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Posted 11/27/2014   11:44 am  Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add PoStat4evR to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
I used to collect all the "Operation Deep Freeze" cancels offered by the USPS. Here are 2 from NEW YORK that took away the "Operation Deep Freeze" cancel and substituted this one. These covers were prepared by me so some older stamps were used. If any interest I can post a few of the original DEEP FREEZE cancels.....






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Posted 11/27/2014   3:36 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Puzzler to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Neat cancels.

What was Operation Deep Freeze? I would like to see more please!

What does the BR. in the ' SO.POLE BR.NEW YORK, NY ' cancel mean?
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Posted 11/27/2014   3:56 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add jarnick to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Operation Deep Freeze is the United States explorations and operations in Antarctica. Deep Freeze was the original name applied to the explorations and now has become a generic term for the US presence in Antarctic. Philatelic covers have been available from the early explorations. The BR. in the cancel stands for Branch. The US post office at the South Pole operated as a branch of the New York post office.
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Posted 11/27/2014   4:22 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Puzzler to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Thank you, good info.

I am slowly liking and acquiring Canadian Northern envelopes and cancels and stamps.
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Posted 11/27/2014   6:31 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add kirks to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I also would like to see more.
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Posted 11/27/2014   7:38 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Greaden to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Here is a cover sent back from the first expedition to climb Antarctica's highest mountain, the Vinson Massif, in 1966-7:

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Posted 11/27/2014   10:27 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add blcjr to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
So from down under, they have to post the stamp upside down to get it back to the NH?
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Posted 05/20/2019   2:08 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add GregAlex to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Considering how often I see these covers in bargain boxes, I would have thought I'd find more posts about them on the forum. Here are a couple from my collection. Does anyone have some others they can share?



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Posted 05/22/2019   7:12 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Stampman2002 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Operation Deep Freeze is, as far as I know, still ongoing with the U.S. Navy. It's the name of the tour where you spend 6-9 months in Antarctica at McMurdo Station.

I tried several times to get stationed there when I was in the Navy. First time I was too junior, then there were others ahead of me and finally I became too senior for the billet. Oh, well....
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Posted 05/22/2019   7:51 pm  Show Profile Check docgfd's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add docgfd to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Here's one with a slogan cancel...


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Posted 05/22/2019   9:35 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add modernstamps to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Nice! Thanks for sharing!
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Posted 05/22/2019   10:13 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add John Becker to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
All of the machine cancels shown so far are from International Model HD-2 machines. These are small, table-top, hand-driven machines.

Three different station dials from the 1950s:


Front and back of identical Leap Day 1960 covers:


"Furnace trouble" auxiliary marking from 1972. I thought I had posted this before and gotten an answer with reference to a journal article, but could not find the thread.
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Posted 05/23/2019   3:18 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add GregAlex to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Great post, John! I'm surprised there were three different postal stations -- or are those all really just McMurdo PO under different names?
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Posted 05/23/2019   9:15 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Revenue N Covers to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
They issued a hardcover book about Operation Deep Freeze in the late 1950s- early 1960s with the same castle design on it. The beer can is the ONLY time Disney had their art on a beer can. This is the more common variety of the flat top Bavarian beer, circa 1958 or so.

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Posted 07/15/2020   10:53 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Ham and Egger to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
The predecessor to Deep Freeze was Post WWII Operation High Jump 1946-47. In 1946. Secretary of the Navy James Forrestal appointed Byrd as officer in charge of The Antarctic Developments Project. In essence Byrd's fourth Expedition. This Effort was supported by a large Naval Force (Task Force 68) . Organized by Byrd and commanded by RA Richard H. Cruzen. This compliment consisted of the following, Command ship USS Mount Olympus, thirteen US Navy support ships ,the Air Craft Carrier USS Philippine Sea,six helicopters,six flying boats,two seaplane tender and fifteen other aircraft with a total of 4000 personnel. The initial armada arrived on December 31,1946.

High Jump's objectives according to the U.S. Navy,

Training personnel and testing equipment in frigid conditions

Consolidating and extending the United States' sovereignty over the largest practicable area of the Antarctic continent (publicly denied as a goal even before the expedition ended).

Determining the feasibility of establishing, maintaining, and utilizing bases in the Antarctic and investigating possible base site.

Developing techniques for establishing, maintaining, and utilizing air bases on ice, with particular attention to later applicability of such techniques to operations in interior Greenland, where conditions are comparable to those in the Antarctic.

Amplifying existing stores of knowledge of electromagnetic, geological, geographic, hydro graphic, and meteorological propagation conditions in the area.

Supplementary objectives of the Nanook expedition (a smaller equivalent conducted off eastern Greenland).

Now the 2 covers displayed are from the command ship Mount Olympus canceled on the 10th of January 1947 ? She reached the Bay of Whales, New Zealand on 16 January 1947 and was recalled shortly after on 11 Feb 1947 to become the flagship of Amphibious Group 2.

There are other web sites that go into greater detail on the subject so check them out if interested. Enjoy


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Posted 07/16/2020   11:45 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Ham and Egger to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Operation Deep Freeze begins and the continuing and constant US presence in Antarctic begins. Here are 2 covers with different machine cancels , do not know the origin ( bases these where processed at) but they are consistent over the years. I will post some of the support ship canceled covers in my possession. Enjoy



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