The Philatelic Corner

The Philatelic Corner is reserved for mail cachets, covers, envelopes signed by historic Antarctic figures, and anything else of Antarctic philatelic interest. There are other philatelic sites devoted to Antarctic and polar stamps and envelopes, such as www.polarphilately.com and www.polarphilatelists.org. However, this section is reserved for philatelic material contributed by our members and readers, and if you look at what is here, you find it well worth visiting! To see the content, simply click on the "Reference" item for each entry.

 

IGY Collection from Paul Dalrymple

This is a fascinating collection of covers and cachets that Paul deliberately set about to collect as a participant in the original International Geophysical Year. To see a detailed explanation by Paul of how this collection came about, click HERE . Of particular interest is the envelope and cachet from the Transantarctic Expedition signed by ALL members of both the Fuchs party crossing from the Wedell Sea and the Hillary support party starting from Scott Base. Paul believes there are less than a dozen of these historic covers in existence! We are proud to display these rare covers on our website.

IGY Collection from Stanley "Skip" Johnson

This is a collection of covers and cachets that Skip Johnson acquired as a Navy Electronics Technician during the IGY. It includes covers signed by such prominent Antarcticans as Dr. Laurence Gould, Dr. Carl Eklund, Dr. Harry Wexler and Admiral Dufek.

Collection from Arpad Toth

This is a collection of covers and cachets that Arpad Toth acquired as a Navy Air Operations Officer during 1966-68. It includes several first day covers, covers signed by Admiral Bakutis and covers commemorating the first climb of Vinson Massif, highest peak in Antarctica.

 

Philatelic Collections

ContributorThemeDescriptionReference
Paul Dalrymple IGY Executives Executives responsible for the IGY, including Sydney Chapman, James Van Allen, Lloyd Berkner Laurence Gould and Harry Wexler. CLICK HERE
Paul Dalrymple IGY Stations and BasesLittle America covers from the station that was originally established by Admiral Byrd in 1929 CLICK HERE
Paul Dalrymple IGY Stations and BasesAmundsen-Scott South Pole Station covers: Paul Siple and Admiral Richard E. Byrd CLICK HERE
Paul Dalrymple IGY Stations and BasesAmundsen-Scott South Pole Station covers: general cachet postmarked on the 28th anniversary of Admiral Byrd's flight over the South Pole. CLICK HERE
Paul Dalrymple IGY Stations and BasesAmundsen-Scott South Pole Station covers: Vivian Fuchs, Phil Law, Paul Siple, Adm. David Tyree CLICK HERE
Paul Dalrymple IGY Stations and BasesAmundsen-Scott South Pole Station covers: Paul Siple, John Tuck CLICK HERE
Paul Dalrymple IGY Stations and BasesAmundsen-Scott South Pole Station covers: Sir Hubert Wilkins, Sir Raymond Priestley (member of Scott's expeditions) CLICK HERE
Paul Dalrymple IGY Stations and BasesAmundsen-Scott South Pole Station covers: Entire 1957-58 Winterover Crew, Vernon Houk (OIC South Pole) CLICK HERE
Paul Dalrymple IGY Stations and BasesAmundsen-Scott South Pole Station covers: Adm. Dufek, Larry Gould, Paul Siple, winterover crew 1957-58 CLICK HERE
Paul Dalrymple IGY Stations and BasesEllsworth Station covers: Finn Ronne, Rev. Daniel Lenihan, Matthew Brennan CLICK HERE
Paul Dalrymple IGY Stations and BasesWilkes Station cover: Carl Eklund, Rudi Honkala, Willis Tessler CLICK HERE
Paul Dalrymple IGY Stations and BasesMcMurdo Station cover: Navy Leaders CLICK HERE
Paul Dalrymple IGY Stations and BasesByrd Station covers: Brian Dalton, George Toney, Charlie Bentley, Vern Anderson, Stephen Barnes CLICK HERE
Paul Dalrymple IGY Stations and BasesHallett Station cover: Ken Salmon CLICK HERE
Paul Dalrymple IGY Persons Paul Siple First Day Cover CLICK HERE
Paul Dalrymple IGY Ships Ships covers: U.S.S. Curtiss, U.S.S. Atka CLICK HERE
Paul Dalrymple IGY Pilots Antarctic Pilots covers CLICK HERE
Paul Dalrymple British Commonwealth TAE British Commonwealth Transantarctic Expedition. This rare cover includes all members of both Vivian Fuchs' crossing party and Sir Edmund Hillary's support party. The last cover is the official TAE cachet, signed by Fuchs.CLICK HERE
Paul Dalrymple IGY Stations and BasesArgentina Base cover: Almirante Brown Station CLICK HERE
Paul Dalrymple IGY Stations and BasesAustralian Base covers: Davis, Wilkes, McQuarie Island, MawsonCLICK HERE
Paul Dalrymple IGY Countries and Dependencies Chile covers CLICK HERE
Paul Dalrymple IGY Countries and Dependencies French, Belgian Bases covers: Dumont Dur'ville, GerlacheCLICK HERE
Paul Dalrymple IGY Countries and Dependencies Falkland Islands covers CLICK HERE
Paul Dalrymple IGY Countries and Dependencies Italy and Germany covers CLICK HERE
Paul Dalrymple IGY Countries and Dependencies Japan cover CLICK HERE
Paul Dalrymple IGY Stations and BasesNew Zealand Bases Scott, Campbell Island CLICK HERE
Paul Dalrymple IGY Countries and Dependencies Norway cover CLICK HERE
Paul Dalrymple IGY Stations and BasesRussian Bases covers: Vostok, Mirny, Molodyozhnaya CLICK HERE
Paul Dalrymple IGY Stations and BasesSouth Africa Bases covers: Marion Island, SANAE CLICK HERE
Stanley "Skip" Johnson IGY Persons Signatures of Gould, Eklund, Wexler, Dufek CLICK HERE
Stanley "Skip" Johnson IGY Stations and BasesByrd Station cancellations CLICK HERE
Stanley "Skip" Johnson IGY Cachets Covers with Deep Freeze II cachets CLICK HERE
Stanley "Skip" Johnson IGY Cachets Covers with IGY cachet CLICK HERE
Stanley "Skip" Johnson IGY Cachets Covers with miscellaneous cachets CLICK HERE
Stanley "Skip" Johnson IGY Stations and BasesSouth Pole Station cancellations CLICK HERE
Stanley "Skip" Johnson IGY Patches Seabee patches from Operation Deep Freeze CLICK HERE
Stanley "Skip" Johnson IGY Patches Ski Club patch and Deep Freeze Christmas Card CLICK HERE
Stanley "Skip" Johnson British Commonwealth TAE Transantarctic Expedition covers CLICK HERE
Stanley "Skip" Johnson IGY Ships Covers from the USS Curtiss CLICK HERE
Arpad Toth Stations and BasesAustralian Antarctic Territory Covers from Mawson and MacQuarieCLICK HERE
Arpad Toth Famous Events First Ascent of Vinson Massif CLICK HERE
Arpad Toth Opening Flights Opening flights of summer season CLICK HERE
Arpad Toth Countries and Dependencies New Zealand First Day Covers CLICK HERE
Arpad Toth Stations and BasesStation covers and cachets Eights, Scott Base, Pole, McMurdo and VostkCLICK HERE
Robert Grass Stations and BasesSouth Pole Station CLICK HERE
Robert Grass Stations and BasesSouth Pole Stations CLICK HERE
Robert Grass Stations and BasesSouth Pole Station CLICK HERE
Robert Grass Stations and BasesSouth Pole Station CLICK HERE