These are king coconuts, native to Ceylon.
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Ceylon issued stamps from 1857 to 1972, the year when this island nation changed its name to Sri Lanka.
Yep, the change in name makes Ceylon a "dead country" in philatelic lingo.
The stamp above pictures King Edward VII of the United Kingdom.
Friday, August 26, 2016
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This stamp had me stumped for a while as to its issuing country.
The clue was "millionen" and the German surcharge, on closer examination, almost covers "Danzig" -- you could barely make it out.
The Free City of Danzig came into existence after the end of World War I in northern Europe. It later became part of Poland.
Wednesday, August 24, 2016
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For World Communications Year in 1983, Equatorial Guinea issued a two-stamp set, one of which shows a postal runner in a village.
Can't say for sure if this was a current scene at the time. Perhaps of the past?
The runner's body position, with respect to the arms and legs, looks awkward!
Sunday, August 21, 2016
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Although dated 1980, these stamps were actually issued in 1981.
Republica de Guinea Ecuatorial is Spanish for the Republic of Equatorial Guinea, which was formed in 1968.
Located on the western shore of central Africa, this small country is around one-fourth the size of Luzon, with just over a million inhabitants!
The Christmas stamp above depicts a youth and twin bells.
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It's Lake Wakatipu on the 2 1/2d value of the 1898 pictorial issue.
That's Mount Earnslaw in the background.
Interestingly, the lake is misspelled as Wakitipu on the first issuance of this stamp. The correct spelling was printed afterwards.
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A = Only the "2" is printed
B = Dot below the tail and malformed 2
C = Only one bar is printed instead of two obliterating bars
D = Dot on left of tail and malformed lower bar
These were surcharged in 1989.
Base stamp was issued in 1987.
Sunday, August 7, 2016
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I suppose the scene tries to make light of Abidjan's rush hour traffic.
Abidjan is the largest city and the economic capital of Ivory Coast.
The 1996 Summer Olympic Games held at Atlanta in the US was promoted on Ivorian stamps with a set of four: boxing is illustrated on the lowest value.
Is it true that boxers will no longer wear protective headgear during the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro scheduled for August 5-21?
Friday, August 5, 2016
A ball python slithered its way to, and mushrooms sprouted on, stamps issued in 1995.
The ball python, so-called because it curls into a ball when distressed, is also known as royal python, so-called because African royalty wore them as "jewelry". Yep, this snake is nonvenomous.
The mushroom stamps were issued se-tenant in blocks of four. Not shown above is the 30fr value.