4) PLEASE USE SMALL ENVELOPES,
not too small, but maybe around 4"x6" or something like that; big envelopes are not very attractive unless they have many stamps.
Thank you!

14.6.10

Trinidad and Tobago

Here is a cover with many stamps from the far-off Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, an archipelago in the Caribbean. Unfortunately, the cancel is extremely light. Well, on the bright side, at least it's not too heavy!


I especially like the $2.50 stamp showing the architecture of the historical building of the Queen's Royal College, one of the oldest secondary schools in Trinidad and Tobago, and the only all-male Government-run secondary school in the country. The building was built in 1902 and cost 15000 British Pounds at the time. It accommodated six classes for 30 boys each. The lecture hall could hold over five hundred persons at a time.

Notwithstanding the German origin of the plan, a legacy perhaps of Mr Hahn's student days in Berlin, the design of the interior is very definitely tropical with a delightfully aristocratic touch from the days when European school architecture was austere.

The large stamp on the far right commemorates the British Commonwealth Heads of State Meeting held in Port of Spain, one of the developed areas of the islands of Trinidad. The buildings shown make up part of the Port of Spain skyline.

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