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Southern and Antarctic Lands to United States
cover was postmarked in
Adelie Land in Antarctica.
From the left to the right, the stamps are: 1959 30c blue, green and
red brown light-mantled sooty albatross (Scott 12),
1959 40c black, red brown, and blue skua (Scott 13), 1956 10f indigo
elephant seal (Scott 6),
1956 100fr dull blue and indigo emperor penguin airmail
C2), and 1959 12f light blue and black Kerguelen cormorant (Scott 14).
The link above says the population is sparse and
only researchers and small military garrison;
however, Scott lists 211 regular issues and 135 airmails from 1955
Do you suppose that philatelists are an important source of income?
Surprisingly, it was addressed to within 20 miles of where I live.
Delivery of the registered mail was attempted on February 16, 1961, but
the addressee was unavailable so the mail went back to the Post Office.
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