In order to celebrate the launch of Polar Post
in full colour from March 2019 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.
The prize for the winning entry is a free subscription to the Polar Postal History Society of Great Britain for 2020!
The deadline for competition entries is 1st June
To enter all you need to do is to send a scan or image of your chosen colourful item together with a paragraph describing the item or explaining why you selected it. As an example, I have selected a cover from the recent Cambridge residential weekend to highlight what is required:
“Plans were made during the Second International Polar Year to have the United States reoccupy Fort Conger, Ellesmere Island, Canada, for the purpose of meteorological, magnetic, and auroral observations. In the spring of 1937 a three-masted schooner, well-constructed for use in the polar ice, was purchased in Newfoundland, and brought to Port Newark, New Jersey where new motors were installed, and the ship reconditioned for the expedition, with new lines, rigging, sails, cabins, and internal bracing. The resulting MacGregor Arctic Expedition set sail from Port Newark on July 1st, 1937, and this cover was signed by the leader and crew members on departure."
Entries can be sent by e-mail or by post to our editor, John Youle (address shown in Polar Post). The winning entry will be selected based on what looks most colourful on the website and in print.
One entry per member is allowed and entries need to the received by June 1st 2019. The winning entry and as many other entries as possible will feature in the September issue of Polar Post. All entries will be featured on the PPHSGB website.
We encourage as many members as possible to enter and have a polar item from their collection featured for all to see. And remember, modern covers are just as colourful if not more than early postal history so there is no excuse not to enter when a year’s free subscription to the Polar Postal History Society is the winning prize!