Archive for the ‘Antarctica’ Tag

#1090 British Antarctic Territory 17/02/03

Wolfgang has sent another cover from the British Antarctic Territory, thank you very much!

It was posted on Horseshoe Island on February 3 and arrived on March 23, 2017.

The stamp is part of the “Penguins” stamp set, which was issued on November 19, 2014. It depicts the Gentoo penguin (Pygoscelis papua).

See also: #889 British Antarctic Territory 15/01/01

#1081 Falkland Islands 17/01/02

falkland-170102Here is another beautiful cover from the Falkland Islands that was sent by Wolfgang, thank you very much!

It was posted in Stanley on January 2 and arrived on January 19, 2017. This registered cover was delivered by GLS, the GLS sticker is on the back. On the left there is the cachet of the ship MS Midnatsol.

The left stamp is part of the set “The 90th Anniversary of the Birth of Queen Elizabeth II”, which was issued on April 29, 2016. The stamp set on the right commemorates the 20th anniversary of the Elephant Seal Research Group (ESRG). It was issued on November 30, 2015.

See also: #906 Falkland Islands 15/02/11

#1031 Australian Antarctic Territory 16/02/20

AAT 160220On April 12 I received this beautiful cover from the Australian Antarctic Territory. It was cancelled at Mawson Station on February 20, 2016.

See also: #901 Australian Antarctic Territory 14/12/05

#1016 Argentine Antarctica 15/11/09

Argentina 151109This stunning cover from the Argentine Antarctica was arranged by Wolfgang and sent by Roberto, thank you very much!

The cover was delivered via Marambio Base with a DHC-6 Twin Otter airplane.

The top stamp is part of the mini-sheet, which commemorates the 50th anniversary of Operación 90, which was the first Argentine ground expedition to the South Pole in 1965. The mini-sheet was issued on March 9, 2015.

#902 German Antarctic Station 15/02/01

German Antarctic Station 150201Here is another marvelous cover from Antarctica: It was cancelled at the German Antarctic research station Neumayer III.

The letter was carried by the icebreaker FS Polarstern, where it was cancelled on February 1. On February 2 the cover was cancelled with a “PAQUEBOT” postmark and handed over to the South African postal service in Cape Town. Finally it arrived at my place on February 23, 2015.

The large cachet in the top left corner depicts the Neumayer-Station III, which is operated by the Alfred-Wegener-Institute for Polar and Marine Research (AWI). The small cachet below shows the inscription “35. Überwinterung Neumayer III” (35th overwinter survival), the cachet next to it has the inscription “2014 Antarktis 34. Überwinterung” (34th overwinter survival 2014).

The stamp is part of a set, which commemorates the 130th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Germany and South Korea. It is a joint issue and was issued on June 6, 2013.

I have sent another cover via Neumayer Station to Radim, which you can see here.

#901 Australian Antarctic Territory 14/12/05

AAT 141205My first cover from the Australian Antarctic Territory was sent with the help of the postmaster at Casey Station, thank you! It was postmarked with a first day cancel on December 5, 2014. On February 12 it was cancelled again in Hobart and finally arrived on February 19, 2015.

The stamps are part of a mini-sheet, which was issued on February 18, 2014. They commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Australasian Antarctic Expedition (1911–1914).

#900 South Georgia 14/12/26

South Georgia 141226Wolfgang has sent this very nice cover from his trip to Antarctica, thanks a lot! It was posted at King Edward Point (South Georgia) on December 26, 2014 and arrived on February 16, 2015.

The left stamps are part of the set “Habitat Restoration”, which was issued on December 15, 2013. The stamps depict the ship RRS Ernest Shackleton.

The stamp on the right is part of the “Penguins” set (issued October 25, 2010); it commemorates the macaroni penguin (Eudyptes chrysolophus) .

#895 British Antarctic Territory 15/01/14

BAT 150114Here is another beautiful cover from the British Antarctic Territory. This one was sent by Jean Pierre, thank you! It was cancelled at Signy Station on January 14 and arrived on February 6, 2015.

The stamps are part of the set, which commemorates the 50th anniversary of BAT stamps. The set was issued on November 27, 2013.

See also: #889 British Antarctic Territory 15/01/01

#889 British Antarctic Territory 15/01/01

BAT 150101Wolfgang has sent this beautiful cover from his trip to Antarctica, thank you very much! The cover was posted in Port Lockroy on January 1 and arrived on January 23, 2015.

The stamps are part of the set “Atmospheric Phenomena”, which was issued on December 22, 1992.

On the back of the cover there is a cachet of the ship MS Fram. BAT 150101back

See also: #859 British Antarctic Territory 14/10/27

#881 Argentina 14/12/19

Argentine 141219Wolfgang has sent this very nice cover from Argentina, thank you! It was posted in Ushuaia on December 19, 2014 and arrived on January 5, 2015. Ushuaia is regarded as the southernmost city of the world, which is stated on the postmarks as well: “La ciudad mas Austral del Mundo”.

The two stamps on the left are part of a set, which was issued on January 20, 2014. The second stamp (issued on November 30, 2013) commemorates the 200th anniversary of the Argentine National Anthem.

The next two stamps commemorate the 110th anniversary of Argentinian presence in Antarctica. It was issued on March 25, 2014. The green stamp below is part of the set “Argentine Culture”, which was issued on August 30, 2000. It depicts a basket of the Mbayá people.

#873 USA – South Pole 14/11/23

US South Pole 141123On December 16 I received this marvelous cover from the Amundsen–Scott South Pole Station, a big thank you to the station’s philatelic clerk Mr. Smith!

The left stamp is part of the set “Antarctic Explorers”, which was issued on September 14, 1988. It commemorates the explorer Richard E. Byrd (1888 – 1957). The right stamp is an imperforated copy of the “Global Forever” stamp, which was issued on January 28, 2013.

On the left there are stamps of the Antarctica Local Post and the International Local Post.

US South Pole 141123backOn the back there is an additional cancel of the National Science Foundation.

#859 British Antarctic Territory 14/10/27

BAT 141027On November 10, 2014 I received this very nice cover from the British Antarctic Territory. It was posted on October 27 at the Rothera Research Station on Adelaide Island.

The stamps are part of the set “Naval Aviation Week”, which was issued on January 1, 2009. The stamps depict the airplanes Supermarine Walrus and Fairey Seafox.

#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

#590 Romania 12/03/26

This marvellous cover was sent to me by Dan, thank you very much! It was posted in Bucharest on March 26 and arrived on March 29, 2012.

The left stamp is part of the set “Romania – A European Source of Energy” (România – Sursă Europeană de Energie), which was issued on June 2, 2009. It depicts the Orthodox Cathedral of Turda together with a gaslight as well as a description of Sărmăşel and Turda. In Sărmăşel there was the first natural gas deposit in Romania, which was discovered in 1909. Turda was the first city in Europe to have public street lights fuelled by natural gas in 1917.

The set of six stamps was issued on July 23, 1986. It commemorates the Romanian Arctic explorers Julius Popper (1857-93), Bazil G. Assan (1860-1918), Emil Racoviță (1868-1947), and Constantin Dumbravă (1898-1935). The other two stamps commemorate the Romanian participation at the 17th Soviet Antarctic Expedition and krill fishery.

#423 Ross Dependency 10/01/10

Jean Pierre sent me this beautiful cover from the Ross Dependency, thank you!

It was posted in Christchurch on January 10, 2010.

See also: #239 Ross Dependency 09/12/02

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