Polar Post Article of the Month

 Since 1953 over 250 issues of the society magazine, Polar Post, have been published making it the finest historical record of Polar Philately available to collectors. All issues can be viewed online by members of the society in the Polar Post Library.  From our archives, this section presents selected articles from previous issues of Polar Post to highlight the range of topics covered in the magazine.

Polar Post Article of the Month  June 2020

For this month's "Article of the Month" we look nearer to current times and select an article from Polar Post number 203 published in December 2004. Member Aubrey Halpern writes that the "Postmaster is Only Human" as he recounts errors made by postmasters at various Antarctic bases.

The Postmaster is Only Human - No 203 December 2004.pdf

Polar Post Article of the Month May 2020

Also in January 1958 came an article entitled "Mail Day in the Falkland Islands". Read how the mail was received sixty two years ago!

Mail Day in the Falkland Islands.pdf

Polar Post Article of the Month April 2020

The January 1958 issue of Polar Post featured an article "New Zealand's First Antarctic Post Office". The article explains that it was almost fifty years since Ernest Shackleton opened the Post Office in 1908 and that a souvenir cover was being issued to commorate the first successful land crossing of the Antarctic continent.

New Zealands First Antarctic Post Office.pdf

Polar Post Article of the Month  March 2020

Also in the spring of 1970, fifty years ago, Polar Post featured an article featuring a holiday journey on the Norwegian Coastal Steamer by Martin B Evans. Mr Evans provided postcards to members postmarked on the voyage.

A Holiday on the Norwegian Coastal Express Steamer.pdf

Polar Post Article of the Month  February 2020

In the spring of 1970, fifty years ago, Polar Post featured an article on The University of London East Greenland Expedition of July and August 1968 organised by The London Graduate Mountaineering Club. The article was written by D Fordham who was the leader of the expedition. The society was able to obtain the sole concession for 50 expedition covers. Do you have one in your collection?

University of London Greenland Expedition 1968.pdf

Polar Post Article of the Month  January 2020

Sixty years ago this month in January 1960, the second part of the Volo Transpolare 1926 article from LH Harris was published in Polar Post. No man had ever succeeded in penetrating the vast region that lay between the North Pole and Alaska. Read more about the Norge airship expedition of 1926!

Volvo Transpolare 2.pdf

Polar Post Article of the Month  December 2019

From our archives, this month's article presents the first part of a feature on the Norge airship expedition entitled Volo Transpolare, 1926. This airship flight from Spitsbergen to Alaska did more than make aviation history, it sparked off a controversy amongst philatelists that still makes interesting reading in the pages of philatelic journals.

Volvo Transpolare 1.pdf

Polar Post Article of the Month  November 2019

From our archives, this feature presents an article from a previous issue of Polar Post. The latest article describes the 1931 Polar Flight of the "Graf Zeppelin" and the role of the "International Society for the Exploration of the Arctic".

Polar Flight of the Graf Zeppelin 1931 September 1978.pdf

Polar Post Article of the Month  October 2019

From our archives, this article of the month features a meeting in London of the Polar Postal History Society in October 1960 and is taken from the January 1961 issue of Polar Post. Members might wish to consider if dress standards have been maintained in recent meetings!

London Meeting October 1960 January 1961.pdf

Polar Post Article of the Month  September 2019

The Spring 2011 issue of Polar Post  featured an interesting article by Aubrey Halpern on Antarctic Cinderallas. Not well documented at the time, Aubrey describes some of the 700 items he had amassed in his collection.

Antarctic Cinderallas Polar Post No 188 Spring 2001.pdf

Polar Post Article of the Month  August 2019

Imagine you invented a time machine, what would you do? Go back in time to January 1961, of course, and bid on one of the Covers for Sale featured in that month's issue of Polar Post!

Covers for Sale Polar Post No 44 January 1961.pdf

Polar Post Article of the Month  July 2019

From our archives, this feature presents an article from a previous issue of Polar Post. The latest article has now been added to the website. Sixty years ago, the July 1959 issue contained an article by Mrs DM Startin on Norway's Arctic Island Outposts. Mrs Startin contributed many articles to Polar Post during this period.

Norway's Arctic Island Outposts.pdf

Polar Post Article of the Month June 2019

From our archives, this feature presents an article from a previous issue of Polar Post. Fifty eight years ago, the July 1961 issue contained an article by Harry Evans on the New Zealand Geological and Survey Expeditions of 1957-8 and 1958-9. Unfortunately the special offer covers in the article are no longer valid!

New Zealand Geological and Survey Expedition.pdf

Polar Post Article of the Month May 2019

From our archives, this feature presents an article from a previous issue of Polar Post.  Fifty four years ago, the July 1965 issue contained an article by H E Vesper on the Fanck Semi-Postal Stamps of Greenland of 1932-33. 

An example of a Fanck Semi-Postal stamp from the Universal Greenland Expedition
The Fanck Semi-Postal Stamps of Greenland.pdf

Polar Post Article of the Month April 2019

From our archives, this feature presents an article from a previous issue of Polar Post. Sixty years ago, the April 1959 issue contained an article by Harry Evans on the Falkland Islands and Dependencies Aerial Survey Expedition of 1955-57. Read the story of the expedition and the polar postal history that was generated in the pdf file that can be downloaded below.

Falkland Islands and Dependencies Aerial Survey Expedition 1955-57.pdf

Polar Post Article of the Month March 2019

From our archives, this feature presents an article from a previous issue of Polar Post.  This article by Fred Goldberg discusses the Stockholm University Svalbard Expedition of 1966. Read the story of the expedition and the polar postal history that was generated.

The Stockholm University Svalbard Expedition 1966.pdf