New Zealand's Ross Dependency stamps, Antarctica.

New Zealand's Ross Dependency stamps, Antarctica.

Ca. 1957. Four Ross Dependency stamps, and five large real b&w Antarctic photographs including one large panoramic view of the base. The first stamps inscribed "Ross Dependency" were issued in January of 1957 in conjunction with the New Zealand Expedition led by Sir Edmund Hillary, who was also the postmaster.

The 4 stamps include: the 3d HMS Erebus & Mt. Erebus (depicts the ship Erebus with a background design depicting Mt Erebus on Ross Island, and pack ice); the 4d Shackleton & Scott; the 1/6 Queen Elizabeth II; and the 8d Map of Ross Dependency.

The latter stamp shows the Ross Dependency in close relation to New Zealand, with the nation depicted in red. The stamp includes the boundaries of the Ross Dependency, 160'E and 150'W longitude and 60'S latitude, all shown in red on a blue ground. The map shows the Ross Dependency, New Zealand, Chatham Islands, Campbell Island, Ross Sea, Cape Adare, McMurdo Sound and the Antarctic Circle.

The 4 stamps franked twice on front of envelope; verso with 3 inked stamps: "NAF McMurdo Sound Antarctica", a round inked stamp showing globe and "US Navy Operation Deep Freeze", and a pictorial round inked stamp titled "US Naval Support Units, Deep Freeze".

The five photographs include: panoramic view (16 x 9"); bird's eye view of the base; unidentified photographer disembarking from plane; portrait of photographer; and penguins. The four smaller photographs approximately 6 1/2 x 4 1/2" Very good condition. Item #24712

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