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Bermuda to United States
April 26, 1908

This picture postcard was mailed from Hamilton, the capital.
Bermuda was uninhabited until the first British settlement in 1612.
(Some sources suggest that shipwrecked colonists bound for Virginia made settlements in 1609.)

Bermuda has 300 islands with only 20 inhabited and only one of any significance.
It became a Crown Colony in 1694.

Bermuda's first stamps were made by a handstamp on gummed
paper by Mr. Perot, the Hamilton Postmaster, in 1848.
Displays of these prized items are always candidates for Gold.

By the time of this card Bermuda was an established
winter holiday destination for well-to-do travelers from North America.

As is often the case at this time, the card was marked "Printed Matter" to obtain the rate benefit.
The cover is franked with a pair of the 1901 ONE | FARTHING overprint
on the 1s. bluish gray printing of the 1893 Queen Victoria (SG 30a).

The destination was New Haven, Connecticut, on the mainland of Long Island sound.
The address was just east of the Yale University campus in northern downtown New Haven.

The illustration on the card provides a view of St. David's Lighthouse
as well as a view from the Lighthouse.


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