Postal History Gallery of Related Events
The Glacier Priest Flies Over the North
traveled as chaplain for the 10th Air Force Rescue Squadron
in 1949 as they prepared for emergencies from polar flights.
Mail Dropped by Parachute
1949 French Research Expedition to Greenland lived in quarters
carved into the ice cap. Mail was limited to air deliveries because
of surface conditions. Special postcards were parachuted from
supply planes operating from Iceland during August 1950. The cards
were returned to Iceland for a validating postmark.
A Polar Airmail was Flown by the
Seat of His Pants
Charles Blair carried a "Polar Airmail" from Norway
to Alaska over the pole in 1951. His single-engine P51 aircraft
carried 2900 special cards that were canceled on leaving Oslo
and canceled again upon arrival at Fairbanks. Due to a lack
of space, the pouched mail was used as a seat cushion on the
Even Steel Ships Gave Way to the
British Greenland Expedition of 1952 was supplied by the Norwegian
sealing ship TOTTAN. Severe ice damage forced
the ship to withdraw early. All mail addressed to the ship was
held over until spring and mailed through Denmark to the addressees.
Later mail arrangements were through Daneborg.
pieces courtesy of George Hall)