Friday, December 31, 2010

Christmas Island, Nova Scotia - Christmas Cancels

These cancels were available in red or green. Don't know why the stamp with the green cancel was also struck through with a pen. Perhaps the postmaster thought the green ink in of the cancel wouldn't be noticed on the stamp.

Happy New Year!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Marion Dufresne TAAF covers

I sent these covers down to la Réunion to be delivered to the captain of the Marion Dufresne for delivery to the postmasters at Alfred Faure in the Crozet Islands and Martin-de-Viviès on Amsterdam Island. The were decorated nicely, front and back, and signed before being returned to me. I sent both of these on 8 September 2010 and received them today, 15 December.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

TAAF Cover - Europa

Île Europa is the largest of the îles Éparses (Scattered islands of the Indian Ocean) that are part of French Southern and Atlantic Lands (FSAT or TAAF). The island is a nature reserve and also home to a met station. It is uninhabited but routinely visited by scientists.

Monday, December 6, 2010

TAAF Stamps for 2011

Details regarding the 2011 TAAF stamp issues have been released on the TAAF website. These stamps will be available 4 Jan 2011

Sunday, December 5, 2010

The Rest of the 2010 British Antarctic Stamp Issues

The Falkland Islands Philatelic Bureau has provided details regarding the 2010 British Antarctic stamp issues. All three were issued on 3 December 2010. Here are some enlarged images of the stamps.