Postage stamps and postal history of Namibia
Namibia, formerly known as South West Africa and German South West Africa, has a long history of postal services, starting in 1814 with postal runners delivering messages among mission stations. The first stamps were printed during the German colonial period. Currently[update] NamPost is responsible for running postal services, managing 135 postal offices in the country.
The first postal services in Namibia (then known as South West Africa) started in 1814 with the deployment of messengers facilitating communication between the early mission stations at Warmbad and Bethanie and later to Keetmanshoop and Gross Barmen. This service was expanded in 1846, connecting the South West African mission stations to those in South Africa. 
German colonial period
South African period
The South African Army overran the colony in 1914–15 and the territory was controlled by South Africa until Namibian independence in 1990.
Namibia has issued regular definitive and commemorative stamps since independence in 1989. NamPost is the company responsible for postal service in Namibia. It currently[update] has 743 employees in 135 post offices, and reserves of N$2.51 million. CEO of NamPost is Festus Hangula.
In 1989, the last stamps of South West Africa were a set of 15 depicting minerals and mining. Shortly before their issue in 1990, the territory gained independence as Namibia. As the stamps were new, most of the designs were kept with only the name changed (cuprite was dropped and willemite added for the Namibian issue).
Another problem was that one of the stamps, for boltwoodite, had an error in its chemical equation. This was corrected in the Namibian issue. Currently Artists Jonny Skolnick and Eli Fenyes are responsible for philatelic design and have oversight over postage stamp images.
- Heinrich, Dirk (1 August 2012). "Vom einfachen Postläufer zu NamPost" [From simple postal messenger to NamPost]. Allgemeine Zeitung (in German).
- Minerals on Stamps by Paul Glover, 14 November 2008. Retrieved 13 February 2011.
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- Stanley Gibbons Postage Stamp Catalogue – Europe and Colonies. London: Stanley Gibbons Ltd. various editions. Check date values in:
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- Rossiter, Stuart & Flower, John (1986). The Stamp Atlas. London: Macdonald. ISBN 0-356-10862-7.
- Thornberry, Cedric (2004). A Nation Is Born: The Inside Story of Namibia's Independence. Gamsberg Macmillan Publishers Ltd. pp. 9–11. ISBN 978-99916-0-521-0.
- AskPhil – Glossary of Stamp Collecting Terms
- Encyclopaedia of Postal Authorities
- Birds on the stamps of Namibia by Rob and Jane Wilkinson
- NamPost – Philately
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