Zimbabwe #734 (1995)

The Republic of Zimbabwe is a landlocked country located in southern Africa, between the Zambezi and Limpopo Rivers, bordered by South Africa, Botswana, Zambia, and Mozambique. The capital and largest city is Harare. A country of roughly 16 million people, Zimbabwe has 16 official languages, with English, Shona, and Ndebele the most commonly used. The region was initially the British colony of Southern Rhodesia and, following its Unilateral Declaration of Independence in 1965, the nation existed as the self-declared, unrecognized … Continue reading Zimbabwe #734 (1995)

Zambia #137 (1975)

The Republic of Zambia, is a landlocked country in Southern Africa, neighbouring the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the north, Tanzaniato the north-east, Malawi to the east, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Botswana, and Namibia to the south, and Angola to the west. The capital city is Lusaka, in the south-central part of Zambia. The population is concentrated mainly around Lusaka in the south and the Copperbelt Province to the northwest, the core economic hubs of the country. Originally inhabited by Khoisan peoples, the region was … Continue reading Zambia #137 (1975)

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)

Southern Rhodesia #57 (1940)

Southern Rhodesia #57 (1940)

The Colony of Southern Rhodesia was a self-governing British Crown colony in southern Africa from 1923 to 1980, the predecessor state of modern Zimbabwe. In 1904, it had a total area of 143,830 square miles (372,518 square kilometers) and an estimated population of 6,605,764.  Most of the area is elevated, consisting of a central plateau (high veld) stretching from the southwest northwards. The extreme east portion … Continue reading Southern Rhodesia #57 (1940)

Rhodesia #225 (1966)

Rhodesia #225 (1966)

After the breakup of the Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland in 1964, the former colony of Southern Rhodesia adopted the name Rhodesia in October 1964. On November 11, 1965, it unilaterally declared its independence (UDI) which was not recognized by Britain, the UN or other major powers. While these applied economic sanctions ‘Patriotic Front’ guerrillas waged war on the regime from Mozambique and Zambia. The ruling white … Continue reading Rhodesia #225 (1966)

Rhodesia & Nyasaland #143B (1956)

Rhodesia & Nyasaland #143B (1956)

The Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland, also known as the Central African Federation (CAF), was a semi-independent federation of three southern African territories — the self-governing British colony of Southern Rhodesia and the British protectorates of Northern Rhodesia and Nyasaland — between 1953 and 1963. The Federation was established on August 1, 1953, with a Governor-General as the Queen’s representative at the center. An interesting … Continue reading Rhodesia & Nyasaland #143B (1956)