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 THE 60TH ANNIVERSARY OF FIRST STAMPS OF FRENCH POLYNESIA
  Issue : November 08 of 2018
  Printing : Taille douce
  Imprimerie : Phil@poste
  Production : OPT DPP 2018
 
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   - First day covers

The French Settlements in Oceania gained the status of Overseas Territories on 22 July 1957 and were thus given the new title of “French Polynesia”. On 03 November 1958, the first series of stamps bearing that name appeared. That series consisted in 9 “postage” stamps, 4 “air mail” stamps and 3 “tax” stamps.
All the stamps at the time were printed by intaglio (also called copperplate printing), and where magnificently made by famous engravers such as Mazelin, Betemps, Cottet, Pheulpin, Serres and Cami.
On that memorable day, everyone rushed down to the Post Office; not only philatelists (who were then numerous in the Territory) but also common people who wanted to pay the postage of their mail with stamps that were particularly representative of the country. Therefore, many letters were sent on that day, even though no official first day cover nor special date
stamp were issued.
Nevertheless the Post Office rapidly had a linear postmark made which everyone could affix on the envelopes or postcards, whether they matched the topic or not. These documents are today must-haves for philatelic enthusiasts of French Polynesia.
The 20th anniversary of that first series of stamps was already marked in 1978 by the issuing of a series and a miniature sheet taking up the themes of the three original stamps again. Then in 2008 celebrating the 50th anniversary, three others stamps were issued and
we can notice that the background of this new sheet represents the famous 200-franc stamp: “Night fishing in Moorea lagoon”.
The Post office of French Polynesia is proud to present this new philatelic issue celebrating the 60th anniversary of first stamps issued illustrated by the mythic “Polynesian portrait” with this Polynesian man wearing traditional costume which facial characteristics remind us origins of Polynesian people.



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