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PhilexFrance'99 provides the occasion for the French Polynesia Postal and Telecommunications Office (OPT) to present stamp collectors with a large variety of postage stamps issued in recent years.

The history of the postage stamp in Tahiti & Her Islands dates back to the French Oceania Territories of the 19th Century.That history is intimately linked to the paradise myth of these islands, which has been almost totally preserved over the years by travelers, artists and writers.

While France began using illustrated postage stamps to send mail in 1849, it wasn't until 10 years later that stamps were produced for France's colonies.And it was even several more years before the stamps actually reached their overseas destinations.

The first postage stamps (Eagle-type) finally arrived in the «Établissements Français de l'Océanie» (French Oceania Territories), or what today Tahiti & her Islands, in 1862.They were first were put into use on October 25 of that same year. They followed other types (Céres, Napoléon III, Sage et Commerce), which were traditionally used until the end of the 19th Century.

Unfortunately, it was not until September 6, 1882 that these stamps were required to be printed with the world «Tahiti» on them.And that occured after some 5,400 other stamps had been used without any indication of the name of this French colony.

Text by C.BESLU

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