Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Airmail Labels from Nauru - Pacific Ocean Series

Airmail labels from a small island, the Republic of Nauru. The main economy is phosphate exports. It is located in the central Pacific Ocean 2,800 miles to the southwest of Hawaii; in Micronesia to the west of the Gilbert Islands.

The island had 9265 residents at end 2006, and 96 percent speak Nauruan at home. The population was previously higher but in 2006 some 1500 people left the island during a repatriation of immigrant workers from Kiribati and Tuvalu. The repatriation was motivated by widescale redundancies in the phosphate industry. The official language of Nauru is Nauruan, a distinct Pacific island language. English is widely spoken and is the language of government and commerce.

There were traditionally 12 clans or tribes on Nauru, which are represented in the 12-pointed star in the nation's flag. The Nauruan people called their island "Naoero"; the word "Nauru" was later derived so that English speakers could easily pronounce the name.

The label resemble the national flag with wording Air Mail and Par Avion. This is another unique design label. The middle picture in the national flag image and the last photo is the block of 12 labels.

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