Archive for the ‘French Southern and Antarctic Lands’ Category

#984 French Southern and Antarctic Lands – Kerguelen Islands 15/07/27

TAAF 150727Jean Pierre has sent another beautiful cover from the Kerguelen Islands, thank you very much! It was cancelled at Port-Aux-Français on July 27 and arrived on October 14, 2015.

The left stamp was issued on January 2, 2015. It is part of the “Marine Life” series and commemorates the Antarctic krill (Euphausia superba). The middle stamp (issued on January 2, 2013) commemorates the pilot Charles Petitjean (1914–1988). The right stamp commemorates Bertrand Imbert (1924–2011), who was the leader of the French Antarctic expedition 1956/57. The stamp was issued on January 2, 2014.

See also: #969 French Southern and Antarctic Lands – Kerguelen Islands 10/04/02

#969 French Southern and Antarctic Lands – Kerguelen Islands 10/04/02

TAAF 100402Here is another beautiful cover from the Kerguelen Islands, which was sent by Jean Pierre in 2010, thank you very much! It was cancelled at Port-aux-Français on April 2 and arrived on October 8, 2010.

The two stamps on the left are part of the “Petrels” mini-sheet, which was issued on January 1, 2009. The stamps depict the grey petrel (Procellaria cinerea) and the common diving petrel (Pelecanoides urinatrix).

The three middle stamps are part of the “Flags” set, which was issued on January 1, 2008. The stamp below was issued on January 1, 2009. It is part of the “Minerals” series and depicts a pyrite.

Finally, the right stamp (issued on January 1, 2009 too) commemorates the 175th anniversary of the death of Henri Paschal de Rochegude (1741–1834), who was a French admiral. In 1773 he lead an exploring expedition to Australia.

See also: #841 French Southern and Antarctic Lands – Kerguelen Islands 14/03/21

#936 French Southern and Antarctic Lands – Îles Glorieuses 15/01/19

TAAF 150119This very nice cover from the Glorioso Islands (Îles Glorieuses) was sent by Roland, thank you very much! It was cancelled on January 19 and arrived on May 11, 2015.

The stamp is a joint issue with the Comoros, Madagascar, Mauritius, and the Seychelles. It was issued on October 9, 2014 and depicts the green sea turtle (Chelonia mydas).

See also: #300 French Southern and Antarctic Lands – Îles Glorieuses 10/02/12

#915 French Southern and Antarctic Lands – Europa 14/10/17

TAAF Europa 141017Here is another amazing cover from the TAAF, thank you Jean Pierre! The cover is a FDC, which was cancelled on Europa Island on October 17, 2014 and arrived on April 8, 2015.

#854 French Southern and Antarctic Lands – Île de la Possession 10/03/27

TAAF 100327Here is another very nice cover from the Crozet Islands, thank you Jean Pierre! It was cancelled at the Alfred Faure base on Île de la Possession on March 27 and arrived on September 24, 2010.

On the back there is the cancel of Bruno Jean, who was the gérant postal of the 47th mission.

TAAF 100327 backThe left stamp was issued on January 1, 2010. It is part of the “Minerals” series and commemorates a tourmaline. The stamps on the right commemorate Dr Jean Rivolier, who was the physician of the 1952/53 French Antarctic expedition.

See also: #620 French Southern and Antarctic Lands – Île de la Possession 11/07/14

#841 French Southern and Antarctic Lands – Kerguelen Islands 14/03/21

TAAF 140321Jean Pierre sent me this wonderful cover from the Kerguelen Islands, thank you very much!

On March 21, 2014, it was cancelled at Port-aux-Français and arrived on September 21 the same year.

The left stamp is part of the “Logos” set, which was issued on April 29, 2013. The stamp set on the right was issued on January 2, 2012. It commemorates the former observatory station at Point Molloy on the main Kerguelen island La Grande Terre.

On the back of the cover there are the cachets of the Chef de District Christian Fressignac and the Gérant Postal Alain Neufville.

TAAF 140321back

#620 French Southern and Antarctic Lands – Île de la Possession 11/07/14

taaf-110714A big THANK YOU to Eric for sending this marvelous cover from the Alfred Faure Station on the Île de la Possession, which is part of the Crozet Islands. The cover was cancelled on July 14 and arrived on September 16, 2011.

The attached mini-sheet was issued on January 1, 2011, and commemorates whales of the southern oceans.

According to the blue hexagonal postmark on the front, the cover was posted at the TAAF Philatelic Days on January 14 and 15, 2011 in Chambéry.

On the back of the cover there are three marks of the 46th mission to Crozet. The middle mark shows the name of the Chef de District Marianne-Frédérique Pussiau. It was also signed by Mme Pussiau. The blue mark on the right shows the name of the Chef de District Capitaine Patrick Haon.

See also:
#505 French Southern and Antarctic Lands – Île Amsterdam 11/01/01
#300 French Southern and Antarctic Lands – Îles Glorieuses 10/02/12

#592 French Southern and Antarctic Lands – Adélie Land 11/01/01

Thank you, Jean Pierre, for sending this amazing FDC from the French Southern and Antarctic Lands (TAAF). The cover was cancelled in Dumont d’Urville Station (Adélie Land) on January 1, 2011 and arrived on January 27, 2012!

The left stamp set was issued on January 1, 2011. It commemorates the mineral Zircon. The stamp on the right was issued on January 1 too. It depicts the Concordia Station and the star constellation Southern Cross (Crux).

The cover was posted in the course of the 61th French Antarctic Expedition 2011, which was confirmed by the cancellation on the left border.

In combination with the red forwarding sticker of Austrian post this is truly an unique cover!

See also: #318 French Southern and Antarctic Lands 10/02/07

#548 French Southern and Antarctic Lands – Île Amsterdam 11/04/20

Thank you, Jean Pierre, for sending this amazing cover from the Île Amsterdam! It was cancelled on Martin-de-Viviès on April 20 and arrived on September 16, 2011.

The left stamp was issued on January 1, 2009, and depicts the minerals pyrite.The second stamp commemorates the mineral tourmaline and was issued on January 1, 2010. The two stamps at the right are part of the set “Amsterdam Seals”, which was issued on June 2, 2010.

The cover also has a mission cancel of the 62nd mission to St. Paul and Amsterdam, which is signed by the ornithologist Benjamin Callard.

See also: #505 French Southern and Antarctic Lands 11/01/01

#505 French Southern and Antarctic Lands – Île Amsterdam 11/01/01

Thank you, Jean Pierre, for sending this beautiful cover from Martin-de-Viviès on Amsterdam Island! It was cancelled on January 1 and arrived on September 16, 2011!

The left stamp was issued on January 1, 2009, and depicts the mineral pyrite. The right stamp was issued on January 7, 2011, and therefore was cancelled before its issuing date! It depicts the station Martin-de-Viviès.

The cover also has two mission cancels of the 62nd mission to St. Paul and Amsterdam, which are signed by the ornithologist Benjamin Callard and Romain Buenadicha resp. Mr. Callard has a nice blog (in French) about the expedition.

#428 French Southern and Antarctic Lands – Juan de Nova 10/05/18

Thank you very much, Jean Pierre, for sending this nice cover from the Juan de Nova Island. It was posted on May 18 and arrived on June 1, 2010.

#318 French Southern and Antarctic Lands – Adélie Land 10/02/07

This beautiful and exotic cover from the French Southern and Antarctic Lands (TAAF) was sent to me by Jean Pierre, thank you very much!

It was posted at Dumont d’Urville Station on February 7, 2010. The attached stamp sheet is one half of the sheet “Évolution des Moyens de Transports en Région Polaire” (Evolution of Means of Transport in Polar Region), which was issued on January 1, 2010. The cover commemorates the 60th French Antarctic Expedition 2010. The cover also shows the name of the 2010 Gérant Postal (postal administrator) of Adélie Land: Dominique Génin.

#300 French Southern and Antarctic Lands – Îles Glorieuses 10/02/12

Celebrating my 300th article I am presenting you a very special cover from the Îles Glorieuses (Glorioso Islands), which are part of the Scattered islands in the Indian Ocean (Îles Éparses) and belong to France. Jean Pierre sent me this truly marvelous cover on February 12, 2010. It arrived in Graz on March 8 (thus travelled 24 days).

The left stamp is part of the set “Scattered Islands Birds”, which was issued on July 1, 2008. It depicts the Great Frigatebird (Fregata minor). … read more

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