Saturday, March 24, 2018

TAAF, Dumont d'Urville

The stamps are from last year. They commemorate the 70th anniversary of the formation of the EPF:
Expéditions polaires françaises. It was established in 1947 after Paul-Émile Victor convinced the French government to fund expeditions to Greenland and the Antarctic. The EPF was succeeded by the French Polar Institute Paul-Émile Victor, IPEV, in 1992.


Bummer Boy said...


Just wanted to know which stamps should I should use and where to buy them from for the following countries' antarctic bases:
- Brazil
- Chile
- Germany
- South Africa
- United States
- Uruguay
- Bulgaria

I also wanted to know where to find international shipping rates for all the countries (to the United Arab Emirates). Are there any ways to obtain covers from the Arctic (non-Christmas)?

Thanks a Lot

Jeff said...

Depends on the country. I usually use Ebay for stamps from places I don't normally collect. You pay a premium but that's just the way it is. Sometimes I trade with others. And for some places I buy stamps from philatelic bureaus. But for the countries in that list, I would need to use Ebay.

As for shipping rates, you should be able to find them on the websites of the postal administrations for those countries. Google translate helps. I've seen attempts at lists for postal rates but they're always out of date.

There are lots of post office above the Arctic Circle, in Canada, US, Greenland, Norway, Finland, Sweden and Russia. Also a number of Arctic research stations in Ny-Ålesund in Svalvard, Norway. There is a post office there. If you can find addresses for those bases, someone there might be willing to return a cover to you. I've been lucky just sending mail to the base managers, listing the base name and just:

N-9173 Ny-Ålesund,

Almost all of the bases in Ny-Ålesund are staffed only during the summer months.

The Netherlands operates a base in Ny-Ålesund and they will return covers to you. See their website:

Netherlands Arctic Station,
P.O.Box 1,
N-9173 Ny-Ålesund,

In Canada, the northern-most post office is at the Eureka Weather Station. They have a special postmark:

Eureka Post Office
Eureka Weather Station
Eureka NU
X0A 0G0