Ascension Island is an island in the South Atlantic Ocean, a dependency of the British overseas territory of St Helena. The island is primarily a site for British and American military, satellite tracking, and communication activities.
The postal history of Ascension begins with covers franked with the Victorian issues of Great Britain and cancelled with Ascension cancels. Ascension's first adhesive stamps were the 1912-1922 stamps of St. Helena overprinted ASCENSION in red or black. These were followed up in 1924 by a series of 12 using the St. Helena design, but inscribed for Ascension.
Modern military covers are particularly sought after by Ascension philatelists and postal historians.
St. Helena & Dependencies
Watermark varieties, plate flaws, major errors, perforation changes, shades, postage due stamps and booklets are all listed and priced. Includes Great Britain stamps used in Ascension before Ascension stamps became available.
See all Ascension stamps in the StampWorld free online catalogue.
Neil MacFall's Ascension Island collection is impressive to behold. It features virtually every stamp ever produced for the island, and blends together photographic and philatelic images. The pages displayed cover the topics of History, Geology, Birds and Plants.