Stamps of French Guinea Used in Dahomey
Obituary on the back of piece bearing stamps of French Guinea postmarked Dahomey
Stamps from French Guinea used in Dahomey depicting Hausa basketmakers
In 1943 the French Colonies of Senegal, French Guinea, Ivory Coast, Dahomey, French Sudan, Mauritania, Niger and Upper Volta were amalgamated into the administrative unit of French West Africa. Common stamp issues replaced stamps for the individual colonies although the existing stocks of stamps for individual colonies continued to be used. As is demonstrated by the stamps illustrated above, issues were even used outside of the colonies for which they were originally destined. In this case, stamps from French Guinea's definitive issue of 1938-1940 (depicting Hausa basket workers) were used on mail postmarked Cotonou, Dahomey. The first stamps issued for all of French West Africa were surcharged issues for Senegal and Mauritania. Stamps for the amagamated jurisdiction continued to be issued until 1959. Subsequently, newly independent territories resumed issuing stamps bearing their own names.
Stamps from Dahomey were sometimes combined with the general issue
for French West Africa, in this case, a surcharged issue for Senegal.
"Dahomey." Standard Postage Stamp Catalogue. 2008.
"French Guinea." Standard Postage Stamp Catalogue. 2008.
"Lome Togo Postmark on Dahomey Definitive." Stampboards.com. 3 Sep. 2016. Web. 4 Sep. 2016
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