Postage stamps and postal history of Ivory Coast
First stamps used
First stamps of the colony
The colony received its own stamps in November 1892, just a few months prior to formal establishment. As typical for French colonies of the time, these were of the Navigation and Commerce design, with 13 values ranging from 1 centime to 1 franc. Four of the values were reissued with color changes in 1900, and several were surcharged in 1904 and again in 1912.
The colony participated in the West Africa commemorative stamp of 1906, and in 1913 an issue of stamps depicting a river scene started a long series that continued in use until the mid-1930s.
In the meantime, post offices multiplied, with 38 in existence throughout the territory by 1915.
When Upper Volta was dissolved in 1933, several of its provinces were added to Côte d'Ivoire, and 16 types of its stamps were overprinted "Côte d'Ivoire".
Stamps of French West Africa superseded Ivoirean stamps from 1944 to 1959.
On 1 October 1959, the first issue of the new republic went on sale. The three values depicted an elephant, and were inscribed "République de Côte d'Ivoire". A stamp in December depicted the country's first president, Félix Houphouët-Boigny. The first definitive series of the republic, in 1960, depicted masks from various tribes.
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