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Oceanic Settlements

1st November 1892

and French Polynesia

22nd October 1956

French colony 20
Oceania 10

FrPolSet
Oceanic Settlements
  1892-1907 Sc1-5, 7-8, 12, 20 xxx

Description Date Scott SG Mi Y&T  
French Oceanic Settlements
1 centime black, azure   1 1      
2c brown, buff   2 2      
4c claret, lavender   3 3      
5c green, greenish   4 4      
5c yellow green 1906 5 14      
10c black, lavender   6 5      
10c red 1900 7 15      
15c blue, quadrille paper   8 6      
15c grey, light grey 1900 9 16      
20c red, green   10 7      
25c black, rose   11 8      
25c blue 1900 12 17      
30c brown, bister   13 9      
35c black, yellow 1906 14 18      
40c red, straw   15 10      
45c black, grey-green 1907 16 19      
50c carmine, rose   17 11      
50c brown, azure 1900 18 20      
75c deep violet, orange   19 12      
1 franc bronze-green, straw   20 13      

date, where not 1892.

FrPol180
French Polynesia
Nov 1958 Sc182 SG1

French Polynesia (or French Oceania) is a group of islands in the South Pacific. The largest is Tahiti, though this issued its own stamps from 1882 until 1915. In 1903 Tahiti joined the other constituents to form French Oceanic Settlements. In 1957 they were renamed French Polynesia and in 1958 the inhabitants voted to become and Overseas Territory of the French Republic.

The FICC catalogue dates the beginning of French Polynesia as 22nd October 1956, the issue date of Sc181, SG215, but the first stamp inscribed with the new name is the November 1958 issue shown.

Sources: ScS, SGP6, JM4.

Image from David Olson, ebay.

FI ref: 285, 645 Page credit: NB

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