Sunday, February 28, 2010
Sunday, February 14, 2010
7500 PG: 50th Anniv. of United Nations, 1995 (with flag of Guinea-Bissau and UN emblem). Recently, this country changed its currency from the peso (see stamp below) to the West Africa (CFA) franc for greater monetary union with neighboring francophone states such as Senegal.
Thursday, February 4, 2010
50f Mask of the Wambele or "Sorcerers Society" in a procession scene, issued in 2000. This mask is typical of the Senufo ethnic group of N. Cote d'Ivoire and S. Mali. The mask pictured is intricately carved on two sides, showing open animal mouths, possibly crocodiles, though the painted spots would suggest leopards. (Click on stamp to enlarge the image)
Labels: Ivory Coast
20f, 50f: Struggle against Erosion: this 1982 series highlights a critical problem facing modern Rwanda -- high population density and a largely agricultural economic base have meant that crops are now planted on most accessible land in this hilly nation. Erosion is a constant threat, and dikes and terraces, pictured here are two measure which aim to mitigate soil loss.
R2 Ecology: this stamp shows the Common Mynah, an Asian bird not native to Mauritius, but which was introduced in 1763 by the French to control a Red Locust infestation. Introduced species often bring unintended consequences on islands such as the decline, displacement or extinction of native species through competition.
Tuesday, February 2, 2010
Z$16.00 Legend of the bush fowl who wakes the sun. This issue shows the importance of tales and legends in African lore, with a depiction of the sun being roused by a wild bird. This issue, from 2001, appeared before hyperinflation which has since rendered the Z$ worthless.