TUVALU OFFICIAL POST PAID MARKS

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Tuvalu Official Post Paid Marks - Type T0
These devices were used by the Tuvalu Philatelic Bureau or its agents to cancel stamps or apply as a cachet at philatelic exhibitions worldwide.
Type Island Dates Used
TO-1 Funafuti 1 Jan 1976 - 21 Jan 1982
TO-2 Funafuti 1 Jan 1976 - ? 1976
     
Notes:
  1. Regular definitive stamps overprinted Official were introduced on 2 July 1981, and all government offices and the Philatelic Bureau began using them on outgoing mail. The use of TO-1 was slowly phased out.
  2. TO-1 is known used to cancel stamps on commercial mail, probably done in error.
  3. TO-2 does not appear to have been put into regular use, as the Philatelic Bureau has always used postage stamps on all outgoing mail. It is very rare, known on piece dated 1 Jan 1976. Examples are known from 1983 used by favour on covers, without the date plugs, and having the date written in by hand.

TO-1 on cover
 

TO-2