Tuesday, July 27, 2010


120 fr: Castor oil bean plant, of the spurge family. Growing to 5 meters tall, this plant produces distinctive red capsules containing seeds. Castor oil is a slow burning fuel and has been used as far back as ancient Egypt to light lamps.


300 fr: Hooded Vultures, from a 1993 birds issue. This species, widespread throughout Sub-Saharan Africa, is tame and lives in close proximity to human dwellings, earning it the nickname "garbage collector."

Saturday, July 24, 2010

CONGO Rep. (Brazzaville)

270fr: 3rd Pan-African Music Festival, held in Brazzaville in August, 2001. This artistic stamp design incorporates the map of the African continent framed in drums and festive colors and symbols, with three musicians within the borders of the map.

GUINEA / Guinee

300fr: this 2001 issue is interesting because it shows a local train which was or is in use within Guinea

Saturday, July 17, 2010

GUINEA / Guinee (Conakry)

750 fr: this stamp was cancelled in the capital in 2003; it shows a sailing vessel and a knot, part of a series showing historical ships; though attractive, this is an example of Guinea's long history of stamp issues with little relevance to local culture.


12,000p: this 1996 shows a local wasp species in a simple format. This stamp is denominated in pesos, but since c. 2000, Guinea-Bissau has adopted the CFA franc as its currency to facilitate regional trade

Saturday, July 10, 2010

IVORY COAST / Cote d'Ivoire

300+20fr (semi-postal stamp): 2002 World Cup games, held in Korea/Japan. The backdrop of the stadium and players shows flags of participating nations in this colorful issue.

IVORY COAST / Cote d'Ivoire

400+20 fr (semi-postal): this 2001 issue celebrates the World Cup elimination round held in Japan/Korea

GUINEA / Guinee'

100 fg: Aviation issue of 1995, showing a PUP 150

Thursday, July 1, 2010


3,25: 50th Anniv. or Diplomatic Relations with China, showing exquisite Moroccan and Chinese pottery side by side, superimposed against the deep red flags of both countries; issued in 2008

MAURITANIA / Mauritanie

5um: a delightful artistic rendering of the "seance du the" or tea serving, an elaborate everyday ritual in the region


2,50 Erodium sebaceum, a wild geranium from Morocco's 2006 flora issue


2,50 Swordfish, a highly migratory gamefish found in the Atlantic, Indian and Pacific Oceans and prized by trophyhunters


500 fr: this oversized, gold foil stamp shows a state portrait of Ibrahim Bare, President of the Niger Republic

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