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Stamps of the Gambia: Queen Victoria Issues (1898)

By |May 5th, 2016|

This article was written by well-known philatelic writer Fred Melville (1882-1940): On the 31st January, 1898, the following notice was issued in reference to the postage stamps of the Colony:— "Withdrawal of Present Issue Of Gambia Postage Stamps. "On the 1st May, 1898, the present issue, if not previously exhausted, of all denominations of Postage Stamps in the Gambia that are then in the hands of the Government will be destroyed, and a complete new set of stamps will then be put in circulation. "Administrator's Office, Bathurst, Gambia, 31st January, 1898." [pg 46] After being faithful for nearly

Africa and Cape Colony Map (Gall and Inglis 1871)

By |February 11th, 2016|

Stamps of Togo: 70th Stamp Anniversary (1967)

By |October 22nd, 2015|

This set of eight stamps celebrated Togo's 70th Stamp Anniversary, showing philatelic scenes and reproductions of Togo stamps. 5 fr. Philatelic auction 10 fr. Philatelic exhibition 15 fr. Counter sale 20 fr. Vending machine 30 fr. Counter sale 45 fr. Vending machine Airmail: 90 fr. Philatelic auction 105 fr. Father and Son with stamp album Designed by M.

Map showing Locations of St. Helena and Ascension in Atlantic

By |October 19th, 2015|

This map shows the locations of both St.

Contemporary Map of Burkina Faso, West Africa

By |August 20th, 2015|

Here is a very useful map for collectors and postal historians of West Africa. It shows contemporary Burkina Faso and lists the major settlements.

St. Helena: Stamp Centenary (1956)

By |June 26th, 2015|

The original St. Helena sixpenny stamp, printed by Perkins, Bacon & Co. in 1856, bore a completely new and rather austere head of Queen Victoria, probably engraved by Humphrys.

Stamps of Upper Volta: Stamp Day (1967)

By |April 30th, 2015|

This 30 fr. multicoloured stamp depicted a Postman on his Cycle and celebrated Stamp Day in 1967. Designed by Brequet. Recess printed.

The Stamps of West Africa

By |October 11th, 2014|

This article is based on an article, which originally appeared in the "Stamp Collectors’ Fortnightly", October 28, 1911.

Stamps of Tristan da Cunha: Augustus Earle (2014)

By |July 18th, 2014|

Augustus Earle was born on 1 June 1793 in London, son of James Earle, an American artist and his wife Caroline. Augustus was the nephew of Ralph Earle, the well-known American portrait painter.

Stamps of Ascension: Bicentenary of British Settlement (2014)

By |April 29th, 2014|

When Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821) was born no one could have supposed that he would rise to become Emperor of France and, due to his success in the Napoleonic Wars, become regarded as one of the greatest military commanders of all time. Similarly none could have imagined that the tiny uninhabited island of Ascension Island would become so transformed by his eventual defeat and exile to St Helena. Ascension Island was allegedly discovered in 1501 by the explorer João da Nova, but it seems he did not register the discovery.

Postcards: View of Cabinda, Portuguese Congo (1909)

By |January 22nd, 2014|

This marvellous postcard shows Cabinda in Portuguese Congo in 1909.

Maps of German Colonies: Cameroon (1888)

By |November 24th, 2013|

It is difficult to find maps of German Colonies, so this is a useful addition to our Maps Archive. This one is a very detailed map of German Cameroon (Kamerun) in 1888. A very good map for West Africa postal historians...

Stamps of Tristan da Cunha: Christmas Issue (2013)

By |November 23rd, 2013|

A very special set of stamps honouring the two main places of worship on Tristan da Cunha has been released to coincide with the 90th Anniversary of St Mary’s Church. The two main religions followed in Tristan are Anglican and Roman Catholicism, both of course being Christian with the Anglican religion being the senior of the two. The issue consists of four stamps, two celebrating the Anglican Faith and the other two the Roman Catholic Faith. The layout of the stamps is unusual as they are produced in sheets of 10 stamps with a label in the center. Sheet

Royal Mail Ship: St. Helena

By |October 28th, 2013|

Mail and Supply Ships: Typical of this type of ship is the RMS ST. HELENA that sails from the U.K. to South Africa, the Ascension, Canary and St. Helena Islands. These ships carry mail, supplies and cargo to out-of-the-way locations. You can also travel on the St. Helena as a passsenger.

Tristan da Cunha: The Stampless Island (1909)

By |October 28th, 2013|

255486603_7d4a9222d6 As a member of the West Africa Study Circle, I was pleased to find this interesting article, which originally appeared in "The Postage Stamp" (October 9, 2909).