Postal History Gallery of Related Events
First Under the Ice
discarded navy submarine was used in a 1931 experiment to
test its ability to sail under the ice. The age of the submarine
did not permit a successful test, but the theory led to later
cruises under the ice by nuclear submarines. This cover originated
in the Falkland Islands during the Wilkins
studies of Graham Land and carried to the new expedition.
An extensive amount of philatelic mail was accepted by the
. . . I have no idea as to the value of such "covers"
today . . . "
or should I say stupidly -- I have paid little attention to
the matter of 'covers' before or since the Nautilus
Submarine Expedition in 1931 and
on which I carried letters of value to that expedition of
some $15,000. I have no idea as to the value of such 'covers'
today, but frequently I get one from a subscriber who wants
me to re-autograph it. (An autograph on the original was available
at a cost of $1.00)."
A Modern Dirigible in the Arctic
GRAF ZEPPELIN, with proven commercial capabilities,
dropped mail to the icebreaker MALYGUIN at Hooker
Island in Franz Josef Islands. After cancellation on board
the MALYGUIN on July 27, 1931, the mail was
returned to the Zeppelin for delivery on its return home.
Unable to Reach Archangel
stamps were issued in 1932 for use on a flight planned to
link Archangel and Franz Josef Land. The aircraft were unable
to reach Archangel and the mail was transfered to an icebreaker
for delivery to Franz Josef Land. After completing its work,
the icebreaker MALYGUIN carried the mail back
cards did not travel by air, but it was an example of the
fragile nature of aircraft in 1932.
pieces courtesy of George Hall)