Today in Postal History


Hawaii Local Usage
August 12, 1898

This cover went into the mail in Honolulu on the Island of Oahu.
Its destination was Kilauea on the island of Kauai about 200 km west northwest of Oahu.
Kilauea is on the north side of the island.
The link includes a panorama from the Kilauea lighthouse.
Kilauea is a popular vacation escape destination.

The cover's arrival in Kilauea was noted by an
attractive purple strike on the back of a CDS with a double outer ring.
Note the difference in spelling between the CDS and the address.

The cover was franked with an 1894 2 brown view of Honolulu (Scott 75).

The Kingdom of Hawaii ended after Queen Lili'uokalani was
deposed in a coup by American businessmen on January 17, 1893.
The coup had the support of United States Marines and
the United States diplomatic representative.
Subsequently a "Provisional Government" was established .
The Republic of Hawaii was declared on July 4, 1894.

The Republic of Hawaii was annexed to the United States
by a resolution signed by President McKinley on July 7, 1898.
The formal annexation of Hawaii took place on the date of this cover, August 12, 1898.
It became the Territory of Hawaii on April 30, 1900.

The Kingdom of Hawaii issued its first stamps in 1851-52.
These are the so-called Missionaries.
The first stamps issued by the Republic of Hawaii
were stamps of Hawaii overprinted Provisional Govt. 1893.
The stamp on this cover is from the first, and only, complete series issued by the Republic.
A second series with only the 1 and 2 in different colors was issued in 1899.

Hawaiian stamps remained in use through June 13, 1900,
when they were replaced by stamps of the United States.

Collecting stamps and postal history of Hawaii is very popular.


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