Zanzibar and Tanzania #330 (1965)

In my collection titled “Stamps From (Almost) Everywhere” (SFAEW), I usually count separate stamp-issuing entities based upon the inscriptions upon the stamps themselves (however, I’m still not sure whether to divide my stamps inscribed BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS from the earlier issues inscribed just VIRGIN ISLANDS as everything else is the same). I can usually find information (at least enough for a “Stamp A Day” article) … Continue reading Zanzibar and Tanzania #330 (1965)

Mount Kilimanjaro

It’s a “random stamp” day and I chose this 1935 issue from the combined entity of Kenya, Uganda and Tanganyika portraying Mount Kilimanjaro. Back in my younger days when I dreamt of becoming a mountaineer, I thought that Kilimanjaro would be the easiest of the continental highest peaks (the “Seven Summits”) to climb. Unfortunately, the nearest I got to the region was an archaeological trip … Continue reading Mount Kilimanjaro

Congo Free State #24 (1894)

The Congo Free State (État indépendant du Congo,  meaning “Independent State of the Congo”, in French, or Kongo-Vrijstaat in Dutch) was a large state in Central Africa from 1885 to 1908, which was in personal union with the Kingdom of Belgium under Leopold II. Leopold was able to procure the region by convincing the European community that he was involved in humanitarian and philanthropic work … Continue reading Congo Free State #24 (1894)

Rwanda #551 (1973)

Rwanda #551 (1973)

The Republic of Rwanda (Repubulika y’u Rwanda in Kinyarwanda, or République du Rwanda in French), is a sovereign state in Central and East Africa and one of the smallest countries on the African mainland after Gambia, Swaziland, and Djibouti. Located a few degrees south of the Equator, Rwanda is bordered by Uganda, Tanzania, Burundi and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Rwanda is in the African … Continue reading Rwanda #551 (1973)

Ruanda-Urundi #38 (1931)

Ruanda-Urundi #38 (1931)

Ruanda-Urundi was a territory in the African Great Lakes region, once part of German East Africa, which was ruled by Belgium between 1916 and 1962. Occupied by the Belgians during the East African Campaign during World War I, the territory was under Belgian military occupation from 1916 to 1922 and later became a Belgian-controlled Class B Mandate under the League of Nations from 1922 to … Continue reading Ruanda-Urundi #38 (1931)

German East Africa Under Belgian Occupation #N17 (1916)

German East Africa Under Belgian Occupation #N17 (1916)

In 1885 and 1890, respectively, the German Empire annexed the two independent African kingdoms of Rwanda and Burundi, forming the northwestern portion of what became the colony of German East Africa. This area was not effectively occupied or controlled by the colonial power, however. For the Belgians, the German presence in East Africa was a threat to the security of Congo. During World War I, … Continue reading German East Africa Under Belgian Occupation #N17 (1916)

German East Africa #35 (1911)

German East Africa #35 (1911)

German East Africa (Deutsch-Ostafrika) was a German colony in the African Great Lakes region, which included what are now Burundi, Rwanda, and the mainland part of present Tanzania (formerly known as Tanganyika). Its area was 384,170 square miles (994,996 km²), nearly three times the area of present-day Germany. The colony was organized when the German military was called upon to put down a revolt against the … Continue reading German East Africa #35 (1911)