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Maxicard set of five - Hurley's Journey 1914-16

SKU #1857220

Maxicard set of five - Hurley's Journey 1914-16

This maxicard set contains the five maxicards from the Hurley's Journey 1914-16 stamp issue.
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This maxicard set contains the five maxicards from the Hurley's Journey 1914-16 stamp issue. A maxicard is a *prepaid postcard with a stamp affixed and postmarked on the view side. The subject matter of a maxicard is common to the card, stamp and postmark.

A *prepaid postcards can be posted from any red post box located in Australia or at your local Post Office and can be sent worldwide or to domestic locations.

This stamp issue features the work of one of Australia’s most celebrated documentary photographers, James Francis (Frank) Hurley (1885–1962). In the early 20th century, he visualised a largely unknown Antarctica for a fascinated public. While the stamp issue is part of the AAT program, the geography of its narrative is not part of what later became the Australian Antarctic Territory.

Hurley’s passion for photography was matched by his desire for adventure. His photographs illustrate not only his technical and aesthetic skills under extreme conditions but also his talent for conveying the experience of being there. He achieved this through a practice that included straight and modified photographs, multiple-exposure stills, moving pictures and early colour photography.

A pioneer of polar photography, Hurley was invited to join Ernest Shackleton’s British Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition, which set out to cross Antarctica by foot in 1914, from Vahsel Bay, on the Weddell Sea, to the Ross Sea. This stamp issue tells the tale of that ill-fated journey through the lens of Hurley.

Despite having to abandon much of his specialist equipment and many glass-plate negatives when the ship, Endurance, was sent to its icy grave in October 1915, Hurley photographed the unfolding calamity. Left with only a pocket camera, a few rolls of film and 120 remaining glass-plate negatives, Hurley visualised a compelling narrative of extreme misfortune, remarkable endurance and survival against all odds.

Technical details

  • Issue date: 21 June 2016
  • Issue withdrawal date: 31 December 2016
  • FDI withdrawal date: 19 July 2016
  • Denominations: 2 x $1, 2 x $2, 1 x $3
  • Stamp design: Sonia Young
  • Product design: Sonia Young
  • Printer: RA Printing
  • Paper gummed: Tullis Russell Red Phos
  • Printing process: Offset lithography
  • Stamp size: 26mm x 37.5mm
  • Perforations: 14.6x13.86
  • Sheet layout: Module of 50
  • FDI postmark: Kingston, Tas 7050

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