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International Geophysical
Year (IGY) (1957 — 1958)


Below is a checklist of International Geophysical Year (IGY) postal items (stamps, souvenir sheets, aerogrammes, postal cards, etc.). Catalog numbers, years of issue, and notes on the items featured are given when available. If readers know of additional information or images, please contact the authors using the e-mail addresses at the bottom of this page.

IGY is less commonly known as the 3rd International Polar Year (IPY).

Launch covers
(including anniversary-of-launch covers, and launch-related event covers)
(farther below)
Other postal items
(stamps, souvenir sheets, aerogrammes, postal cards, etc.)
(immediately below)
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Below is a list of International Geophysical Year (IGY) on postal items (stamps, souvenir sheets, aerogrammes, postal cards, etc.).

CountryCatalog NumberType of ItemYear of IssueNotes on Content
International Geophysical Year (IGY) (1957 — 1958)
Argentina677 (Mi684)1958
Argentina677 fdc1Stamp on FDC
Argentina677 fdc2Stamp and cancel and cachet on FDC
Argentina677 fdc3Stamp and cancel (same) and cachet (different) on FDC
Argentina677 fdc4Stamp and cachet on FDC
Argentina677 folderFDC folder with block of 4 (4x 677)
ArgentinaNoneCachet on cover1958
Argentina677 cover (Mi684 cover)Stamp and cachet on cover1959
Australian Antarctic TerritoryL4 cover (Mi? cover)(Artmaster) cachet on cover1959
BelgiumB605 (Mi1072)1957quasi-IGY2: Belgian Antarctic Expedition, 1957-1958
BelgiumB605a (BL25)MS4 (4x B605b)
BelgiumB605b (Mi1073)B605 changed colors
BelgiumB605b fdcStamp on FDC
British Antarctic Territory141 (Mi144)1987(30th anniv.) IGY; 141 has a design similar to South Georgia 124
British Antarctic Territory142 (Mi145)
British Antarctic Territory143 (Mi146)
British Antarctic Territory144 (Mi147)
British Antarctic Territory141-144 fdcFour stamps and cachet on FDC
BulgariaC76 (Mi1094A)
iC76 (Mi1094B)

Imperforate
1958
BulgariaC76 fdcStamp and cachet on FDC
BulgariaC76 coverStamp and cachet on cover1959
CanadaNoneAddress on franked envelope1957
Canada376 (Mi323)1958
Canada376 fdc1Stamp and cachet on FDC
Canada376 fdc2Stamp and cachet (different) on FDC
Canada376 fdc3Stamp and cachet (different) on FDC
Canada376 fdc4Stamp and cachet (different) on FDC
Canada376 fdc5Stamp and cachet (different) on FDC
Canada376 fdc6Stamp and cachet (different) on FDC, also insert
Canada376 fdc7Stamp and cachet (different) on FDC
Canada376 fdc8Stamp and cachet (different color) on FDC
Canada376 fdc9Stamp and cachet (different) on FDC
Canada376 fdc10Stamp and cachet (different) on FDC
Canada376 fdc11Stamp and cachet (different) on FDC
Canada376 fdc12Stamp and cachet (different) on FDC
Canada376 fdc13Stamp and cachet (different) on FDC
Canada376 fdc14Stamp and cachet (different) on FDC
Canada376 fdc15Stamp and cachet (same) on FDC (different cancel)
Canada376 essay1Essay
Canada376 essay2Essay (differnt)
CanadaNoneCachet on cover1958
CanadaNoneCachet on cover (different)1958
CanadaNoneCachet on cover (different)1958
CanadaNoneCachet on cover1962
ChadUnknown ms (Mi?)
Unknown ims
In (upper-right) margin of MS4 (a-d)
In (upper-right) margin of imperforate MS4 (a-d)
2011IGY logo
ChadUnknown ms fdcMS4 on FDC
Chile305 (Mi545)1958
ChileC214 (Mi546)
Chile305+C214 fdcTwo stamps and cachet on FDC
ChileC214 fdcStamp and cachet on FDC
Colombia680 (Mi827)1958
ColombiaC309 (Mi828)
Colombia680+C309 fdcTwo stamps and cancel and cachet on FDC
ColombiaC310 (Mi829)
Cuba2132 (Mi2208)Stamp-on-stamp: East Germany 370 (Mi1603)1977
Cuba2133 (Mi2209)Stamp-on-stamp: Hungary 1216 (Mi1575)
Cuba2134 (Mi2210)Stamp-on-stamp: North Korea 134 (Mi141)
Cuba2135 (Mi2211)Stamp-on-stamp: Poland 822 (Mi1062)
Czechoslovakia836 (Mi1055)1957
Czechoslovakia837 (Mi1056)
Czechoslovakia837 maxiMaxicard
Czechoslovakia838 (Mi1057)
Czechoslovakia836-838 fdcThree stamps and cancel and cachet on FDC
Dominican RepublicB21 (Mi672)501 surcharged for IGY1959
Dominican RepublicB22 (Mi673)502 surcharged for IGY
Dominican RepublicB21-B22 fdcTwo stamps and cachet on FDC
Dominican RepublicB23 (Mi674)503 surcharged for IGY
Dominican RepublicB24 (Mi675)504 surcharged for IGY
Dominican RepublicB25 (Mi676)505 surcharged for IGY
Dominican RepublicB25a (BL21?)MS5 (B21-B25), 505a surcharged for IGY
Dominican RepublicB23-B25 fdcThree stamps and cachet on FDC
Dominican RepublicB21-B25 o/p proofsOverprint proofs
Dominican RepublicCB13 (Mi677)C106 surcharged for IGY1959
Dominican RepublicCB14 (Mi678)C107 surcharged for IGY
Dominican RepublicCB15 (Mi679)C108 surcharged for IGY
Dominican RepublicCB15a (BL22)MS3 (CB13-CB15), C108a surcharged for IGY
Dominican RepublicCB13-CB15 fdcThree stamps and cachet on FDC
Ecuador650 (Mi992)1958
Ecuador650 fdcStamp and cancel and cachet on FDC
Ecuador718 (Mi1134)650 overprinted in red1964
EcuadorC422 (Mi1135)650 overprinted in gold
EcuadorC422a (Mi?)650 overprinted in gold/red
Ecuador1682 (BL?)Imperforate SS1, stamp-on-stamp: 650 (cutout)2003
Falkland Islands DependenciesNoneCancel1956
Finland373-374 fdc (Mi522-523 fdc)Cachet on FDC1960Also IUGG1, Helsinki
French Southern and Antarctic Territories8 (Mi10)1957
French Southern and Antarctic Territories9 (Mi11)
French Southern and Antarctic Territories10 (Mi12)
French Southern and Antarctic Territories8-10 cover1Three stamps and cachet on cover
French Southern and Antarctic Territories8-10 cover2Three stamps and cachet (different) on cover
French Southern and Antarctic Territories8-10 coverThree stamps and cachet on cover1958
French Southern and Antarctic TerritoriesC73 (Mi177)One of strip of 3 (C75a (C73-C75)) (Mi177-179)198325th anniv. IGY
French Southern and Antarctic TerritoryC75 dsDelxue sheet (C75)
French Southern and Antarctic TerritoriesC75a fdcStrip of 3 on FDC
French Southern and Antarctic Territories232 (Mi370)One of strip of 3 (232a (230-232))1997(40th anniv.) IGY
French Southern and Antarctic TerritoriesC149 (Mi386)199840th anniv. IGY
French Southern and Antarctic TerritoriesC80 cover (Mi? cover)Cachet on cover199840th anniv. IGY
French Southern and Antarctic Territories386a (Mi621)From strip of 2 (386 (a-b + label)), or from MS10 (386c (5x 386 (a-b))); IGY stamp-on-stamp: 9200750th anniv. IPY (IGY) historical research toward new frontiers
French Southern and Antarctic Territories386b (Mi622)50th anniv. IGY (IPY)
French Southern and Antarctic TerritoriesUnknown (Mi?)2014IGY logo
Germany (East)370 (Mi603)1957
Germany (East)370 fdcFour stamps and cachet on FDC
Germany (East)370 maxiMaxicard
Germany (East)371 (Mi616)1958
Germany (East)372 (Mi617)
Germany (East)371-372 fdcTwo stamps on FDC
Germany (East)NoneCachet on cover198225th anniv. IGY; also 100th anniv. 1st IPY
Germany (West)1404 sc (Mi1187 sc)Souvenir card back, also front1983"International Geophysical Year" (in German text)
Great BritainNone(Maia, The Band private advertising) cinderella2012Design similar to Russia 2235
GreenlandNoneCachet on cover1959
GreenlandNoneCachet on cover (different)1959quasi-IGY2
Greenland526a (Mi?)One of MS3 (526 (a-c))200850th anniv. IGY; also IPY
Guinea RepublicBL1390In (left and lower-right) margin of SS1200750th anniv. IGY (1957 - 2007); also IHY
Guinea RepublicBL1390 fdcSS1 on FDC
Guinea RepublicBL1391In (lower-right) margin of SS1 (different)
Guinea RepublicBL1391 fdcSS1 on FDC
Guinea RepublicBL1392In (lower-right) margin of SS1 (different)
Guinea RepublicBL1392 fdcSS1 on FDC
Guinea RepublicMi5067-5069_ms3In (right) margin of MS3 (Mi5067-5069)
Guinea RepublicMi5067-5069_ms3 fdcMS3 on FDC
Guinea RepublicUnknown (BL?)SS12008"Année géophysique internationale" (in text); also IPY
Guinea RepublicUnknown ss fdcSS1 on FDC
Haiti424 (Mi493)1958
Haiti425 (Mi494)
Haiti426 (Mi495)
Haiti427 (Mi496)
HaitiC119 (Mi497)
HaitiC120 (Mi498)
HaitiC121 (Mi499)
Haiti424-427+C119-C121 fdcSeven stamps on FDC
HaitiC121a (BL8)On one of imperforate MS4 (427 + C119-C121)
Hungary1212 (Mi1571)1959
Hungary1213 (Mi1572)
Hungary1214 (Mi1573)
Hungary1215 (Mi1574)
Hungary1216 (Mi1575)
Hungary1217 (Mi1576)
Hungary1218 (Mi1577)
Hungary1212+1216-1217 fdcThree stamps and cachet on FDC
Hungary1213-1215+1218 fdcFour stamps and cachet on FDC
Hungary1262 (Mi1626A)
i1262 (Mi1626B)
like 1216, overprinted in red
Imperforate
1959
Hungary1262 fdc1Stamp and cachet on FDC
Hungary1262 fdc2Stamp and cachet (different) on FDC
Hungary1262 fdc3Stamp and cachet (different) on FDC
Hungary1262 fdc4Stamp and cachet (different) on FDC
Hungary1262a (Mi?)1262 without red overprint
Hungary2492 (Mi3208)Stamp and label, stamp-on-stamp: East Germany 370 (IGY)1977
Hungary2492a (BL?)MS3 (3x 2492 + 3 labels)1977
IcelandNoneCachet on cover1958
Indonesia460 (Mi224)1958
Indonesia461 (Mi225)
Indonesia462 (Mi226
Indonesia463 (Mi227)
Indonesia464 (Mi228)
Indonesia460-464 fdc1Five stamps and cachet on FDC
Indonesia460-464 fdc2Five stamps and cachet (different) on FDC
Ivory CoastUnknown ms (Mi?)In (lower-right) margin of MS4 (a-d)2011IGY logo; also IPY
Ivory CoastUnknown ms (Mi?)In (upper-left) margin of MS4 (a-d)2011IGY logo; also IPY
Ivory CoastUnknown ms (Mi?)In (upper-left) margin of MS4 (a-d)2012IGY logo; also IHY
Japan637 (Mi669)1957
Japan637 fdc1Stamp and cachet on FDC
Japan637 fdc2Stamp and cachet (different) on FDC
Japan637 fdc3Stamp and cachet (different) on FDC
Japan637 cover1Stamp and cachet on cover1958
Japan637 cover2Stamp on cover1959
Korea (North)134 (Mi141)1958
Korea (North)135 (Mi142)
Korea (North)136 (Mi143)
Korea (North)137 (Mi144)
Korea (North)134-137 proofsSigned proofs
Korea (South)235+251+285 cover (Mi? cover)Cachet on cover1958
MaliUnknown ms (Mi?)In (upper-left) margin of MS4 (a-d)2011IGY logo; also IHY
NetherlandsNoneCinderella on rocket mail cover1959
Netherlands Antilles241 (Mi65)1957
Netherlands Antilles241 fdcStamp and cachet on FDC
Norway355 (Mi411)1957
Norway356 (Mi412)
Norway357 (Mi413)
Norway355-357 fdc1Three stamps and cachet on FDC
Norway355-357 fdc2Three stamps and cachet (different) on FDC
Norway356 coverStamp and cachet on cover1957
NorwayNoneCancel1957
Norway356-357 coverTwo stamps and cachet on cover1958
NorwayNoneCachet on cover, also back1958
Norway101+356+399+662 sc (Mi?+412+?+? sc)Souvenir card of 4 (101, 356, 399, and 662)1977
PeruC168 (Mi599)1961
PeruC168 fdcStamp and cachet on FDC
PeruC168 errorDouble-impression error
Poland821 (Mi1061)1958
Poland822 (Mi1062)
Poland821-822 fdcTwo stamps and cachet on FDC
RomaniaC51a fdc (Mi1677+1679 fdc)Cachet on FDC1957
RomaniaC52a fdc (Mi1678+1680 fdc)Cachet on FDC
RomaniaC51a-C52a fdcCachet on FDC
RomaniaNoneCachet on postcard2007IGY logo
RomaniaNoneCachet on postcard (different)2007IGY logo
RomaniaNoneCachet on postcard (different)2007IGY logo
RomaniaNoneCachet on postcard (different)2007IGY logo
RomaniaNoneCachet on postcard (different)2007IGY logo
RomaniaNoneCachet on postcard (different)2007IGY logo
RomaniaNoneCachet on postcard (different)2007IGY logo
RomaniaNoneCachet on postcard (different)2007IGY logo
RomaniaNoneCachet on postcard (different)2007IGY logo
RomaniaNoneCachet on postcard (different)2007IGY logo
RomaniaNoneCancel on postcard2007IGY logo
Russia (USSR)1957 (Mi1961)1957
Russia (USSR)1958 (Mi1985)
Russia (USSR)1959 (Mi1992)
Russia (USSR)NonePostcard back1958
Russia (USSR)NonePostcard back, also front1959
Russia (USSR)2083 (Mi2101)Stamp and label1958"IGY" (in text)
Russia (USSR)2089 (Mi2105)1958
Russia (USSR)2090 (Mi2103)
Russia (USSR)2091 (Mi2104)
Russia (USSR)2089-2091 fdcThree stamps on FDC
Russia (USSR)2089 coverCancel and cachet on cover19585th Assembly CSAGI3
Russia (USSR)1884+2089-2091+2087 coverThree of five stamps on cover1959
Russia (USSR)2232 (Mi2259)1959
Russia (USSR)2233 (Mi2277)
Russia (USSR)2234 (Mi2260)
Russia (USSR)2235 (Mi2261)See also Great Britain cinderella 2012
Russia (USSR)NoneCancel on stamped envelope1963MGG4
Russia (USSR)NoneCancel on stamped envelope (different)1963MGG4
Russia (USSR)NoneCancel and cachet on stamped envelope1963IGY and MGG4
Russia (USSR)NoneCachet on stamped envelope197720th anniv. IGY
Russia (USSR)NonePrinted stamp and cancel and cachet on stamped envelope198225th anniv. IGY
Russia7140 fdc (Mi1548 fdc)Cachet on FDC2009Russia 2232, 2233, 2234, 2235
St. Thomas and Prince IslandsUnknown ms (BL?)MS92006IGY logo
St. Thomas and Prince IslandsUnknown ms fdc1MS9 on FDC
St. Thomas and Prince IslandsUnknown ms fdc2MS9 on FDC (different)
St. Thomas and Prince IslandsUnknown ms fdc3MS9 on FDC (different)
St. Thomas and Prince IslandsUnknown fdc4Cachet on FDC
St. Thomas and Prince IslandsUnknown fdc (Mi? fdc)Cachet on FDC with (blue) cancel2006IGY logo
St. Thomas and Prince IslandsUnknown ifdcCachet on FDC with (red) cancel
SomaliaUnknown ss (BL?)
Unknown iss
In (upper-right) margin of SS1
In (upper-right) margin of imperforate SS1
2004IGY logo
South Africa203 fdc (Mi? fdc)Cachet on FDC1958
South AfricaNonePostcard1958
South AfricaNoneCachet on card1958
South AfricaNoneCachet on cover1958
South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands124 (Mi165)1987(30th anniv.) IGY; 124 has a design similar to British Antarctic Territory 141
South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands125 (Mi166)
South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands126 (Mi167)
South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands124-126 fdcThree stamps and cachet on FDC
United StatesNoneCinderella on rocket mail cover (rocket no.2)1957
United StatesNoneCinderella on rocket mail cover (rocket no.3)1957
United StatesNoneCinderella on rocket mail cover (rocket no.4)1957
United StatesNoneCachet on cover1957
United StatesNoneTwo cinderellas on rocket mail cover1958
United StatesNoneRocket mail cinderella MS41958
United StatesNoneCachet on cover1958
United StatesNoneCachet (different color) on cover1958
United StatesNoneCachet on cover (different)1958
United StatesNoneCachet on back of cover1958
United StatesNoneXmas card, also cover and back1958
United States1107 (Mi727)1958
United States1107 fdc1Stamp and cachet on FDC
United States1107 fdc2Stamp and (Fleugel) cachet on FDC
United States1107 fdc3Stamp and cachet (different) on FDC
United States1107 fdc4Stamp and cachet (different) on FDC
United States1107 fdc5Stamp and (Artmaster) cachet on FDC
United States1107 fdc6Two stamps and (Artmaster) cachet on FDC
United States1107 fdc7Four stamps and (Artmaster) cachet on FDC
United States1107 fdc8Stamp and (Artmaster and ?) cachet on FDC
United States1107 fdc9Stamp and (ArtCraft) cachet on FDC
United States1107 fdc10Stamp and (ArtCraft and ?) cachet on FDC
United States1107 fdc11Stamp and (Compex) cachet on FDC
United States1107 fdc12Four stamps and cachet (different) on FDC
United States1107 fdc13Stamp and cachet (different) on FDC
United States1107 fdc14Stamp and cachet (different) on FDC
United States1107 fdc15Stamp and cachet (different) on FDC
United States1107 fdc16Stamp and (ATA Satellilte Unit) cachet on FDC
United States1107 fdc17Stamp and (Hobo Art) cachet on FDC
United States1107 fdc18Stamp and (Hobo Art) cachet (different) on FDC
United States1107 fdc19Stamp and cachet (different) on FDC
United States1107 fdc20Stamp and cachet (different) on FDC
United States1107 fdc21Stamp and (House of Farnum) cachet on FDC
United States1107 fdc22Stamp and (C. Stephen Anderson blue) cachet on FDC
United States1107 fdc23Stamp and (C. Stephen Anderson red) cachet on FDC
United States1107 fdc24Stamp and cachet (different) on FDC
United States1107 fdc25Stamp and cachet (different) on FDC
United States1107 fdc26Stamp and cachet (different) on FDC
United States1107 fdc27Stamp and cachet (different) on FDC
United States1107 fdc28Stamp on FDC (Goldcraft cachet)
United States1107 cardFDC card
United States1107 folderFDC folder, also back
United States1107 maxiMaxicard
United States1107 fdc + 4123a-b fdcDual-date FDC1958 and 2007IGY and IPY logos
United StatesNone ms
None ims
(RRI) cinderella MS4 (2x (a-b))
(RRI) imperforate cinderella MS4 (2x (a-b))
1958"Conclusion of the International Geophysical Year 1957-1958" (in text)
United States1107 cover1Stamp and cachet on cover19591st anniv. IGY
United States1107 cover2Stamp and two cachets on cover1959
United States1107+1237 cover (Mi? cover)Cachet on cover1964IGY logo; "IGY" (in text)
United StatesNoneCachet on cover197720th anniv. IGY
United StatesNoneCachet on cover197820th anniv. IGY
United StatesNone(ASDA) cachet on cover1983Reproductions of Canada 376 and Indonesia 460
United StatesSC109(Italia '85 and USPS) souvenir card of 2 (1107, Italy 830)1985
United StatesNoneCachet on cover2007(50th anniv.) IGY
United StatesNonePersonalized stamp and cachet on cover200750th anniv. IGY/IPY
United StatesNone(Mission 57) cachet on cover back, also back200750th anniv. IGY, IGY logo
Yugoslavia525 (Mi868)1958
YugoslaviaC58 (Mi869)
Yugoslavia525 fdcStamp and cachet on FDC
Yugoslavia525+C58 fdcTwo stamps and cachet (same) on FDC

1IUGG = International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics
2Quasi-IGY items imply, but do not specifically mention, IGY.
3CSAGI = Comité spécial de l'Année géophysique internationale (committee that coordinated IGY activities)
4MGG = Mezhdunarodnovo Geofisicheskovo Goda ("Research Geophysics Year", IGY Conference in Moscow)


Below is a list of International Geophysical Year (IGY) on satellite launch covers.

CountryCancel DateCancel LocationType of ItemNotes on Content
International Geophysical Year (IGY) (1957 — 1958)
United States1958-03-26Patrick AFB, FL(Epps/Fleetwood) cachet on Explorer-3 launch coverIGY logo
United States1958-07-26Patrick AFB, FL(Artmaster) cachet on Explorer-4 launch cover"IGY" (in text)
United States1958-05-28Washington DC(Handwritten) cachet on Vanguard-SLV1 launch cover"US National Committee for IGY"
United States1958-03-17Patrick AFB, FL(Goldcraft) cachet on Vanguard-1 launch cover"International Geophysical Year"
United States1959-09-18Port Canaveral FL(Sarzin) cachet on Vanguard-3 launch cover"International Geo. Year"
United States2002-07-10Cape Canaveral FL(Multi-color) cachet on 40th anniv. Telstar-1 launch coverReproduction of Hungary 1218 (in cachet)
United States2008-01-31Washington DC(Mission 57) cachet on 50th anniv. Explorer-1 launch cover back, also front"IGY" (in text)
United States2013-01-31Bourne Station MA(Coverscape) cachet on 55th anniv. Explorer-1 launch cover"IGY" (in text)


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