Stamps, postmarks from Dongsha Island gain popularity

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2017/08/20
By: Kuo Chu-chen and Evelyn Kao

Taipei, Aug. 20 (CNA) Commemorative stamps and postmarks from a post office in the Taiwan-held Dongsha Island in the South China Sea are in high demand among philatelists in Taiwan, particularly as such products are not easily available.

Dongsha, also known as Pratas Island, is a patrol outpost that has one post office, which serves the 200 coast guard officers deployed there.

The services are limited to the receipt and delivery of mail and the sale of products such as stamps and souvenirs, including dolls.

The post office is staffed by two volunteer workers, who handle about 70 pieces of mail per month, according to the Coast Guard Administration’s (CGA) Dongsha Command.    [FULL  STORY]

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