Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Airmail Labels from Westerm Samoa - Pacific Ocean Series

This is another island located in Pacific Ocean - Western Samoa. The label is in dark cyan colour with a prominent font stating the country name. This is the gum format label and after many years, it is still in very good condition as I stored it in the stamp mount and keep inside the dry box.

I believe this is also a rare find as the island population is small, number of letter affixed with labels may not be high in both commercial and personal mailing. Most official letter is with either preprinted label or with rubber stamping. Thus, this is one of my favorite collection although it is just in plain wording. And I like the cyan colour very much, I feel like the colour express the sunny island surrounded with beautiful sea and beaches.

Estimated population in 2008 are 188,540.

I believe this is an old designed labels and the country name already changed to Samoa instead of Western Samoa. Thus, if you have the latest design, kindly inform and share with me.

I extracted a brief summary of the country profile from Wikipedia:

Samoa, officially the Independent State of Samoa (formerly known as Western Samoa), is a country governing the western part of the Samoan Islands archipelago in the South Pacific Ocean. It was admitted to the United Nations on 15 December 1976. The entire island group, inclusive of American Samoa, was known as Navigators Islands before the 20th century because of the Samoans' seafaring skills.

The economy of Samoa has traditionally been dependent on development aid, private family remittances from overseas, and agricultural exports. Agriculture employs two-thirds of the labour force, and furnishes 90% of exports, featuring coconut cream, coconut oil, noni (juice of the nonu fruit, as it is known in Samoan), and copra. Outside of a large automotive wire-harness factory (Yazaki Corporation), the manufacturing sector mainly processes agricultural products. Tourism is an expanding sector which now accounts for 25% of GDP. Tourist arrivals have been increasing over the years with more than 100,000 tourists visiting the islands in 2005, up from 70,000 in 1996.

If you would like to know more or visit the country, this is a good site to visit:

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