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, January 14, 2017

Benin - Bud's Big Blue

Benin in Bud's Big Blue
Bud's Big Blue
Bud's Observations
Benin is one of the French Colonial West African nations whose boundaries were determined more by French “Navigation and Commerce” interests (see the image on all of BB’s Benin selection) than by precolonial tribal territories. As the result, these countries went through many boundary and name changes during the late 19th and early 20th Centuries. The story is continued in BB’s Dahomey section. Cancels of these stamps in neighboring nations are fairly common.

Census: seven in BB spaces, four tip-ins, 23 on supplement page, some duplicates for the sake of cancels.

Jim's Observations
Historical Fact: The Kingdom of Dahomey from the 17th to the 19th century sold their war captives into slavery; otherwise the captives would have been killed in a ceremony known as the Annual Custom.

Benin Blog Post and Checklist

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