April 28, 2015

1549 UNITED KINGDOM (Cayman Islands) - Best wishes from Hell


Hell is a group of short, black, limestone formations located in Grand Cayman, the largest of the three Cayman Islands. Located in West Bay, it is roughly the size of half a soccer field. Visitors aren't permitted to walk on the limestone formations but viewing platforms are provided. There are numerous versions of how Hell received its name, but they are generally variations on "a ministration exclaimed, 'This is what Hell must look like.'" Regardless of how it first came to be called Hell, the name stuck and the area has become a tourist attraction, featuring a fire-engine red hell-themed post office from which you can send "postcards from hell", and a gift shop with 'Satan' Ivan Farrington passing out souvenirs while greeting people with phrases like 'How the hell are you?' and 'Where the hell are you from?' In the postcard is the former Post Office, which is not in use any more.

About the stamp
The stamp is part of the series Cayman Islands Scenes, about which I wrote here.

References
Hell, Grand Cayman - Wikipedia

Sender: William
Sent from George Town (Cayman Islands), on 29.07.2014
Photo: W. W. Willard

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