Postal History Gallery of Related Events
To the North Pole From Underneath
submarines conducted surveys under the polar ice cap in 1958
with the USS SKATE
surfacing seven times within forty miles of the North Pole.
did not carry a postal canceler and their improvised cruise
marking was accepted by the post office. The cachet was prepared
by the American
Society of Polar Philatelists for the cruise.
Submarine Polar Basin Studies
submarines like the USS HALFBEAK were restricted
to activities on the edge of the pack during under-ice activities.
HALFBEAK did not have postal ficilities
and all mail was delivered to the post office in New York upon
arrival. The cachet was prepared for the US Navy by the American
Society of Polar Philatelists.
Polish Spitzbergen IGY Expedition
by Poland in the International Geophysical Year research during
1957-58 consisted of a station at Hornsund on the island of Spitzbergen.
Ice Island T3
the code name BRAVO was assigned by the Air Force
to the floating Ice Island in 1958, cachets did not replace
the original designation during the IGY study period seemingly
in a sentimental choice. Mail and supply support continued from
Thule Air Force Base.
the end of the International Geophysical Year on December
31, 1958, the cachet used on the ice island mail was altered
by cutting out "IGY". The name T3 remained. By July
1959 the island drifted into Alaskan waters and air support
responsibilities were transferred to Alaskan points.
pieces courtesy of George Hall)