Recent AAT issue features map of Antarctica

On September 19, 2017, Australia Post issued a set of three stamps and a mini-sheet recognizing the cultural heritage of the Australian Antarctic Territory. The issue focuses on cultural artifacts from three key historical periods relating to Antarctica, which we refer to as the “exploration era”, “interwar era” and “postwar era”. Each artifact also represents a specific cultural theme. The set of three stamps are divided into the Exploration era (AUD 1), the Interwar era (AUD 1), and the Postwar era (AUD 2).  The exploration era, also known as the heroic period, spans the late 19th and early 20th centuries – a time when several countries undertook voyages to Antarctica. The stamp features an aneroid barometer that was given to Australian physicist Alistair Keith Jack by Ernest Shackleton, expedition leader of the ill-fated Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition’s (1914–16).  The Interwar era stamp design features the proclamation over King George V Land that Australian polar explorer and scientist Douglas Mawson signed on behalf of the British sovereign on 5 January 1931. The proclamation represents both political and geographical history and is especially significant as it formed the basis of Britain’s eventual transferal of territory to Australia in 1933. This stamp features a partial map of Antarctica, with the remaining section of the map printed on the center of the mini-sheet, in what appears to be a type of polar stereographic projection. The design of the third stamp, the Postwar ear, features the tracked Weasel M29 vehicle that was introduced to Antarctica after World War II.  Following World War II, scientific interest in Antarctica was renewed, facilitated by Douglas Mawson’s lobbying of the government. In 1947, ANARE (Australian National Antarctic Research Expedition) was formed to undertake Australian Antarctic research. The Weasel M29 vehicle pictured in the stamp was the main Antarctic vehicle for ANARE until the mid-1960s, and was used on ANARE’s 1962–63 Wilkes–Vostok traverse, an historic journey of 3,000 kilometres to the Russian station in the Antarctic interior. [please comment on the maps projection if it is incorrect. it may also be a polar planar type of projection. it seems the surrounding continents may have been omitted on purpose. let us know what you think — web-admin]

Australian Antarctic Territory (AAT) 2017-09-19

Australian Antarctic Territory (AAT) 2017-09-19


Azores Geoparks Issue Features Beautiful Landscapes and Maps

Portugal - Azores 2017-09-07
Portugal – Azores 2017-09-07

Coinciding with the 14th European GeoParks Conference held in the Azores in early September 2017, Portugal Post (CTT) issued a set of four (4) stamps and a souvenir sheet with two (2) stamps on September 7, 2017.  A Geopark is a unified area that advances the protection and use of geological heritage in a sustainable way, and promotes the economic well-being of the people who live there.”  This issue commemorates the Azores Geopark, established in 2009/2010, which is comprised of a network of 121 geographically-dispersed sites of geographic heritage and marine areas that covers the nine volcanic islands of the archipelago of the Azores. The Azores Geopark is part of the European Geoparks Network and the UNESCO-assisted Global Geoparks Network.  Denominations for the set of four stamps are €0,50, €0,80, €0,85, €1,00, respectively, while the souvenir sheet contains two stamps, with denominations of €0,85, €1,00.  All denominations are placed in the lower right corner of each stamp.  Each of the stamps has a map, and the souvenir sheet also has small scale a map of the Azores archipelago covering two-thirds of the sheet. The park maps, occupying the upper section of each stamp, use subtle hill shading to portray the terrain.  Additionally, local access roads, major hydrographic features, and sparse annotation are also present on the maps.  The park or feature is depicted using shades of green while the surrounding areas are shown as only bare terrain.  Conversely,  a color photograph of a “geo-feature” or landscape occupies the lower section of each stamp. The maps are tied directly to the feature shown in the photograph. Running horizontal through the center of each stamp is the phrase Geoparque Açores with the feature name directly below, in the photo area. The latitude and longitude, presumably of the feature, are shown in a vertical colored bar along the right edge of each stamp. The stamps have a syncopated perforation, resembling a “Knights Templar Cross” common on recent Portuguese issues.  This is definitely one of more important cartophilatelic issues of 2017. [after researching these, i think it is time for a trip to the azores! – web admin]

Portugal - Azores 2017-09-07 Souvenir Sheet
Portugal – Azores 2017-09-07 Souvenir Sheet

Second 2017 MoS Checklist Update Ready

Checklist Editor David Wolfersberger has finalized the March 2017 to  May 2017 update of the MoS Checklist. This update, along with previous updates, are available as Microsoft Excel files to download from “Checklist Updates” section on our MoS Checklist page. [the web admin apologizes for the delay in posting the update.]

First 2017 MoS Checklist Update Ready

Checklist Editor David Wolfersberger has finalized the December 2016 to February 2017 update of the MoS Checklist. This update, along with previous updates, are available as Microsoft Excel files to download from “Checklist Updates” section on our MoS Checklist page.

Carto-Philatelist Digital Archive Now Online

The Carto-Philatelist Journal, Vol. 1, No. 1 and
Vol. 40, Nos. 3-4, 1955 – 1995

The eagerly awaited Carto-Philatelist Journal Digital Archive is now online and accessible to members of the CartoPhilatelic Society.

Established in 1955 by a small group of avid topical map stamp collectors, the CartoPhilatelic Society is soon approaching its 65th year anniversary as an organized society. From its inception, the members of the Society have published an official Journal.

Although the Society has existed for more than sixty years, early editions of the Society’s Journal, The Carto-Philatelist, have been surprisingly difficult to acquire. There is a massive amount of detailed research gathered by Society members and others locked away in the printed pages of the early issues. Those original Journals also offer a unique window into the past operations of the Society through the often-exciting biographical sketches of the members, their communications with the Society, and the witty commentary of the Editors. A full run of the Society’s earlier Journals provides exciting reading spanning the last half century.

The officers along with some earlier members of the Society pursued the idea to make the original Carto-Philatelist Journals available using Adobe’s Portable Document Format (PDF). A complete set of Journals was assembled, digitally scanned, and converted to PDF format. The archive comprises 165 individual issues and over 3,840 pages.  The members only, password protected archive can be accessed from this link or using the “Publications” menu on the Society’s web site. [ The CPS thanks all of the members who donated issues and scans over the years to help make this archive a reality. – admin ]

Cumulative Tables of Contents Listings Ready for Download

Just in time to help with a new year of CartoPhilatelic research, the Cumulative Tables of Contents (CTC) listings, complied by our European Representative, Mr. Volker Woesner, and  introduced on page 19 of the January 2017 TNCP #56 are ready for download! Learn more about these important resources. The CTC lists will continue to be available for open download through the “Publications” menu. [we look forward to your feedback -web admin]