Trunk Bay is a beautiful beach on the north shore of St. John. A popular place for residents and visitors and one of the most photographed beaches on the island. It is frequently used to represent St. John and the U.S. Virgin Islands National Park in articles and advertisements, and now in a USPS postage stamp.
The new USPS stamp was issued on May 16, 2008 in Rochester, NY and St. John, VI. It features a photograph of Trunk Bay.
“The stamp is a beautiful rendition of Trunk Bay,” said Priscilla M. Maney, District Manager/Executive-in-Charge of the U.S. Postal Service, Caribbean District. “St. John is known world-wide for its beautiful beaches and abundant plant life. The 94-cent, St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands international letter rate stamp fully captures its natural wonder. Now millions can enjoy the picturesque beauty of the U.S. Virgin Islands as this stamp carries letters and packages to destinations near and far,” said Maney.
The .94 cent St. John Stamp was dedicated at a ceremony at Trunk Bay. The Honorable John P. de Jongh, Jr. Governor of the U.S. Virgin Islands and the Honorable Donna Christensen, Delegate, United States Congress joined Maney for the stamp dedication ceremony. Mark Hardgrove, Superintendent U.S. Virgin Islands National Park and Coral Reef National Monument was also present and Tiffany Gumbs, Postmaster, St. John Post Office served as host. More than 50 school children from St. John’s Julius Sprauve School performed and the young men and women of the U.S. Virgin Islands Junior ROTC presented the Colors.
The stamp was designed by Ethel Kessler of Bethesda, Maryland. The photograph of Trunk Bay featured on the stamp was taken by George H. Huey of Prescott, Arizona. Text on the stamp reads, “St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands.”
ST. JOHN OFF THE BEATEN TRACK
Includes 200 full color photos
St. John off the Beaten Track is your guide to the beaches, trails and hidden attractions of St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands. Find quiet beaches, the best snorkeling spots and abandoned sugar estates. Learn about the islands history, geology, culture, people, ecology, plants and animals. National Park trails include detailed maps, information on historic ruins, and description on natural environment along the trails. Off trail adventures are also explored including secluded shorelines, pristine seasonal streams in the mountains (also known on island as guts), fresh water pools, seasonal waterfalls and more.
This is a must have book for every visitor going to St. John, and also for every resident. The information is excellent; you will learn, laugh and be intrigued by the wealth of details shared on the treasures and secrets of exploring St. John.