Saturday, April 24, 2010

NAMIBIA / Namibie

Standard mail: Centenary of the War of Anti-colonial Resistance (2004), shows a dove and the colors of the the Namibian flag. Also called the Namibia Patriotic War, this long struggle fought German colonial powers and later South African rule. This stamp has a clear town cancel from Swakopmund.


60 fr: Giraffe against the sun, part of the 1981 wild animals of Niger issue. This is one of my favorite stamps ever issued by an African country, and shows the exquisite natural beauty of the continent in rich colors and detail. While fauna such as the giraffe is not as abundant in West Africa as in other parts of its range, important localized populations still exist.

Friday, April 23, 2010


73 gp: Ghana Commercial Bank issue showing a stylized map of the world and eagle, this issue promotes international money transfer services and the bank's 50th anniv. (2003)

Thursday, April 15, 2010

CENTRAL AFRICAN REP. / Rep. Centrafricaine

350 fr: Centenary of the city of Bangui, capital of the Central African Republic, 1989 issue. This stamp shows an early depiction of the nascent town, with a French flag flying on the banks of the Oubangi River.

CENTRAL AFRICAN REP. / Rep. Centrafricaine

200 fr: Intl. Decade of Potable Water (1987) showing a village pump in a rural area. The UNICEF emblem is showing in the upper right.

Monday, April 12, 2010


225fr: Poubara Falls, a scenic tourist attraction that lies near a hydroelectric plant on the Mpassa River near Franceville, in the extreme SE of Gabon, near the border with the Republic of Congo.

Saturday, April 10, 2010


D80, D100: African Grey Parrot, a widespread native parrot often captured for the cagebird trade throughout its range (1991 fauna issue). Note: I am fortunate to have received these postally used copies from this scarce W. African island nation.


L3000 a recent issue showing head of a finch, commemorating 60 years of the British Council in Sierra Leone

UGANDA / l'Ouganda

1600 Sh. Karimojong Tribesman in traditional attire and decorated skin pattern from the 2008 Ethnic Uganda issue, bearing the Commonwealth Heads of State symbol. The Karimojong are a pastoral people that live and herd cattle in NE of Uganda, around Mt. Moroto and environs.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

IVORY COAST / Cote d'Ivoire

70 fr Mask of the Dan people, who inhabit Liberia and the Ivory Coast. This group is largely agricultural, dedicated to crops such as cocoa, rice and manioc. They are known for their decorative arts, such as this lovely ceremonial mask, used for ritual observance.

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