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French Equatorial Africa

16th March 1936

French colony 44

  1919 Sc1 SG17 xxx

Description   Scott SG Mi Y&T  
Gabon overprints
1c brown violet   1 17      
other values   2-10 18-26      
Middle Congo overprints
1c chocolate   11 1      
other values   12-26 11-16      

The catalogues disagree on the sequencing of the overprints.

To paraphrase Gibbons [1] on 15th January 1910 the French colonies of Gabon, Middle Congo and Ubangi-Shari-Chad were combined to form French Equatorial Africa, though they continued to issue their own stamps until 1936. In 1958 the constituents became autonomous republics and they gained independence in 1960.