Sunday, October 14, 2018

Spanish Antarctic Base Juan Carlos I

From the Spanish Antarctic research station Juan Carlos I. It's a seasonal base located on Livingston Island at the tip of the Antarctic Peninsula.

There are three postmarks on this cover. The first on the stamp was 01-01-18 at the base. Probably on or around the date the cover first arrived at the base. There is a more graphic Juan Carlos postmark on the left that is dated 24 May 2018. I'm guessing that's when the cover left the base. And finally the Barcelona postmark dated 08-10-18, when the cover was sent back to me from Spain.

Friday, October 12, 2018

More "America the Beautiful"

Another "O Beautiful" stamp series FDC. This time the stamps are Three Fingers Mountain in Washington, a field in Kansas and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Sunday, September 30, 2018

Colorado Springs, USA

"O Beautiful" forever stamps issued on the 4th of July 2018. From left to right, Orinda, CA, Pigeon Point near Pescadero, CA and Maroon Bells peaks in White River National Forest, CO.

Thursday, September 27, 2018

TAAF, Îles Glorieuses

From the Glorioso Islands in the Indian Ocean, 160km northwest of Madagascar. It's part of the French Southern and Antarctic Lands Scattered Islands (Îles Éparses). The total area of the island group is 5 square kilometres and much of that belongs to the main island: Grande Glorieuse.  The island has a short airstrip and weather station.

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Panevėžys, Lithuania

Registered mail from Panevėžys. I like the souvenir sheet that commemorates the 25th anniversary of the Lithuanian constitution. The other two "make up" value stamps appear to show the Columns of Gediminas: an early Lithuanian coat of arms I believe.

Saturday, August 18, 2018


Polarstern is the German icebreaker research vessel that the Alfred Wegener Institute uses to support on-going polar research in the Arctic and Antarctic regions. This was returned to me at the end of it's most recent Arctic expedition. Normally they apply a cachet to the envelope with the date and cruise number but not this time. It is a new postmark though. Rectangular instead of rounded.

According to the schedule, the vessel was suppose to be in Tromso on the date this was cancelled. That would have been then end of PS114. It will be back in Bremerhaven in October before heading south in November.