Friday, 15 April 2016

Greenland: Pituffik

Pituffik is a former settlement in northern Greenland, located at the eastern end of Bylot Sound by a tombolo known as Uummannaq, near the current site of the American Thule Air Base. In 1951 the United States was given permission to build Thule Air Base at the site of the settlement. Between 1952 and May 1953, all residents of Pituffik and nearby Dundas (Uummannaq) were forcibly relocated 130 km (81 mi) north to the new town of Qaanaaq, commonly known at the time as "New Qaanaaq" or "New Thule", where people were forced to live in tents from May 1953 until November of the same year, well into the polar winter, while the 27 new houses were constructed for them.

Too bad a poor cancellation was applied on this cover, but if your read carefully you can still see the name Pituffik und the postmark.


Stamps (left to right):
Queen Margrethe II (0,50 DKK) - Issued: 22-10-2012
Queen Margrethe II (1,00 DKK) - Issued: 22-10-2012
Queen Margrethe II (5,00 DKK) - Issued: 13-05-2015
Queen Margrethe II (10.00 DKK) - Issued: 21-10-2013



♁ 76° 32′N 68° 45′W

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