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Portuguese Colonies: Nyassa – First through Fifth Issue (1898-1911)

By |July 20th, 2015|

This article was written by Bertram W. H. Poole and first published in "Mekeel's Weekly Stamp News" Feb 25, 1911 Volume XXV, Number 8, Whole Issue Number 1052.

Stamps of Ethiopia: UPU (1909)

By |May 16th, 2015|

This stamp depicts the Throne of Solomon and was issued in 1909 to celebrate the admission of Ethiopia to the UPU in 1908, international mail from Ethiopia had to be additionally franked with stamps of UPU members. France operated post offices at Addis Ababa, Harar, and Dire Dawa, using stamps of Obock or the French Somali Coast, and mail is known with a triple franking of Ethiopia, British Somaliland (via the town of Zeila), and Aden. The first stamps of Ethiopia valid for international mail were a 1 November 1908 set of overprinted stamps of the first issue.

Map of Italian East Africa (1938-1941)

By |May 16th, 2015|

The biggest extension of Eritrea was reached during the Italian Empire (1936–1941), when northern parts of conquered Ethiopia were assigned to Eritrea by the Italians as a reward for the Eritrean "Ascaris'" help in the conquest of Ethiopia. A useful map for collectors and postal historians of Italy and Colonies...

Stamps of Eritrea: First Issues (1893-1910)

By |April 7th, 2015|

On January 1, 1893, values from 1 centesimo to 5 lire of the 1863-1891 Italian definitive series were released with the overprint COLONIA ERITREA. The lower values were overprinted in upper and lower case letters in a straight line, while the values above 5c were overprinted in capitals in a semi-circle. The lowest three denominations have been recorded with inverted overprints. Similar overprints were applied to the stamps of Italy's 1893-1897 definitive series and these were introduced at various dates between 1895 and 1899.

Map showing Location of Obock (1896)

By |May 14th, 2014|

Map showing the location of Obock from an Italian military map in 1896. From the University of Texas Map Library.

Stamps of Kenya: Centenary of Ugandan Church (1977)

By |December 7th, 2013|

This set of four stamps celebrated the Centenary of the ugandan Church. 50c. Canon Kivebulaya 1s. Modern Namirembe cathedral 2s. The first Cathedral 5s. Early Congregation, Kigezi Designed by Beryl Moore. Litho.

Stamps of Germany: Hermann von Wissmann, Explorer (1934)

By |November 23rd, 2013|

This stamp celebrated the achievements of Hermann von Wissmann, German explorer and colonial administrator. In the early days of the Third Reich there was hope of restoring some of their former colonies. Hermann von Wissmann (4 September 1853 – 15 June 1905) was a German explorer and administrator in Africa.Born in Frankfurt an der Oder, Wissmann was enlisted in the Army in 1870 and was commissioned a Lieutenant four years later. Wissmann served Mecklenburg in Füsilierregiment No. 90 posted at Rostock.

Stamps of French Somali Coast: Olympic Games, Tokyo Issue (1964)

By |July 15th, 2013|

This 90 f. purple,brown-red and black Air stamp was issued by the French Somali Coast to celebrate the 1964 Tokyo Olympic Games. It was released October 10, 1964. It featured an ancient Greek discus player. Designed and engraved by Combet. Recess. Perf.

Map of Italian Eritrea (1908)

By |July 11th, 2013|

Collectors of Italian Colonies should like this colourful map of Italian Eritrea in North Africa in 1908.

Handling of Overseas Mails (1936)

By |November 20th, 2012|

This extremely informative article originally appeared in "Shipping Wonders of the World" in 1936. It explains in some detail the carriage of letters and parcel posts by ships and their ports of call in the 1930s.

East Africa Study Circle

By |June 16th, 2008|

The East Africa Study Circle (EASC) was founded in 1979 to study, record and publish information relating to the philately and postal history of Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania with all their forerunners and ramifications. The EASC has around 200 members worldwide who receive the Bulletin, can attend Meetings, and buy and sell at the twice-yearly Members' Auctions and borrow books from the Library as well as having access to leading specialists in East African philately, and meets three times a year at the Union Jack Club, Sandell Street, Waterloo, London SE1 8UJ on Saturdays.