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Love & Peace
05 Feb 2021
06:36:06pm
Hello everyone, this page is written in English, not French. It is intended for English readers.

Postal Office "The Pride of French Polynesia". Here is a video of a postal office in French Polynesia. The OPT is in charge of all postal offices on the islands. The amazing men & women at OPT are working hard to make French Polynesia the best postal in the world. We are very proud of them as they continue to serviced customers around the world.


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(Above) A typical post office in French Polynesia.
(Below) This is Heirava Tuhei working at the front desk part time & is a university student full time.
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(Above) This is Jerry, we don't know his last name. He's a Clerk & worked there for many years.
(Below) This is Vaiarii Helme. She works in Customer Service and is a Manager Assistant.
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Working at the post office there is relaxing due to short hours with plenty of employees. However, the office is usually busy whenever a new stamp is issued. The OPT send out free newsletter to all stamp collectors prior the release of a new stamp.


Each year, the OPT held a meeting to discuss various of issues regarding postal services & stamps. The meeting is closed to the public. Only OPT senior staff and government officials are invited. The result of their meeting are posted on their OPT website so people can read the report (French written). Below, are some photos of a OPT meeting.
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OPT is a government organization. They are very active networking with postal offices around the world especially with Pacific Ocean area. OPT is also active with their own employees by hosting many activities & programs for their family.
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(Map of Pacific Ocean & islands surrounding Tahiti)
In conclusion, OPT (Office des Postes et Télécommunication) is very similar to Philatelic Center of French Polynesia (Centre philatélique de la Polynésie française). Both organizations are very active promoting stamp hobby and providing excellent customer service. We have gotten to know some of their Officials over the years. Our French Polynesian Stamp Club purchased all the stamps from them and never with dealers.
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We are very lucky to have OPT & Philatelic Center of French Polynesia. They are the strength of French Polynesia, the greatest stamp nation in the world.

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11 Feb 2021
08:02:41pm
re: The Pride of French Polynesia

The Philatelic Center of French Polynesia is one of the most important organization in French Polynesia. They are responsible for releasing every stamp issues. They also filled orders from stamp collectors around the world. They received 50,000+ orders daily while proving excellent customer service. There are only a few dozens of staff there, yet they take on huge responsibilities with pride.
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The Philatelic Center of French Polynesia promote stamp hobby very aggressively. They traveled around the world & set up booth at stamp expos. They send out monthly newsletter to stamp collectors & organized weekly stamp meetings. The staff at the Philatelic Center of French Polynesia often shared their views & findings at seminars which are held all over the islands. Their expertise are always invaluable to us stamp collectors because they are the foremost expert on French Polynesian stamps. The dedication of men & women in this organization is incredible & we are so much appreciated their time & effort.
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(TOP) Agne Maruia & Kais Angevine are office staff. They set up a table displaying stamps & stamp sheets at a local community center.
(BELOW) Moana & Frida Brotherson set up a booth at a stamp expo oversea (Spain).
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(TOP) Randa Lequerre(L) is the Senior Manager at Philatelic Center of French Polynesia.
(BELOW) This is Vaihere, she's an Office Assistant coordinating meetings & seminars.
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(ABOVE) Frida & Moana Brotherson. They are Pubic Representative & can be seen often at various of stamp expos. They have worked at Philatelic Center of French Polynesia for many years & became friends to our French Polynesian Stamp Club. Frida take care our account mostly & always filled our order promptly.
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(TOP) Linn's Stamp News visited Philatelic Center of French Polynesia in 2019.
(BELOW) Jay Bigalke(R) is the Chief Editor of Linn's Stamp News letter.
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(Above) Jay Bigalke (Linn's Stamp News) tour the stockroom where all the stamps are kept at the headquarter of the Philatelic Center of French Polynesia. A Translator was provided for him during his stay.
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(TOP) A studio own by Philatelic Center of French Polynesia where stamps are promoted daily. Perhaps, the only Stamp TV Channel in the world.
(BELOW) Marc Helme & Jean Dahomy are in charge of this studio, a huge task that requires 24/7 on call.
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(ABOVE) Moana Brotherson & Marc Helme posting with a stamp(demo) which was promoted on Stamp TV Channel. We are very fortunate to have Philatelic Center of French Polynesia on our side as they continue to preserve & expand stamp hobby in paradise.
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(TOP) 1958 stamp is a painting by a famous Painter Paul Gauguin (L). (R) 2016 stamp is dedicated for 2016 International Stamp Expo in New York (USA)
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(TOP) A French Polynesian stamp collector hired 2 Artists to painted a stamp on his 6 story town house in Papeete, French Polynesia.
(BELOW) The house owner raised 300,000+ euros for this amazing accomplishment which stunned the stamp community on the island. The house owner was invited by Philatelic Center of French Polynesia as a special guest at the annual meeting.
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French Polynesia remains a beacon of hope to the stamp world.

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24 Feb 2021
07:23:05pm
re: The Pride of French Polynesia

Stamps in French Polynesia are in Euro because France is a member of EU.

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27 Feb 2021
06:57:17pm
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Dear oneevery, Miss Tahiti Beauty Pageant is great organisation helping promotee stamp hobby en French Polynesia. Please see video of is beauty pageant contestants participating stamp fotograpghy is at. Video produce by OPT.

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Miss Tahiti Beauty Pageant beginning to be involve in stamp hobby around June 1960. The committee en this organisation want promote French Polynesia through stamps on. An great idea for all to involve. Below is 1973 Miss Tahiti, Edna Tepava (left). She was speaker in many stamp expos. A great Ambassador for promote stamp hobbies.
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Above is 2015 Miss Tahiti Vaimiti Teiffitu. She model & make it onto stamp. Some say its most famous stamp in history. She is strong supporter for stamp hobbies. She volunteer manys projects with OPT & Philatelic Center of French Polynesia.
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Above is beauty contestants promote 2016 stamp collection series at an local mall.
Below is 2016 stamp collection series. They sold out quickly very in some week.
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Above is 2016 Miss Tahiti Mehealani TEPOU, she model for 2016 stamp collection series & calendar. We love her energy & passions for do these.
Below is another stamp promotion calendar in mall. Stamp calendar is popular on islands.
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Miss Tahiti Beauty Pageant close work with OPT & Philatelic Center of French Polynesia for 61 years. Many projects are contracts, but all beauty contestant are volunteer, they don't take pay. They dedicate their free time to helping. Their time & effort are appreciate by the population. We can never thank them enough in.
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Below is 2018 Miss Tahiti Vaimalama Chaves. Her father is a employee for Philatelic Center of French Polynesia & work manys years. Like her father, she volunteered in many projects relate stamp hobby. She is stamp collector at 10 years old.
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Above she is honored by Philatelic Center of French Polynesia. They release a stamp dedicate her. She is very popular for co ordinate many stamp expo on islands with her out going personaities Batting Eyelashes
Below is her cousin 1990 Miss Tahiti Mareva Georges. Its super amazing they related, but we think there a big gap in age.
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Above is beauty contestants volunteer for stamp calendar.
Below is stamps released honoring past Miss Tahiti winners. The postal office express recognition for this great organisation (Miss Tahiti Beauty Pageant).
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Above/Below beauty contestants sign autograph for Miss Tahiti stamp poster & calendar in an library. Some people take photos them.
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Below is 1978 Miss France Pascale Taurau. She is visit French Polynesia many time working close with Philatelic Center of French Polynesia. Pascale Taurau become a Painter in 1990.
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Above is stamp by Pascale Taurau. A big contribution she make for stamp community. In 2018, Philatelic Center of French Polynesia release her stamp, you see her name on bottom right corner "P Taurua" Party
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Above is 2016 Miss Tahiti Vaea Ferrand, she holding stamps sheet. She also volunteer much time helping promote stamp collecting. She's in postal office a lot working with they.
Below is 1988 Miss Tahiti Teumere Pater (Right). She the most famous in history of Miss Tahiti Beauty Pageant. She devote her all life volunteering at OPT & all events relate to stamps.
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Above, she got killed in accident in 1993. She were driving car to visit her friends working at Philatelic Center of French Polynesia. But car crash on her way, she die on the spot. This shock entire island expecialy stamp communities. The population is mourning. Ever since her death, every Miss Tahiti has involve with Philately. What a legacy she left for all us. Her influence lasting forever be.
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In 2019, the French Polynesian Postal Office release a stamp honoring Teumere Pater, the late 1988 Miss Tahiti. A amazing woman & a stamp collector. Her love for stamps pass on for generations to come onto end of time. Today, many see her as a National Hero.
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French Polynesia is very fortunate to have Miss Tahiti Beauty Pageant, a great organisation to help & contribute to stamp hobby on islands. We so appreciate there time & effort. You are the pride of French Polynesia.
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28 Feb 2021
07:40:22pm
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mmmmm.......She forgot to post this newsletter here. Howdy folks, here's a French Polynesian philately newsletter that recognized Miss Tahiti Beauty Pageant organization. The stamp booklet is described in this June 2019 issue. Adios, y'all....

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03 Mar 2021
04:45:03pm
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This newsletter is written in French and English.

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07 Mar 2021
01:12:47pm
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Hello de members & guest all. We scanning 10 souvenir sheet from us French Polynesia Stamp Club's album. We display here on' to share in Stamporama. The de beautiful stamps representie' beauty of islands & the pride of French Polynesia. Thank you.
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Bonjour les membres et les invités. Nous avons scanné 10 feuillets souvenirs de l'album de notre club de timbres de Polynésie française. Nous voulons le partager sur Stamporama. Les beaux timbres représentent la beauté des îles et la fierté de la Polynésie française. Merci.

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07 Jun 2021
07:17:06pm
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Air Tahiti is a major airline in French Polynesia. When it makes it's debut in 1998, it was struggling due to competition. The situation got so bad that it almost file bankruptcy. However, the airline was saved by 704 dedicated employees who donated one third of their paycheck. As Air Tahiti stabilized financially, the airline invited local stamp vendors to sell their items at the airport without collecting rent. Some stamp collectors often hang out at the airport & sometimes holding stamp meetings there.
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Today, Air Tahiti is the most successful airline in French Polynesia & a major contributor for the islands' economy. Transporting millions of passengers to the islands from distant places was challenging. Such as a distant place is the "Paris-Tahiti" route, the longest domestic route in the world (17 hours flight one way). A recent survey indicated that most stamp collectors preferred Air Tahiti when visiting the islands.

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In 2008, the Office des Postes et Télécommunication released a commemorative issue honoring 10th anniversary of Air Tahiti, a milestone in French Polynesian aviation. The headquarter of Air Tahiti held an Open House for 2 days. Refreshments were served as visitors tour the building & the air field interacting with the staff. Both stamp & stamp sheet were proudly displayed at the headquarter front entrance.
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(Above) This is the FDC (First Day Cover) that was given out (free) to all visitors. This Open House event was amazing and it was heavily attended by stamp collectors due to the historical significance & the airline's relationship with the stamp community. The dedicated men & women working for this airline have met & exceed all expectations in quality & service. Air Tahiti, the pride of French Polynesia.
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07 Jun 2021
10:39:26pm
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Let's see.

I have enough air miles to fly to Tahiti.

I read up on how to stay permanently on Tahiti, and how to buy property there.

I would want to bring my little dog.

I need to relearn French.

I need to turn in the air miles.

I need to pack my bags.

I need to see if this is just a dream or not.

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08 Jun 2021
04:54:22am
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Stamporama Sponsored Field Trip to Tahiti! What Promo Code do we use?

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08 Jun 2021
08:33:24am
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Tahiti here I come, but only if I win the $70,000,000 that's up for grabs tonight in Lotto Max! Oh ya, and I need to get a passport, which will take some time with the pandemic still ongoing. Oh right... I have to wait to travel until after I get my second shot and after this pandemic ends!

Sometime, but probably only in my dreams!

That story on the saving of Air Tahiti is amazing! Here in Canada, Air Canada issued millions of dollars in bonuses last year to executives AFTER the Federal Government gave them millions to stay afloat in this pandemic! Amazing how two countries differ - help company or needlessly help already wealthy executives!

Congratulations on making your airline the best around! Applause


Peter (or Pierre when I arrive!)


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11:35:09am
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If I ever get to go, it's a one way flight for me.

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19 Jun 2021
09:38:45pm
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French Polynesia is well known for their amazing hospitality. They expressed love to millions of visitors around the world. Love is an emotional feeling that is embedded to every Polynesian & it is openly embraced in this peaceful society. Polynesian are very warm & friendly, but somewhat shy due to sensitivity. Polynesian interact extremely well with all kinds of people including difficult individuals. If you are rude to them, they won't talk back or argue. Off course they're hurt inside, but they're able to absorb & suppress this negative feeling with love. Love is like a medicine to them which washes away the hurt and heal the heart. Polynesian possess an unconditional love that is admired by many around the world.
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Every year, tourists invaded this paradise while stamp collectors from Oceania & Southern Europe (mostly) visited stamp shops throughout the islands pursuing St. Valentines Day stamps. They hunt them down with a great determination because they can't find them anywhere else. The stamp community considered these St. Valentines Day stamps rare due to low mintage, but we disagreed because we know there are a few still available on the market.

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(Above) This is a set of St. Valentines Day stamps that were released in 2006 with only 80,000 mintage. These stamps were very popular as people rushed to post offices & purchased them throughout the islands. These were sold out within 48 hours. More stamps had to be printed due to public demand. The stamp sheets were considered rare because so few exist today.

(Below) A heart shape island where many newlywed visited & had their wedding photos taken. Many considered this island as a symbol of love. French Polynesia possess the only heart shape island in the world. Several stamp collectors have visited this island & were puzzled on how this island was formed. It's a mystery & nobody knows how this island came to exist, but we do know it was destined to be with french Polynesia, the most romantic place on Earth.
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Love can be felt everywhere on these romantic islands. Can you imagine St. Valentines Day in French Polynesia? It's treated like a national holiday in which the entire population expressed love openly. Women gives out candies while men gives out flowers. Valentines candies are usually sold out before St. Valentines Day arrives. All Valentines cards had to be ordered a month in advance prior St. Valentines Day. Churches are so busy conducting wedding ceremonies that they stop taking requests. St. Valentines Day is a one day event, but it lasted over a week in this paradise.

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(Above) Here's a St. Valentines Day stamp. It was released in 1999 with only 40,000 mintage. Stamp collectors from oversea who are lucky enough to possess a St. Valentines Day stamp are amused when they learn the culture behind the stamp. A pleasant surprise finding and a nice addition to their stamp collection.

These Valentines stamps have been circulating across the globe spreading message of love which is needed so much. There are many problems in this chaotic world we lived in. Power & greed are usually the root cause. Some countries believed money is the most powerful weapon of all while others believed Nuclear Missile. However, French Polynesia believed "Love" is the most powerful weapon of all. It's a belief that has been passed down from generations. A remarkable culture with an everlasting love to the world, the greatest gift to humanity. Love, the pride of French Polynesia.

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An Italian couple got married in a Tahitian style wedding in Bora Bora, French Polynesia.
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St. Valentines Day stamp sheets. These sheets are rare due to low mintage with few existence today. They're not on the market (public or private) anymore. Our stamp club possess this 2 stamp sheets & are in displayed.





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Very well stated, and so true!

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04 Jul 2021
03:50:13pm
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Couple weeks ago, somebody asked us what's like for a Philatelist to visit French Polynesia? This is a good question because it hasn't been discussed anywhere on stamp newsletters or internet. Philatelists in general, had a positive experience in French Polynesia. Visitors (Philatelists) from all over the world visited French Polynesia each year. We don't know how many because there's no data keeping track of this. However, we do know they came for various of reasons. Like most Tourist, they came to relax & enjoy the tranquility. Most of these visitors (Philatelists) are older with little or no physical limitation. They're well educated & are adventurous, not afraid of challenges & difficulties.

During their stay in French Polynesia, they visited various of islands & experienced the Polynesian culture in first hand. One of the island they visited is Bora Bora, a beautiful island, but it's a strong hold for Philately. Stamp shops can be found there. Stamp festival & Expo are held annually. Many Philatelists purchased stamps unexpectedly while touring the island. It's not uncommon to run into fellow Philatelists. Several stamps have been issued honoring Bora Bora for Philately contribution & it's influence on tourism.
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(ABOVE) Venus Point Lighthouse, a popular hangout for Polynesian Philatelists.
(Below) Stamps & sheets are displayed everywhere outside, a paradise for Philatelists.
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There are many Polynesian philately events throughout the cities especially Pepeete, the capital. Visitors (Philatelists) sometimes attend Polynesian Philately events with curiosity. It's a rare opportunity which they don't have back home. Although they don't know much about Polynesian stamps, they were willing to explore & learn. Polynesian stamps & it's colorful history are pretty interesting. Majority of visitors (Philatelists) have large stamp collection mostly concentrated on Great Britain, USA & Europe. They tend to have a strong background in history :therefore, they were eager to examine Polynesian history with keen interest.
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Visitors (Philatelists) participated various of Philately events such as stamp expo, seminar or attending postal museums. Networking with Polynesian at local stamp clubs are interesting, but challenging (language barrier). Running into a stamp booth while walking on the street is always a pleasant surprise. A tour to Philatelic Center of French Polynesia is held daily. A very popular excursion for many Philatelists.
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(ABOVE) A typical Polynesian postal office. A very clean & modern facility with most friendliest staff.
(BELOW) Stamp vendors are everywhere in the festival. Bargains can be found there.
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Years ago, we encountered an American woman (Philatelist) who traveled to French Polynesia for the first time. Upon arrival, she was so excited that she send some post cards to her family & friends. Little did she know it would take over a month to travel. This is due to French Polynesia's location which is in the middle of Pacific Ocean, very islolating. Distance transist with multiple stops is expected in Polynesian postal service. As you can see (map), the island is in the middle of nowhere.
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Anyway, the woman returned home after her French Polynesian vacation ended. Weeks later, her family & friends received her post cards. The woman was dismay to learned these.
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(ABOVE & BELOW) Paul Gauguin Museum. A famous French Painter who lived in Tahiti for years. His paintings can be seen on many Polynesian stamps. This museum is a must for Philatelists.
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(ABOVE) James Norman Hall Museum, co-author the book "Mutiny on the Bounty".
(BELOW) Polynesian Postal Office on Bora Bora. Tour is given daily, a great experience for Philatelists. It's also a popular trip for school kids.
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Most visitors (Philatelists) stayed in the capital Pepeete , another strong hold for Philately where most stamp clubs & organizations are located. Stamp shops are everywhere with many Philately activities on the street. Visitors (Philatelists) enjoyed spending time there. Some even spend the whole day and return to their hotel late evening. Stamps are constantly advertised on tv, radio & newspaper. It's heavily promoted 24/7 non-stop. There's even a campaign for a stamp holiday. Visitors (Philatelists) are amused & surprised how popular stamp hobby is. It's something they never expected in paradise.
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(ABOVE) Stamp expos are held frequently. A very popular event with Philatelists.
(BELOW) Polynesian TV Stamp Station. It's off limit to public, but are invited on limited basis (lottery draw).
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Every now and then, we ran into Polynesian stamp specialists. They specialized in Polynesian stamp only. They considered themself as an Elitist with most extensive knowledge in this region. They often traveled alone & rarely mingled with Philatelist, but will help is asked. French Polynesia is an epic center for Polynesian rare stamps. It's estimated about 90% are located. Both Philatelists & Specialists traveled to French Polynesia in search for Polynesian rare stamp(s) that they couldn't find elsewhere.
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(ABOVE & Below) Monument of Milan Stefánik who build French Polynesia's first observatory. 2 stamps were issued honoring him. These stamps debuted in Prague (Czech Republic), Milan's home.
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A number of American visited the U.S. Consulate (Embassy) for inquiry about permanent residency in French Polynesia. Unfortunately, permanent residency is not granted if he/she owns a business in French Polynesia. This is due to population control. Currently, there are only few hundreds of American residing in this paradise.

Before Visitors (Philatelists) depart French Polynesia, they usually purchased some Polynesian stamps for souvenir or to add them to their collection. Most Polynesian stamps are in $1.20 denomination which is high compare to other countries. At airport, stamp sheets imperforate from 19th century are available for purchase. Philatelists are astonished which easily triggered a conversation. A 1970's telephone booth with a rotary dial phone can be seen at the departure terminal. This drew Philatelists' attention with amazement. Some jokingly asked "Can I buy this?"
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(ABOVE) Resort of Marlon Brando. It's currently operated by Brando's family, but owned by a private firm. A stamp issued for the movie "Mutiny on the Bounty".
(BELOW) A stamp was inspired this building. It was painted by 3 street Artists. This is a favorite gathering for some Polynesian Philatelists.
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One of most surprising discovery for visitors (Philatelists) is Polynesian children, they're the youngest Philatelists. It's common to see children carrying stamp albums on the street, they're everywhere. Stamp hobby is mentioned & explained briefly in primary school. Some schools have stamp clubs & are managed by students. School kids do stamp swap daily. They have a strong passion & they too accumulated large stamp collection like adult. Visitors (Philatelists) are fascinated by these kids & are eager to speak to them, but couldn't due to language barrier (French language).
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(ABOVE) A typical stamp vendor with a tent on the street. Selling new & vintage stamps everyday.
(BELOW) Tombstone of Teumere Pater (1988 Miss Tahiti), the greatest Philatelist in the history of French Polynesia. She died in car crash while on her way to Philatelic Center of French Polynesia. Pilgrimage to her tombstone is held each year. It's one of the most popular places & most visited by Philatelists.
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The Polynesian children are brought up in a society that fully appreciate stamp hobby. They understood the educational value & its contents: as well as, preserving postal history for tomorrow's generation. While stamp hobby is declining around the world at an alarming rate, French Polynesia continues to grow as the torch is pass on to the next generation. These young Philatelists continued to accelerate as the Polynesian Philately is ready to usher in - the 22nd century. Polynesian Philately, the pride of French Polynesia.
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04 Jul 2021
05:52:50pm
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Fascinating!

I can attest to length of time to receive mail posted from remote areas of the world. I regularly receive newsletters from Pitcairn Islands (an historic link to your islands). They take from 3 to 6 months to arrive to me from Pitcairn.

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08 Jul 2021
05:28:16pm
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Pitcairn Islands mail take long time much, too far. They have small house handle out/incoming mail. No staff maybe few volunteers. No postal transportation. No ships pass Pitcairn Islands for months. Sometime lucky, cargo ships pass by and take mail. About only 2 time a month. Mail go New Zealand for process. One New Zealand office handle Pitcairn Islands mail only, very strange.

Pitcairn Islands Philatelic Bureau take care stamps and letters. But stop last year because Louise and Russell Watson retire. They work 16 years and very nice to all people. Louise and Russell came to French Polynesia booth for sharing work - this in 2016 USA.
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Now, Tower Mint in Great Britain take over Pitcairn Islands Philatelic Bureau. Louise and Russell Watson give customers data and history to Tower mint, but not credit card. Louise and Russell Watson destroy credit card numbers. Sell stamps is part Pitcairn economy. Many people buy, but we not. We buy if there is Pitcairn Islands & French Polynesia join issue , this special for ancestral ties.

Pitcairn Islands delivery method is same long time at. Many people complain slow delivery. some demanding express delivery, 1 day speed. Airfield is need (airplane) for fast delivery. Long ago, a businessman want to buy Pitcairn Islands. He want build airfield. Great Britain reject sale. Thank for reading, all comment or suggestion welcome much.

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25 Jul 2021
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With the summer on its way, French Polynesia will soon be getting ready for Heiva, an annual festival that has become emblematic of Polynesian culture. “Heiva,” which comes from the Polynesian words meaning “to assemble” and “community places,” celebrates traditional Polynesian activities, including festivals, music, dancing, singing, and sporting events.

Heiva originated in 1881 after France annexed Polynesia from the English, whose Protestant missionaries had called for dance to be outlawed, as they felt it was erotic debauchery. After the French acquisition, the celebration of Bastille Day became symbolic for Polynesians. In an effort to overcome the Anglo-Saxon influence, France permitted the Polynesians to indulge in sports and dancing on Bastille Day. Beginning that same year, dance in Polynesia made a resurgence after being restricted for decades.
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In 1985, nearly a decade after French Polynesia gained more autonomy from France, Heiva officially replaced the Polynesian holiday of Tiurai. Heiva has since become an iconic event for Polynesian culture. Dance competitions, which are some of the most important events in Heiva, are prepared for months in advance by dancers. Music, choreography, and costumes, while based on historical or legendary themes, are uniquely created for each Heiva. Traditional sporting events, including as stone lifting competitions, javelin throwing competitions, and canoe races are also an integral part of Heiva. If you’re in Polynesia during the summer months, it is absolutely worth checking out these traditional, unique, and fun events. Heiva festival, the pride of French Polynesia.
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There are stamp collectors that collect stamps with pearls only. Most of these Specialists are located in Oceania region. They are unknown to the stamp communities globally. However, they're visible & active in Oceania (Pacific Ocean). There is a large number of pearl stamp collectors in French Polynesia since it's the birth place of world's famous Tahitian pearl.

Tahitian pearl harvesting is one of the most interesting methods of harvesting. This is because Tahitian pearl farms are very rare. Many other types of pearl farming are mainly done in large scale. However, harvesting Tahitian pearls is done in small, simply because they’re “maker,” the black lip oysters, are in most cases not in plenty. Oysters naturally are stored in lagoons. This is their “natural” habitat where they grow and live. Tahitian pearl farms are simply several lagoons with the black lip oysters. Harvesting on from the Tahitian pearl farms is pretty simple. It involves a pearl farmer “helping” the process move along to come up with an authentically harvested pearl.

To start, the lagoons are pulled out of the water. They are then loaded and transported to harvesting facilities. This is vital in ensuring that the produced pearl is authentic. The shells of the black lip oysters are then pried apart to expose the pearls. Each pearl is then removed carefully. Very special tools are used in this process. These tools are necessary because they allow the pearl farmers to remove the pearl while making sure the oyster is not injured or killed in the process. These tools also help the pearl comes out as it, without breakages or without being destroyed.
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Farmed pearl or cultured pearl growth begins during what is called the nucleation process. This involves triggering the production of nacre by inserting some type of foreign object inside the oyster. As a defense mechanism, the oyster responds by coating the irritant with a fluid known as nacre. It deposits layer upon layer until eventually a pearl is formed. During the initial nucleation process, very few oysters survive. Those oysters that survive are strong and can be nucleated again and again. A black lip oyster can be nucleated up to five times before it must be discarded.

The last time a black lip oyster is nucleated, it produces a pearl popularly known as, the mabe pearl. These real pearls are simply cultured pearls that develop in the inside shell of the black lip oyster other than inside the oyster’s body. Mabe pearls, also called blister pearls, are usually half spherical. Tahitian pearl harvesting generally happens between the months of May and November. Pearl farmers both harvest and nucleate the pearls. At harvest time, an incision is made in the gonad of the oyster, and the pearl is removed.

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(ABOVE) The cultured Tahitian pearl farms are located in the blue lagoons of the Tuamotu-Gambier Archipelago, which is one of the five archipelagos which make up French Polynesia.
(BELOW) Harvesting pearls. It takes two years for an oyster to mature enough to begin producing pearls.
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Tahitian pearls come in a range of colors from white to black. They can contain various undertones and overtones of green, pink, blue, silver and yellow. The most valuable of these are of the darker variety, as the naturally dark tones of the Tahitian pearls is a unique quality among pearls. A true black Tahitian pearl is extremely rare, and largely considered one of the most beautiful kinds of pearls in the world. Most Tahitian pearls that are identified as “black” are actually charcoal grey, silver, or dark green. An advantage of the Tahitian pearl is that the oyster inside of which they grow is quite large, sometimes weighing as much as ten pounds. This means that a Tahitian pearl can more easily grow to a larger-than-average size.

The Tahitian pearl is French Polynesia’s largest export, making up over 55 percent of the country's annual exports of 20 million dollars. Several stamps have been issued about Tahitian pearls. The world's famous Tahitian Pearls is the pride of French Polynesia
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(ABOVE) The pearl farm in Bora Bora is open to the public. A must visit for a tourist. This beautiful pearl farm owned by a French/Canadian company.
(BELOW) The pearl farm offer pearl diving tour. A few stamp collectors have taken this tour which can be difficult, but very rewarding.
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Very interesting.

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