So, thanks to everybody for the appreciation and let's go for chapter 3 (the last one for this week).
The supply of "Elephant and Lion" stamps was lasting, even if they survived as long as year 1932 (and I have also a couple of them on untaxed letters of 1936, when their validity was ended since 4 years)
The definitive series loudly asked by Italians living in Somalia and by the Governor (all the other Italian colonies had their own stamps since a long time) never arrived, so it was necessary to find a solution. Instead of re-running the Benadir stamps, it was decided to use Italian stamps and overprint them. At least it was possible to use the right name of the colony.
yannis wrote:I find this area fascinating, especially during the War and I understand you do not collect the period.
As long as we speak of Italian Somalia, I DO collect the war period. The matter is that the war in East Africa was lost by Italy in the early years of WW II and Somalia was the first Governorate to fall.
Mogadiscio was occupied by the British Army on February 25th 1941 and by early march British forces has captured most of the Colony. By the way, my father served in the Italian army, was taken prisoner in Chisimaio and was detained in a POW camp in Kenya until 1946 and I have in my collection also a POW section.
The Italian postal service ended when Mogadiscio was captured, together with the use of Somalia and AOI (Africa Orientale Italiana - Italian East Africa) stamps.
AOI stamps were overprinted "British Occupation" by the South Africa Command but the British Military Administration did not approve.
The postal service was resumed by the British army only for military postage (using British stamps) and, after some months, for the East Africa POWs with a franchise postmark.
The civil postage service was resumed only on 13 April 1942 using British stamps of 1937 overprinted M.E.F. (Middle East Forces) up to 31 December 1942 and overprinted E.A.F.(East Africa Forces) in the years 1943 - 1946.
yannis wrote:Is there a chance to scan some of the elephant and lion stamps larger? They are beautiful stamps and deserve a bit more space;)
I already posted the large scans of the proofs and, other than the overprints, all the stamps look the same. Anyway I will post something more next week for you.
ikanek wrote:As Glen suggests there are some words and phrases which should not be here as it is now. ...........
The judges at show prefer clear and concise write-up and I know it is sometimes very difficult to do.
Thank you ikanek,
As I told before, for the moment I'm not thinking to the judjes at show. Maybe I will have this problem in a year or so and in the meantime I will have reorganized the whole collection and increased its size from 72 to 84 pages.
For the moment I'm happy if you can understand what I mean
Anyway keep giving me this kind of tips and in the future, with the help of our moderators, I will re-upload the amended pages.