Postcard showing Hotel Bora Bora (which apparently is no longer in operation), and a still relatively undeveloped island, postmarked Aug 8, 1968, Bora Bora. Sent by my mom. Stamp is Scott#229, issued July 7, 1967. In case you can't read her writing: "We're having a wonderful time - it's just unbelievably beautiful. Like some other world. Miss everyone, but enjoying this too - it really is a paradise & still very primitive also, but probably not for long." Hotel Bora Bora was one of the early hotels on the island, built in 1961. When we were there, it consisted of 18 rustic thatch-roofed bungalows arranged along the beach, and a central larger building where food was served.
After going through an older stock-book of mine, I noticed I had a fair amount of French Polynesia, as I do remember ordering from the PTT in Papeete back in the 80's. No imperforate gems, but I did find this 1985 Gauguin in the "paire avec vignette centrale" variation:
Having taken a look at expanding my French Polynesia collection, and getting up to speed on 60s era Polynesia, sure enough, the original issue from 1965:
So its just like the selvage says, commemorating the 20th anniversary of the Gauguin museum. How 80s me had absolutely no idea about any of this, and still survived, is somewhat astonishing.