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1890.  Advanced Mathematics cover, which could have contained a plea for assistance with the problem of adding two to one; the Dutch captain of the “Gympie” was so perplexed that he promptly trisected the usual 10 cent stamp and then cancelled the surcharged fragments in red out of pure embarrassment

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1890.  A reply to Barnum’s letter of the previous year.  It arrived too late for the backstamp tells us that the circus had left town.

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1891 Charity issue on cover to the Charities Commission in London.

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1896.  20th Anniversary of landfall of Snark Expeditionary Force on cover to the Natural History Museum in London

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1897.  Cover to Queen Victoria commemorating the Diamond Jubilee; refused because Her Majesty was under the impression she was being hoaxed; just showing how much out of touch she was with matters of Empire.

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1898.  Registered letter to Stanley Gibbons with 1892 definitive set (including the rare 2.5 d inverted frame variety)

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1899.  Post card from Boots to a London stamp dealer asking for a price for the remaining stock of Snark Island stamps.

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1900.  Registered letter to Joseph Chamberlain with the 1900 definitive set.

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22 March 1901.  The last recorded cover from Snark Island to England.  Note the gradually vanishing Baker; ditto the currency and also the postmark fading into oblivion.

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1 April 1901  A cover to Snark Island undelivered because there was nobody there but Boojums.

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2003. The last flight of the Concorde from London to New Guinea was forced down over Snark Island and disappeared with all hands.  Only a few letters which had been on board were ever found.  Here is a cover to David Attenborough who was in Papua New Guinea at the time.  This is the last recorded appearance of Snark Island in the annals of philately.  Or is it?

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