Middle Congo #1 (1907)

Wait a minute….hasn’t this stamp appeared on ‘A Stamp A Day’ before? Well, yes and no. A number of French possessions in western Africa overprinted the first three designs issued by Middle Congo, usually in changed colors. The lower-denomination leopard stamps are the only designs that I currently own from a few of these colonial entities. Previously, I have included these stamps on the entries … Continue reading Middle Congo #1 (1907)

Martinique #67 (1908)

Martinique is an insular region of France located in the Lesser Antilles in the eastern Caribbean Sea, about 280 miles (450 kilometers) northeast of the coast of South America and about 435 miles (700 km) southeast of the Dominican Republic. It is directly north of St. Lucia, northwest of Barbados, southeast of both are Puerto Rico and Dominican Republic and south of Dominica. and had … Continue reading Martinique #67 (1908)

Madagascar [French Colony] #150 (1930)

The editors of the Scott Standard Postage Stamp Catalogue occasionally make what I consider to be rather odd decisions in their listings. The British Post Office in Siam, for example, is alphabetically listed in Volume 1 as “Bangkok” rather than under Great Britain > British Offices Abroad. In the same vein, I’ve never really agreed with the placement of the Confederate States following the listings … Continue reading Madagascar [French Colony] #150 (1930)

Ivory Coast #112 (1936)

The French colony of Ivory Coast, usually referred to as Côte d’Ivoire, was located in western sub-Saharan Africa. It was a protectorate of France from 1843 until 1844 and became a colony in 1893 amid the European scramble for Africa. It was a member of French West Africa (Afrique occidentale française, AOF), a federation of eight French colonial territories in Africa that existed from 1895 until 1960. … Continue reading Ivory Coast #112 (1936)

Upper Volta (Republic) #329 (1974)

The Republic of Upper Volta (République de Haute-Volta in French) was a landlocked West African self-governing colony within the French Community. Before attaining autonomy it had been French Upper Volta, a colony of French West Africa established on March 1, 1919, from territories that had been part of the colonies of Upper Senegal and Niger and the Côte d’Ivoire. The colony was dissolved on September … Continue reading Upper Volta (Republic) #329 (1974)

Ubangi-Shari #23 (1922)

Ubangi-Shari #23 (1922)

Ubangi-Shari (Oubangui-Chari in French) was a French colony in central Africa from 1906−1958, a part of French Equatorial Africa. It was bordered to the north by Chad, Sudan to the east, Cameroon to the west; the Middle Congo and Belgian Congo lay to the south. At its height, the colony had an area of 238,767 square miles (618,403.7 square kilometers) and a population of 833,916. … Continue reading Ubangi-Shari #23 (1922)

Niger #430 (1978)

Niger #430 (1978)

The Republic of Niger (République du Niger in French) is a landlocked country in Western Africa, named after the Niger River, located along the border between the Sahara and Sub-Saharan regions. It borders Nigeria and Benin to the south, Burkina Faso and Mali to the west, Algeria and Libya to the north and Chad to the east. Niger lies between latitudes 11° and 24°N, and longitudes 0° … Continue reading Niger #430 (1978)