List of entities that have issued postage stamps (A - E)

;See also : List of entities that have issued postage stamps (F - L): List of entities that have issued postage stamps (M - Z)

Introduction

This is a list of entities that have issued postage stamps at some point since stamps were introduced in 1840. The list includes any kind of governmental entity or officially approved organisation that has issued distinctive types of stamp "for postal purposes". These include post offices in foreign countries and postal services organised by military occupations, international organisations, colonies, provinces, city-states and some revolutionary movements. The list includes members of the Universal Postal Union that are also listed at postal organisations.

Many of these entities are historic and some were very short-lived indeed. Philatelists and stamp collectors often refer to the entities that no longer issue stamps as dead countries.

The dates are the generally-agreed-upon dates of first and last stamp issues. "Date of issue" is taken to mean the date when a particular type or variation was "first" issued but its usage would often continue for many years. For example, although an entity may have issued its last stamp in 1951, actual usage may have continued until 1960: in that case, 1951 is the last stamp issue date.

The list has a short to medium term purpose for in that it identifies the country surveys which the project aims to introduce. Therefore, although it presently (i.e., in July 2006) contains numerous redlinks, there is method here in that members can readily see the country survey articles that are needed. It is recommended that articles should be started as s in the short term using information that is readily available.

List

The list has been comprehensively revised to include extra entities and to direct the links away from the country articles to the (proposed) philatelic articles.

Aden Protectorate States

* Aden 1937 - 1963
* Kathiri State of Seiyun 1942 - 1967
* Mahra Sultanate of Qishn and Socotra 1967 only
* Qu'Aiti State in Hadhramaut 1955 – 1967
* Qu'Aiti State of Shihr and Mukalla 1942 – 1955
* South Arabian Federation 1963 - 1968
* Upper Yafa 1967 only

Afghanistan

* Afghanistan 1870 - /* article is about stamps only; growth potential*/

Aitutaki

* Aitutaki 1972 -
* Aitutaki (New Zealand Administration) 1903 - 1932

Åland Islands

* Åland Islands 1984 -

Albania

* Ottoman Postoffices
* Foreign Postoffices
* Albania 1913 -

Algeria

* Algeria 1962 -

Angola

* Angola 1870 -

Antarctic Territories

* Australian Antarctic Territory 1957 -
* British Antarctic Territory 1963 -
* King Edward VII Land 1908 only
* Ross Dependency 1957 -
* Victoria Land 1911 - 1912

Argentina

* Argentina 1858 -

Argentine Territories

* Buenos Aires 1858 - 1862
* Córdoba 1858 only
* Corrientes 1856 - 1878

Armenia

* Armenia (pre-Soviet) 1919 - 1923
* Armenia 1992 -

Ascension

* Ascension 1922 -

Australia

* Australia 1913 -
* New South Wales 1850 - 1913
* Queensland 1860 – 1913
* South Australia 1855 - 1912
* Tasmania 1853 - 1912
* Van Diemen's Land 1853 - 1860
* Victoria 1850 - 1912
* Western Australia 1854 - 1912

Austria

* Austria 1850 -

Austrian Post Abroad

* Austrian post offices abroad
* Austro-Hungarian Military Post 1915 - 1918
* Austro-Hungarian Post in the Turkish Empire 1867 - 1915
* Crete (Austro-Hungarian Post) 1903 - 1914
* Italy (Austrian Occupation) 1918 only
* Lombardy and Venetia 1850 - 1866
* Lombardy and Venetian Postoffices in Turkish Empire
* Montenegro (Austrian Occupation) 1917 only
* Romania (Austrian Occupation) 1917 - 1918
* Serbia (Austrian Occupation) 1916 only

Azerbaijan

* Azerbaijan 1992 -
* Azerbaijan (pre-Soviet) 1919 - 1921
* Nakhichevan 1993 only

Azores

* Azores (Acores) 1980 -
* Azores (Portuguese Colonial Issues) 1868 - 1931

Azores Territories

* Angra 1892 - 1905
* Horta 1892 - 1905
* Ponta Delgada 1892 - 1905

Bahamas

* Bahamas 1859 -

Bahrain

* Bahrain 1933 -

Bangladesh

* Bangladesh 1971 -

Belarus

* Belarus 1992 -

Belgian Post Abroad

* Eupen and Malmedy (Belgian Occupation) 1920 only
* German East Africa (Belgian Occupation) 1916 - 1918
* Germany (Belgian Occupation) 1919 - 1920

Belgium

* Belgium 1849 -

Belize

* Belize 1973 -
* British Honduras 1866 - 1973

Benin

* Benin 1976 -

Bermuda

* Bermuda 1865 -

Bhutan

* Bhutan 1962 -

Bolivia

* Bolivia 1867 -

Bosnia and Herzegovina

* Bosnia & Herzegovina 1993 -
* Bosnia and Herzegovina (Ottoman Empire)before 1878
* Bosnia and Herzegovina (Austro-Hungarian Empire) 1878 - 1918
* Bosnia and Herzegovina (Provincial Issues) 1918 - 1921
* Bosnia and Herzegovina (Yugoslav Regional Issues) 1945 only
* Croatian Posts in Bosnia 1992 - 1996

Botswana

* Bechuanaland 1965 - 1966
* Bechuanaland Protectorate 1888 - 1965
* Botswana 1966 -

Brazil

* Brazil 1843 -

British East Africa

* British East Africa 1895 - 1903
* British East Africa Company 1890 - 1895
* East Africa and Uganda Protectorates 1903 - 1922
* Kenya and Uganda 1922 - 1935
* Kenya Uganda and Tanganyika 1935 - 1963
* Kenya Uganda and Tanzania 1965 - 1975
* Kenya Uganda Tanganyika and Zanzibar 1964 only
* Tanganyika 1922 - 1964
* Uganda Protectorate 1895 - 1902
* Zanzibar 1895 - 1967

British Guiana

* British Guiana 1850 - 1966


= British Post Abroad =

* British post offices in Africa various issues
* Baghdad (British Occupation) 1917 only
* Bangkok (British Post Office) 1882 - 1885
* Batum (British Occupation) 1919 - 1920
* Beirut (British Post Office) 1906 only
* British Post Offices in the Turkish Empire 1885 - 1923
* British Postal Agencies in Eastern Arabia 1948 - 1966
* Bushire (British Occupation) 1915 only
* Cameroons (British Occupation) 1915 only
* China (British Post Offices) 1917 - 1930
* China (British Railway Administration) 1901 only
* Crete (British Post Offices) 1898 - 1899
* East Africa Forces 1943 - 1948
* Egypt (British Forces) 1932 - 1943
* Eritrea (British Administration) 1950 - 1952
* Eritrea (British Military Administration) 1948 - 1950
* German East Africa (British Occupation) 1917 only
* Iraq (British Occupation) 1918 – 1923
* Japan (British Commonwealth Occupation) 1946 - 1949
* Japan (British Post Offices) 1859 - 1879
* Long Island (British Occupation) 1916 only
* Madagascar (British Consular Mail) 1884 - 1895
* Mafia Island (British Occupation) 1915 - 1916
* Malaya (British Military Administration) 1945 - 1948
* Middle East Forces (MEF) 1942 - 1947
* Morocco Agencies 1898 - 1957
* North Borneo (BMA) 1945 only
* Salonika (British Field Office) 1916 only
* Sarawak (BMA) 1945 only
* Somalia (British Administration) 1950 only
* Somalia (British Military Administration) 1948 - 1950
* Tangier 1927 - 1957
* Tripolitania (British Administration) 1950 - 1952
* Tripolitania (British Military Administration) 1948 - 1950

Brunei

* Brunei 1895 -

Bulgaria

* Ottoman Post 0ffices
* Occupation issues- Greek Occupation
* Bulgaria 1879 -

Bulgarian Territories

* Dobruja (Bulgarian Occupation) 1916 only
* Eastern Rumelia 1880 - 1885
* South Bulgaria 1885 only

Burkina Faso

* Burkina Faso 1984 -
* Upper Volta 1959 - 1984

Burma

* Burma 1937 -

Cameroun

* Cameroun 1915 -

Canada

* Canada 1851-

Canadian Provinces

* British Columbia 1865 - 1868
* British Columbia and Vancouver Island 1860 only
* New Brunswick 1851 - 1868
* New Carlisle, Gaspé 1851 only
* Newfoundland 1857 - 1949
* Nova Scotia 1853 - 1868
* Prince Edward Island 1861 - 1873
* Vancouver Island 1865 only

Canal Zone

* Canal Zone 1904 - 1979

Cape of Good Hope

* British Bechuanaland 1885 - 1897
* Cape of Good Hope 1853 - 1910
* Griqualand West 1874 - 1880
* Mafeking 1900 only
* Stellaland Republic 1884 - 1885
* Vryburg 1899 - 1900

Cape Verde Islands

* Cape Verde Islands 1877 -

Cayman Islands

* Cayman Islands 1900 -

Central African Republic

* Central African Empire 1977 - 1979
* Central African Republic 1959 -

Chad

* Chad 1959 -

Chile

* Chile 1853 -
* Tierra del Fuego 1891 only

China

* Chinese Empire 1878 - 1912
* Chinese Nationalist Republic 1949 -
* Chinese People's Republic 1949 -
* Chinese Republic 1912 - 1949
* Treaty ports
** Amoy 1895 - 1896
** Chefoo 1893 - 1894
** Chinkiang 1895
** Chunking 1894
** Foochow 1895
** Hankow 1893 - 1896
** Ichang 1894
** Kiukiang 1894 - 1896
** Nanking 1896 - 1897
** Shanghai 1865 - 1898
** Wei-Hai-Wei "date not established"
** Wuhu 1894 - 1897
** "Tientsin": Treaty port stamps from this city are regarded as bogus. [S. A. Pappadopulo, "Standard Postage Stamp Catalogue of China and Treaty Ports", Second Edition, Shanghai, Stephens Stamp. Co., 1933, p. 42]

Chinese Provinces

* Kirin and Heilungkiang 1927 - 1931
* North Eastern Provinces 1946 - 1948
* Sinkiang 1915 - 1949
* Fukien 1949 only
* Hunan 1949 only
* Hupeh 1949 only
* Kansu 1949 only
* Kiangsi 1949 only
* Kwangsi 1949 only
* Manchuria 1927 - 1928
* Shensi 1949 only
* Tsingtau 1949 only
* Szechwan 1933 only
* Taiwan 1945 - 1949
* Yunnan 1926 - 1933

People's Republic of China Regional Issues

* Central China (People's Post) 1949 - 1950
* East China (People's Post) 1949 - 1950
* North China (People's Post) 1948 - 1950
* North East China (People's Post) 1946 - 1950
* North West China (People's Post) 1949 only
* Port Arthur and Dairen 1946 - 1950
* Shensi-Kansu-Ninghsia 1946 - 1949
* South China (People's Post) 1949 only
* South West China (People's Post) 1949 - 1950

Christmas Island

* Christmas Island 1958 -

Cilicia

* Cilicia (French Occupation 1919 - 1921

Cocos (Keeling) Islands

* Cocos (Keeling) Islands 1963 -

Colombia

* Colombia 1859 -

Colombian Territories

* Antioquia 1868 - 1906
* AVIANCA 1950 - 1951
* Bolívar 1863 - 1904
* Boyacá 1899 - 1903
* Cauca 1886 only
* Cundinamarca 1870 - 1904
* Granadine Confederation 1859 - 1861
* LANSA 1950 - 1951
* New Granada 1861 only
* Santander 1884 - 1903
* Tolima 1870 - 1903

Comoro Islands

* Comoro Islands 1950 -

Congo

* Belgian Congo 1909 - 1960
* Burundi 1962 -
* Congo Free State 1886 - 1908
* Congo Republic 1959 -
* Congo Republic (Zaire) 1960 - 1971
* Katanga 1960 - 1963
* Ruanda - Urundi 1924 - 1962
* Rwanda 1962 -
* South Kasai 1961 - 1962
* Zaire 1971 -

Cook Islands

* Cook Islands 1892 -
* Rarotonga 1919 - 1932

Costa Rica

* Costa Rica 1863 -
* Guanacaste 1885 - 1889

Crete

* Ottoman Turkish postoffices-foreign post offices-French Post offices-Greek postoffices-Egyptian postoffices

* Cretan Revolutionary Assembly 1905 only
* Crete 1900 - 1913

Croatia

* Ottoman Turkish postoffices -foreign post offices

* Croatia 1991 -
* Croatia (Provincial Issues) 1918 - 1921
* Croatia (Semi-Autonomous State) 1941 - 1945
* Sremsko Baranjska Oblast (Croatia) 1995 - 1997
* Srpska Krajina (Croatia) 1993 - 1995

Cuba

* Cuba 1855 -

Cyprus

* Ottoman Turkish Posts 1870-1880 -
* Cyprus 1880 -
* Turkish Cypriot Posts before 1974 -
* Turkish Cypriot Posts 1974 -Foreign postoffices in CyprusForeign Military issuesContingencies of Foreign military units

Czech Republic

* Czech Republic 1993 -

Czechoslovakia

* Bohemia and Moravia 1939 - 1945
* Czechoslovakia 1918 - 1939; 1945 - 1992

Danzig

* Danzig 1920 - 1939

Denmark

* Denmark 1851 -

Djibouti

* Djibouti 1977 -

Dominican Republic

* Dominican Republic 1865 -

Ecuador

* Ecuador 1865 -
* Galapagos Islands 1957 - 1959

Egypt

* Ottoman Turkish postoffices - Foreign post offices

* Egypt 1866 -
* Gaza (Egyptian Occupation) 1948 - 1967
* Palestine (Egyptian Occupation) 1918 - 1920
* United Arab Republic 1958 - 1961

El Salvador

* El Salvador 1867 -

Equatorial Guinea

* Equatorial Guinea 1968 -

Eritrea

* Eritrea 1993 -

Estonia

* Estonia 1918 - 1940, 1991 - ...
(no stamps were issued during the Soviet occupation in Estonia 1940-1991)
* Põhja-Ingerimaa 1919 (only)

Ethiopia (Abyssinia)

* Ethiopia 1894 -

;See also : List of entities that have issued postage stamps (F - L): List of entities that have issued postage stamps (M - Z)

Sources


* Stanley Gibbons Ltd: various catalogues
* [http://www.jl.sl.btinternet.co.uk/stampsite/home.html Encyclopaedia of Postal History]
* Stuart Rossiter & John Flower: "The Stamp Atlas"

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