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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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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 2014 can be found on the Archived News Page.



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!

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PPHSGB Members should PLEASE note: The AGM on 21st February 2015 decided that, in the light of continuing increases in postage rates for Polar Post, the Membership fee for the PPHSGB from 1st January 2016 is increased to £20 for UK members and £25 for the Rest of the World (all destinations for which the Internal UK postage rates 1st and 2nd class do not apply).

ALL members paying by Standing Order from a UK Bank account are requested please to change their standing orders ASAP.

30th September, 1st and 2nd October 2016: the PPHSGB will be holding a further Residential Weekend in or close to Cambridge. Further details will be available to members in the March 2016 Polar Post.

Until 18th June 2016: The Scott Polar Research Institute Museum has a Display currently running relating to the Shackleton 1914-17 Expedition. For further details please go to:


1st January 2016: Falkland Islands and British Antarctic Territory (BAT) postage rates: Postage Rates will increase from 1st January 2016. The complete Postage Rate Tables are available at:


Please note the different Rates for South Georgia & SSI

21st December 2015 - New Issue - South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands - Biodiversity: The set of six stamps is illustrated below. Full details of the issue are available at:


You can buy the issue at: http://www.falklandstamps.com


30th November 2015 - New issue - The Falkland Islands - 20th Anniversary of the Elephant Seal Research Group: Full details of the issue are available at: http://www.pobjoystamps.com/


26th November 2015: The Mawson's Huts Foundation has an Expedition departing Hobart for Cape Denison on 26th November on board the L'Astrolabe. Over 500 covers for the Foundation have been prepared to be cancelled at Cape Denison with the FDI and Everyday postmarks.

17th November 2015 – BAT New Issues 2015: There are three issues, Centenary of the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition Part III, British historic Huts and whales. They were issued during the visit of RRS James Clark Ross to Signy in November. Full details of the issues are available at: http://www.pobjoystamps.com/




5th November 2015 – New Issue – Ross Dependency - the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition: The six stamps have been issued both as sheet stamps and as two souvenir sheets of 3 stamps as illustrated below. For further details please go to:




5th November 2015 - TAAF New Issue - Terre Adélie - Sentinelle du climat: This souvenir sheet was unexpectedly issued during the “Salon philatélique d’Autumne de Porte de Champerret”. It relates to “guarding against climate change”.


4th October and 5th November 2015 – TAAF – New Issues - 20 Years of Marion Dufresne: TAAF has issued two stamps to celebrate the event. A 0.80€ stamp was issued on 4th October 2015 to mark the “Open Day” of the ship at Le Port, Réunion. A 1.35€ stamp was issued on the occasion of the “Salon philatélique d’Autumne de Porte de Champerret” on 5th November 2015.


23rd October 2015 - New Issue: Bulgaria - Polar Explorers: The issue comprises two souvenir sheets, one perforated and the other imperforate. Both include two stamps showing respectively the US American Robert Peary who reached the North Pole on 6th April 1909 and the Norwegian Roald Amundsen who was the first person to lead an Expedition to the Geographical South Pole arriving on 14th December 1911.


2nd October 2015 - Falkland Islands Philatelic Bureau (FIPB) Website back online: The FIPB is back under a different name FPS/Philatelic Sales with a much improved website for ordering stamps, FDCs etc. of The Falkland Islands, South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands, and British Antarctic Territory. Please note the NEW URL.


18th September – TAAF – New Issue - “Les Oubliés de l’île Saint-Paul” (Février - Décembre 1930): Some details of the event commemorated by this stamp can be found in English at: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%C3%8Ele_Saint-Paul


9th September 2015 – New Issue - Australian Antarctic Territory (AAT) - The Dogs that saved Macquarie Island: For further information go to the download of the Australia Post Stamp Bulletin, September 2015, pages 6 and 7.



9th September 2015 - New Issues - the Falkland Islands, South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands and the British Antarctic Territory - Britain’s Longest Reigning Monarch: A large number of countries issued stamps on this occasion when HRM Queen Elizabeth II exceeded the record held by HRM Queen Victoria as Britain’s Longest Reigning Monarch. Most of the stamps include images relating to the territory concerned. Further details are available at: http://www.pobjoystamps.com/




2015 – Further New Issues – Dates of Issue not known: The following new issues have been reported on the Public Facebook Group “Antarctica & Arctica stamps - Polar Philately”. Unfortunately the dates of issue were not given. Republic of Togo: Various Species of Penguin; Republic of Guinea, and Sierra Leone:  Centenary of the Endurance Expedition (1914-1916).


3rd September 2015 – New Issue – Monaco – MonacoPhil 2015: The Monaco post office has issued a stamp to mark the Exhibition. 50,000 stamps were offset printed in sheets of 10; Design: Créaphil; Stamp Size: 40.85 x 30 mm.


21st August 2015 – New Issue – Falkland Islands – Magellan Penguins, Penguins Predators and Prey, Part 4: Further information will be available in due course at: http://www.pobjoystamps.com/

Those on Facebook can refer to the “FPS Limited” Facebook Page (public).


6th August 2015 - New Issue - Canada - Discovery of the Wreck of HMS Erebus:  For further details of this issue please refer to:




14th July 2015 – New Issue – TAAF – 60th Anniversary of TAAF: TAAF has issued a se-tenant strip of three 80c stamps. From left to right the stamps represent the three major geographical regions of TAAF, Les Îles Éparses, Crozet, Kerguelen and St Paul & Amsterdam and Terre Adélie. Each of the three geographical areas also had a special first day postmark.


4th July 2015 (Saturday) – MIDPEX, the Warwickshire Exhibition Centre, The Fosse, Fosse Way (B4455), Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, CV31 1XN, England - The PPHSGB and the FIPSG will have Stands. https://midpex.wordpress.com/

21st June 2015 – New Issue – South Georgia & SSI – Viola/Dias, Last of the British Steam Trawlers:  Dias ended her life as a sealer at South Georgia and is now drawn up on the beach at Grytviken. For further details of the Stamp issue please go to:



15th June 2015 (Expected) – New Issue – The Falkland Islands – 800th Anniversary of the Sealing of the Magna Carta: An omnibus issue involving Ascension Island, The Bahamas, The British Virgin Islands, The Falkland Islands and Tristan da Cunha has been announced with stamp illustrations but without any details. Here are the Falkland Islands’ stamps.


13th June 2015 (Saturday): SWINPEX  St Joseph’s Catholic College, Ocotal Way (A313), Swindon, SN3 3LR, England - Joint PPHSGB/FIPSG Meeting 1:30pm.

26th May 2015 – New Issue – AAT – Colours of the Australian Antarctic Territory: This issue has been announced in the Australia Post Stamp Bulletin, May/June 2015 which contains all the details of the issue on pages 8 & 9.


Please note that this website is dreadfully slow to react and for downloads of publications in Europe.


13th May 2015, 12.45pm (Wednesday): Joint Meeting with the FIPSG at London 2015 Europhilex, The Business Design Centre, Islington, London, England.

12th May 2015 – New Issue – The Falkland Islands – Colour in Nature, Part IV: Details of the issue are available at:



March/April 2015 – New Issues – TAAF out of Programme Issues: There were three issues as illustrated below. The values 0.01€ to 0,04€ have the year 2015 printed on them, thus distinguishing them from previous issues of these stamps. Sadly if you do not understand French, the following link will not be of much use to you for further details: http://philatelie.polaire.free.fr/


9th March 2015 - New Issues - Argentina - “Operación 90” and “Antarctopelta oliveroi 1986”: My Spanish is not great but I found background information to these issues in English at:



It is possible that these Wikipedia articles are available in other languages, e.g. Spanish.


21st February 2015 (Saturday)The PPHSGB Annual General Meeting and Spring Meeting will be held from 12.30pm to 2.30pm in a Meeting Room at Spring Stampex, The Business Design Centre, Islington, London. The room will not be known in advance of the day and thus you will need to check details at the information desk. For further details members should go to Polar Post, December 2014, Pages 83 (location Map) and 85 (AGM Agenda). Non-Members are welcome to attend but may not vote at the AGM.

11th February 2015 – New Issue – The Falkland Islands – Birds & Young: The first F.I. issue of the year has been announced and the set of four is illustrated below. The details of the issue will appear at:



30th January 2015 - New Issue - South Georgia & South Sandwich Islands – Albatrosses: The set of four stamps is illustrated below. The details of the issue are available at: http://www.pobjoystamps.com/


5th January 2015 - New Definitive Stamp Issue - South Georgia & South Sandwich Islands - Ships, Scientists and Explorers: The Shackleton definitive issue has now been replaced but fear not, the set of 12 includes a 10p value showing Shackleton and the Endurance. The stamps are illustrated below and the details are available at: http://www.pobjoystamps.com/


2nd January 2015 – New Issues – TAAF – Various: The illustrations below depict the Annual TAAF new issues for 2015  as follows: Beryl (mineral) 0.66 € + 0.34 €; Robert Guillard 1.05 € + 0.66 €; Antarctic Tern 4.30 €; Le Radioleine (ship) 2.40 €; Krill Programme 0.66 €; Insects of l’île de la Possession (Crozet) 0.66 € + 2.00 €; New Colonies of Emperor Penguins 1.00 €; Remains of a Decauville light railway (Juan de Nova) 0.66 €; Leopard Seal (Terre Adélie) 1.05 €.


There are also two souvenir sheets: Fish of Terre Adélie 0.66 € x 2 + 1.05 € + 1.55 € and Snowmobiles in Terre Adélie 0.66 € + 1.05 €.



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