The Giraffe

Riding the local version of a bus (called a songtesaw, meaning “three seats”) to work today, I decided I wanted to write a “random stamp day” article about giraffes. I felt it would be an “easy” topic compared with the recent marathons involved putting together the articles on Jamestown (more than 11,000 words) and Air Mail/Inverted Jenny (almost 6200 words). I need to do a few … Continue reading The Giraffe

The Zebra

Zebras are several species of African equids (horse family) united by their distinctive black and white striped coats. Their stripes come in different patterns, unique to each individual. They are generally social animals that live in small harems to large herds. Unlike their closest relatives, horses and donkeys, zebras have never been truly domesticated. There are three species of zebras: the plains zebra, the mountain … Continue reading The Zebra

Mozambique Company #165 (1935)

One of the very first stamps I remember adding to my stamp collection as a boy of nine or ten was a stamp from the Mozambique Company, one of those stamp-issuing entities that wasn’t even a colony or country. The stamp was a beautifully-engraved bicolored stamp, in a triangular shape and pictured a coiled snake — a rock python. I don’t recall the denomination or colors; … Continue reading Mozambique Company #165 (1935)

Quelimane #30 (1914)

Quelimane #30 (1914)

Quelimane was a district of the province of Zambezia, itself a part of Portuguese East Africa. Its boundaries corresponded roughly with those of the present-day Zambézia Province of the Republic of Mozambique (República de Moçambique in Portuguese), covering an area of approximately 39,800 square miles (103,082 square kilometers). Much of the area is drained by the Zambezi River and is extremely prone to floods during … Continue reading Quelimane #30 (1914)

Mozambique #284 (1938)

Mozambique #284 (1938)

Portuguese Mozambique or Portuguese East Africa (Moçambique or África Oriental Portuguesa) are the common terms by which Mozambique is designated when referring to the historic period when it was a Portuguese overseas territory. Portuguese Mozambique constituted a string of Portuguese colonies and later a single Portuguese overseas province along the south-east African coast, which now forms the Republic of Mozambique (República de Moçambique).  It was … Continue reading Mozambique #284 (1938)