The Cottonreel Stamps were produced locally in British Guiana while awaiting
the arrival of "official" postage stamps from London (which arrived in
They were named Cottonreels because they resembled the round labels that were
usually glued to the ends of spools of cotton.
The stamps came in four denominations: 2 cent rose, 4 cent yellow, 8 cent green,
and 12 cent blue.