Postal History Gallery of Related Events
A Russian Polar Flight Disappears
search for the Russian long range flight piloted by Levanevsky
was contracted by the Soviet government with Sir
Hubert Wilkins in 1937. Two seasons of search flights
failed to locate any sign of the aircraft.
small number of covers were canceled at the request of the
search crew at various post offices during the period November
16, 1937 and March 18, 1938.
To Study the Effects of the Greenland
Danish North Greenland Expedition of 1938-39 used studies of
the influence of Greenland on North American weather.
Jan Mayen Island
the beginning of World War II, Jan Mayen Island (in the Greenland
Sea) was known as Island X, a location of strategic value
as a meteorological station. All mail was canceled with the
Norwegian Navy ship cancellation. Early in the 1950's the
meteorological station was upgraded and the staff enlarged
so that they were serviced by regular supply boats that carried
mail to Tromso for servicing. A new and distinctive cancellation
was used on later mail.
Formation of the Kara Sea Expedition
was sent through the Leningrad Post Office on June 20, 1941
regarding formation of a Kara Sea Exploration Expedition .
From Murmansk to the Arctic Research
Institute Chief Libinin.
I will be back from Murmansk Saturday
evening. I leave for Archangelsk on 24 June. I need money,
7700 rubles. Denisov must leave for Archangelsk not later
than Monday too.
Gakkel, Expedition Leader
from the Airplane H425 to the polar base at Vize Island, 13
March 1947 . . .
We are providing observations of ships
in the Northern Sea Route and providing weather reports. We
give you thanks for the care given to our aircraft.
pilots Tomlin, Shukof and Streznev
Comrades in the Ice
and women who worked in the Northern Sea Administration developed
a closeness so that events in each members life were remembered
and honored. . .
From Ice Breaker Krassin
N271 19 26/31 I 10
||Otto Schmidt, Administration
of the Northern Sea Route
Razina Street 12 Moscow
Thank you for congratulation, hope that
the future will not slow me as I grow older. Firmly shake
hand to all comrades.
courtesy of George Hall)