FALKLAND ISLANDS

2003 POSTAL HISTORY

In 2003 we arranged for a selection of modern covers to be posted to us from a variety of places on the Falkland Islands. this took the form of a survey to ascertain what was then currently available in postal markings.

In 2003 there were 4 post offices operating. Stanley in the capital, Mount Pleasant at the Airport, BFPO 655 also at the airport and lastly Fox Bay. There was however a small variety of postmarks and different cachets being used at these places and all those discovered are offered below while stocks (often very limited) last.

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View of the township of Stanley from the water.

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FALKLAND 20031   Stanley Machine datestamp "Stamps" slogan on cover.  Price US$3

Above we see the most common datestamp in use in 2003. The 2 cachets at left are situated in the Philatelic Bureau in Stanley.

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FALKLAND 20032   Stanley hand datestamp on airmail cover to New Zealand.    Price US$3

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FALKLAND 20033   Stanley hand datestamp on cover from Governor.   Price US$20

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Note: The above cover bears the gold embossed crest of the Governor on the reverse.

It has been autographed at left by the Governor himself, Mr Howard Pearce who is shown at left.

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FALKLAND 20034   Stanley hand datestamp on cover from Chief Medical Officer.   Price US$10

Note: this cover bears the cachet and the signature of  N. McGregor Edwards, the director of Health & Social Services.

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FALKLAND 20035   Stanley hand datestamp on cover from The Falkland Islands Co Ltd.  Price US$5

Note: this cover bears a cachet indicating that 2003 was the 150th year of the company.

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FALKLAND 20036   Stanley hand datestamp on cover from The Falkland Islands Museum.   Price US$3

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FALKLAND 20037   Stanley hand datestamp on cover from Cable & Wireless PLC.  Price US$3

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FALKLAND 20038   Stanley hand datestamp on cover from Falkland Islands Dev Corp.   Price US$3

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FALKLAND 20039   Stanley hand datestamp on cover from Upland Goose Hotel.  Price US$3

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The picture at left shows the Upland Goose Hotel in Port Stanley. This historic hotel was originally called The Eagle Inn with its building dating back to the mid 19th Century.

Further details can be found here

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FALKLAND 200310   Stanley hand datestamp on cover from Malvina House Hotel.   Price US$3

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FALKLAND 200311   Stanley hand datestamp on cover from Penguin News newspaper.  Price US$3

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FALKLAND 200312   Stanley hand datestamp on cover from British Antarctic Survey.  Price US$3

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FALKLAND 200313   Stanley hand datestamp on cover from Mount Pleasant Airport.  Price US$3

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FALKLAND 200314   Stanley hand datestamp on cover from Fire & Rescue Service.  Price US$5

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FALKLAND 200315   Stanley hand datestamp on cover from Goose Green Settlement.   Price US$5

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FALKLAND 200316   BFPO 655 hand datestamp on cover with Patriotic cachet.  Price US$3

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FALKLAND 200317   BFPO 655 hand datestamp on "Bluey" with Patriotic cachet.  Price US$5

Note: this British Forces "Bluey" normally provides free postage from the Falklands back to a soldiers home in the United Kingdom but when posted to another destination postage stamps must be used as with the above example. Backstamped at Christchurch 20 Feb 2003.

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FALKLAND 200318   Mount Pleasant hand datestamp from airport  with Patriotic cachet.  Price US$3

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FALKLAND 200319   Mount Pleasant hand datestamp from airport with Patriotic cachet.  Price US$3

Note: This cover differs from the previous one in that the patriotic sticker has an incorrect wording variety with the "S" in Islands missing.

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FALKLAND 200320   Flight cover flown Punta Arenas to Mount Pleasant.  Price US$8

Note: The above cover has been autographed by the Lan Chile Flight Captain. Datestamped on arrival in Stanley with the large Oval Stanley datestamp.

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FALKLAND 200321   Flight cover flown Punta Arenas to Mount Pleasant.    Price US$8

Note: The above cover has been autographed by the other Lan Chile Flight Captain. (They have 2 pilots on this flight) Datestamped on arrival in Stanley with the large Oval Stanley datestamp.

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FALKLAND 200322   Flight cover flown Mount Pleasant to Punta Arenas .   Price US$8

Note: The above cover has been autographed by the Lan Chile Flight Captain Jorge Espinoza. Datestamped on arrival in Punta Arenas.

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FALKLAND 200323   Flight cover flown Mount Pleasant to Punta Arenas .   Price US$8

Note: The above cover has been autographed by the Lan Chile Flight Captain Flavio Eggers. Datestamped on arrival in Punta Arenas.

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FALKLAND 200324   Fox Bay hand datestamp on cover with Fox Bay Village cachet .  Price US$5

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FALKLAND 200325   2002 (March 19th) British postmark from Reading UK .  Price US$3

Note: this postmark was issued to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Falklands Conflict and the Memorial Chapel for the event in Reading.

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FALKLAND 200326   2002 (March 19th) British postmark from Whitehall, London UK .   Price US$3

Note: this postmark was issued to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Operation Paraquat - The battle for South Georgia in 1982.

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FALKLAND 200327   2002 (April 25th) British postmark from Portsmouth UK .  Price US$3

Note: this postmark was issued to celebrate the 20th anniversary of The Battle For The Falkland Islands in 1982.

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FALKLAND 200328   2002 (May 21st) British postmark from Plymouth, Devon UK .  Price US$3

Note: this postmark was issued to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the loss of H.M.S. "Ardent" in San Carlos Water 21/5/82.

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FALKLAND 200329  2002 (June 14th) British postmark from Falkland Road, London UK . Price US$3

Note: this postmark was issued to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Argentine surrender in 1982.

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FALKLAND 200330  2002 (August 28th) British Forces postmark for return of Task Force.  Price US$3

Note: this postmark was issued to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the return of the Task Force in 1982.


AND NOW FOR SOMETHING DIFFERENT!

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FALKLAND 200331  2002 BFPO 655 SPECIAL PENGUIN POSTCARD. (Unused)  Price US$2

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FALKLAND 200332   2002 BFPO 655 STRETCHED LIMO POSTCARD. (Unused)  Price US$2

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FALKLAND 200333  2002 Falklands Government Telegraph Service form (Unused) Price US$2


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