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Map of Oceania (Pacific Ocean) 1897

By |April 9th, 2016|

This fine map shows Oceania (the Pacific Region) as it was in 1897. It should be a useful chart for postal historians and stamp collectors of the area, especially for locating German colonies and other outposts...

Stamps of Pitcairn Islands: Botanica (2014)

By |March 10th, 2016|

The flora of the Pitcairn Islands consists of 81 species, of which 10 are endemic. IUCN Red List threat categories show that over 60% of the indigenous flora is threatened within the Island, and over 20% is threatened globally. The main threats affecting the flora and vegetation are posed by habitat clearance, spread of invasive species such as the Rose Apple Syzygium jumbos, small population sizes or restricted distribution, erosion, and lack of fruit-eating birds.

Pitcairn Islands Stamps: Breadfruit Saga (2015)

By |September 1st, 2015|

Pitcairn Island Post has prepared for releasing a special set of stamps that is devoted to the Breadfruit Saga – one of the most important shots of the island’s history. The issue consisting of three stamps is to be put into circulation on the 26th of August. In 1787, Lieutenant William Bligh took command of the HMAV Bounty whose mission was to sail to Tahiti to obtain breadfruit saplings to take to the British Colonies in the West Indies and Jamaica in particular.

Stamps of New Caledonia: Tokyo Olympics (1964)

By |June 19th, 2015|

Sporting events provide much of the commemorative issues produced by New Caledonia. The Tokyo Olympic Games were recorded by this 10 f. stamp, designed by C. Haley and recess-printed in December 1964. The classical Greek motif seems somewhat incongruous in a Polynesian setting.

Pitcairn Islands: Paintings Issue (2015)

By |April 29th, 2015|

The Pitcairn Islands promoted paintings of the Island in the 1980s with two stamp issues released. Additional works have been found which also beautifully illustrate these earlier times. Thursday October Christian’s House by Conway Shipley (1824 – 1888) and Interior of Pitcairn by F.W. Beechey (1796 – 1856) were sourced from the National Library of Australia and came as light brown prints.

Stamps of New Caledonia: Emma the Red (2015)

By |February 26th, 2015|

The story behind the stamp is both intriguing and very touching. Known today as Emma the Red, she was a twelve year-old girl when she arrived with her mother in 1873 to join her father Eugene-Joseph Piffault, a bookseller who had been deported to New Caledonia for his part in the Paris Commune of 1871. In the immediate aftermath of the insurrection, those who survived the violent retribution meted out to many others were deported to the South Pacific.

Stamps of Vanuatu: ‘Vanuatu Cocktails’ (2015)

By |January 14th, 2015|

Your plane has landed, you have checked in to one of the stunning resorts – time to let the holiday begin! The white sand of the beautiful beaches or the turquoise pool beckons. The warmth of the sun is only surpassed by the cocktail you have ordered. This work of art tastes as good as it looks. Vanuatu is a land of diversity and amazing contrasting beauty – from clear coral seas and picturesque islands to rain forests and fiery volcanoes, the scenery of Vanuatu defies description. Picture the gentle swaying coconut palms framing the stunning sunsets.

Stamps of Tonga: Id. Gold Coins Issue (1963)

By |October 15th, 2014|

Tonga introduced a series of three gold coins in 1963 and issued a set of thirteen stamps to mark the occasion. the stamps were circular in shape.

Stamps of Tonga: Queen Salote Accession Anniversary (1938)

By |October 15th, 2014|

The twentieth anniversary of the accession of Queen Salote (Charlotte) was celebrated in October 1938 by three stamps, recess-printed by De La Rue. A common design was used, showing the Queen in her ceremonial robes. the same design, with the inscription modified, was used for a series of five stamps issued in 1944 to mark her Silver Jubilee.

Stamps of Niue: Butterfly Issue (2013)

By |August 31st, 2014|

The recently discovered Niue Blue is the only endemic butterfly species found on the remote Pacific island of Niue. This special butterfly was found on the island in 2009 by Australian Museum Research Associate Rob Lachlan. In 2012 he described the species from a pair of specimens and named it Nacaduba niueensis. As there is only a handful of plant and animal species that are unique to Niue, this new discovery has particular importance for the people of the island.

Stamps of New Zealand: Royal Visit (2014)

By |April 15th, 2014|

To celebrate the upcoming visit of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their son Prince George to New Zealand, the Royal Visit 2014 stamp issue was released by New Zealand Post. The first royal tour of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge as a married couple is an exciting event for the Commonwealth.

Stamps of Nauru: Flowers Issue (1986)

By |April 9th, 2014|

This flower issue featured the following: 20c. Plumeria 25c. Tristellateia 30c. Bougainvillea 40c.

Stamps of New Zealand: Seaweeds (2014)

By |January 19th, 2014|

New Zealand’s unique marine environment is home to nearly 900 species of native seaweed, a third of which occur nowhere else in the world. Five of these native seaweeds are celebrated in this unique stamp issue. Seaweeds are an essential part of New Zealand’s marine ecosystem, providing food, habitats and shelter to a wide variety of marine life. The New Zealand Native Seaweeds stamp issue reflects New Zealand’s remarkable marine biodiversity, and the five unique seaweeds portrayed are Hormosira banksii, Landsburgia quercifolia, Caulerpa brownii, Marginariella boryana and Pterocladia lucida.

Stamps of Vanuatu: Waterfalls (2014)

By |January 3rd, 2014|

Vanuatu is renowned for its natural beauty and an important contributor to this reputation is a series of magnificent, natural waterfalls. Set in stunning rainforest settings, these sites provide the visitors who make the effort, a wonderful vista and a memorable experience. Siri Falls, formerly called Santa Maria Waterfall, is120 M high and located about 3 km inland from the eastern coast of the island of Gaua in the northern Vanuatu island group known as Banks and Torres.

Stamps of New Caledonia: Honey and Bees (2013)

By |December 19th, 2013|

Having an appropriate climate, vegetation rich in

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