Elobey, Annobon & Corisco were a group of Islands in the Gulf of Guinea off the coast of West Africa. These Spanish colonial possessions were administered under the Governor General who also administered Fernando Po. The capital was Santa Isabel. and the population was 3,000 people in 1910. The islands are now a part of Equatorial Guinea. Stamps were issued from 1903-1910. In 1909, the stamps of Spanish Guinea replaced these issues.
100 Centimos = 1 Peseta
Reverse of 1903 Scott 8 10c lake
The 1903, 1905, 1907 issues have control nimbers on the backBig Blue Picture
Big Blue '97, on one line of one page, has seven stamp spaces for the 1907 King Alfonso issue. The Scott 2011 Classic Specialized catalogue has 60 major stamp descriptions. Coverage is 12%.
All of the colonies stamps show a portrait of King Alfonso XIII.
We should be grateful that BB has a page devoted to this fairly obscure Spanish possession.
But since the '97 edition page is now mostly empty, perhaps a few additional stamps could be added? :-)
I found 25 additional candidates among the 1903, 1905, 1907, 1908-09, and 1910 issues. Twenty-one of these stamps can be had for <$1! So definitely add to the page, or find a supplemental page for these inexpensive stamps.
1908-09 black surcharge
1910 red surcharge
O.K., so I have made a case for adding stamps. But is there a flaw in the logic?
Yes, acquiring them. ;-)
Rarely do I find "Elobey, Annobon & Corisco" stamps in general collections.
Annobon on Map; other islands (not shown) are closer to Equatorial Guinea
Fernando Po is now BiokoBig Blue Checklist
1907 King Alfonso XIII
39,40,41,42,43,44($5+) (<$1 eN)
Blank space: suggest 45 ($1+)
Note: Scott 44 is 10c violet ($5+)
1903 Scott 10 25c dark blue "King Alfonso XIII"Kinds of Blue
The '97, '69,'47 and '41 editions are all similar in content. Elobey, Annobon & Corisco's stamp spaces can be found after Cuba in the '69, and after Cuba and Eastern Rumelia in the '47 and '41 editions.
Location of Corisco, Elobey Grande, and Elobey ChicoBig Blue Bottom Line
Obscure, but alive in Big Blue! Adding some additional stamps should not be a financial burden.
Now, finding them, well, that could be another story. ;-)
Note: Map images appear to be in the public domain.