Welcome to the website of the Polar Postal History Society of Great Britain (PPHSGB)
the Society for collectors of Arctic and Antarctic Polar Postal History from around the World.
A warm welcome to the website of the Polar Postal History Society of Great Britain. The aims of the Society are to promote the study of postal history from the polar regions and to act as a meeting place where members can exchange information and learn more about their areas of interest. We welcome members from not just Great Britain but from all around the World!
If you are interested in the Postal History of the Polar Regions, either North and South, please contact us for more information or better still fill out the application form and join our society. Please specify your range of interests on the application form, but whatever they are, you will be most welcome. Happy polar collecting!
The March 2019 issue of Polar Post is now in the Polar Library 27th February 2019
The new all colour issue of Polar Post is being received by members around the world this week, and has now been added to the Polar Post Library
Discussion Board added to the Members Section! 3rd March 2019
A discussion board has been added to the Member's Section of the Website. Do you need to find out more information about a polar item in your collection? Do you have a cover that you want to feature? Post your question or item and start a discussion here!
“Polar Post in Colour” Competition – Open to all Members! 27th February 2019
In order to celebrate the launch of Polar Post in full colour the society would like to invite all members to enter a competition to highlight the most colourful items of postal history or polar ephemera in their collection. Read more in the Members section!
New feature in the Polar Post section Article of the Month
From our archives, this feature presents an article from a previous issue of Polar Post. Forty years ago, the Spring 1969 issue contained an article by member, Fred Goldberg, on the Stockholm University Svalbard Expedition of 1966. Read the story of the expedition and the polar postal history that was generated in the Polar Post section.
STOCKHOLMIA 2019 joint FIPSG and PPHSGB meeting 31st May 2019
We have arranged for a joint FIPSG and PPHSGB meeting during the Stockholmia 2019 exhibition, which takes place the 29 May to 2 June 2019 in central Stockholm. The exhibition celebrates the 150th anniversary of the Royal Philatelic Society of London.
The joint meeting takes place as follows:
When: Friday 31 May 2019, 1pm to 4pm
Where: Exhibition venue, room 22 on level 2 (with seats for 30 people)
What: A number of displays, electronic and/or physical. Programme to be decided.
Followed by a joint dinner in the evening of the same day.
When: Friday 31 May 2019, 7pm
Where: To be decided, but in a restaurant in the local area close to the Exhibition.
Cost: Moderate, probably less than £50 per person including drinks.
Those interested in participating in one or both activities are asked to contact Stefan Heijtz (firstname.lastname@example.org) so that we can get an idea about how many we might be. Anybody interested in giving a display can also contact Stefan as soon as possible. We are hoping to be able to reveal the full programme no later than March 2019, and details will be added to the website when available.
All the information
about the exhibition can be found on their website: www.stockholmia2019.se
York in 1929: an Interrupted Polar Flight Saturday 1st June 2019 10:00
One of esteemed members, Serge Kahn, will give a lecture in room 26 during Stockholmia entitled "
York in 1929: an Interrupted Polar Flight". If any members of the society are visiting the exhibition then the lecture will be worth attending on the Saturday!
Polar Postal History Society of GB Annual General Meeting & London Spring Meeting 16th February 2019
The Polar Postal History Society held its AGM at Spring Stampex on Saturday 16th February with a good number of members in attendance. Further details of the meeting will follow on the website and in Polar Post.
Gold Medal for "Operation Tabarin" publication at Spring Stampex 16th February 2019
It is with pleasure that we announce the award of a Gold medal to our president, Gerry Pearce, for his book "Operation Tabarin and its Postal History" in the Philatelic Literature class at Stampex. Well done Gerry!
The book looks at the Operation from the aspect
of the political importance of the special stamps produced, and mail
sent and received through the operation of Post Offices at the
permanently occupied Antarctic bases.
The book is available to order in the Polar Publications section.
Membership renewal form
18th November 2018
To make it easier for UK and overseas members to renew their subscriptions an online membership renewal form has now been added to the website. Payment can be made electronically so you do not have to leave you house to renew your membership of your favourite polar society!
Addition of Polar Books to the Polar Library 18th November 2018
To make the
library more useful a new category has now been added – Polar Books - with copyright restrictions over, many polar books from the classic period of
polar exploration have been uploaded to the Library and are available for all
members to read. Find out what Antarctic Penguins really get up to, discover
why Robert Falcon Scott lost out to Roald Amundsen or just read a polar
literary masterpiece such as Apsley Cherry Garrard’s “The Worst Journey in the
World”. You can read all these books and more online in the Polar Library or
download to your PC or tablet and read later. More books will be continually
added over the next few months so check back regularly to discover new polar
Remember that to log-in to the Polar Library you just enter the e-mail address that you are registered with by the membership secretary, and password featured in the latest issue of Polar Post, into the Library log-in page accessible through the Members Section of the website.
19th – 21st October 2018 The Polar Postal History Society Cambridge Residential Weekend with the theme of "Americans in the Polar Regions" was enjoyed by all who attended. Some images of society members "in action" are shown below. Several of the displays featured Richard Byrd and some polar items from Byrd's expeditions to the Antarctic and Arctic are featured on the left. A full report of all member's displays appears in the December issue of Polar Post.
The Polar Postal History Society is pleased to announce the launch of the online Polar Post Library. The Polar Postal History Library includes all issues of Polar Post from 1953 with lists of contents (where available) – that is over 250 issues!
Members can go directly to the Polar Post library here or click on one of the 250 Polar Post front covers to go directly to a specific issue.