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About Us / History

The Polar Postal History Society of Great Britain (PPHSGB) was founded in 1952 by Harry Evans. Over the years the Society has added to the initial area of collecting of the Heroic Age / Classic Polar Exploration (which includes Scott’s and Shackleton’s expeditions) to incorporate not only more modern postal history but also postcards, new issues, Cinderella and thematic collecting. The Society now has a membership of about 250 worldwide, and recent auction realisations confirm Polar Philately retains a strong following.

The aims of the Society are to promote the general study of the Postal History of the Polar and Sub-Polar regions and to act as a medium whereby collectors of this material may correspond, exchange and acquire items for their collections and to obtain information about these areas.

The PPHS issues its journal POLAR POST quarterly, A4 size, covering items of interest from Arctic to Antarctic plus Tristan da Cunha.

Geographically this encompasses British Antarctic Territory, Falkland Islands’ Dependencies, especially Base & Survey related items, Gough Island, Australian Antarctic (AAT) and French Antarctic (TAAF), Ross Dependency, South Georgia, Belgian/ Chinese/ Dutch/ German/ Italian/ Japanese/ Scandinavian/ South African/ South American/ Spanish/ USA bases/expeditions in the Antarctic, and many other countries maintaining a presence in the far South.

In the Northern Hemisphere, items from around the arctic area of Northern Scandinavian countries (including Greenland), Russia, Alaska, and Canada fall within the Society’s area of interest.

Thematic topics covered include Polar exploration, penguins, seals & whaling, polar shipping and aviation.

The Society also runs regular auctions. Regular meetings are held, usually in London, and from time to time residential weekends.

If you are interested in collecting Polar or Tristan material you are invited to join The Polar Postal History Society of Great Britain. Please print and complete the application form and send it with your subscription to the Membership Secretary Robert McMillan. You will be assured of a warm welcome!

Annual subscriptions fall due on 1 January. Those joining in the course of the year will receive all the issues of Polar Post for that year to date, then editions of the journal as they are published.

To enquire about membership (see also How to Join Us page), submit a comment about an item or suggest new topics or improvements, use the comment form below: