Geysers on Postage Stamps

compiled by Wm. Robert Johnston
last updated 11 May 2010

United States:

The United States issued this 5-cent stamp (Scott number 744) on 30 July 1934, showing Old Faithful. It was part of a set of ten showing views in different national parks.

In 1935 the set was issued without perforations and without gum; the Yellowstone stamp in this set has Scott number 760.

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the first U.S. national park--Yellowstone--and recognize the national park system, eight stamps were issued in 1972. The 8-cent stamp showing Old Faithful (Scott number 1453) was issued 1 March 1972.
On 17 May 2006 the U.S. issued a sheet of forty different stamps depicting American superlatives. One of these shows the largest geyser in the U.S., Steamboat Geyser, during a 1964 eruption (Scott number 4060).
On 16 January 2009 the U.S. issued an Express Mail stamp showing Old Faithful (Scott number 4379).

On 25 December 1966 the U.S.S.R. issued a set of seven stamps pertaining to Kamchatka and neighboring Soviet islands. One stamp, Scott number 3284, depicts a geyser in Dolina Geizerov (Valley of the Geysers) in Kronotsky National Preserve.

Inscriptions translate as follows:

Dolina geizerov (Valley of the Geysers)

POSTAGE 6 k(opeks) USSR


On 20 June 2002 Russia issued another stamp depicting Dolina Geizerov, this one with a 1 rouble denomination.


Iceland issued a series in 1938-1945 depicting two views of Geysir. Scott numbers (and issue dates) for these are: 203 (1938), 204 (1938), 205 (1938), 206 (1939), 207 (1940), 208 (1938), 208A (1943), 208B (1945).

A pair of stamps issued 23 May 1991 included one (Scott 742) showing Strokkur geyser.
A set issued 14 March 1995 includes one stamp (Scott number 795) showing a stylized geyser.
New Zealand:

New Zealand issued a 1960-66 definitive series with a 1-pound value (Scott number 352) issued in 1960 showing Pohutu Geyser.

The same designs were used for a definitive series in 1967-70; Pohutu Geyser was show on the magenta $2 stamp issued in 1967 (Scott number 403) and the multicolored $2 stamp issued in 1968 (Scott number 404).
A six-stamp series issued 5 May 1993 depicted various geothermal features. The $1.80-value stamp (Scott 1160) showed Pohutu Geyser and Prince of Wales Feathers Geyser.
The preceding stamp was reissued as a souvenir sheet on 1 October 1993 (Scott 1160a) , showing an additional geyser view.
On 1 September 2004 a set of six stamps commemorating tourism was issued; one depicted Rotorua Geyser.
United Nations:

On 24 October 2003 the UN issued six stamps commemorating World Heritage sites. The F.s. 1.30 denomination shows a thermal area in Yellowstone in winter.

The Scott numbering system is copyrighted by Scott Publishing Corporation. (If you seek to obtain these stamps from dealers, these numbers will be useful.)

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