FIDES and a History of Tahiti

In 1956, many French colonies around the world participated in what is known as an omnibus issue to commemorate the 10th anniversary of an organization identified on the stamps as FIDES. In philately, an omnibus is an issue of stamps by several countries with a common subject and which may share a uniform design. Omnibus issues have often been made by countries under common political … Continue reading FIDES and a History of Tahiti

French Polynesia #189 (1958)

While searching for a “random stamp” to write about last night, I realized that I hadn’t yet put together a stamp issuer profile on French Polynesia despite having obtained several releases back in February 2017. They were “hidden” in the French Oceania folder and I’d forgotten about them! Today’s article will remedy that by bringing the story I’d started more than a year ago up … Continue reading French Polynesia #189 (1958)

New Caledonia #252 (1942)

New Caledonia #252 (1942)

New Caledonia (Nouvelle-Calédonie) is a special collectivity of France located in the southwest Pacific Ocean, 750 miles (1,210 kilometers) east of Australia and 10,026 miles (16,136 km) east of Metropolitan France. The archipelago, part of the Melanesia subregion, includes the main island of Grande Terre, the Loyalty Islands, the Chesterfield Islands, the Belep archipelago, the Isle of Pines, and a few remote islets. The Chesterfield … Continue reading New Caledonia #252 (1942)

French Oceania #92 (1934)

French Oceania #92 (1934)

French Oceania was originally a protectorate established in 1842 covering Tahiti in the Society Islands and Tahuata in the Marquesas Islands of the South Pacific Ocean. The status of Tahiti was later changed to that of a colony and in 1903 a protectorate formally called the French Establishments in Oceania (Etablissements des français en Océanie, or EFO) was created uniting 118 geographically dispersed islands and atolls … Continue reading French Oceania #92 (1934)