Postage stamps and postal history of Uganda

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A 1965 stamp of Uganda.

This is a survey of the postage stamps and postal history of Uganda.

Uganda is a landlocked country in East Africa. It is bordered on the east by Kenya, on the north by South Sudan, on the west by the Democratic Republic of the Congo, on the southwest by Rwanda, and on the south by Tanzania. The southern part of the country includes a substantial portion of Lake Victoria, which is also bordered by Kenya and Tanzania.

Uganda Protectorate (1895-1902)[edit]

Main article: Uganda Cowries

Stamps were issued by the Uganda Protectorate in 1895. They were mission stamps typewritten by E. Millar. In 1896, crudely printed stamps were introduced, and in 1898 a set of seven stamps portraying Queen Victoria were issued.

Joint postal administrations (1902-1962)[edit]

Uganda then used stamps of East Africa & Uganda (1903-1922), Kenya & Uganda (1922-1927) and Kenya, Uganda and Tanganyika/Tanzania (1935-1976). Although Uganda had its own postal administration from 1962, commemoratives inscribed Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania remained in use until 1976.

Self-government (1962)[edit]

Uganda issued a set of four stamps on 28 July 1962 commemorating the centenary of Speke's discovery of the source of the Nile. This was the only set issued by Uganda as a self-governing state.

Independent (1962-)[edit]

The first stamps of independent Uganda were issued on 9 October 1962.[1] Uganda regularly issues both commemorative and definitive stamps.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Rossiter, Stuart & John Flower. The Stamp Atlas. London: Macdonald, 1986, pp.282-290. ISBN 0-356-10862-7