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Postal Service in the World's Coldest
Places
Polar Philately
– Polar philatelists share an interest in stamps, covers
and postal history of the polar regions of the earth,
the North a...
Catalogs and Tools
› The Arch of Kerguelen: Voyage to the Islands of Desolation
- (Greater reference on FSAT)
› The Endurance: Shackleton’s L...
› American Society of Polar Philatelists
– APS Affiliate #31
– Ice Cap News
– Membership application
› Polar Postal Histor...
The region north of
the isotherm line –
This is the region
where the average
temperature in July
does not exceed 50° F.
-o...
The continent of Antarctica
and generally all locations
south of or near 50° south
latitude
ANTARCTICA
_
COUNTRIES WITH
BASES IN
ANTARCTICA
_
Argentina
Australia
Belgium
Brazil
Bulgaria
Chile
China
Czech Republic
Norway
Pakista...
STAMP ISSUING
ENTITIES ON AND
NEAR ANTARCTICA
_
Australian Antarctic
Territory
British Antarctic
Territory
Falkland Island...
› Private Posts
› Tristan da Cunha
› Scandinavia
› Phone Cards
› Post Cards
› Currency
› Maps
› Expedition memorabilia and...
Tierra del Fuego - 1891
Exploration, Science, Ships and Adventure
› “Exploration of the Antarctic Regions … is the greatest
piece of geographical exploration still to be undertaken,
and, i...
VICTORIA LAND & KING EDWARD VII LAND – FUNDING FOR THE
SHACKLETON EXPEDITIONS
Expedition Funding
Explorers on Stamps
Graf Zeppelin Over Franz Josephs Land
Polar stamps are rich in
topical appeal, especially
with regard to polar
wildlife.
PENGUINS, POLAR
BEARS, AND
WHALES
Penguins
Polar Bears
Whales and Marine Life
French Southern and
Antarctic Territory
(FSAT/TAAF)
Postal Service from Madagascar
This 1954 stamp from
Madagascar (Malagasy
Republic, Scott #C54) was
issued to publicize France's
claim to territory on the...
Post Office at Port Aux François, Kerguelen
The first stamp for the
FSAT was an overprint on a
stamp from Madagascar.
FSAT’S FIRST
STAMP
› One of the most sought after sets from FSAT features Scott
#28.
Key Set
FSAT Stamps are almost always relevant to the
region
This sheet depicting
Antarctic animals
participating in Olympic
style sports is one of
several souvenir sheets
issued over...
› Stamps of FSAT are made available in limited quantities as
imperforates, deluxe souvenir sheets, and trial color proofs....
Imperfs and Deluxe Sheets
Trial Color Proofs
Philatelic vs. “Commercial” Covers
Registered Mail from Martin De Vivies
Postage Due
Falkland Islands &
Dependencies
Located east of Argentina
and north of the Antarctic
continent, this tiny British
colony took care of postal
service for w...
Graham Land
Trans-Antarctic Expedition
Naturalists
British Antarctic Territory
Port Lockroy
Customers at the postal counter
Port Lockroy
The first definitive set of
the British Antarctic
Territory (Scott 1-15)
features scenes of the
Antarctic continent
includ...
MARINE LIFE
South Georgia & South
Sandwich Islands
Ernst Shackleton Memorial
Captain Cook
Shackleton
Australian Antarctic
Territory
The Australian Antarctic
Territory’s first set issued in
1957 featured explorers
and other Antarctic themed
designs.
FIRST...
Popular with Collectors
This sheet of 20 was issued
in 2001 and tells the history
of Australians in the
Antarctic.
TELLING THE
HISTORY OF
ANTARCTI...
New Zealand – Ross
Dependency
First Issue - 1957
This cover posted from the
Ross Dependency in 1974
was mailed by a passenger
on the Lindblad Explorer, a
cruise ship that ...
2010 Whales
United States
Amundsen-Scott South
Pole Station
http://www.southpolestation.com/
McMurdo Station
http://www.usap.gov/videoclipsandma
ps/...
The Snow Cruiser – Failed Experiment
Operation High Jump
Scott Smith – Postal Clerk at the South Pole
Read about Scott Smith's Service as the Postal Clerk at Amundsen-Scott South ...
Argentina
Argentina
Chile
The first issues of
Greenland were privately
produced at Thule, the site
of cryolite mines in remote
north western Greenla...
Greenland
Iceland
Icelandic Covers
Icelandic Towns and Post Offices
Russia
Russia - Murmansk
Please visit my blog for future
posts on polar stamps and
philately in general.
http://stewartstamps.get-
spsteve.com/
Vis...
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An introduction to Polar Philately presented at the Houston Philatelic Society meeting on March, 7, 2016. This presentation gives an overview of collecting the stamps of the North and South Poles (Antarctic and Arctic)

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Polar Philately: Postal Service in the World's Coldest Places

  1. 1. Postal Service in the World's Coldest Places Polar Philately
  2. 2. – Polar philatelists share an interest in stamps, covers and postal history of the polar regions of the earth, the North and South Poles. – Often collectors mix collecting with historical research – The American Topical Association has a polar stamp study unit What is Polar Philately?
  3. 3. Catalogs and Tools
  4. 4. › The Arch of Kerguelen: Voyage to the Islands of Desolation - (Greater reference on FSAT) › The Endurance: Shackleton’s Legendary Antarctic Expedition › Shackleton’s Forgotten Men: The Untold Tragedy of the Endurance Epic › Alone – (Admiral Byrd’s personal recounting of being stranded for four months alone at an advance base near the South Pole) Other Books
  5. 5. › American Society of Polar Philatelists – APS Affiliate #31 – Ice Cap News – Membership application › Polar Postal History Society of Great Britain › The Antarctic Sun – online newspaper of the U.S. Antarctic program › Australian Society for Polar Philately Polar Philatelic Societies and References
  6. 6. The region north of the isotherm line – This is the region where the average temperature in July does not exceed 50° F. -or- North of 60° ARCTIC REGION › Greenland › Iceland › Parts of U.S., Canada, and Russia › Norway – Svalbard › Drifting Ice Stations › Ships
  7. 7. The continent of Antarctica and generally all locations south of or near 50° south latitude ANTARCTICA _
  8. 8. COUNTRIES WITH BASES IN ANTARCTICA _ Argentina Australia Belgium Brazil Bulgaria Chile China Czech Republic Norway Pakistan Peru Poland Romania Russia South Africa South Korea Ecuador Finland France Germany India Italy Japan New Zealand Spain Sweden Ukraine United Kingdom United States Uruguay Wikipedia includes a list of all Antarctic Research Stations
  9. 9. STAMP ISSUING ENTITIES ON AND NEAR ANTARCTICA _ Australian Antarctic Territory British Antarctic Territory Falkland Islands & Dependencies French Southern & Antarctic Territory Ross Dependency (New Zealand) South Georgia Private Posts
  10. 10. › Private Posts › Tristan da Cunha › Scandinavia › Phone Cards › Post Cards › Currency › Maps › Expedition memorabilia and artifacts Other “Polar” Area
  11. 11. Tierra del Fuego - 1891
  12. 12. Exploration, Science, Ships and Adventure
  13. 13. › “Exploration of the Antarctic Regions … is the greatest piece of geographical exploration still to be undertaken, and, in view of the additions to knowledge in almost every branch of science which would result from such scientific exploration, the Congress recommends that … this work be undrtain before the close of the century.” › List of Antarctic Expeditions › List of Arctic Expeditions › List of Polar Explorers Heroic Age
  14. 14. VICTORIA LAND & KING EDWARD VII LAND – FUNDING FOR THE SHACKLETON EXPEDITIONS Expedition Funding
  15. 15. Explorers on Stamps
  16. 16. Graf Zeppelin Over Franz Josephs Land
  17. 17. Polar stamps are rich in topical appeal, especially with regard to polar wildlife. PENGUINS, POLAR BEARS, AND WHALES
  18. 18. Penguins
  19. 19. Polar Bears
  20. 20. Whales and Marine Life
  21. 21. French Southern and Antarctic Territory (FSAT/TAAF)
  22. 22. Postal Service from Madagascar
  23. 23. This 1954 stamp from Madagascar (Malagasy Republic, Scott #C54) was issued to publicize France's claim to territory on the Antarctic continent. The region claimed was discovered by Jules Dumont d'Urville in 1840 and named in honor of his wife, Adéle. LAYING CLAIM
  24. 24. Post Office at Port Aux François, Kerguelen
  25. 25. The first stamp for the FSAT was an overprint on a stamp from Madagascar. FSAT’S FIRST STAMP
  26. 26. › One of the most sought after sets from FSAT features Scott #28. Key Set
  27. 27. FSAT Stamps are almost always relevant to the region
  28. 28. This sheet depicting Antarctic animals participating in Olympic style sports is one of several souvenir sheets issued over the years that depicts the desolate region in a comical light. COMICAL SOUVENIR SHEETS
  29. 29. › Stamps of FSAT are made available in limited quantities as imperforates, deluxe souvenir sheets, and trial color proofs. › Original artwork and prints signed by the stamp artist are also available. › Every 2 years FSAT issues “Voyage Books” which include postcards and stamps Imperfs, Deluxe Sheets, Proofs, Voyage Books
  30. 30. Imperfs and Deluxe Sheets
  31. 31. Trial Color Proofs
  32. 32. Philatelic vs. “Commercial” Covers
  33. 33. Registered Mail from Martin De Vivies
  34. 34. Postage Due
  35. 35. Falkland Islands & Dependencies
  36. 36. Located east of Argentina and north of the Antarctic continent, this tiny British colony took care of postal service for what is now the British Antarctic Territory and South Georgia before both these areas began issuing their own stamps, starting around 1954. The British Antarctic Territory split from the Falklands in 1961 with the ratification of the Antarctic Treaty. South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands officially became a British Overseas Territory in 1985. Both are also considered overseas territories of the European Union.
  37. 37. Graham Land
  38. 38. Trans-Antarctic Expedition
  39. 39. Naturalists
  40. 40. British Antarctic Territory
  41. 41. Port Lockroy
  42. 42. Customers at the postal counter
  43. 43. Port Lockroy
  44. 44. The first definitive set of the British Antarctic Territory (Scott 1-15) features scenes of the Antarctic continent including icebreaker ships, sled dogs, skiers, the southern lights, snow machines, planes, and more. FIRST DEFINITIVE SET
  45. 45. MARINE LIFE
  46. 46. South Georgia & South Sandwich Islands
  47. 47. Ernst Shackleton Memorial
  48. 48. Captain Cook
  49. 49. Shackleton
  50. 50. Australian Antarctic Territory
  51. 51. The Australian Antarctic Territory’s first set issued in 1957 featured explorers and other Antarctic themed designs. FIRST SET
  52. 52. Popular with Collectors
  53. 53. This sheet of 20 was issued in 2001 and tells the history of Australians in the Antarctic. TELLING THE HISTORY OF ANTARCTIC EXPLORATION
  54. 54. New Zealand – Ross Dependency
  55. 55. First Issue - 1957
  56. 56. This cover posted from the Ross Dependency in 1974 was mailed by a passenger on the Lindblad Explorer, a cruise ship that provides Antarctic tours. COVER FROM LINDBLAD EXPLORER
  57. 57. 2010 Whales
  58. 58. United States
  59. 59. Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station http://www.southpolestation.com/ McMurdo Station http://www.usap.gov/videoclipsandma ps/mcmWebCam.cfm U.S. POST OFFICES IN ANTARCTICA
  60. 60. The Snow Cruiser – Failed Experiment
  61. 61. Operation High Jump
  62. 62. Scott Smith – Postal Clerk at the South Pole Read about Scott Smith's Service as the Postal Clerk at Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station
  63. 63. Argentina
  64. 64. Argentina
  65. 65. Chile
  66. 66. The first issues of Greenland were privately produced at Thule, the site of cryolite mines in remote north western Greenland. Prior to 1938, the stamps of Denmark were used in Greenland. GREENLAND - THULE
  67. 67. Greenland
  68. 68. Iceland
  69. 69. Icelandic Covers Icelandic Towns and Post Offices
  70. 70. Russia
  71. 71. Russia - Murmansk
  72. 72. Please visit my blog for future posts on polar stamps and philately in general. http://stewartstamps.get- spsteve.com/ Visit My Blog

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