Postage stamps and postal history of French Sudan
French Sudan (Soudan Francais) was established in the late nineteenth century and occupied roughly the same territory as modern Mali. Later, various constituent parts were separated by the French colonial authorities and subsequently rejoined again and the territory became known as French West Africa with stamps marked Afrique Occidentale Française.
The French colonial territories federated into French West Africa (AEF) in 1895 issued their own postage stamps until 1943. In many cases the stamps were inscribed with the name of the federation as well as the colony's own name. These included Mauritania, Senegal, French Sudan (now Mali), French Guinea (now Guinea), Côte d'Ivoire, Niger, Upper Volta (now Burkina Faso) and Dahomey (now Benin). In 1943 and 1944, stamps of Senegal and Mauritania were overprinted with new values and valid throughout French West Africa. The first issues printed specifically for the federation were the Eboue common design type and a definitive series depicting colonial soldiers, both in 1945.
A series of 1947 featured 19 scenes and people of the various colonies, then during the 1950s there were about 30 various commemoratives. The last issue inscribed "Afrique occidentale française" and "RF" was the Human Rights issue of December 1958. It was followed by a Stamp Day issue on March 21, 1959, which omitted the federation's name and was inscribed "CF" along with "Dakar-Abidjan".
- Postage stamps and postal history of Mali
- Postage stamps and postal history of Niger
- French colonial flags
- French Colonial Empire
- List of French possessions and colonies
References and sources
- Jean-Marc's AOF Stamp Catalog: web gallery and listing of AOF stamps.
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