Wednesday, March 30, 2011

ALGERIA / Algerie

50c the Red-billed Firefinch is a very small and colorful seedeater (passerine) with a wide distribution across the African continent


c9000 this large-format stamp shows the Batakari, a traditional costume of Ghana

UGANDA / l'Ouganda

70/- the Acraea Butterfly is pictured here, part of a previous definitive series

Friday, March 25, 2011


20fr this 2007 issue shows a desert tea scene, in bright hues with camels in the background

MAURITANIA / Mauritanie

370um This 2005 large format stamp show a ship at port and like that of Togo below, was issued to commemorate increasing trade ties with China.


150fr: Togo is one of many countries to show growing relations with China on its stamps, this issue shows both leaders and national banners, symbolic of increasingly important economic ties


These two stamps are from very similar series showing butterflies of southern Africa (note different effigies of the king at upper right).
70c Gaudy Commodore
E10 Natal Banded Blue


15z this stamp from the 1984 flora species shows Thunberia erecta, an herbaceous climbing plant native to tropical Africa

Sunday, March 20, 2011


12l, 16l: Butterflies: West Africa is a very rich area for butterfly diversity, and two species are shown here, the Pale Tailed Blue and the Blue Salamis


70c this stamp shows a team fighting wildfires, a major source of vegetation destruction, particularly during dry season


30l the Greater Flamingo is a widespread African species but not clearly established (though perhaps an occasional migrant) in Sierra Leone

Tuesday, March 15, 2011


140fr: this issue shows citizens holding the flag of Burundi on the 30th anniv. of indepedence from Belgium, 1962-92.


250fr, 500fr: this country hosted the Africa Cup of Nations in 1998; this soccer competition is held every two years and is a celebrated event across the continent

CENTRAL AFRICA / Rep. Centrafricaine

430fr: this issue commemorates the 50th anniv. of the UN, and was issued in 1995. Central Africa has been a member of the UN since its independence from France in 1960.

CAMEROON / Cameroun

100fr: Reforestation is the theme of this 1986 stamp, an important theme since several regions of the country still rely on logging as a major industry

Thursday, March 10, 2011


$45: Oceans and Marine life, the sole natural resource and main food source of this small island country, is featured on this stamp, issued in 1997

Dem. Rep. of CONGO / R.D. Congo

7.80 fr: this large format stamp shows a lion, and was issued just after the transition from the country's former name, Zaire

COMOROS / Iles Comores

60fr: this stamp commemorates the sacred city of Jerusalem, and was issued in 1980


50fr: Klipspringer, a small antelope of arid lands, inhabits a wide stretch of E. Africa from Ethiopia to the Cape of Good Hope.

Monday, March 7, 2011


45fr this 1994 stamp promotes the health benefits of breast-feeding and shows the UNICEF logo at upper left


c100 A member of the national team with lance, with a background of the flag of Ghana: this stamp dates from the 1988 Seoul olympics

Saturday, March 5, 2011


65- This 2007 issue shows the Rural Support program of the Aga Khan Foundation, aiding in the development of rural farmers

Thursday, March 3, 2011

IVORY COAST / Cote d'Ivoire

600+20 fr: this semi-postal stamp is large-sized and shows a map of Africa with stylized dancers, in commemoration of the UPU / Universal Postal Union conference, and was issued in 2001

Tuesday, March 1, 2011


250fr: the Africa Cup of Nations is one of soccer's/football's most celebrated spectacles across the continent, this stamp was issued by Senegal in 2002, after its team came second. Egypt has won the Africa Cup in the last three tournaments (2006, 2008, 2010).

CAMEROON / Cameroun

60fr A local species of the lovely Brillantaisia genus is pictured on this issue, from 1980.

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