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the website for the study of Polar Postal History, from both the Arctic and Antarctic regions, open to collectors from all around the world.

This is the website of the Polar Postal History Society of Great Britain, PPHSGB for short

 
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The next PPHSGB Auction N°68 will be postal and email only. Please go to the Society Auctions Page for further information.

 

Please scroll down this page to see all items added. The page is arranged with the most recent dated item at the top. Items from 2013 can be found on the Archived News Page.

CHAIRMAN’S WELCOME MESSAGE - TREVOR CORNFORD, FRGS

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A WARM WELCOME to our website, from myself and all the Committee.It is very pleasing to take another step forward in promoting our Society and hobby. Not only widening its appeal, making it easier to join or find information, but most importantly perhaps, have a forum for all members, established or new, to have a 2 way communication with us and each other.I hope you will browse the site, especially the EVENTS page, and see the attractions we can add to your special area of interest – and if you do not find it, tell us. Better still, contact the POLAR POST EDITOR John Youle who is pleased to receive articles to enhance knowledge, pose questions, or simply provide an interesting philatelic story.While I personally specialise in the Scott/Shackleton Expeditions, of the Heroic Age, the rest of the Committee equally show the diverse collecting interests of members generally, from modern Indian Antarctic bases to Whaling mail and studies of cancellations and Expedition Postcards to Thematic or Social History, both North and South.Over the years this diversity has expanded the appeal to collectors from all around the World. Newer subjects such as old Photos, QSL cards, Literature, original letters and maps, now all catch members’ attention.This diversity means we are in touch with most collectors’ sphere of interest and can point enquiries in the right direction.We thus act as a broader fulcrum for collectors who may also have specialist society memberships such as Scandinavian or Thematic where we embrace such interests.If you are interested in either or both of the Polar Regions, North and South, please try us out – the Application form can be downloaded from this site.Please specify your range of interests on the Application, but whatever they are, you will receive a sample past copy of Polar Post on joining, and shared enthusiasm.Welcome again!

Latest News

16th September 2014: New Issue - The Falkland Islands - Colour In Nature: Part 3 - 2014: A set of four stamps has been issued as illustrated. Please go to  www.pobjoystamps.com for further details.

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19th August 2014: Harry (H. E. J.) Evans, 25th July 1925 to 5th August 2014: The founding father of the PPHSGB died on 5th August at the age of 89. Harry founded the Society in December 1952 and served on the Committee as Secretary, Treasurer and Cover Sales Coordinator from 1952 to 1992. He became President in 1987, a position that he held for the rest of his life. He also continued to deal with cover sales until the end of 2006. His extensive collection of Antarctic Material including some nice little items from the Heroic Age has been consigned to Grosvenor Auctions, London, and at least part of the material is expected to be included in the Grosvenor Sale planned for 19th/20th November 2014. An obituary is included in the September 2014 issue of Polar Post.

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11th August 2014: The September issue of Polar Post was finally posted to the printers!

 

5th August 2014: The completion of the September 2014 issue of Polar Post has been delayed by two weeks so as to ensure that members get a full 28-page issue. It is planned that the issue goes out by post during the first two weeks of September.
 

 

1st August 2014: The Falkland Islands Post Office and Philatelic Bureau were out-sourced on 1st August 2014.  Further information will be provided in due course.

 

17th July 2014: Ross Burden 16th December 1968 to 17th July 2014: Most people knew Ross Burden as a TV Celebrity Chef who came to fame in the UK towards the end of 1993. He was however also a philatelist and had an Exhibit called “Putting Penguin to Paper” which he presented at the PPHSGB 50th Anniversary Residential Weekend in Cambridge, England, in 2002. The photo shows Ross with his Exhibit in the background.

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1st July 2014: there was no increase in postal rates for the Falkland Islands, South Georgia & SSI and BAT from 1st July but this does not rule out an increase later in the year or in early 2015.

23rd June 2014: New Issue – South Georgia and SSI – Royal Christenings: Pobjoy Mint in association with Creative Direction (Worldwide) Ltd have produced a Royal Omnibus issue for several Territories marking the christening of Prince George. The stamp designs show from left to right the Christenings of Princess Elizabeth 1926, Prince Charles 1948, Prince William 1982 and Prince George 2013. For further details please go to: www.pobjoystamps.com

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14th  June 2014: New Issue – TAAF -  ‘Dauphin de Commerson’ and a set of pre-paid postcards relating to the islands of  St Paul and Amsterdam, Crozet and Kerguelen: These items were issued at the beginning of the  “salon philatélique Planète timbres”, which took place in the “parc floral de Paris”, from 14th to 22nd June 2014.

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14th June 2014: Swinpex, St Joseph’s Catholic College, Ocotal Way, Swindon: The Polar Postal History Society of GB will hold a joint meeting with the Falkland Islands Philatelic Study Group starting at 1.30 pm in a meeting room at the College.

21st May 2014: New Issue – The Falkland Islands – Royal Christenings:  Pobjoy Mint in association with Creative Direction (Worldwide) Ltd have produced a Royal Omnibus issue for several Territories marking the christening of Prince George. The stamp designs show from left to right the Christenings of Princess Elizabeth 1926, Prince Charles 1948, Prince William 1982 and Prince George 2013. For further details please go to: : www.pobjoystamps.com

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15th April 2014: New Issue The Falkland Islands: Fungi: The set of four stamps is illustrated below. There is no souvenir sheet. For further details please go to: www.pobjoystamps.com

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7th April 2014: Tristan da Cunha: Ships and Explorers: Three of the four stamps relate to explorers and ships well known to Antarctic collectors. The designs show 35p – James Weddell and ‘Jane’, 45p – George Nares and ‘HMS Challenger’, 70p – Carsten Borchgrevink and ‘SS Antarctic’ and £1.50p – Dr Alexander Macklin and ‘Quest’. For further details please go to: www.pobjoystamps.com

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5th April 2014: New Issue TAAF (French Southern and Antarctic Territories) – Logo Definitive values: TAAF has issued four low value definitive stamps (0.01€ to 0.04€) and a 7.00€ stamp needed for parcels. The stamps depict logos associated with the Crozet Islands.

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25th March 2014: New Issues – Argentina – 110 Years of Permanent Presence of Argentina in the Antarctic at Base Orcadas (South Orkney Islands) ($4.50 value) and 25th Meeting of the Administrators of Latin American Antarctic Programmes, Rapal (souvenir sheet): The Scottish Antarctic Expedition handed over their weather station on the South Orkney Islands to Argentina in 1904 and Argentina has continuously run the station ever since. For four days, Rapal brought together 70 scientists, experts and government officials from Brazil, Chile, Uruguay, Ecuador and Peru, with Venezuela and Colombia as observer nations.

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25th March 2014: New Issue The Falkland Islands: King Penguins, Predators and Prey: The set of four stamps is illustrated below. There is no souvenir sheet. For further details please go to:

www.pobjoystamps.com

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12th March 2014: New agents for BAT stamps: It was announced today that Pobjpoy Mint in association with Creative Direction Worldwide Ltd have been awarded the contract as the new agents for stamps of the British Antarctic Territory from 24th March 2014. This combination of firms are already responsible for the stamps of the Falkland Islands, South Georgia, Tristan da Cunha and several other Territories. Pobjoy Mint have a stamps website at:  http://www.pobjoystamps.com/
Please note that Pobjoy Mint are wholesalers. You will still need to order BAT stamps from your local stamp dealer or from the Philatelic Bureau in Stanley, 

1st March 2014: Outcome of the PPHSGB AGM held on 22nd February 2014: The Society has a new Treasurer from April 2014; further details will be published in the June 2014 issue of Polar Post. The current Honorary President, Chairman, Secretary, Membership Secretary, Editor of Polar Post and Auction Superintendant were all re-elected for 2014/5 through to the next AGM. The current Honorary Auditor/Accounts Examiner has decided for personal reasons to stand down and thus this post needs to be filled by someone who is a not a Committee Member before the 2014 accounts are ready for checking in early 2015.

 

The Society is holding Membership Subscription rates at the current levels for 2015 (£15 UK; £20 for all other countries – there is no separate European Rate). The Membership Secretary will in future accept payments by PayPal but for such payments the rates are £16 and £21 respectively to cover the Society’s additional costs. Members who have not yet paid their Subscription for 2014 should do so by 31st March 2014 to ensure the continuing delivery of Polar Post.

 

The AGM minutes, the Accounts for 2013 and the reports of the various committee members for 2013 will be published in the June 2014 issue of Polar Post.

28th February 2014: Mawson’s Huts Foundation (MHF) - covers commemorating the opening of the Mawson’s Huts Replica Museum and other items: The MHF has produced a cover illustrated below to commemorate the opening of the replica of Mawson’s Huts which opened as a museum in Hobart, Tasmania (AU) on 2nd December.

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The MHF is also selling a mint postcard showing a painting of the Huts by Wendy Sharpe as illustrated and Wendy Sharpe’s book of paintings entitled Wendy Sharpe’s Antarctica (ISBN 9780957937420).

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The order form in PDF Format is now available at:

http://www.petespolarplace.com/mawsons-huts-replica-museum.htm



26th February 2014: Special Postmark in Adelaide, Australia, marking the Centenary of the Return of the Australasian Antarctic Expedition 1911-1914.

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Saturday 22nd February 2014: the PPHSGB Annual General Meeting and Spring Meeting will take place on the Saturday of Spring Stampex at the Business Design Centre, Islington, London in Room D from 12:30 to 14:30. For further details please see Page 106 of the December 2013 issue of Polar Post. Please note that the Society only has the room for two hours. Non-members are welcome to come along and find out what makes us tick but are naturally not allowed to vote during the AGM.

18th February 2014: New Issue AAT: The Australasian Antarctic Expedition 1911-1914, Part 4, “Homeward Bound”: This is the final part of the series of issues and is in the same format with 3 se-tenant 60c values and 2 A$1.20 values in sheets of 50 and a souvenir sheet with all 5 stamps se-tenant.

There is also a special Combined Sheetlet pack which includes a special sheetlet with all 20 stamps of the series in a se-tenant block of 5x4 stamps. For further details please see the Australian Stamp Bulletin N°326 January-February 2014 available from the website of Australia Post at:

http://shop.auspost.com.au/stamp-coin-collectables/for-collectors/publications

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1st January 2014: New Issues - French Southern and Antarctic Territories TAAF: 19 stamps were issued as illustrated below. Further details are available at: http://www.taaf.fr/PhilaTAAF-presentation-de-la-collection-2014

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1st January 2014: Mawson’s Huts Foundation (MHF): In December 2013 Peter Cranwell informed previous purchasers of a very limited issue of four covers (30 of each) featuring four different paintings by Wendy Sharpe who travelled to the Huts a couple of years ago on board the Aurora Australis. The covers sold out within a couple of days. One of the four covers is illustrated below.

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Still available is a postcard showing one of Wendy’s paintings and her book entitled “Wendy Sharpe’s Antarctica”. The non-philatelic book illustrates in colour many of the paintings Wendy created during the voyage onboard the Aurora Australis. Please check out Peter Cranwell’s website for current MHF offers and what is still available from previous offers. http://www.petespolarplace.com/

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