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Ruanda-Urundi

1924

- Burundi - Rwanda

Belgian Colony 2  

RU6
  Sc6 xxx

Description   Scott SG Mi Y&T  
Stamps of Belgian Congo overprinted
5 centimes orange-yelllow   6 37      
other values 10c to 10 francs   7-23 38-54      

Gibbons [1] starts Ruanda-Urundi in 1916, Scott [2] in 1924 but, in fact, postal services begin before either. Ruanda (which eventually became Rwanda, see below) and Urundi (which eventually became Burundi, see below) were part of German East Africa but seized by Belgium during WW1. The stamps issued in 1916 (handstamped Belgian Congo) are listed by Gibbons under Ruanda-Urundi (R-U) as Belgian Occupation and listed by Scott as occupation issues under German East Africa (GEA).

The reason Gibbons starts at SG37 is given above, but not why Scott starts at Sc6. In Journal v2n5p3, E. Clark Buchi (FICC#2), explained by reference to his 1948 edition of Scott that this was then listed as the second set under Belgian East Africa. At some point it moved to R-U and retained its number.

After WW1, the administration of GEA passed to Great Britain who gave control of this area back to Belgium in 1924. In 1946 it became a Belgian Trust Territory.

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Belgian Occupation of Ruanda
Belgian Occupation of Urundi
1916 GEA Sc-N1
R-U SG1
1916 GEA Sc-N9
R-U SG8

Africa 26, 27

Bur1
Bur
Bur
Independence
Republic
1962 Sc1 SG1 1967 Sc159 SG241 1967 Sc174 SG221

Burundi

Burundi became and independent kingdom on 1st July 1962 and a Republic on 28th November 1966.

The first stamps of the Republic are a series of overprints on sets depicting flowers, birds and fish. Scott's starts with the flowers (Sc159-173, SG241-255), Gibbons with the birds (Sc174-184, SG221-231).


Rwa
Independence
1962 Sc1 SG1

Rwanda

Rwanda became an independent republic on 1st July 1962.

Sources: ScS, SGP4 [1], SGP12, SGP14.

Images from colnect, NB.

FI ref: 541, 667, 668 Page credit: NB

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