Saturday, December 31, 2016

France postmark Charente-Maritime

Gémozac is a small commune in Charente-Maritime, France.

Population? Just 2,588 in 2008!

Friday, December 30, 2016

New Caledonia postmark Tadine

Tadine is one of two towns on the island of Maré in New Caledonia, which is a territory of France in the Pacific.

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Ethiopia bushbuck

Menelik's Bushbuck searches for foliage in these Ethiopian stamps issued in 2000.

The bushbuck is an antelope.

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Ethiopia environment

Ethiopia marked the World Environment Day of 1999 with a four-stamp set issued on June 17.

Shown here is the two-birr value.

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Ethiopia meteorology

The 50th anniversary of the World Meteorological Organization was commemorated in 2000 by a set of four Ethiopian stamps.

The 85c value is shown above.

Monday, December 26, 2016

Ethiopia woodpecker

A golden-backed woodpecker begins to peck in a 23-stamp set issued in 1998 on granite paper.

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Ethiopia buffalo

The 18th anniversary of the Pan African Postal Union was commemorated in 1998.

Four stamps were issued depicting the union's emblem at left and wildlife at right.

Hmm, the black buffalo on this 2 birr value is spelled "Black Buffallo".

Friday, December 23, 2016

Ethiopia house

One of Ethiopia's historic buildings is Menelik's Elfign in Addis Ababa.

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Ethiopia parks

Animals found in national parks of Ethiopia.

How many can you identify?

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Ethiopia victory

The centennial of the Battle of Adwa was commemorated in 1996.

This battle was fought in the town of Adwa in 1896 between Italy and Ethiopia.

Shown on this stamp are Emperor Menelik II, who reigned from 1889 to 1913, and Empress Taytu.

Monday, December 19, 2016

Ethiopia hairstyle

All right, here is one of the traditional hairstyles of Ethiopia.

Don't know, though, if it's for both boys and girls!

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Ethiopia food

Obviously some kind of food in this 1 birr stamp of 1994.

Enset, according to Wikipedia, is a "false banana" and "an economically important food crop in Ethiopia."

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Ethiopia fox 3

Here is a better quality made by the House of Questa, stamp printers in Great Britain which also printed Philippine topical sets in the 1970s and 1980s featuring fishes, birds, animals, flowers, dogs and cats, parrots, butterflies, sports, water transportation, trains, and horses.

Although the stamps above are dated 1993, these were issued also in 1994 as the poor quality set.

Friday, December 16, 2016

Ethiopia fox 2

Although dated 1991, these stamps were actually issued in 1994.

Note the poor quality of production (compared to a later printing which we will illustrate next).

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Ethiopia flower

Pictured here is the Epilobium hirsutum, a tall flowering plant found in North Africa.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Ethiopia robe

This is one of the traditional ceremonial robes of Ethiopia.

 Stamp is the 80c value of a four-stamp set issued in 1992.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Ethiopia cannon

The Cannon of Tewodros got its name from Ethiopian Emperor Tewodros II who commissioned it. 

Tewodros II reigned from 1855 to 1868.

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Seychelles postmark Victoria

Victoria is the capital city of Seychelles.

It's situated on the island of Mahé, which is the largest island in the country.

Seychelles is an archipelago in the Indian Ocean composed of 115 islands.

Saturday, December 10, 2016