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Rod Perry wrote:
Penguin-related item, with a twist:

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1965 illegal use of Phillip Island Penguin Reserve 2/- admission ticket for airmail postage to West Germany!
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Love it .... A great item!

But, according to my "rates charts" the airmail rate for a letter to Europe in 1965 was 2/3 (two shillings and threepence) and for a postcard was 1/2 (one shilling and two pence).

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GYDAM wrote:
Rod Perry wrote:
Penguin-related item, with a twist:

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1965 illegal use of Phillip Island Penguin Reserve 2/- admission ticket for airmail postage to West Germany!
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Love it .... A great item!

But, according to my "rates charts" the airmail rate for a letter to Europe in 1965 was 2/3 (two shillings and threepence) and for a postcard was 1/2 (one shilling and two pence).

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Correct, Gordon, but in this instance the sender paid zero postage, and there was no taxing applied.

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Ubobo.R.O. wrote:Congratulations Rod. This postcard has just won my postcard of the year award !

Can't figure out the postmark though.
Preston West which is a long walk from the Penguin Parade at Phillip Island. :)

It probably didn't get taxed as there was no room for the postage due stamps :!:
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Nov. 2, 1988
Whales of the Southern Oceans

Orca and a couple of penguin in a hurry.
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May 1, 1996
Wildlife block of 6 stamps plus 2 labels
Yellow-eyed penguin, Royal Albatross, White Heron, Sperm Whale (tail), Fur Seal, and Bottlenose Dolphin
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Adelie penguins
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Two penguins discuss whether to make polite conversation with a nearby lion or not.
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One WorldPark Antarctica.
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Greenpeace 1986 to 1995 issued cinderella or local post stamps for use on their campaign support vessels and also in the earlier years from their Antarctic Base situated in the Ross Dependency.
These stamps pay the cost of postage (or local carriage) on postal articles from the vessels concerned to the nearest regular postal collection point. These stamps also funds for Greenpeace conservation tasks as well as publicizing their projects. Stamps are denominated in New Zealand Dollars and have been issued through their Auckland Headquarters.

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One WorldPark Antarctica "Overwinterers" overprint
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Greenpeace established World Park Base at Cape Evans on Ross Island in the Ross Dependency in 1987 in order to press its demand for the Antarctic Treaty nations to declare all of the continent of Antarctica a World Park. The base closed down and was completely dismantled in 1992.

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During her 15 years of service with Greenpeace, the MV or Black Pig as she was known by her crew, circumnavigated the globe several times, participating in numerous campaigns. Her first deployment was as part of the "World Park Antarctica" campaign but following the sinking of the Warrior, she was diverted en route from Europe to New Zealand via the Panama canal, to first participate as part of a peace convoy protesting against French Nuclear Testing at Moruroa Atoll, before continuing to carry on with the Antarctica campaign as planned. The next decade and a half saw her involved in Greenpeace campaigns around the world, from the Persian Gulf to the Antarctic.

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Greenpeace Series Three "1988 Expedition"
23 Aug. 1988

The series three sheet was withdrawn early by Greenpeace owing to a design error where a Northern Hemisphere seal was depicted by mistake.
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1989 Expedition M.V. "Gondwana"
12 Apr. 1989

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1989-90 Expedition M.V. "Gondwana"
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New Zealand Little Blue Penguin on a cal stamp.
This "personalised stamp" (or "cals" as they are known in NZ), was produced by the NZ Post at the request of a client, and features a photo of a Little Blue Penguin. Issue date uncertain, but thought to be in 2018.

Cals have full postal validity, even today, and this one has been used on a letter.

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Wikipedia wrote:The little penguin (Eudyptula minor) is the smallest species of penguin. It grows to an average of 33 cm (13 in) in height and 43 cm (17 in) in length, though specific measurements vary by subspecies. It is found on the coastlines of southern Australia and New Zealand, with possible records from Chile. In Australia, they are often called fairy penguins because of their small size. In New Zealand, they are more commonly known as little blue penguins or blue penguins owing to their slate-blue plumage; they are also known by their Māori name: kororā.
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New Zealand 2012 70c showing the Taiaroa Heads Lighthouse (near Dunedin) with Yellow-Eyed Penguins diving into the sea, and an albatross overhead.
A Yellow-Eyed Penguin city is located on Otago Peninsula, near the lighthouse.
Wikipedia wrote:The yellow-eyed penguin (Megadyptes antipodes) or hoiho is a penguin native to New Zealand. Previously thought closely related to the little penguin (Eudyptula minor), molecular research has shown it more closely related to penguins of the genus Eudyptes. Like most other penguins, it is mainly piscivorous.

The species breeds along the eastern and south-eastern coastlines of the South Island of New Zealand, as well as Stewart Island, Auckland Islands, and Campbell Islands. Colonies on the Otago Peninsula are a popular tourist venue, where visitors may closely observe penguins from hides, trenches, or tunnels.

On the New Zealand mainland, the species has experienced a significant decline over the past 20 years. On the Otago Peninsula, numbers have dropped by 75% since the mid-1990s and population trends indicate the possibility of local extinction in the next 20 to 40 years. While the effect of rising ocean temperatures is still being studied, an infectious outbreak in the mid 2000s played a large role in the drop. Human activities at sea (fisheries, pollution) may have an equal if not greater influence on the species' downward trend.
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Antarctic Treaty 40th anniversary
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From 1961 to 1994 the Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting (ATCM) generally met once every two years, but since 1994 the meetings have occurred annually. Peru hosted the 1999 meeting in May-June.

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Herm Island 1954 Eight Pence showing a Penguin and some other bird life.
Herm has many pretty stamps to its credit, but I only just spotted the penguin on this one, as the penguin has a back-row seat.
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Herm was first discovered in the Mesolithic period, and the first settlers arrived in the Neolithic and Bronze Ages. Many tombs from that period remain today, the majority in the north of the island. The island was annexed to the Duchy of Normandy in 933, but returned to the English Crown with the division of Normandy in 1204. It was occupied by Germany in the Second World War & the scene of Operation Huckaback, but was largely bypassed. Herm is currently managed by Herm Island Ltd, formed by Starboard Settlement, who acquired Herm in 2008, following fears during the sale of the island that the 'identity' of the island was at threat.

Herm's harbour is on its west coast. There are several buildings of note in the vicinity including the White House, St Tugual's Chapel, Fisherman's Cottage, "The Mermaid" pub and restaurant, & a small primary school with about eight children. During a busy summer season, up to 100,000 tourists visit the island, arriving by one of the catamaran ferries operated by the Trident Charter Company. Cars are banned from the island, as are bicycles; quad bikes and tractors used for staff and luggage transport respectively are allowed. The island's history is told in Hidden Treasures of Herm Island by Catherine Kalamis. And 2018 saw the publication of Paul Sherman's Where Seagulls Dare - a collection of short stories set in the island.

In the pre-decimal era, Herm Island issued numerous stamps, which were valid only on a local service to its larger neighbour Guernsey.
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That's an auk.

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The bird at the very left could be a guillemot??

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130th anniversary of Bellingshausen - Lazarev expedition to Antarctica

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The rounding of the Cape of Good Hope and Cape Horn in the 15th and 16th centuries proved that Terra Australis Incognita ("Unknown Southern Land"), if it existed, was a continent in its own right. In 1773 James Cook and his crew crossed the Antarctic Circle for the first time but although they discovered nearby islands, they did not catch sight of Antarctica itself. It is believed he was as close as 240 km (150 mi) from the mainland.

On 27 January 1820, a Russian expedition led by Fabian Gottlieb von Bellingshausen and Mikhail Lazarev discovered an ice shelf at Princess Martha Coast that later became known as the Fimbul Ice Shelf. Bellingshausen and Lazarev became the first explorers to see and officially discover the land of the continent of Antarctica. Three days later, on 30 January 1820, a British expedition captained by Edward Bransfield sighted Trinity Peninsula, and ten months later an American sealer Nathaniel Palmer sighted Antarctica on 17 November 1820. The first landing was probably just over a year later when American Captain John Davis, a sealer, set foot on the ice.

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Australian Antarctic Territory 1979 crowd of Penguins rush to the shore to greet the arriving ship on the offchance there may be some mail aboard for them.
The various Antarctic issuers have many pretty stamps showing penguins, but I only just spotted the penguins on this one, as the ship has the dominant spot.
Wikipedia wrote:RRS Discovery II was a British Royal Research Ship which, during her operational lifetime of about 30 years, carried out considerable hydrographical and marine biological survey work in Antarctic waters and the Southern Ocean in the course of the Discovery Investigations research program. Built in Port Glasgow, launched in 1928 and completed in 1929, she was the first purpose-built oceanographic research vessel and was named after Robert Falcon Scott's 1901 ship, RRS Discovery.

The ship's maiden voyage took place from December 1929 to May 1931 and consisted of a hydrographic survey of the South Sandwich Islands. From October 1932 until May 1933 she operated in the Antarctic, calling at South Africa, Australia and New Zealand. Similar voyages took place from 1934 to 1939. Her last voyage before the onset of war was from September 1937 to May 1939. In December 1935 and January 1936 the ship was involved in a successful rescue of American polar explorer and aviator Lincoln Ellsworth and his English copilot Herbert Hollick-Kenyon after their aircraft ditched in the Ross Sea near the Bay of Whales.

During the Second World War she served with the Royal Fleet Auxiliary, mainly in the North Atlantic, before resuming her Antarctic survey work after the war ended. Her final Antarctic voyage in the Discovery Investigations series took place from May 1950 to December 1951, in the course of which she circumnavigated the Antarctic continent and discovered four seamounts, three in the Indian Ocean and one in the Pacific Ocean. From 1952 she mainly undertook oceanographical work in the North Atlantic. She was decommissioned in 1962 and broken up the following year.
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Ross Dependency 2007 $2.50 - HMNZS Endeavour & penguins trying to hitch a ride.
The various Antarctic issuers have many pretty stamps showing penguins, but I only just spotted the penguins on this one, as the ship has the dominant spot.
Wikipedia wrote:HMNZS Endeavour was a Royal New Zealand Navy Antarctic support vessel. She was the first of three ships in the Royal New Zealand Navy to bear that name.

The ship was built in the United States in 1944 as Satinwood (YN-89) as a net tender of the Ailanthus class (but later redesignated as AN-76, a net layer) and transferred to the Royal Navy under Lend-Lease in August 1944. Commissioned as HMS Pretext (Z284), she served the United Kingdom until she was returned to United States Navy custody in November 1945. Sold by the United States Maritime Commission in 1947, she served as a research vessel for the Falkland Islands Dependencies Survey under the name SV John Biscoe. She was briefly renamed Pretext when another ship was assigned the John Biscoe name, before being sold to the Royal New Zealand Navy, renamed Endeavour, and employed in supporting the Commonwealth Trans-Antarctic Expedition and subsequent New Zealand research activities in Antarctica. Sold again in 1962, the ship, renamed Arctic Endeavour for sealing work in the northern hemisphere, foundered off the coast of Canada in November 1982.
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Russian Federation issued this minisheet on 16 July 2019 for the 200th Anniversary of the discovery of Antarctica.

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Romania 1986 Polar Research 1 Leu & penguin trying to hide in the corner.
Romania has been a thematic collector's dream for decades, but I only just spotted the penguin on this one, as Mr Assan has the dominant spot.
Wikipedia wrote:Bazil Assan (1860–1918) — from 1896 to 1897 he travelled and studied Lapland, the Arctic, and Spitzbergen, discovering new islands; he later voyaged fully around the world and on his return, with the King of Romania's permission, boarded the NMS Elisabeta warship and took possession of some unclaimed islands in the Pacific for Romania, but the project fell short for financial reasons.
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What's that Puffin doing on the Penguins thread ? No penguins on Spitzbergen.
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Oops, it is a puffin too! Silly me! Thanks for spotting this Terry.

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Prince Philip visited the South Georgia January 12, 1957 in the only visit to South Georgia by any member of the Royal Family. Part of the 5 month "stag" tour on the Royal Yacht Britannia during which he opened the 1956 Olympic Games in Melbourne. The Duke of Edinburgh and his party went ashore and toured the Salvesen whaling factory before embarking in the whale catcher Southern Jester (Captain and Master Gunner Nochart NILSEN) for the twenty mile run down the coast to Grytviken, the Pesca station and factory. At Grytviken His Royal Highness re-joined Britannia and entertained a small party to lunch. Then he went ashore to visit the government station at King Edward Point and saw the Post Office-cum-Customs office, the Radio and the Met Station before walking along the beach to the headland where the plain white cross in memory of Sir Ernest SHACKLETON stands. He watched two fin whales being flensed in the factory and then visited Shackleton's grave in the cemetery.
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The Falklands War was precipitated on 19 March 1982 when a group of Argentinians (most of them Argentine Marines in mufti), posing as scrap-metal merchants, occupied the abandoned whaling station at Leith Harbour on South Georgia. On 3 April, the Argentine troops attacked and occupied Grytviken. Among the commanding officers of the Argentine garrison was Alfredo Astiz, a captain in the Argentine Navy who was convicted years later of crimes against humanity committed during the Dirty War in Argentina.

The island was recaptured by British forces on 25 April, in Operation Paraquet. In 1985, South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands ceased to be administered as a Falkland Islands Dependency and became a separate territory.
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Mevu 2019 fiscal stamps, showing the Mevu crest with a penguin on iceberg.
Mevu has used a standing penguin on its crest since independence 50 years ago.

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Mevu Philatelic Bulletin wrote:The Mevu Taxation Department has issued a new series of revenue stamps to collect taxation, announced the President, Her Excellency Mrs Liese Keller, today.

The stamps feature the crest of the country: a penguin standing on an iceberg. They have been printed in two colours by typography and perforated 12 gauge, by Chan Hui Shudian Printing SA, Minaue. This is the first time Mevu has ever issued fiscal stamps. While not intended for postal use, they will be permitted for mail, as very high value postage stamps are not printed in this country. So far, three values have appeared: Rs 56, Rs 500, and Rs 1,000,000, but other values are due for release shortly.

Date of issue was 22nd October 2019. A curious item in this set is the top value: one million reis (= US $1,000,000). This is for bribery tax. In many places around the planet, large firms and billionaires pay huge graft or bribes to officials to expedite transactions or assure contracts go their way. Usually, such things are regarded as “corruption”, but in Mevu and its colony Waikoa Island, as long as the one million reis bribery tax is paid, then a firm or person is free to bribe or pay graft legally. The stamp is affixed to the permit and cancelled by signature of the person receiving the bribe.

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