Today's theme in Sunday Stamps is Country Names No Longer Exist, aka Dead Countries (although there is some discussion here).
I have chosen some stamps whose design I love, issued by African countries/postal authorities which no longer exist. I have not received these on envelopes, but inside envelopes.
|Côte Française des Somalis / French Somaliland|
|Republique du Dahomey / Republic of Dahomey|
|Republique de Haute-Volta / Republic of Upper Volta|
|État du/Inchi Ya Katanga / State of Katanga|
|Afrique Equatoriale Française / French Equatorial Africa|
The equatorial France is gorgeously detailed. I have a few of the Dahomey postage due which that sense of threat, pay up or else... So funny in a dark way. Interesting link, I wondered what counted as an ex country.ReplyDelete
I love the frame on that stamp, too. The Dahomey one is pretty scary, isn't it?Delete
I guess you can't say, properly "a country no longer existing". Countries change borders, change names... but they don't disappear! :)
Anyway... I learn a lot of History and Geography thanks to philately.
This is a great post to remember that these countries were all part of our world history and played a part of human events in our lifetimes or shortly before.ReplyDelete
Thanks, Bryon. As I wrote, philately is an excellent tool in order to learn history.Delete
Africa has so many "dead names" for countries. I used to collect globes that featured these old names.ReplyDelete
These animals look pretty scary! I wonder what Dahomey was thinking when they issued this stamp!!
Africa is a complicate continent, if you want to retain all those names!Delete
The stamp of Dahomey really amazes me. It's like... "Don't open this letter"! :D
Great stamps. I had not heard of Katanga.ReplyDelete
Neither had I, until I saw those stamps!Delete