French Togoland #217 (1924)

On July 27, 2017, I published an article here on ASAD giving some history of Togo. Although I’d used a stamp issued under the French administration of this West African country, much of the article concerned the Republic of Togo ((République togolaise in French) which gained its independence in 1960. I don’t yet have a stamp from the independent republic but I’ll fix the previous … Continue reading French Togoland #217 (1924)

French Mandate of Syria #222 (1930)

The Mandate for Syria and the Lebanon (Mandat français pour la Syrie et le Liban in French and الانتداب الفرنسي على سوريا ولبنان‎‎ — al-intidāb al-fransi ‘ala suriya wa-lubnān in Arabic) was a League of Nations mandate from 1923-1946, founded after the First World War and the partitioning of the Ottoman Empire concerning Syria and the Lebanon. The mandate system was supposed to differ from … Continue reading French Mandate of Syria #222 (1930)

Lebanese Republic #115 (1930)

Lebanon (لبنان‎‎ — Lubnān in Arabic or Liban in French), officially known as the Lebanese Republic (الجمهورية اللبنانية‎‎ — al-Jumhūrīyah al-Lubnānīyah or République libanaise), is a sovereign state in Western Asia between latitudes 33° and 35° N and longitudes 35° and 37° E. Its land straddles the “northwest of the Arabian plate” and is bordered by Syria to the north and east and Israel to … Continue reading Lebanese Republic #115 (1930)

Cameroun (Provisional French Mandate) #148 (1921)

French Mandate of Cameroon #148 (1921)

The earliest inhabitants in the territory of the present-day Republic of Cameroon (République du Cameroun) were probably the Baka (Pygmies). This West African country is bordered by Nigeria to the west; Chad to the northeast; the Central African Republic to the east; and Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, and the Republic of the Congo to the south. Cameroon’s coastline lies on the Bight of Bonny, part of the … Continue reading French Mandate of Cameroon #148 (1921)

Alexandretta #7 (1938)

Alexandretta #7 (1938)

A political territory in Syria bordering the Mediterranean sea, Alexandretta was founded in 333 BC by Alexander the Great as the key to the Syrian Gates (Belen Pass) and was originally located about 23 miles (37 km) south of the scene of his victory at the Battle of Issus.  Alexander camped in the highlands around Esentepe and then ordered the city to be established and … Continue reading Alexandretta #7 (1938)