Antartica – USA Antarctic Territory

My first, and so far the only postcard from Antarctica is from USA Antarctic Territory, from McMurdo Station.

The McMurdo Station is a United States Antarctic research center on the south tip of Ross Island. It is operated by the United States through the United States Antarctic Program. The station is the largest community in Antarctica, capable of supporting up to 1,258 residents, and serves as one of three United States Antarctic science facilities.

It is actually not very difficult to receive a postcard from Antarctica! The National Science Foundation has a procedure to support philately at a level not to interfere with the science mission. Here is what you need to do, to receive a postcard with McMurdo Station postmark:

  1. Get a hold of mint US stamp, that’s good for sending a postcard to wherever you are: domestic stamp if you’re in USA or one of US territories, or international for all other countries.
  2. Get an appropriate postcard, address it to yourself, and put the US stamp(s) you got in the first step.
  3. Place it in an envelope, and sent it to the following address:

Philatelic Mail Clerk
McMurdo Station,Antarctica
PSC 769
APO AP 96599-1035
Philatelic Mail Clerk
USA

Wait for your postcard to arrive, now with McMurdo Station postmark. They will not add any text to it, so feel free to sign it as well 🙂

Travel times: I sent it from New York mid-September, and received it stamped in Russia mid-November.

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