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Postage stamps and postal history of Ruanda-Urundi


Postage stamps and postal history of Ruanda-Urundi

A 1916 stamp of Ruanda-Urundi.
A meter stamp of Usumbura, 1953.

The African territories of Ruanda and Urundi came under Belgian control as Ruanda-Urundi after they were seized from Germany during World War One in 1916. They had previously formed part of German East Africa.

The first stamps of Ruanda-Urundi were overprinted stamps of Belgian Congo issued in 1916. The first stamps inscribed Ruanda-Urundi were issued in 1931 and the last in 1961 after which the territory was split into Rwanda and Burundi who issued their own stamps.[1]

See also


  1. ^ Stanley Gibbons Stamp Catalogue: North East Africa. London: Stanley Gibbons, 2013, pp. 257-261. ISBN 9780852598764

External links

  • Cancellations of Ruanda-Urundi

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