The motto on its coat of arms, “Nosy Magnitry,” proclaims it to be an island of perfumes. Coffee, vanilla, rum, black pepper and cinnamon are produced there, too, and it has become a hot tourist resort despite warnings about traveler safety.
France issued postage for Nossi Be from 1889 through 1894, first using overprinted French Colonies stamps and then the Navigation and Commerce series with “Nossi Be?” inscribed -- a total of 44 regular issues and 17 postage dues. Since 1896, the island has been part of Madagascar.
This small number of stamps might be tempting to collect in its entirety were it not for the forgeries. For now, I’ve contented myself with filling Big Blue’s seven spaces. I would like to have an early cancellation form Hell-ville, though. Named for the French Admiral de Hell, Nossi Be’s capital shows up as Helville rather than Hell-ville on cancelled stamps. Was the postmaster too genteel? too prudish?
Since I don’t have a Hellville cancel yet, I borrowed the one shown above. I strongly suspect the obliteration is fake since I’ve seen several virtually identical to it on-line. And 1902 is rather late for a cancel on French Colonies #J6.
Census: seven in BB spaces.
I like that dropped "-BE" on the 40c! No idea if that is constant for one of the positions or not.ReplyDelete
It's worth checking out. I'll try to do that.ReplyDelete
Hummmm. I've done a preliminary search of Navigation and Commerce stamps and found no other examples of drooping letters. Often the colony name is askew or extends beyond the cartouche border, though, apparently common anomalies.
Since the N&Cs were printed in sheets of six panes with 25 stamps in each pane, the droop showing the 40-centime example above would have occurred one time in 150 on the sheets that have the anomaly. How many sheets? Where is it on the sheets that have it? I don't know.
I'll keep looking, though. Thanks,Steamghost, for pointing out the droop!
After searching further, I have found two additional sagging "BEs" but they are on different values from the above and are not as pronounced in their droop.Delete