Monday, June 28, 2010


260fr: Sino-Gabonese Cooperation issue of 2004, showing flags of PRC and Gabon, and Pres. Hu Jintao and (late) Omar Bongo in foreground


125fr, 225fr, 260fr: this wildlife sheetlet of 2000 is delightful, and shows some of this forested country's mega-predators: the leopard, fishing eagle and lion

Saturday, June 26, 2010

COMOROS / Iles Comores

100fr This 1983 landscape issue shows an island sunset in golden hues.


E1 Purple Crested Lourie: this stamp is part of an issue showing several tauraco species, a family of frugivorous, arboreal birds native only to Africa


25fr Flora: Calotropis procera, or milkweed, issued in 1989. This medicinal plant has a milky latex with properties sometimes used to treat internal infections and de-worming.


55s Acacia Pied Barbet from the Lesotho bird definitive series, issued in 1988. This bird is found widely in southern African savannahs and feeds chiefly on insects.

Friday, June 25, 2010


15z Flap-neck Chameleon: this insectivorous species is able to change colors and has characteristic chameleon side vision.

Thursday, June 24, 2010


200 nz (overprinted on 1993 issue): 50th Anniv. of the Garamba National Park, in NE Zaire (Congo). This stamp shows an elephant patrol in the park.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

UGANDA / l'Ouganda

1600 sh. This scence shows "unique wetlands of Uganda" and ecotourism, with the national symbol, the crowned crane in the foreground


35fr German-Togolese Cooperation Centenary: this large-format image shows Baguida, the site of the signing the treaty establishing the Protectorate of Togo in 1884


90fr: Rural rice cultivation. This issue commemorates the 20th anniv. of the World Food Program and the results of the "Green Revolution" in agriculture.

Saturday, June 5, 2010


Four values from the current Swazi definitive series showing trees: E5 shows the coral tree or Erythrina; E10 shows the Jacket Plum or Pappea capensis; E1.15 shows the Marula and E1.05 the Natal Mohagany


E 2.55: Mhabudlweni Falls, from a set showing some of the many waterfalls found in this mountainous kingdom. This site is located in the region of Mhlosheni, Shiselweni.


E .85: Purple-crested lourie, a species of turaco native to woodlands in southern Africa (ranging from Burundi, Kenya and Malawi south). This stamp was part of a 2004 se-tenant design of birds issued jointly by several southern African postal administrations in 2004.


E3.35 Puff Adder: this is one of the largest vipers in the world, growing up to 7 feet. It is a feared species, with curved, needle-sharp fangs which discharge venom.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010


$20: Zimpost - A New Dawn of Technology. This issue shows artful scenes of traditional as well as modern postal delivery, and reflects values before massive currency devaluations later in the decade.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010


75p, c1: these 2009 issues of Ghana commemorate the 24th UPU Congress, held in Kenya, and show the Korle Bu Medical Teaching Hospital; both show clear Kumasi town cancels


c6000: This 2005 World Physics Year issue promotes scientific research and shows a student conducting a laboratory experiment, a rarely scene topic in African philately!

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