A is for Aden and Z is for Zanzabar

A is for Aden and Z is for Zanzibar... Now what is between? For the world wide classical era philatelist and stamp collector, a country specific philatelic survey is offered by the blog author, Jim Jackson, with two albums: Big Blue, aka Scott International Part 1 (checklists available), and Deep Blue, aka William Steiner's Stamp Album Web PDF pages. In addition, "Bud" offers commentary and a look at his completely filled Big Blue. Interested? So into the Blues...

Saturday, March 5, 2011


1938 Scott 20 1 1/2p light blue George VI "Crocodile and River Scene"
Quick History
Located in southeastern Africa, the Cape Colony annexed Basutoland in 1871. The Cape of Good Hope issues were used from 1871-1910. Meanwhile, the British Crown took control of Basutoland in 1883 when the Cape Colony could not control the territory. The Union of South Africa then issued stamps from 1910 to 1933. Finally, Basutoland  had their own stamp issues beginning in 1933. The Capital is Meresu, and the population was 650,000 in the 1940's. Presently the country, after independence in 1966, is called the Kingdom of Lesotho.

Big Blue Picture
On one page, Big Blue(1969) has 20 designated spaces and one blank space for a total of  21 stamp spaces.
The 2011 Scott Classic Specialized catalogue has 34 major stamp descriptions.
Coverage by Big Blue (1969) is 62%.

Not a lot of additional stamps to consider ( except to pick up the "other" checklist choice -Scott 6 or 7), but the Postage Dues of 1933-38 could be added.
Scott J1,J2 ($2-<$1)
This issue was apparently dropped from the 1969 edition, but was present in Big Blue before. I'll check the "Kinds of Blue" to verify

1933 Scott 6 6p yellow George V
Big Blue Checklist
Blank space: suggest 6 or 7 ($2+).

1935 Silver Jubilee
11,12 (<$1-$1+)
13,14 ($5+)

1937 Coronation issue
15,16,17 (<$1)

18,19,20,21,22,23($1+), 24,25,(<$1 except noted)

1920 map: Basutoland was part of the Union of South Africa from 1910-1933.
Basutoland began issuing their own stamps in 1933
Kinds of Blue
The 1997 edition and the 1969 edition are identical.
The 1947 (and 1941) editions have Postage Due 1933 J1($1+) and J2(<$1) included that are NOT in the 1969 (and 1997) editions.

Big Blue Bottom Line
Did you know that Basutoland is now the Kingdom of Lesotho?  I didn't.

Note: Map in public domain.

Note: You will need to consult a Scott catalogue for specific pricing. I only give a very "ball park" price, and never the actual catalogue value.
<$1= less than a Dollar
$1+= more than a Dollar
$2+= more than two Dollars
$5+= more than five Dollars
$10+= more than ten Dollars
$20+..and so on.

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