Postal History Gallery of Related Events
Amundsen filled the role of Fridtjof Nansen as a "renowned polar
celebrity". Because of his long years of success in the polar field,
Norway issued this set of stamps (Scott 104-10) in 1925 to support his
planned flight to the North Pole in two "Dornier Wal" seaplanes.
The flight failed to reach its objective, but was an example of the role
of aviation in future travel. About two hundred thousand sets were issued,
of which a large percentage was used for postage by the public.
The MacMillan Expedition
MacMillan Expedition to northern Greenland carried three U.S.
Navy amphibians, commanded by Lt. Richard
E. Byrd. They made aerial surveys possible for the first
was sent to Battle Harbor, Labrador, to be picked up on their return.
This "cannibalized" cover is one of the few that survive.
MacMillan Wireless Messages
Commander Donald MacMillan
introduced wireless radio to Arctic exploration in 1925 .
approved every message transmitted on the new radio and his
initials appeared on even the most routine messages.
medical missionary Wilfred Grenfell traveled on the BOWDOIN
and sent news of their arrival at Battle Harbor. The required
approval is on the face of the message.
maintained radio contact with Commander Richard Byrd who led the
air survey of Greenland from the S.S. PEARY
wireless radio was carried to the Arctic on this voyage, however
the leader required that all messages would be approved by himself
or his second in command. The radio operator kept all the messages
with their approval signatures certifying the authenticity of
Research Club Provincetown, Mass.
Greetings from N. Greenland to all my good
friends in Provincetown. Have many new things of interest for
the museum -- MacMillan
of the BOWDOIN requested that his wireless message
be mailed to his home to advise the date of his return. Approved
by the captain.
North Sydney, Nova Scotia
Leave Battle Harbor in morning for Sydney. Please try to buy
for me a dozen Eider ducks.
A Designer's Error
dirigible built for Grettir Algarsson in 1925 was determined to
be incapable of a flight to the pole due to a manufacturing error.
This specimen cover was to be carried as a fund raising devise.
pieces courtesy of George Hall)