Tin Can Mail

This set of 1 value ($2.25) and a ($5.40) souvenir sheet were designed in honor of the famous Tin Can Mail.  This system of exchanging incoming and outgoing mail was used when ships could not reach the island of Niuafo'ou due to rough shallow waters. 

The set features a boat and the original tin can floating in the sea.  The souvenir sheet features a ship, the original can and an old historic map of Niuafo'ou, from 1889.

(See below for further specifications)

Stamp size 38.1 x 50.8mm, gauge 14, printed in sheets of 15 stamps.  Souvenir sheet to contain 1 stamp, 38.1 x 50.8mm, gauge 14, trim size 82 x 94mm.