Saturday, August 18, 2018

Polarstern

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.

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Friday, August 10, 2018

Polish Polar Station Hornsund

This recently came back to me from Svalbard. The Polish Academy of Science has been operating an Arctic research station on Spitsbergen island since 1957. The base is situated on the north side of the Hornsund fjord, about 136 km south of Longyearbyen.


This isn't the envelope I sent up there, but those are the stamps I used. The original cover must have been damaged somehow (wouldn't be the first time) so someone salvaged the postage and sent me this instead. No postmark and only the "41st Polar Expedition" stamp marked on the front but there were some extras inside, including a couple of pages with various hand-stamps on them.




Monday, July 30, 2018

Warrington, UK

The spray-on slogan cancel is hard to make out but it does appear to be from the Warrington Mail Centre. The slogan is "supporting youth mental health with action for children".  The dark Agatha Christie stamp makes that nearly impossible to see. Action for Children is a UK youth charity group that helps vulnerable and neglected children.


Thursday, July 26, 2018

Belgian Tour de France Winners

From the municipality of Beernem in Belguim, stamps from a 2017 sheet of 10 featuring Belgian Tour de France winners between 1912 and 1976. The cyclists on these stamps are Maurice de Waele, (1929), Romain Maes (1935) and Sylvère Maes (1936 and 1939).


Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Dawson City, Yukon

Dawson City in Canada's Yukon Territory. I think the image on the postmark is a dancing girl: something you'd see in one of the towns saloons during the gold rush. Dawson City was at the center of the Klondike Gold Rush at the end of the 19th century and for a few years during the height of the gold rush the town's population swelled to 40,000. Hence the "city" designation. Today it's population is just over 1300 and actually has a "town" designation, but it's still called Dawson City.