Tuesday, 22 December 2015

FRENCH POLYNESIA - Polynésie française / Pōrīnetia Farāni

French Polynesia ; French: Polynésie française; Tahitian: Pōrīnetia Farāni) is an overseas collectivity of the French Republic; collectivité d'outre-mer de la République française (COM), sometimes unofficially referred to as an overseas country; pays d'outre-mer (POM). It is composed of 118 geographically dispersed islands and atolls stretching over an expanse of more than 2,000 kilometres (1,200 mi) in the South Pacific Ocean. Its total land area is 4,167 square kilometres (1,609 sq mi).
French Polynesia is divided into 5 groups of islands: The Society Islands archipelago composed of the Windward Islands and the Leeward Islands, the Tuamotu Archipelago, the Gambier Islands, the Marquesas Islands and the Austral Islands. Among its 118 islands and atolls, 67 are inhabited. Tahiti, which is located within the Society Islands, is the most populous island and the seat of the capital of the collectivity, Pape'ete. It has more than 68% of the population of the islands in 2012. Although not an integral part of its territory, Clipperton Island was administered from French Polynesia until 2007.

My first registered airmail cover from French Polynesia ! I rarely seen the barcode label affixed on the registered mail, usually it is a printed paper with address and barcode together. I sent two more covers to get back as postmarked as registered, but unfortunately due to misunderstanding I got back all other covers inside a Registered packet. French Polynesian stamps are perfect in quality and design , always interested for collectors.
 These are the other two covers received as normal airmail covers. The colorful fruits stamps I like very much. The postmarks are really perfect. The philatelic bureau service is superb for philatelists.

Getting covers and stamps from Pacific region is always a treasure and bring extra happiness. These beautiful covers posted from Tahiti, the main island of French Polynesia on Nov 26,2015. And it reached in my hand on December 22,2015. The postmark is perfectly affixed. Polynesian stamps are always beautiful and thematic, popular among collectors. 

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