Polar Post

Polar Post  is the magazine of the Postal Postal History Society.

The PPHSGB’s First Newsletter appeared in February 1953. The fourth newsletter issued in July 1953 bore the title “The Polar Post”, shortened to “Polar Post” from the fifth newsletter onwards. The name has stuck and the title remains today, over 200 issues later.
Since 1993 Polar Post has been published in A4 booklet format by Quacks the Printers in York, England.  A major change occurred at the beginning of 2007 with the introduction of full electronic publishing using Adobe Indesign CS3 software which has enabled all illustrations to be printed in grey tone, greatly improving the appearance and clarity.
Polar Post is distributed to members only at the beginning of March, June, September and December.

Contents of Current Issue - June 2018

The History of Norwegians in the Arctic Regions 1870-1928, Part 4, Colour Illustrations 29
The Five Polarhavet Postcards issued in 1912/13 for the forthcoming Maud Expedition, colour illustrations 30
New Issue: Italy - 90th Anniversary of the Italia Airship North Polar Expedition 1928, colour illustration 30
Port Lockroy and Halley Covers from January 2018, colour illustrations 30
Contents and Enclosures; Polar Post on DVD-ROM 31
Committee; Deadline for next Polar Post; Dates for your Diary; Back Issues of Polar Post; Note on Copyright 32
Chairman’s Message; Reminders; Membership News ; Reminder SWINPEX 9th June 33
New Books from Associazione Grande Nord 34
REMINDER - CAMBRIDGE PPHSGB WEEKEND 2018 - 19th to 21st OCTOBER 2018; Revised programme 34
Launch of the New Polar Postal History Society Website! www.polarpostalhistory.org.uk 35
Royal Philatelic Society, London: Stockholmia 2019 and future premises 36
Treasurer’s Report 2017; Society Accounts 2017 37
Report of the Editor of Polar Post for 2017; Membership Report 2017 37-38
Minutes of the AGM of the PPHSGB held on 17th February 2018 39
Report of the Honorary Secretary for 2017; Cachet - “Stamps not acceptable for posting in a United States Post offi ce” 40
Restoration of the Base E Hut on Stonington Island and the Temporary Post Office 40
South Georgia and British Antarctic Territory News 41
The History of Norwegians in the Arctic Regions 1870-1928, Part 4 (Final Part) 42-48
New Issue - Australian Antarctic Territory (AAT) - Crabeater Seals 49
New Issue - Italy - 90th Anniversary of the Departure of the Italia Airship Expedition to the North Pole 49
New Issues - TAAF (FSAT) - “L’Astrolabe”, “Logo de Terre Adélie” and “Symphonie australe” 49
New Issue - Tristan da Cunha - Visiting Royal Navy Ships 50
New Issue - Tristan da Cunha - 70th Anniversary of the ‘Tristan Venture’ 51
New Issue - The Falkland Islands - Wrecks Part II 52
New Issue - Falkland Islands - Macaroni Penguins, Predators and Prey 53
New Issue - South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands - Fur Seals 54
TAAF /FSAT) 1st/2nd January 2018 - Stamp Value Correction 54
TAAF /FSAT) 1st/2nd January 2018 - Stamp Value Correction, colour illustration 55
New Issues - TAAF (FSAT) - “L’Astrolabe”, “Logo de Terre Adélie” and “Symphonie australe”, colour illustrations 55
New Issue - Australian Antarctic Territory (AAT) - Crabeater Seals, colour illustrations 55
Covers from the Temporary Post Office on Stonington Island, colour illustrations 55
New Issue - South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands - Fur Seals, colour illustrations 56
New Issue - The Falkland Islands - Wrecks Part II, colour illustrations 56
New Issue - Falkland Islands - Macaroni Penguins, Predators and Prey, colour illustrations 56
New Issue - Tristan da Cunha - Visiting Royal Navy Ships, colour illustrations 56
New Issue - Tristan da Cunha - 70th Anniversary of the ‘Tristan Venture’, colour illustrations 56

PPVOL50_01 full colour print to PDF for new website.pdf

Get up to date! Previous issues of Polar Post are available on a DVD-Rom

The Society now offers members ALL issues of Polar Post on a DVD-ROM. There is, however, a reservation. The issues from 1953 to 1996 are only available as “picture” scans converted to PDF format and ARE NOT ELECTRONICALLY WORD SEARCHABLE. All issues have been put together as calendar year files and the electronically searchable issues from 1997 to 2016 are available as both one single document and as individual year documents. You also need a computer with a DVD or Blu-Ray reader/drive and have the free software for Adobe Acrobat Reader on your computer.

The price agreed with the PPHSGB is £55 including packing and postage worldwide. This should ensure that over £50 goes to the Society for each disk sold. Reductions will be available to those who already purchased a disk with the issues from 1997 onwards. Disks are burnt to order. The files can also be provided on a USB Stick. However, the extra cost of the USB stick will need to be added to the cost. The total file size is currently 3.21 GB.k. Please contact the editor by email to order and for payment details.

Click on the images below to preview the front pages of some earlier editions of Polar Post.

If you have an article or a polar postal item that you would like to see featured in Polar Post  then our editor  will be pleased to hear from you!

Recent issues of Polar Post

Coming soon! Access to Full Colour version of Polar Post  for all members. See PPHSGB Members Section for more information.

And some issues from the past!

Coming soon! Access to all 260 previous issues of Polar Post  for PPHSGB members. See the information on the Members Section page.