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Love & Peace
13 Sep 2019
08:45:08pm
French Polynesia (Tahiti)
Population: 280,000
Location: Pacific Ocean


While most stamp collectors focus on Europe, North America & Asia, there's a tiny number of collectors (under 3000) that collect French Polynesian stamps only. Most of us are bi-lingual (French & English) due to communication.

Most of us lived in Oceania (Pacific Ocean). However, I lived in USA. I was born in Taiwan & our culture is similar to French Polynesia(Dance, Stone carving & Art). Stamp is the best representation of my culture. Le tampon est petit mais contient beaucoup d’informations sur la culture. C'est étonnant.

Most of French Polynesian stamp collectors don't attend auction or expo. We don't even networking with others. However, we have a very close relationship with Philatelic Center of French Polynesia. There are only 4 staff & we know the staff well because we purchased stamps from them often. Nous avons un compte avec eux. Nous avons reçu une brochure de timbres chaque mois. Nous recevons également des lettres d'information gratuites.

(Below) Frida (far left) is one of the 4 staff that handles all of our orders. Nous sommes très reconnaissants pour l'aide. Elle répond à tous nos emails et appels téléphoniques. Thank you very much Image Not Found
The Philatelic Center of French Polynesia released about 15 issues & print only 400,000 stamps per year. They're printed on high quality sheet. Almost all of the issues are in high denomination (100F). Due to the beauty of the stamp, high denomination, quality & limited quantity - the stamps are very desirable.


Miss French Polynesian Beauty Pageant is very active of promoting stamp collecting. Every year, the winner of Miss French Polynesian pageant volunteered to work with Philatelic Center of French Polynesia. Together, they setup booth promoting stamps at shopping malls, not at big convention or five star hotel Image Not Found




The Philatelic Center of French Polynesia produced stamp calendar of Miss French Polynesia (Tahiti) every year honoring their friendship. Many of us purchased the calendar which is in limited edition. Nous aimons notre calendrier de timbres. Nous ne pouvons pas attendre pour l'année prochaineImage Not FoundImage Not Found

(Below) The Philatelic Center of French Polynesia released Miss French Polynesia stamps. 1988 Miss French Polynesia was a member of Philatelic Center of French Polynesia and she played a major role of promoting stamp collecting. Sadly, Teumere Pater was killed in accident (1993), she was only 26. 2018 Miss French Polynesia is also very active promoting stamp collecting. Vaimalama Chaves' father works full time at the Philatelic Center of French Polynesia. Nous sommes très chanceux d'avoir ces gens formidables. Nous n'oublierons jamais leur dévouement. Ils sont notre famille pour toujours. We are forever grateful to Teumere Pater & Vaimalama Chaves. Our beloved daughters of French Polynesia.
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(Below) Here's a booth of the Philatelic Center of French Polynesia at International Stamp Expo. The staff travels to Oceania, Asia & Europe mostly. Le Centre philatélique de Polynésie française est très actif dans la promotion de la philatélie. A tremendous effort by the staff.Image Not Found



(Below) Tourism is one of main attractions in French Polynesia.

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(Below) French Polynesian culture is dominated by the outdoor activities.

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(Below) The people are known for their hospitality with conviction "Love & Peace".

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(Below) The culture is preserved regardless of the technology or evolution.

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(Below) Life is slow paced on the island. These are one of my favorite stamp because it emphasized the importance of environment. l’environnement est un enjeu majeur en Polynésie française. C'est la clé de l'avenir.

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17 Sep 2019
01:47:25pm
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The stamps are fantastic and colorful Happy

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21 Sep 2019
09:48:48pm
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Many of the French Polynesian stamps are related to Art. French Polynesia is strongly influenced by French art. France is #1 in the world when comes art. Some of the best Artist lives in French Polynesia. Les artistes les plus talentueux du monde sont français. C’est une fière tradition depuis des siècles.

(Below) Paul Gauguin is the most famous Artist in French Polynesia's history. He was born in France, but moved to French Polynesia after falling in love with the islands. De nombreux timbres sont dédiés à Paul Guiguin et à ses peintures.
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(Below) Here are some stamps in art (1970's). These set of stamps are very beautiful & expensive, but a must have for all French Polynesian stamp collectors. Il est difficile de rechercher ces timbres en raison de la forte demande. Cela m'a pris presque 6 mois pour obtenir ces timbres geImage Not FoundImage Not FoundImage Not FoundImage Not FoundImage Not FoundImage Not Found

Le timbre d'art est mon préféré. Timbres d'art dominés en français
Polynésie. J'étais étudiant en art à l'âge de 5 ans et j'aime toujours l'art. Cela fait partie de ma vie. J'ai beaucoup de chance de collectionner ces timbres. Le plus grand timbre du monde.















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21 Sep 2019
10:02:36pm
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Beautiful stamps.
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22 Sep 2019
04:18:27am
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I think the aircraft shown on the stamp about 3 comments above is a Douglas DC-6B for anyone interested. I like these older piston aircraft. I guess it's similar to liking the style of the earlier transatlantic liners compared to the modern cruise ships which look like floating hotels.

Now I have to correct myself. It is a DC-7C which Transports Aériens Intercontinentaux used for Bora Bora to Honolulu and then onto LA. Aircraft F-BIAQ was bought in January 1958 if I'm reading the list correctly. This makes sense as the 2010 stamp is celebrating 50 years of Fa'a'a international airport in Tahiti which opened in 1960. (Thanks to Wikipedia for the information.)

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23 Sep 2019
06:54:32pm
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Fa'a'a international airport is the busiest airport in French Polynesia. It's located in the capital city of Papeete. In 2010, Fa'a'a international airport celebrated 50th anniversary. Most of the travelers landed at this beautiful airport when visiting French Polynesia.

Both Air Tahiti & Air Tahiti Nui operated at this airport. In 2008, the Philatelic Center of French Polynesia released issues honoring Air Tahiti Nui. This airline is very young with only 10 years old. Air Tahiti Nui est une compagnie aérienne moyenne, mais je ne le recommande pas car les sièges sont petits et obsolètes.Image Not Found.


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24 Sep 2019
03:57:46pm

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A nice tradition for departing visitors is the necklace of small shells. (and flowers when you arrive). If you are well known and have many family members wishing you off, you may need an extra suitcase to put all the necklaces (one per person) you will receive. On the other hand, when you arrive at your destination, you will have plenty of "presents" to offer those you meet.
Not sure how they handle it today with the extra layers of airport security!
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Incidentally, all the Gauguin paintings are in France's museums or privately owned. The Gauguin museum in Tahiti had copies, last time I looked.

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25 Sep 2019
05:34:29pm
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De nombreux timbres en Polynésie française sont dédiés aux femmes. Il y a beaucoup de problèmes liés aux femmes. Le timbre est la meilleure représentation pour exprimer les problèmes des femmes.


En 1998, une série de quatre timbres ont été publiés. Il était dédié aux femmes du festival Heiva.Image Not Found


En 2000, le Centre philatélique de Polynésie française a publié un timbre spécial consacré la beauté des femmes. Image Not Found



En 1983, Rio accueille l'exposition internationale de timbres. Un timbre a été émis pour souligner la contribution des femmes à la société. A joint issue with French Polynesia and Brasil. Image Not Found



En 1995, une femme a été dédiée à un timbre honorant Pierri Loti. La beauté des femmes polynésiennes a été capturée par Pierri Loti, l'un des plus grands artistes français de l'histoire. C'est l'un de mes timbres préférés, car une personne du passé (Pierri) et une personne du présent (femme) émergent dans ce timbre. Un timbre très étrange, mais magnifique. Thank you Mr. Pierri Loti.
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01 Oct 2019
06:46:44pm
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Here's a Pierre Loti stamp issued in 2017. His painting is amazing Happy
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02 Oct 2019
09:35:27am
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This is a wonderful thread. Thanks for sharing and educating us on the islands.

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06 Oct 2019
07:36:02pm
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Almost every Miss French Polynesia has contributed to stamp collecting. They have a very close relationship with the Philatelic Center of French Polynesia. It's a tradition that lasted for over 50 years. Voici une réunion intéressante en 1977. Les deux femmes se sont rencontrées au concours Miss Univers.

Timia Teriiero (1977 Miss French Polynesia) entered Miss Universe Pageant. There, she met Pascale Taurau (1977 Miss Caledonia). Both were art students & they became good friends. Years later, Pascale became an accomplished Painter while Tamia got married & started a family. Both kept in touch throughout decades. Les deux femmes sont restées en contact et se sont rendues visite. Pascale aime beaucoup la Polynésie française et assiste à des expositions de timbres. (Below) Timia Teriiero, 1977 Miss French Polynesia on the stamp. Image Not Found


Timia's friend Pascale became a famous Painter in Paris. In 2018, one of Pascale's painting was featured on the stamp. The Philatelic Center of French Polynesia officially issued this & 100,000 stamps were printed!........(Below) Pascale Taurau's stamp. Ce timbre dédié à la Journée internationale de la femme. C'est une grande contribution de Timia et Pascale. Tous deux devinrent amis, pensèrent-ils. Les deux apportent une contribution au monde des timbres. Thank you Timia & Pascale.

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13 Oct 2019
11:20:13am
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Last night, our French Polynesia Stamp Club had a meeting at my home. Just a small group of us get together on weekend. We discussed 3 stamps that were issued during the economic recession in French Polynesia (1999 & 2012). Les trois beaux timbres ravivent des souvenirs. Nous avons longuement discuté de ces timbres.

(Below) Here is a beautiful stamp released in 1999. It was issued on St. Valentines Day. Les vacances les plus romantiques de l'année. Promouvoir l'amour au monde à travers ce timbre. May love spreads around the world. Image Not Found

(Below) Here is a set of stamps promoting Women's Day. It highlights women's contributions to the society. C'est probablement le plus bel ensemble de timbres au monde. Les timbres étaient consacrés à la contribution des femmes au monde. La Journée de la femme est largement célébrée en Polynésie française.
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14 Oct 2019
01:34:01pm
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Here's some stamps from French Polynesia Party

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14 Oct 2019
07:10:03pm
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I feel like moving to Tahiti!

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15 Oct 2019
07:34:03pm
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(Below) This is Frida, one of the staff at Philatelic Center of French Polynesia. She set up a stand at a local shop in Tahiti and promoting stamp collecting. She's one of our hero as she often shared her photos & stories through Facebook & Skype. Nous sommes très reconnaissants d’avoir contacté le Centre philatélique de Polynésie française pendant de nombreuses années. c'est une expérience merveilleuse. Thank you Frida.

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21 Oct 2019
03:13:26pm
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Artist Julien Malland paint the entire side of a building in Tahiti. C'était une bonne nouvelle à Tahiti. L'artiste a capturé la beauté d'une femme en train de la peindre sur un bâtiment. C'était incroyable (Below) Image Not Found


En 2016, le Centre philatélique de Polynésie française a publié un timbre rendant hommage à l'artiste. Le timbre a été fabriqué lors de l'exposition de timbres 2016 à New York. L'artiste Julien Malland est génial. C'est un bel hommage à la Polynésie française.
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23 Oct 2019
08:50:24am
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Here's a cute French Polynesian stamp celebrating 50th year of UN.

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24 Oct 2019
09:12:55pm
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This was issued for World Tourism Day. This set of stamps are the best representation of French Polynesian culture & it's beauty. De nombreux timbres ont publié du tourisme lié au cours des 100 dernières années. Ce sont l'un de mes timbres préférés.
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26 Oct 2019
08:11:22am
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I wonder if Tahiti issued any stamps in 1840 ?

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26 Oct 2019
04:04:57pm
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Tahiti's first stamp was issued in 1882.

It was a French Colonies stamp surcharged with a black overprint.


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28 Oct 2019
04:15:53pm
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Thanks.
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29 Oct 2019
03:12:47pm
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Here is an old cover, that is for sale on eBay, showing their old stamps.

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30 Oct 2019
08:25:32am
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Thanks for previous post, nice stamps on an old envelop Happy
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09 Nov 2019
11:42:15am
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L'actrice Jane Seymour s'est rendue en Polynésie française lors de sa lune de miel il y a 10 ans. Ce fut un moment spécial dans sa vie alors qu'elle rêvait de visiter ce lieu magnifique. J'ai rencontré cette actrice il y a quelques années. C'était incroyable. Voici un timbre qui a honoré Jane Seymour(Rep Ivory Coast)
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(Below) Actress Jane Seymour & me. Nous nous sommes rencontrés lors d'une activité de financement aux États-Unis.
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Jane Seymour at Oscar Academy Award.
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10 Nov 2019
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Here's a set of beautiful French Polynesian art stamps Happy

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12 Nov 2019
06:27:18pm
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Yesterday, our French Polynesian stamp club had a meeting about a set of stamps. Nous avons eu une merveilleuse discussion sur 3 timbres émis en 2016. Les navires présentés à chaque siècle. Cela signifiait également l'industrie du tourisme en Polynésie française. Ces timbres sont l’un de mes préférés.

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Notre rencontre a duré plus de 2 heures. Ces 3 timbres ont attiré beaucoup d’attention et c’était le thème de la réunion. Nous avons tous ces timbres de navire. Un must pour tous les collectionneurs.

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17 Nov 2019
07:26:18pm
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In 1974, a pair of French Polynesian stamps were issued. During that year, the popularity of golf was at an all time high on this beautiful island. Il a ramené de merveilleux souvenirs. You will remember 1974 if you are a golf player. What a great year for all golf fans.

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17 Nov 2019
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This is one of my favorite items...Image Not Found

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18 Nov 2019
06:44:45pm
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Thanks so much for posting this item. This is a Souvenir Sheet that celebrated the 200th anniversary of Tahiti discovery. This Souvenir Sheet is expensive ($200), but I got it for $60. There is also 3 individual stamps, but expensive too ($40). However, I got it for $18.
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Many of us French Polynesian Specialist considered this item as "rare" due to low mintage & few survived in proof condition today. To me, this item should belongs to museum.
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I always get emotional when I see this item because it was issued on my late sister's birth year (1968). A special year in my heart. (Far left) My sister performing at a Polynesian festival in Taiwan

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18 Nov 2019
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David67, our Nephew Mark has been living in Taiwan for at least 20 years..we have no idea what he does...but he has not asked us for money. Cheers, phil

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19 Nov 2019
08:24:44pm
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The wonderful set of stamps from French Polynesia Happy

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20 Nov 2019
11:24:05am
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Moderator comment.

I would suggest starting a new thread called French Polynesia Stamps Part 2 since it is very image heavy and not loading well.

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