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Introduction to Pete's Polar Place


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Pete's Polar Place is a web site dedicated to the literature and philately of polar regions and to a lesser extent to non-polar philately. Pete's Polar Place is run by Pete Cranwell, a bookseller, philatelist and collector of material dealing with polar history and philately. My major philatelic interests are in the stamps and covers of the Australian Antarctic Territory (AAT) and the Terres Australes et Antarctiques Fran├žaises (TAAF). My literary interests include books and ephemera about the polar regions especially books concerning polar exploration and in particular the expeditions of Sir Ernest Shackleton, Sir Douglas Mawson and Sir Hubert Wilkins plus the photographs of Frank Hurley and Sir Hubert Wilkins.

Postcards are one of the most fascinating types of pictorial record of Antarctic Expeditions. In late 2007 Margery Wharton published a revised and updated edition of her book entitled Postcards of Antarctic Expeditions - A Catalogue: 1898-1958. A detailed description of this comprehensive photographic record of Antarctic Exploration can be found in the Books section. Sadly, Margery Wharton died on September 17th 2008. A tribute to her life and accomplishments can be found following the description of her book in the Books section.

Following is a brief description of the areas covered by this website. Please click on the heading, or the appropriate menu item along the top of the page, to go to those sections.


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POLAR PHILATELIC ITEMS FOR SALE ON BEHALF OF THE MAWSON'S HUTS FOUNDATION

9. CENTENARY OF THE AUSTRALASIAN ANTARCTIC EXPEDITION 1911-14 Stage III

8. POSTCARDS & A DVD FROM MACQUARIE ISLAND AND CAPE DENISON

7. CENTENARY OF THE AUSTRALASIAN ANTARCTIC EXPEDITION 1911-14 Stage II

6. CENTENARY OF THE AUSTRALASIAN ANTARCTIC EXPEDITION 1911-14

5. SPECIAL OVERPRINTED MINISHEETS, COVERS, POSTCARDS & DVD TO COMMEMORATE THE RECOVERY AND CONSERVATION OF THE WIRELESS MASTS ERECTED AND USED BY THE 1911-14 AUSTRALASIAN ANTARCTIC EXPEDITION (AAE) ON MACQUARIE ISLAND (APRIL 2011)

4. SPECIAL COVERS TO CELEBRATE THE OPENING OF THE NEW OFFICIAL POST OFFICE AT MAWSON'S HUTS, CAPE DENISON, ANTARCTICA DURING THE 2010-11 SEASON

3. SPECIAL AAT MACQUARIE ISLAND LIMITED EDITION OVERPRINTED MINISHEETS  & PICTORIAL CARDS for the 2010-11 Mawson's Huts Foundation five-person Conservation Expedition, Cape Denison, Antarctica

2. SPECIAL POLES & GLACIERS COVERS CANCELLED AT MACQUARIE ISLAND for the 2010-11 Mawson's Huts Foundation Conservation Expedition, Cape Denison, Antarctica

1. SPECIAL ANTARCTIC COMMEMORATIVE COVER & POSTMARK Mawson's Huts Foundation Conservation Expedition, Cape Denison Antarctica 2008-9

 


OTHER POLAR PHILATELIC ITEMS FOR SALE
(not related to the Mawson's Huts Foundation)

1. AAT & Kingston covers

2. Adelaide Stampex 2010 and Shackleton covers and postcards


BOOKS FOR SALE

Click on any book title or picture for more detailed information on it.

At the present I am able to offer for sale five books with a polar theme. These are:

1. Nimrod Illustrated: Pictures from Lieutenant Shackleton's British Antarctic Expedition


2. Postcards of Antarctic Expeditions
A Catalogue: 1898-1958

Revised, enlarged and updated second edition

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3. Specialised Stamp Catalogue of the Falkland Islands and Dependencies including Postal History and Cancellations 1800 - 2013 with the British Antarctic Territory

6th Edition (2013) and in full colour

 

4. Postmarks of the Australian Antarctic Territory - 1911-2004

Number 2 in the series of monographs

SOLD OUT

5. Shackleton's Photographer - Photographs of Scenes and Diary of Incidents in Connection with Happenings to the Weddell Sea Party 1914-1917

A book on CD-ROM

Other philatelic books of a non-polar nature that are available are as follows:

GALLERY

Illustrations and information about some of my favourite Postcards, Covers, Stamps and Memorabilia.

LINKS

Contact information for some Polar Philatelic Societies and links to other Antarctic websites which may be of interest.

FRANK HURLEY

A page dedicated to the works of Frank Hurley (Mawson's and Shackleton's Photographer).


ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

My thanks to Shane Murphy for permission to reproduce the two photographic compositions depicted here.

The one at the top of the page he entitled Ship-Map and it is an amalgamation of two of Frank Hurley's photographs of the Endurance as it was crushed by the ice in the Weddell Sea. These pictures can be found on pages 115 and 119 of Shackleton's Photographer. The map of part of South Georgia was drawn by Frank Worsley, who accompanied Sir Ernest Shackleton and four others in the voyage of the James Caird from Elephant Island to King Haakon Bay, South Georgia. The map can be found on page 184 of Shackleton's Photographer.

The composition preceding the Books for Sale section he entitled Two-Ships and it is an amalgamation of two of Frank Hurley's pictures of the Endurance and artwork depicting the James Caird. The top picture can be found on page 68 and the middle picture on page 100 of Shackleton's Photographer. The James Caird is a portion of artwork by Norman Wilkinson, which is held by Dulwich College, London and is depicted in full on page 173 of Shackleton's Photographer.


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