Monday, May 28, 2012

French Oceania: First airmail label

Here is the first airmail label issued in French Oceania. It's also first label from there in my collection.
The labels are very rare and difficult to get.

French Polynesia is an overseas country of the French Republic (pays d'outre-mer). It is made up of several groups of Polynesian islands, the most famous island being Tahiti in the Society Islands group, which is also the most populous island and the seat of the capital of the territory (Papeetē). Although not an integral part of its territory, Clipperton Island was administered from French Polynesia until 2007. 

The first official name for the colony was Établissements de l'Océanie (Settlements in Oceania); in 1903 the general council was changed to an advisory council and the colony's name was changed to Établissements Français de l'Océanie (French Settlements in Oceania)

In 1946, Polynesians were granted French citizenship and the islands' status was changed to an overseas territory; the islands' name was changed in 1957 to Polynésie Française (French Polynesia).(wikipedia)

Year: 10.1928, Ungummed. Günter Mair's catalogue no: - FOC-A-1, imperforated, vertical strips of 
10, black/pink, 6******

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