Boston 2026 will have a separate Polar Salon pavilion on the show floor during the international exhibition highlighting approximately 200 frames of exhibits, displays and societies. The Polar Salon will also include a Court of Honor featuring extraordinary historical polar artifacts and archival non-competitive polar philatelic material. A related conference is also planned.
Boston 2026 organizers are pleased to announce that the Polar Salon will be supported in part by a generous $25,000 donation from Jiří Kraus (photo above), a prominent polar philatelist from Liberec, Czech Republic.
Polar philately is a specialized collecting area focusing on stamps, covers and associated documents largely, but not limited to the exploration of the polar Arctic and Antarctic regions. It additionally includes polar-related aerophilately and military/conflict mail, along with thematics and traditional philately from stamp issuing entities in the polar regions and those countries producing “polar” subject emissions.
Competitive exhibits from 1 to 10 frames will be judged by a team of four expert polar philately judges, with an FIP judging option available. Multi-frame grand, reserve grand and single frame grands will be awarded along with donated special prizes. All competitors receive a show medal bearing a special commemorative designation on the reverse.
Members from various polar societies around the world are expected to participate. Further participant details and an exhibition prospectus will be announced soon.