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French Polynesia (Tahiti)
Population: 280,000
Language: French, Tahitian (secondary language)
Location: Pacific Ocean

Dear everyone, we are opening a new topic "French Polynesia Stamp Collection (1958 - Present). This new topic will cover the history of Polynesian stamps, Polynesian stamp sheets and Polynesian stamp proof.

Moreover, we will cover the Polynesian Engraver Artists who designed Polynesian stamps and manufactures that prints Polynesian stamps.

There are over 5 dozens of stamp clubs in French Polynesia.

The tiny islands received strong support from Philatelic Center of French Polynesia, Fare Rata La poste, Miss Tahiti Committee, Office des Postes et Télécommunications and Polynesian Philatelic Society.

Polynesian stamps of strength - a competition that is held once a year on the islands.
Polynesian stamps of strength - a competition that is held once a year on the islands.
These 2 Polynesian stamps are classic from the 1960's.
These 2 Polynesian stamps are classic from the 1960's.
This set of 4 stamps shows the heritage of Polynesian people.
This set of 4 stamps shows the heritage of Polynesian people.
This is a typical French Polynesian postal office. It's modern and very clean.
This is a typical French Polynesian postal office. It's modern and very clean.
This 1981 stamp proof is one of most popular item in our collection. A well designed with high quality printing.
This 1981 stamp proof is one of most popular item in our collection. A well designed with high quality printing.
This is one of most popular stamp sheet in French Polynesia. It celebrates 50th anniversary of filming the movie "Mutiny on Bounty"
This is one of most popular stamp sheet in French Polynesia. It celebrates 50th anniversary of filming the movie "Mutiny on Bounty"

We are the French Polynesian stamp club that specialises in French Polynesian stamps only. We study and research every issues.

Most of us lives in French Polynesia and overseas. English is not our first language: therefore, you might see many misspellings, wrong punctuations and incorrect grammar.

I, myself lives in USA and I translate their letters into English. Please excuse us for any language errors. Thanks for reading. Wishing you love and peace.

This is the first stamp issued under the name "French Polynesia". An historic 1958 stamp. This stamp's catalog number is Yvett #1
This is the first stamp issued under the name "French Polynesia". An historic 1958 stamp. This stamp's catalog number is Yvett #1
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Good to see so many members are in clubs over there. :)

Add as many images as you wish!

Not an area we see for sale much in Australia sadly - some gorgeous stamps among them. :)

I listed up here a superb Lighthouse Hingeless album, near complete, with issues from 1954 to 2000 -


https://www.stampboards.com/viewtopic.php?p=10352031#p10352031


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Dear Global Admin, there are few Polynesian items for sale in Australia, maybe it's because supply and demand. We saw the Polynesian collection for sale on your link. This collection is perfect for beginners because there are missing stamps. However, beginners are unlikely to pay over $1000.

The advance collectors are willing to pay, but unlike to buy because there are missing key years 1970, 1972, 1973 and 1974. Especially 1973 which is the turning point in the history of Polynesian postal. The sets of painting stamps in the missing key years are a requirement for advance collectors.

I think the best way to sell this collection is to aim at beginners and offer "price negotiation". Also, let everyone know you are giving out some free stamps if someone buy it.

In 1979, Artistic Conservatory of French Polynesia was built in Papeete (capital). It's mission is to preserve and teach Polynesian culture with support from the Ministry of Culture. Today, it houses more than 200 students and 40 teachers.

About 30 concerts are held each year as they shared the culture to the world. This stamp was issued in June 2019 honoring our beloved Artistic Conservatory.

This 2019 stamp is beautiful but received some criticism because it's self adhesive.
This 2019 stamp is beautiful but received some criticism because it's self adhesive.
Stamp sheet of Artistic Conservatory of French Polynesia. It is probably the finest stamp sheet in history due to its historical context and the quality of its photographs. We purchased it from French Polynesian post office.
Stamp sheet of Artistic Conservatory of French Polynesia. It is probably the finest stamp sheet in history due to its historical context and the quality of its photographs. We purchased it from French Polynesian post office.
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lanuii wrote: 04 Jun 2023 22:31

I think the best way to sell this collection is to aim at beginners and offer "price negotiation".

Well I have been a full time dealer for 45 years and do know exactly what I am doing. :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

The stamps and superb lighthouse album Retail $10,000 I am selling for about $US1,650 and the empty album and slipcase is worth about half that alone. :mrgreen:

Try buying them all from Paris for anywhere remotely NEAR that low. 8-)

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2017 International Philatelic Fair in Brasilia allowed the Polynesian Post Office to issue a stamp evoking French Polynesia and Brasil. Fenua is an art of plant costume in the Heiva Polynesian festival.

During beauty elections, the vegetable dress passage is an opportunity to cause a sensation, the elegant women being noticed by their extravagance which made it possible to make costumes as true masterpieces.

Christopher Prenat, a promising young Polynesian designer was entrusted by the Polynesian Post Office for the creation of an outfit called "Brazilian Vahine" which combine both know-how and Polynesian creativity, with a multicolored “do Brazil” panache. Hina Natua is 2017 Miss Heiva - she knew how to slip into the character perfectly.

Through her gestures and her charisma, she embodies this vahine in Brazilian fashion. Under the inspired eye of Polynesian photographer Teikidev. 2017 Miss Heiva took flight like a colorful Amazonian bird and landed on a stamp to travel from Polynesia to the world.

This stamp featured Hina Natua, the winner of 2017 Miss Heiva festival. This stamp was dedicated to International Philatelic Fair in Brazil.
This stamp featured Hina Natua, the winner of 2017 Miss Heiva festival. This stamp was dedicated to International Philatelic Fair in Brazil.
Stamp photo session. One of our French Polynesian club member were there and took these photos.
Stamp photo session. One of our French Polynesian club member were there and took these photos.
They spend several hours at this photo session. Very time consuming because of make up, custom fitting and adjustment.
They spend several hours at this photo session. Very time consuming because of make up, custom fitting and adjustment.

Dear Global Admin: amazing 45 years in the sales, none of our club members are over 45 years age, you can be our grand father... About the sale of the collection, we thought the album and slip case are sold separately. You are right, the price is very low and it's a great bargain.

We have a strange question. The owner of this collection started in 1954. Is there a reason why he/she started 1954 ? (Most Polynesian collector starts 1958, the inaugural year)
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lanuii wrote: 05 Jun 2023 02:01
The owner of this collection started in 1954. Is there a reason why he/she started 1954 ? (Most Polynesian collector starts 1958, the inaugural year)

Perhaps ask Lighthouse in Germany - they are the world's largest album page maker.

They decided French Polynesia stamps country started in 1954 - not me!

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Philatelic Center of French Polynesia often host stamp exhibit for public. It always attracted a lot of people including Philatelists. It's an opportunity to strengthen relationship between the public and postal office. The staff worked hard staying over 10 hours at exhibit.

Helping people are their #1 top priority. Philatelic Center of French Polynesia is the main source of purchasing Polynesian stamps, sheets and FDC. They received over 50,000 orders around the world each day. There are only 8 full time staff and an unknown number of part timers, volunteers and interns at this philatelic organization.


Promotion of these 2 snail stamps at exhibit.
Promotion of these 2 snail stamps at exhibit.
Pierre Archambault & Agne Maruia (our friends and also staff at Philatelic Center of French Polynesia).
Pierre Archambault & Agne Maruia (our friends and also staff at Philatelic Center of French Polynesia).
Agne Maruia & Kais Angevine smiling to our camera at the postal office in Tahiti.
Agne Maruia & Kais Angevine smiling to our camera at the postal office in Tahiti.


Dear Global Admin: We surprised Lighthouse printed 1954 in French Polynesia collection. This is unusual and very interesting error. 1954 is Oceania, not French Polynesia because It's written in Polynesian Constitution.

Anyway, it's not a big deal because Oceania and French Polynesia are the same, just different name with different government statues. Thank you so much for sharing this lovely collection, we hope it will be sold very soon. A great bargain for a lucky person.

PS - Australia sells few Polynesia items and may have changed the strategy on marketing. Pitcairn Islands Philatelic Bureau is closed and Great Britain takes over the operation.

Australian & British Philatelists seem to have interest in Pitcairn Islands. We are wondering if this is the main reason there are fewer Polynesian items in Australia ?
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Long before French Polynesia was discovered, there was a woman warrior named Ari'i. She fought many battles with men warriors at her home Hamuta valley in Tahiti. Because of her numerous victories at battles, she rose in rank. She eventually became Queen of the Nohovao clan. Ari'i was born on Tuamotu islands. Some said she developed super natural power during her childhood.

Ari'i was nicknamed “the Lady with a Fan” because always had a fan in her hand which she directed the winds at the battles while defending her people from enemy clans. She was also famous for her exquisite beauty, she rose above her human condition and gained the status of a hero, seeking peace, harmony with nature and animals. She thus became a model for Polynesian women of all times.
Ari'i, Queen of the Nohovao clan. We purchased the stamps and stamp sheet. However, the stamp sheet was hard to find due to low mintage.
Ari'i, Queen of the Nohovao clan. We purchased the stamps and stamp sheet. However, the stamp sheet was hard to find due to low mintage.
The stone sculpture was dedicated to the Queen at her town Hamuta valley. This town is no longer exist today.
The stone sculpture was dedicated to the Queen at her town Hamuta valley. This town is no longer exist today.
Queen's stone sculpture is standing in front of the town hall at the French Polynesian capital. Some scholars believed that she was the symbol of beauty. The beauty that makes Tahitian women famous around the world.
Queen's stone sculpture is standing in front of the town hall at the French Polynesian capital. Some scholars believed that she was the symbol of beauty. The beauty that makes Tahitian women famous around the world.
NOTE: Someone asked us how many stamps does French Polynesia released per year. The postal released about 12 issues per year and the commemorative issues are even lesser. The mintage is usually low.
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Miss Tahiti Committee is one of organizations that strongly support Polynesian Philately. Vaimalama Chaves, 2018 Miss Tahiti involved in Philately for years promoting stamp hobby. She worked tirelessly at stamp shows and philately meetings. Her father works at the postal office through out his entire postal career at the same branch. In 2019, a stamp was issued honoring Vaimalama Chaves. She indicated in her biography that it was her father who got her involved in stamps hobby at early age.

She was born in French Polynesia. She's mixed with French, Chinese and indigenous tribes. She graduated in Paris with a master's degree in commerce. She later became a musician and released several albums. She volunteered working with children in the hospital. Her cousin Mareva Georges is Miss France 1991.
Vaimalama Chaves, Miss Tahiti 2018 & Miss France 2019 (She won both titles)
Vaimalama Chaves, Miss Tahiti 2018 & Miss France 2019 (She won both titles)
Vaimalama Chaves doing a photo session for the stamp.
Vaimalama Chaves doing a photo session for the stamp.
Vaimalama Chaves on the front cover of French Polynesian stamp calendar.
Vaimalama Chaves on the front cover of French Polynesian stamp calendar.
The stamp calendar is issued every year in French Polynesia and it's popular with the islanders. The purpose of this calendar is to promote stamps Polynesia stamp and the hobby. All the models in the calendar volunteered their time without pay. Thanks to the co operation of Miss Tahiti Committee which worked closely with the Office des Postes et Télécommunications, they are able to accomplished this amazing project every year.
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A French Polynesian Philatelist hired 2 artists to do art painting on his town house. He spend over 300,000 euros for this monumental project, but the Philatelist with a colorful personality was determined. The artists worked everyday while attracting many bystanders. Their art painting received praises from the public. The Polynesian Postal Office was so inspired by the painting that they released a stamp displaying this art painting house.
The stamp promote the 2016 International Stamp Expo in New York (USA). This 2016 stamp makes it's debut at the opening ceremony.
The stamp promote the 2016 International Stamp Expo in New York (USA). This 2016 stamp makes it's debut at the opening ceremony.
We purchased the stamp & stamp sheet from a Polynesian post office. We loved this beautiful stamp. We also love the story behind it.
We purchased the stamp & stamp sheet from a Polynesian post office. We loved this beautiful stamp. We also love the story behind it.
Artist painted this 6 story town house in Tahiti.
Artist painted this 6 story town house in Tahiti.
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lanuii wrote: 04 Jun 2023 11:27 French Polynesia Stamp Collection (1958 - ) Polynesian Specialist


French Polynesia (Tahiti)
Population: 280,000
Language: French, Tahitian (secondary language)
Location: Pacific Ocean

Dear everyone, we are opening a new topic "French Polynesia Stamp Collection (1958 - Present). This new topic will cover the history of Polynesian stamps, Polynesian stamp sheets and Polynesian stamp proof.

Moreover, we will cover the Polynesian Engrave Artists who designed Polynesian stamps and manufactures that prints Polynesian stamps.

There are over 5 dozens of stamp clubs in French Polynesia.

The tiny islands received strong support from Philatelic Center of French Polynesia, Fare Rata La poste, Miss Tahiti Committee, Office des Postes et Télécommunications and Polynesian Philatelic Society.

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We are the French Polynesian stamp club that specialises in French Polynesian stamps only. We study and research every issues.

Most of us lives in French Polynesia and overseas. English is not our first language: therefore, you might see many misspellings, wrong punctuations and incorrect grammar.

I, myself lives in USA and I translate their letters into English. Please excuse us for any language errors. Thanks for reading. Wishing you love and peace.


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Applause for lanuii and friends for this new thread, on the philately of French Polynesia.

It is full of enthusiasm, sharing your pleasure and pride in French Polynesian stamps. Even more, it gives us insights into the relevant social and cultural dimensions.

As a result of the posts already added in this thread, we now know something about the dedication of the various groups of people who contribute to French Polynesian philately. We begin to learn about the cultural/historical background of some of the stamp subjects. And we sense the social connections between the participants. Thank you for sharing all this! It helps us to understand and appreciate not just the stamps, but the people themselves.

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My wife and I are especially impressed by the beautiful 2016 mural and the stamp depicting the finished work. Beautiful street art/public art raises the quality of life in its neighbourhood, sharing beauty and pleasure with everyone.

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Dear RogerE.......We're happy to shared Polynesian Philately with everyone. The world rarely mention Oceania region. Fiji, Cook Islands and Micronesia are very active and their Philately organizations are amazing. Our sister islands New Caledonia and Wallis/Futuna are very competitive too. Our decedents Pitcairn Islands also done well, almost 70% of island's revenue are generated from stamps.

Dear Hemang......We may collect Machins, but they're rarely produced in French Polynesia. Machins is unfamiliar in our culture because Machins produced only once in history of Polynesian Postal.
A Valentines Day stamp. Love and peace is the theme of French Polynesia.
A Valentines Day stamp. Love and peace is the theme of French Polynesia.
Tupai Island is one of our baby islands, It's a heart shape island that attracted newlyweds mainly from Oceania and Asia.
Tupai Island is one of our baby islands, It's a heart shape island that attracted newlyweds mainly from Oceania and Asia.
Tupai Island is unknown to the world, but it's popular with French tourists, Honeymooners and Philatelists. Several Polynesian stamp clubs have held outdoor meetings on this island before. The island is very isolated, but it has a full time staff that lives there and do the maintenance everyday. The French Polynesian postal office has issued several stamps in the past honoring this lovely island, one of most romantic place on Earth.
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Good to see new thread about French Polynesia philately. Please allow me to share little from the Islands culture and show a set of stamps depicts paintings by Polynesian Artists: Vaea, Andre Marere, Shelsher and P.E. Victor, issued on December 3, 1993:
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A gorgeous part of the work and good to see the stamp getting lots of exposure.

Rather difficult for tourists from here to get to sadly. No direct flights there from Australia these days. We flew to Papeete, then to Bora Bora on a short holiday, and got to see some of your lovely country. 8-)

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Views of the main islands of French Polynesia are the subject of this early pictorial set:

French Polynesia, 1964: Scenes of the main islands<br />Top value is the 23f airmail, of Moorea<br />(SG 43, Sc C32)
French Polynesia, 1964: Scenes of the main islands
Top value is the 23f airmail, of Moorea
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The artwork for this set appears to have been that of F. Lambert, in several cases based on the work of earlier artists. Can you tell us more please, lanuii?


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RogerE wrote: 07 Jun 2023 02:33 Views of the main islands of French Polynesia are the subject of this early pictorial set:

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The artwork for this set appears to have been that of F. Lambert, in several cases based on the work of earlier artists. Can you tell us more please, lanuii?


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Roger, thanks for the great stamps. Please allow small correction: the designer is Pierrette Lambert. A well known artist. She designed many stamps and banknotes for Francophone countries like this beautiful set.
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Dear Global Admin.....Thanks so much for sharing your vacation photos, a big surprised. You are correct, it's difficult for tourists to get there. Communication is also difficult too, not many speak English. French Polynesia received few tourists, there's less crowd at the beach and etc...

Dear RogerE and Eli......This 1964 stamp set is designed by Pierrette Lambert, she's famous for her art work on stamps and banknote. This 1964 stamp set is considered common. Our stamp club has this 1964 stamp set also in sheets and proofs. 6 proofs cost us about 100 Euro and 6 sheets cost us about 800 Euro. I personally love the art work even thought this 1964 stamp set didn't win any awards.
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Christian Beslu is one of the most important person we ever known. A French born Author and Philatelist who devoted his entire life studying and research Polynesian stamps. He was as an Senior Advisor for French Polynesian Philately for over six decades. He passed away a few years ago and left behind a legacy. A legacy that will be remember for generations to come.
Christian Beslu (1934-2020)
Christian Beslu (1934-2020)
This 1970 stamp is one of the most famous stamp in French Polynesia. We purchased the stamp sheet and proof, but was unable to purchase artist proof (unavailable on the market).
This 1970 stamp is one of the most famous stamp in French Polynesia. We purchased the stamp sheet and proof, but was unable to purchase artist proof (unavailable on the market).
Christian Beslu wrote a Polynesian philately book which gained fame throughout Oceania region.
Christian Beslu wrote a Polynesian philately book which gained fame throughout Oceania region.
Christian Beslu with Julia Moutardier, former head of French Polynesian post office. Both volunteered at the French Polynesian booth in Paris.
Christian Beslu with Julia Moutardier, former head of French Polynesian post office. Both volunteered at the French Polynesian booth in Paris.
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Paintings from the 19th century, issued on December 15, 1982:

Tahitian Woman, by Maximilien René Radiguet (1816-1899):
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Souvenir of Tahiti, by Sébastien Charles Giraud (1819-1892):
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Fabric Threshing, by JL Le Jeune:
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Papeete Port, by Constance Gordon Cumming (1837-1924):
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This French Polynesia thread is growing nicely.
The social/cultural context of many of the posts is particularly enjoyable. :D

Here are some more examples of the 1964 Island Views set:

French Polynesia, 1964: Island Views set, cancelled<br />(Are they cancelled to order?)
French Polynesia, 1964: Island Views set, cancelled
(Are they cancelled to order?)
French Polynesia, 1964: Lower left corner blocks of four<br />Island Views 4f Bora Bora, 20f Gambier<br />(note production information in margins)
French Polynesia, 1964: Lower left corner blocks of four
Island Views 4f Bora Bora, 20f Gambier
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Thanks Eli and lanuii for telling us a little about Pierrette Lambert, who created the artwork for these stamps. My ancient eyes misread her initial on the stamps as 'F' instead of 'P'.

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1988 Miss Tahiti, Teumere Pater is a legend in Miss Tahiti Committee. She became a Philatelist at early age. While in college, she became Miss Tahiti. She often volunteered in philatelic events despite busy schedule. During her reign as Miss Tahiti, she advocate for a Philately holiday, a bold move that surprised many.
1988 Miss Tahiti, Teumere Pater
1988 Miss Tahiti, Teumere Pater
Teumere Pater on stamp
Teumere Pater on stamp
After her reign as Miss Tahiti, she returned home. In 1993, she drove a car to visit a friend working at post office. Sadly, she was killed in car accident. The news shocked the island nation. Flags were lower to half staff. Ever since her death, every Miss Tahiti have followed her step and engaged with philatelic community.

(Below) Gravesite of late 1988 Miss Tahiti. Every year, visitors especially Philatelists make their pilgrimage to her resting place. An everlasting tribute to this legend. Today, some sees her as a national hero.
Teumere Pater (1967-1993)
Teumere Pater (1967-1993)

Dear Eli.....The 1982 set of painting stamps is amazing. We have these in sheet and proof in our collection. French Polynesia produces many painting stamps because of French influence. Many painting stamps are in large size without gum......PS: Are you a topical collector in Painting ?

Dear RogerE.....Engrave Artist Pierrette Lambert is still alive today (94). She lost her father and brother when she was a teenager. Despite the tragedy, she pursued her study and went on to have very successful career.
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Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints church in French Polynesia was founded in 1843. Closed in 1852 by the French government, but reopened In 1892 after the establishment of general religious tolerance. A stamp was released upon this church's 150th anniversary.
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Thanks lanuii, your posts continue to share information about the people and circumstances surrounding the stamps, and we appreciate that cultural and personalised context. 👍

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lanuii wrote: 08 Jun 2023 03:01 Dear Eli.....The 1982 set of painting stamps is amazing. We have these in sheet and proof in our collection. French Polynesia produces many painting stamps because of French influence. Many painting stamps are in large size without gum......PS: Are you a topical collector in Painting ?
Indeed, I have several topical collections, among them a small collection of art on engraved stamps but I don't collect paintings in general. The above particular sets I posted above belong to my Folklore collection, although I remember I purchase them only because they were very attractive.

Here is a postcard from 2009, the only one I received from French Polynesia:
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there was also stamps from Oceanie Island before 1958 :)
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Ua Poa is the least visited island in French Polynesia. Twice a week, tourists landed on Una Poa airport, a small airport on a remote island consist only 54 square miles. The island is famous for the rock formation and the mountains. Some regards this island as one of the most beautiful places in the world. There are about 2000 people living there.
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Just a few thousands transit through this local airport each year due to it's isolation. Those who have visited described as "Paradise"

Dear RogerE.....We're happy to share on Stampboards. Polynesian philately is mystery to world. French Polynesia rarely do marketing in public. Most Polynesian Philatelists stay low profile and rarely engaged outside world. What we post here is a tiny glimpse of Polynesian philately, there are many things we don't know because early Polynesian Philatelists 18/19th century deceased long ago. That's why we do research and investigation. The 1st Polynesian Philatelists is in 1850's, he lived near the port and retrieved discard letters from sailors. He has about 7 stamps in his entire collection. There's so little information about him.

Dear Eli.....A nice surprise from French Polynesia. We recognized that stamp on your post card. We have been trying to buy that stamp in sheets for years, but very elusive on the market. You mentioned Folklore collection. I'm unable to identify Folklore. How do you identify Folklore stamps ? just curious.

Dear gugusg.....You are correct. There are French Polynesian stamps before 1958. Stamps printed before 1958 is Oceania because the statues of government. Stamps before 1958 is Oceania. Stamps after 1958 is French Polynesia. Just different names but same islands, same humans :D
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French Polynesian Postal lunched a baby contest to select 6 babies. Hundred of baby photos were submitted. The public voted online for a winning baby and 5 as Runners Up. The post office released the stamp book of 6 babies. It was popular and got sold out quickly. Our stamps club purchased it, but received 3 months later.
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The winner to the parents of baby Kihani. The family wins a free plane ticket to Los Angeles (USA).
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gugusg wrote: 08 Jun 2023 22:43 there was also stamps from Oceanie Island before 1958 :)
Indeed, and several of them just great! since they were issued before 1958, if lanuii allows me, I will be glad to show one set from 1948 contains six different designs.
lanuii wrote: 09 Jun 2023 02:35 Dear Eli.....A nice surprise from French Polynesia. We recognized that stamp on your post card. We have been trying to buy that stamp in sheets for years, but very elusive on the market. You mentioned Folklore collection. I'm unable to identify Folklore. How do you identify Folklore stamps ? just curious.
Hi, in my folklore collection I add stamps that show local traditional costumes as shown in 2 or 3 of the stamps from the art sets I posted. But, even without these stamps, I would buy these sets to my collection since I don't need reasons to add such beautiful and attractive sets to my album. Here another attractive one, issued on November 3, 1958, shows the beauty of the Islands:
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Here's a stamp honors the 1964 Philatelic Expo in Paris. It also honors stamp collecting, the greatest hobby in the world. Philatelists around the world dedicated their time in this amazing hobby. Meetings, seminars or trade shows are held everyday somewhere in the world.
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1964 Philatelic Expo in Paris
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French Polynesia stamp club (2019)

Dear Eli......We're happy to see pre 1958 stamps. We think we know the 1948 set you've mentioned..... Great sets of 1958 stamps you posted. Those are beautiful and quite popular. We have those sets in sheets and proofs. The sheets weren't very expensive, but the proofs are.

We researched the 1958 sets in our past meetings. They're considered common because of large mintage and has some what overwhelmed the market. We also done some investigations for forgeries. In our findings, we didn't detect any forgeries and none are indicated on Philately Watch List.
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French Polynesia Stamp Club (2019)<br />ia Orana! Maeva!
French Polynesia Stamp Club (2019)
ia Orana! Maeva!
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Thanks lanuii — are you in that photograph?

So far we see few French Polynesian stamps with Tahitian words. I think we might see more use of Tahitian words and phrases on future stamps, as pride and nationalism in the country grow. What do you think about that?

I found two words of greeting to add to the caption of the photograph. In the Stamps and Languages thread, I am posting as list of 30 Tahitian words and phrases from a website I found. It's at

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I invite lanuii or others with relevant knowledge to add corrections and/or further information following that post as well. :D


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A set of stamps of World Children's Day. It was released in 1992 even thought it's not a national holiday.
Stamps celebrating World Children's Day
Stamps celebrating World Children's Day
Children awaits photo taking for a postal project (calendar). One of our club members took this picture on World Children's Day.
Children awaits photo taking for a postal project (calendar). One of our club members took this picture on World Children's Day.
Fare Rata La Poste held a meeting with photographers, postal staff and parents. Children are the main focus of the project.
Fare Rata La Poste held a meeting with photographers, postal staff and parents. Children are the main focus of the project.
Dear RogerE....I and some aren't in our group photo. Actually, I held the camera and took that photo - that's why I'm not in photo. You are correct, Tahitian words are becoming visible in the future. There are other native languages that are competitors to Tahitian language due to tribal conflict centuries ago...PS- great language topic.
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A French Polynesian Stamp Expo held at Pape'ete. Several community leaders and city officials came to assist this annual event. The turn out was great. Most attendee were from local, but some from Pacific islands & Australia.
The staff from the Philatelic Center of French Polynesia which hosted this 2 day event. One of our stamp club members took these photos (2018)
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lanuii wrote: 09 Jun 2023 23:25 Dear Eli......We're happy to see pre 1958 stamps. We think we know the 1948 set you've mentioned.....
Here it comes.... a set of 19 definitive engraved stamps, contains 6 different designs issued in 1948 for use in French Oceanic Region (Établissements Français de l'Océanie). I will show one stamp from each design:
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A stamp issued displaying Boeing 707 from Pan Am Airways, once the most popular airline in America. Pam Am was the first commercial airline fly to Tahiti and became a regular route during 1960s and 1970s. The Boeing 707 landed at Faa'a International Airport daily. Pan Am closed in 1991.
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Pan Am's Boeing 707
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Pan Am (1967)
The luxury of travel during the golden age.
The luxury of travel during the golden age.
Pan Am's marketing on Tahiti destination
Pan Am's marketing on Tahiti destination
Dear Eli.....Nice 1948 stamps, the designs are simple and beautiful. Art stamps dominated in 1940's. These stamps were over produced due to strong demand. As a result, it flooded the market for decades, they're inexpensive. Even the stamp sheets are inexpensive.
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Our stamp club discussed this stamp a few months ago. It was issued in 1922 with multiple sets. We had a long debate about it's Engrave Artist. Anyway, this beautiful stamp is common because many have survived. Sheets are limited and proofs are no longer in the market.
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1917 post card. The 2 girls are sisters. They modeled to earn some income
1917 post card. The 2 girls are sisters. They modeled to earn some income
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Milan Stepanik arrived Tahiti in 1910. He was an astronomer and set up an observatory. He was very popular with the locals. Later, he left and became the founding father of Czechoslovakia. Today, Milan Stepanik's monument can be seen in Tahiti .
This stamp was released at 2018 International Stamp Expo in Pargue.
This stamp was released at 2018 International Stamp Expo in Pargue.
Moana Brotherson, staff from Philatelic Center of French Polynesia
Moana Brotherson, staff from Philatelic Center of French Polynesia
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Aaahh! By PanAm to French Polynesia...

French Polynesia, 2005: <br />60f PanAm Boeing 707 (Sc 898)
French Polynesia, 2005:
60f PanAm Boeing 707 (Sc 898)
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In 1975 I was based at Northern Illinois University, and flew to Australia to participate in a conference.
I chose to fly via French Polynesia, because I had never previously visited there, so my PanAm flight took me from Los Angeles to Faa'a Airport in Tahiti. I stayed several days, using local public transport, and thoroughly enjoyed the food and the sightseeing. But I could not stay long, and travelled on to Australia, with a refuelling stop in Fiji...

In 1976 I was still at Northern Illinois University, but was appointed to a new position at University of Newcastle in Australia, so it was time to relocate back to our home country, Australia. I again arranged to fly via French Polynesia, this time accompanied by my wife and our two children, because I wanted to share the pleasure of visiting Tahiti with them. We stayed in a seaside location just out of Pape'ete, in accommodation consisting of numerous thatched huts in a garden setting, with a thatched common dining area open on all sides. Delicious food, a combination of French style cuisine and local fish and produce, in an ideal waterside location, with a few chickens wandering about in the garden... Happy memories!

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French Polynesia during Coronavirus. It didn't hit hard on the population. Postal delivery for oversea was suspended for several months, but local delivery wasn't.
French Polynesia during Coronavirus. It didn't hit hard on the population. Postal delivery for oversea was suspended for several months, but local delivery wasn't.
2020 Coronavirus stamp and FDC were popular with collectors and non collectors.
2020 Coronavirus stamp and FDC were popular with collectors and non collectors.
Staff from Philatelic Center of French Polynesia. Coronavirus stamp making it's debut at this event. Our stamp club risk their life and purchased this stamp and stamp sheet there.
Staff from Philatelic Center of French Polynesia. Coronavirus stamp making it's debut at this event. Our stamp club risk their life and purchased this stamp and stamp sheet there.
This is one of philatelic events held despite the threats of Coronavirus.
This is one of philatelic events held despite the threats of Coronavirus.
Dera RogerE.....My goodness! great journeys flying Pan Am to French Polynesia. You're so fortunate to experience the 1970's adventure and it's even more special to shared it with family. Sightseeing on paradise and experienced the hospitality of Polynesian is unforgettable. Enjoying French style cuisine with local seafood near waterside is the best. The precious time you and family spend together is most memorable. If every person in the world can experience that, the world will be happy and peaceful forever.

PS - Did you re-visit Northern Illinois University just to see what's like, today ?......All of 1975 staff are probably long gone.
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Hello lanuii. I'm so pleased to see how nicely this thread is growing, and I'm particularly enjoying the social and cultural information being included in many of the posts. It helps us get an appreciation of the wider "story" of French Polynesian philately.

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French Polynesia, 1978: 50f Tahitian Woman and Boy<br />Painting by Paul Gauguin<br />Stamp issued to commemorate 75th anniversary of Gaugin's death<br />First day cover, unaddressed, cancelled 7 May 1978, Gauguin Museum, Papeari<br />(current eBay offering)
French Polynesia, 1978: 50f Tahitian Woman and Boy
Painting by Paul Gauguin
Stamp issued to commemorate 75th anniversary of Gaugin's death
First day cover, unaddressed, cancelled 7 May 1978, Gauguin Museum, Papeari
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The Gaugin Museum is at Papeari, Teva I Uta, on the south coast of Tahiti:

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After visiting Tahiti in the mid-1970s I started to collect first day covers of French Polynesia, especially the "art" covers, like the 1978 Gauguin commemorative shown here. I must admit that my collection of these issues is not very detailed, and needs to be properly organised and written up, but for me it still carries with it the pleasure of my two visits to Tahiti, now nearly half a century ago!

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Yes lanuii, I have revisited Northern Illinois University at various times since my time there in the mid-1970s. When I had six months sabbatical leave from University of Newcastle in 1986 I spent over a month at Northern Illinois University, and carried out some research with an old friend/colleague (subsequently published). Later still, I had a position at Illinois State University (1993-2010), and during that time I made quite a few visits to old friends/colleagues at Northern Illinois University, giving some research seminars and doing joint research. It was always a pleasure to reconnect with academic friends there...

I have flown between USA and Australia numerous times sine the mid-1980s, but by then direct flights between Los Angeles and Sydney were routine, not requiring refuelling stops mid-Pacific, so I never did get another "natural" opportunity to revisit Tahiti. There must have been many changes there since the 1970s.

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Footnote: By the way, can you tell us the meaning of the place names Pape'ete and Papeari?
I did add a second post about Tahitian language = Te Rana Tahiti, at
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OPT (Office des Postes et Télécommunication) is one of philatelic organizations in French Polynesia. Each year, OPT invite students to tour the facilities. A great experience for students to understand the process of postal operation. This is often the first step for youngster to get involve in Philately.
A typical post office in French Polynesia.
A typical post office in French Polynesia.
Students at the front counter. They wear the OPT T-shirt that was given to them by their host, OPT.
Students at the front counter. They wear the OPT T-shirt that was given to them by their host, OPT.
Students witnessed custom service behind the counter.
Students witnessed custom service behind the counter.
Students toured the sorting area in stockroom.
Students toured the sorting area in stockroom.
Dear RogerE....Pape'ete means water from a basket and Papeari means honour foundation stone, something about the legend or myth. Your 1978 FDC is very familiar to us because we have that in stamp, sheet and proof. You collected Polynesian FDC after inspired by Tahiti. Interesting, the faith has brought you to paradise......It's amazing you had a reunion with colleagues, it's like traveling back in time.
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Napoleon Bonaparte, one of greatest generals in history. His 6.5 million soldiers & 300,000 Imperial Guards takes on the world winning 70 wars & lost only 8. In 1969, a stamp was issued commemorating Napoleon's 200th birthday. This is one of the most difficult stamps for Polynesian Philatelists because fewer of these stamps survived in MHN condition. Even fewer in sheet and proof.
Napoleon stamp. We purchased this MNH stamp for 110 Euros. It wasn't difficult to locate this one.
Napoleon stamp. We purchased this MNH stamp for 110 Euros. It wasn't difficult to locate this one.
Napoleon sheet. We purchased this stamp sheet for 12,000 Euro. It took us several years to locate this one in Paris.
Napoleon sheet. We purchased this stamp sheet for 12,000 Euro. It took us several years to locate this one in Paris.
Our stamp club doesn't the Proof because it's not on the market. However, we believed a few still exist and we'll pursue if it becomes available in private auction.
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Thanks lanuii for your Tue Jun 13, 2023 09:54:57 am post. :D
How good to see the students being hosted by OPT = Office des Postes et Télécommunication, and introduced to the workings of the postal service. That's a practical experience which helps them understand some important aspects of the way community services work. If it motivates some of them to become stamp collectors, that's a bonus!
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I like to collect covers that have seen actual postal service, because they show stamps doing their primary job, and they document postal and social history. Here's a pre-1958 cover that I've just acquired (motivated/ inspired by your current thread about French Polynesian philately!).

Pape'ete, Tahiti to London, England: Registered airmail cover, <br />3x postmark Pape'ete, Tahiti,: 20 Feb 1952<br />Registration label Pape'ete, Tahiti<br />Blue pencil/crayon cross, denoting registration<br />Postage paid 38.40f:<br />Franking: contemporary stamps of <br /> Établissements Français de l'Océanie:<br />2x15f, 1x5f, 1x3f, 1x40c.
Pape'ete, Tahiti to London, England: Registered airmail cover,
3x postmark Pape'ete, Tahiti,: 20 Feb 1952
Registration label Pape'ete, Tahiti
Blue pencil/crayon cross, denoting registration
Postage paid 38.40f:
Franking: contemporary stamps of
Établissements Français de l'Océanie:
2x15f, 1x5f, 1x3f, 1x40c.
Back of cover, showing blue &quot;registered&quot; cross, <br />and folded-over portion of one 15f stamp.
Back of cover, showing blue "registered" cross,
and folded-over portion of one 15f stamp.
The cover appears to have been inter-bank business, from the Pape'ete branch of Banque de l'Indochine to the London branch of the Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corp.
The blue cross, in pencil or crayon, was used to make clear that the cover required special handling as a registered item. (No thought was paid to leaving the stamps in pristine state — the blue lines go right across two of them.) There is a blue manuscript notation "Ins" which I conjecture is an abbreviation of "Insured", to denote that an additional payment above registration was added, for compensation if the cover was not delivered to the recipient bank.
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French Novelist Pierre Loti on the stamp
French Novelist Pierre Loti on the stamp
2015 complete collection.
2015 complete collection.
2015 complete collection can be seen at this booth. Frida is a staff from Philatelic Center of French Polynesia. One of our stamp club member took this photo when she was shopping.
2015 complete collection can be seen at this booth. Frida is a staff from Philatelic Center of French Polynesia. One of our stamp club member took this photo when she was shopping.
Dear RogerE .....A nice purchased of a Polynesian cover. The 5 stamps takes up almost half of the cover. One thing caught our eyes is the denomination of 5 stamps. The sender could the use 1 stamp (100F) instead 5 stamps, It's a little weird for a bank to do that. The sender is still exist today, but the name changed. We think It's called Cathedral branch of the Bank of Polynesia.
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Thank you lanuii. You noted that the bank (the sender) could have used a single 100f stamp. But the total postage paid was 38.40f, so 100f would have been 250% of the actual postage paid. The value of the franc in 1952 was much higher than now, so the difference would have been significant.

Nice to know that the bank has taken on a more appropriate local name,
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Bank of Polynesia
Cathedral Branch
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I'm guessing the French version is
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Banque de Polynésie
Succursale cathèdrale
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It would be appreciated if you an help us understand the notation on the 1952 cover that says
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Service "Portefeuille-Import"
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That may be a specific banking term — I really can't guess exactly what it refers to.

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Footnote on currency in French Pacific
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1974 stamp of Golf d'Atimaono, French Polynesia's #1 golf course.
1974 stamp of Golf d'Atimaono, French Polynesia's #1 golf course.
Golf d'Atimaono hosted several international tournaments in the past.
Golf d'Atimaono hosted several international tournaments in the past.
Karlene Teriitaumihau, one of our stamp club members at Golf d'Atimaono
Karlene Teriitaumihau, one of our stamp club members at Golf d'Atimaono
We purchased the proof which took us many years to locate. We couldn't locate stamp sheets, it's considered rare and only a few exited today.
We purchased the proof which took us many years to locate. We couldn't locate stamp sheets, it's considered rare and only a few exited today.

Dear RogerE.....You are correct, the postage paid would be too much if using 100F, we forgot to take the currency value and inflation into consideration for the 1950's, a very different time of life
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Here is a set I posted in the Mythologies thread but I think would interest followers of this thread too.

Tiki in Polynesia is a figure represented by a human figure with marked traits: big eyes, nose, ears, and mouth. In Māori mythology, Tiki is the first man created by either Tūmatauenga, the primary god of war and human activities or by Tāne, god of forests and of birds. Tiki found the first woman, Marikoriko, in a pond; she seduced him and he became the father of Hine-kau-ataata. When she is born, the first clouds appear in the sky.

Tikis in Marquesas Islands, issued by French Polynesia on February 8, 1984:
Polynesia French 1984 Tikis 1.jpg
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Miss Tahiti Committee has a long history of supporting philately in French Polynesia. This organization has worked on thousands of philatelic projects since 1960, the inception of Miss Tahiti Committee.
1961 Miss Tahiti modeled for a post card.
1961 Miss Tahiti modeled for a post card.
One of our stamp club members was there during the shooting session and took this amazing picture.
One of our stamp club members was there during the shooting session and took this amazing picture.
This project was lead by the Fare Rata - La poste, the national postal service on the islands.
This project was lead by the Fare Rata - La poste, the national postal service on the islands.
1961 Miss Tahiti on stamp
1961 Miss Tahiti on stamp
Dear Eli....Māori mythology is the center of Polynesian culture. Tiki is often mentioned and numerous of Tiki stamps were issued before. Tiki statues on Marquesas Islands in which you displayed 3 stamps. We have these in stamp sheets and proof - a requirement for research purpose.
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Maryse Noguier and Titi Becaud are the two most popular Engrave Artists in French Polynesia. Both artists are known for their watercolor painting and their contribution in Polynesian Philately.
Maryse Noguier's stamp. Her name is at bottom left of the stamp.
Maryse Noguier's stamp. Her name is at bottom left of the stamp.
Maryse Noguier, Artist
Maryse Noguier, Artist
Titi Becaud's stamp. Her name is at bottom left of the stamp.
Titi Becaud's stamp. Her name is at bottom left of the stamp.
Titi Becaud, Artist
Titi Becaud, Artist
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Congratulations lanuii, this very lively French Polynesia stamps thread has already reached 50 posts :D
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Here are water sports stamps from 1971:
French Polynesia, 1971: 16f &amp; 20f water sports<br />(Sc C72-C73. SG 132-133)
French Polynesia, 1971: 16f & 20f water sports
(Sc C72-C73. SG 132-133)
16f: Plonge sous-marine — scubadiving /undersea diving
20f: Cerf-volant marin — kiteskiing / water skiing with kite
French Polynesia, 1971: water sports, marginal imperforate examples<br />10f, 15f, 16f, 20f<br />(Sc 263var, C71-C73var = SG 130-133var)
French Polynesia, 1971: water sports, marginal imperforate examples
10f, 15f, 16f, 20f
(Sc 263var, C71-C73var = SG 130-133var)
French Polynesia, 1971: water sports, <br />10f, 15f, 16f, 20f in pairs, cancelled to order<br />(Sc 263, C71-C73 = SG 130-133)
French Polynesia, 1971: water sports,
10f, 15f, 16f, 20f in pairs, cancelled to order
(Sc 263, C71-C73 = SG 130-133)
(items shown are current eBay offerings)
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/RogerE 🦉

Footnote: Do you know a name for the often-seen marginal pattern? To me it resembles fish scales.
Marginal pattern
Marginal pattern
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