Postage stamps and postal history of the Cook Islands
The Cook Islands are named after Captain James Cook, who visited the islands in 1773 and 1777. They became a British protectorate in 1888 and in 1900 administrative control was transferred to New Zealand. In 1965 residents chose self-government in free association with New Zealand. The Cook Islands contain 15 islands in the group spread over the South Pacific.
The first stamps of the Cook Islands were issued on 7 May 1892.
The stamps of the Cook Islands were inscribed "Rarotonga" from 1919 to 1932.
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- Cook Islands. Sandafayre Stamp Atlas. Retrieved 26 August 2011.
- Poole, B.W.H. The Stamps of Cook Islands. Boston: Mekeel-Severn-Wylie, 1912. (Mekeels Handbook #1)
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