1911 Scott 11 2 1/2p ultramarine "Pandanus" Quick History The Micronesian Gilbert Islands and the Polynesian Ellice Islands, located in the Pacific Ocean between Hawaii and Australia, began as a protectorate in 1892, and then a British colony from 1916 until 1976. Thereafter the Gilbert Islands became the majority of the island nation of Kiribati (pronounced "Kirr-i-bas") in 1979, while the Ellice Islands were renamed Tuvalu in 1978. Both are currently members of the Commonwealth of Nations.
Gilbert and Ellice Islands 1972 Coral Set Fine Mint SG 199/202 Scott Other Pacific Islands Stamps HERE
Gilbert and Ellice Islands 1973 Meteorology Set Fine Mint SG 223/6 Scott 218/21 Other Pacific Islands Stamps HERE
Gilbert & Ellice Islands Copyright: brcstamps.com The Gilbert group has Butariti, Tarawa, and Tamana as the more important islands. Besides the Ellice Islands, the Phoenix Islands, the Line Islands (Fanning, Washington, and Christmas (aka Kiritimati, not the Indian Ocean Christmas Island that puts out stamps)), and Ocean Island are part of the colony. By the way, notice the U.S. Howland Island? That is the last place Amelia Earhart's radio transmission was heard*. The Capital was Tarawa…
Gilbert and Ellice Islands 1965 SG 89 Man Blowing Bu Shell Fine Mint SG 89 Scott 89 Other Gilbert Island Stamps HERE