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French Equatorial Africa

Afrique Équatoriale Française (AEF)

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French Equatorial Africa consists of the following four territories: Gabon, Middle Congo, Oubangi-Chari and Tchad. In 1936 stamps of Gabon and Middle Congo were overprinted 'AFRIQUE EQUATORIALE FRANCAISE'. For stamps of Gabon, overprinted 'Afrique Equatoriale Francaise' (1924), click here. Previous issues with overprint 'AFRIQUE EQUATORIALE FRANCAISE' were actually only valid in the indiviual colonies (and are listed there).

 

1936 Stamps of Gabon and middle Congo overprinted 'AFRIQUE EQUATORIALE FRANCAISE'


See under Gabon and Middle Congo for complete listing

 

1937 'EXPOSITION INTERNATIONALE PARIS 1937', various designs, designs identical to many other French Colonies

For an image of a similar stamp of another colony, click here.

 

  20 c violet
  30 c green
  40 c lilac
  50 c brown and black
  90 c red
  1.50 F blue

A minisheet also exists with one imperforate 3 F brown stamp, inscription above and below the stamp 'EXPOSITION INTERNATIONALE ARTS ET TECHNIQUES 1937'.

 

1937 Local scenes and French persons involved in the colonalisation

Bridge 

  1 c brown and yellow
  2 c violet and grey
  3 c blue and green
  4 c red and violet
  5 c green and grey

People sitting in village

  10 c lilac and blue
  15 c blue and orange
  20 c brown and yellow
  25 c brown and blue
  35 c green and yellow (1938)

Savorgnan de Brazza  


Here with 'LIBRE' overprint

  30 c green
  30 c blue and orange
  40 c red and grey
  45 c blue
  45 c green
  50 c brown and yellow
  55 c violet
  60 c brown and blue
  1 F red and yellow

Emile Gentil

  65 c blue
  70 c violet and orange
  75 c brown and yellow
  80 c brown and yellow
  90 c red and yellow
  1 F violet
  1 F green
  1.75 F blue
  '+35 c' (red) on 65 c blue (1938)
  '+50 c' on 1.75 F blue (1938)

Paul Crampel
  1.25 F red
  1.40 F brown and green
  1.50 F blue
  1.60 F violet and yellow
  1.75 F brown and yellow
  2 F green

Liotard
  2.15 F brown and lilac
  2.25 F blue
  2.50 F red and yellow
  3 F blue and lilac
  5 F green
  10 F violet and blue
  20 F green and yellow
  

Overprinted 'AFRIQUE FRANCAISE LIBRE' (capital letters, 1940)
  1 c brown and yellow (overprint red)
  2 c violet and grey (overprint red)
  3 c blue and green (overprint red)
  5 c green and grey (overprint red)
  10 c lilac and blue
  15 c black and blue (overprint red)
  20 c brown and yellow (overprint red)
  25 c brown and red
  35 c green and yellow (overprint red)

Overprinted 'Afrique Francaise Libre'
  1 c brown and yellow
  2 c violet and grey
  3 c blue and green
  5 c green and grey
  10 c lilac and blue
  15 c black and blue
  20 c brown and yellow
  25 c brown and red
  35 c green and yellow 

Overprinted 'LIBRE' (1940)

  30 c blue and orange (Brazza, overprint red or black)
  30 c green (Brazza, overprint red or black)
  40 c red and grey (Brazza)
  45 c green (Brazza, overprint red or black)
  50 c brown and yellow (Brazza, overprint red or black)
  55 c violet (Brazza, overprint red or black)
  60 c red and blue (Brazza)
  65 c blue and yellow (Gentil)
  70 c violet and orange (Gentil)
  75 c grey and yellow (Gentil)
  80 c brown and yellow (Gentil)
  90 c red and yellow (Gentil)
  1 F red and yellow (Savorgnan)
  1 F green (Gentil, overprint red or black)
  1.40 F brown and green (Crampel)
  1.50 F blue (Crampel)
  1.60 F violet and yellow (Crampel)
  1.75 F brown and yellow (Crampel)
  2.15 F brown and lilac (Liotard)
  2.25 F blue (Liotard, overprint red or black)
  2.50 F red and yellow (Liotard)
  3 F blue and orange (Liotard, overprint red or black)
  5 F green (Liotard, overprint red or black )
  10 F violet and blue (Liotard, overprint red)
  20 F black and yellow (Liotard, overprint red or black)
  '75 c =' on 50 c brown and yellow (Savorgnan)
  '1 FR. =' on 65 c blue and yellow (overprint and surcharge in red)

Overprinted 'LIBRE 24-10-40' (1940)
  80 c brown and yellow (Gentil)
  1 F green (Gentil)
  1 F red and yellow (Savorgnan)
  1.50 F blue (Crampel)
  2 F red and yellow (Brazza)

Overprinted 'DOUANES Paquets - poste - familieux'
  '5 fr.' on 50 c brown and yellow

Overprinted 'Afrique Francaise Combattante' in red and red cross (1943)
  '50' (?) (red) on 2.25 F blue
  '1.60' (?) (red) on 10 F violet and blue

Overprinted 'LIBERATION' in red (1943)
  '+ 5 F' (red) on 1.50 F blue
  '+ 10 F' (red) on 80 c brown and yellow

Overprinted 'RESISTANCE' in red and 'LIBRE' in black (1943)
  +10 F (?, red) on 80 c brown and yellow
  +15 F (?, red) on 1.50 F blue

Fiscal stamp, postage stamp with overprint 'FISCAL':


Fiscal stamp; '0 fr. 50' on 1 c

 

1938 Pierre and Marie Curie, design identical to many other French Colonies

For an image of a similar stamp of another colony, click here.

  1.75 F + 50 c blue

 

1938 Centenaire du Gabon: man with ship, inscription 'CENTENAIRE DU GABON AEF'

  65 c brown
  1 F red
  1.75 F blue
  2 F violet

 

1939 'EXPOSITION INTERNATIONALE NEW YORK 1939', design identical to many other French Colonies

For an image of a similar stamp of another colony, click here.

  1.25 F red
  2.25 F blue

 

1939 French revolution commemoration, Bastille, design identical to many other French colonies

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  45 c + 25 c green and black
  70 c + 30 c brown and black
  90 c + 35 c orange and black
  1.25 F + 1 F lilac and black
  2.25 F + 2 F blue and black

 

1941 Boats and local village, in upper right hand corner portrait of Petain

  1 F green
  2.50 F blue

Overprinted 'OEUVRES COLONIALES'
  1 F + 2.50 F green
  50 c + 1.50 F on 2.50 F blue (overprint and surcharge in red)

 

1941 Soldier stamps, 'Defense de l'empire', various designs

For an image of a similar stamp of another colony, click here.

  1 F + 1 F red
  1.50 F + 3 F brown
  2.50 F + 1 F blue

 

1941 Man with landscape, red cross of Lorraine in upper left hand corner, inscription 'AFRIQUE FRANCAISE LIBRE'

  1 F + 2 F brown and red

 

1941 Phoenix rising from the flames, inscription 'FRANCE LIBRE AFRIQUE EQUATORIALE FRANCAISE'

  5 c brown
  10 c blue
  25 c green
  30 c orange
  40 c green
  80 c brown
  1 F lilac
  1.50 F red
  2 F grey
  2.50 F blue
  4 F violet
  5 F yellow
  10 F brown
  20 F green

Surcharged
  '= 50 c =' (red) on 5 c brown 
  '= 60 c =' (red) on 5 c brown 
  '= 70 c =' (red) on 5 c brown
  '= 1 Fr. 20 c =' (red) on 5 c brown
  '= 2 Fr. 40 c =' on 25 c green
  '= 3 Fr. =' on 25 c green
  '= 4 Fr. 50 c =' on 25 c green
  '= 15 fr. =' (red) on 2.50 F blue

Overprinted 'LIBERATION' (in red, 1943)
  '+ 10 Fr' (red) on 5 c brown
  '+ 10 Fr' (red) on 10 c blue
  '+ 10 Fr' (red) on 25 c green
  '+ 10 Fr' (red) on 30 c orange
  '+ 10 Fr' (red) on 40 c green
  '+ 10 Fr' (red) on 1 F lilac
  '+ 10 Fr' (red) on 2 F grey
  '+ 10 Fr' (red) on 2.50 F blue

Overprinted 'RESISTANCE' (in red, 1943)
  '+ 10 Fr' (red) on 5 c brown
  '+ 10 Fr' (red) on 10 c blue
  '+ 10 Fr' (red) on 25 c green
  '+ 10 Fr' (red) on 30 c orange
  '+ 10 Fr' (red) on 40 c green
  '+ 10 Fr' (red) on 1 F lilac
  '+ 30 Fr' (red) on 2 F grey
  '+ 25 Fr' (red) on 2.50 F blue
  '+ 40 Fr' (red) on 4 F violet
  '+ 50 Fr' (red) on 5 F yellow
  '+ 100 Fr' (red) on 10 F brown
  '+ 200 Fr' (red) on 20 F green
  

 

1944 Symbol of France (Marianne) with 'RF' and cross (design identical to many other French colonies)

For an image of a similar stamp of another colony, click here.

  5 F + 20 F blue

 

1945 Felix Eboue, design identical to many other French Colonies

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  2 F brown
  25 F green

 

1946 Local scenery and people

Rhino
  10 c blue
  30 c black
  40 c orange
  
Man in jungle
  50 c blue
  60 c red
  80 c green

Mountain view
  1 F orange
  1.20 F brown
  1.50 F green
  
Forest view
  2 F brown
  3 F red
  3.60 F brown
  4 F blue

Man fishing
  5 F brown
  6 F blue
  10 F black

Local woman
  15 F yellow brown
  20 F brown
  25 F black

 

1950 'OEUVRES SOCIALES F.O.M, design identical to many other French Colonies

For an image of a similar stamp of another colony, click here.

  10 F + 2 F grey and brown

 

1952 100 years of military medal, similar in design to many other French Colonies

  3 F grey, yellow, green and black

 

1952 Portrait of 'Pierre Savorgnan de Brazza', inscription '1852 1952'

  10 F green

 

1954 Lieutenant Gouverneur Cureau

  15 F green and brown

 

1955 Nature protection 'PROTECTION DE LA NATURE'

  8 F lilac and green ('varan')

 

1956 'FIDES' (written in left lower corner)

  5 F brown and lilac (waterfall and factory of Boali in Ubangi-Chari)
  10 F green and black (cotton growing in Tchad)
  15 F blue and black (hospital of Brazzaville in Middle Congo)
  20 F red (harbour of Libreville in Gabon)

 

1956 Coffee plant ('LE CAFE')

  10 F black and violet

 

1956 Animals

  1 F green and black (Elan de Derby)
  2 F green and grey (lions)
  3 F green, blue and black (elephant)
  4 F brown and grey (Grand Koudou)

 

1957(?) Maltese order, village scene and Maltese cross

  15 F green and red

 

1958 10 anniversary of the World Health Organisation

  20 F green and red

 

1958 Flowers

  10 F green, yellow and violet (Euadania)
  25 F green, yellow and red (Spathodea)

 

1958 Human rights declaration (10eme anniversaire de la declaration universelle des droits de l'homme'

   20 F grey

 

The last stamps to be issued were the Human Rights issue of 10 December 1958.


Postage Due Stamps

1937 Inscription 'AFRIQUE EQUATORIALE FRANCAISE' on top, 'TIMBRE TAXE' below

  5 c violet and blue
  10 c red and orange
  20 c green and yellow
  25 c brown
  30 c red and blue
  45 c lilac and blue
  50 c green and lilac
  60 c violet and yellow
  1 F brown and yellow
  2 F blue and brown
  3 F brown and green

 

1947 Inscription 'AFRIQUE EQULE FRANCAISE CHIFFRE TAXE'

  10 c red
  30 c orange
  50 c black
  1 F red
  2 F green
  3 F lilac
  4 F blue
  5 F brown
  10 F blue
  20 F brown

Airmail

1937 Aeroplane flying from left to right

  1.50 F grey and yellow
  2 F red and blue
  2.50 F green and brown
  3.75 F brown and grey

overprinted 'Afrique Francaise Libre' (1940-1941)
  1.50 F grey and yellow
  2.50 F green and brown
  3.75 F brown and grey
  '= 10F' on 2.50 F brown and green


Forged overprint on the 3.75 F stamp, I've also seen forged overprints on the 1.50 F

 

1937 Aeroplane flying from right to left

  4.50 F orange and blue
  6.50 F blue and green
  8.50 F brown and orange
  10.75 F violet and blue

Overprinted 'Afrique Francaise Libre' (1940-1941)
  4.50 F orange and blue
  6.50 F blue and green
  8.50 F brown and orange
  '50 fr =' on 10.75 F violet and blue (overprint and surcharge in red)
  

Overprinted 'Afrique Française Combatante + 200 fr.' in red (1943)
  200 F on 10.75 F violet and blue


Example of a forged overprint

 

1939 French revolution commemoration, Bastille, inscription 'AFRIQUE EQUATORIALE FRANÇAISE POSTE AERNE'

For an image of a similar stamp of another colony, click here.

  4.50 F + 4 F black and red

 

1942 'QUINZAINE IMPERIALE' and 'PROTECTION DE L'ENFANCE INDIGENE'

  1.20 F + 1.80 F blue and red ('Quinzaine')
  1.50 F + 3.50 F green ('protection')
  2 F + 6 F brown ('protection')
  3 F + 9 F red ('protection')

 

1942 Plane above waves, inscription 'FRANCE LIBRE RF', design identical to many other French colonies, inscription 'OCEANIE'

For an image of a similar stamp of another colony, click here.

  1 F orange
  1.50 F red
  5 F brown
  10 F black
  25 F blue
  50 F green
  100 F lilac

 

1946 Angel over Arc de Triomphe with tanks, design identical to many other French Colonies

For an image of a similar stamp of another colony, click here.

  8 F red

 

1946 Battle fields, 'DU TCHAD AU RHIN', various designs, identical to many other French Colonies, inscription 'POSTE AERIENNE'

For an image of a similar stamp of another colony, click here.

  5 F violet
  10 F green
  15 F blue
  20 F orange
  25 F grey
  50 F red

 

1947 Various designs of local scenery with aeroplane in the sky or birds in forest (500 F)

  50 F red 
  100 F green
  200 F blue
  500 F grey (1953)

 

1949 75 anniversary of UPU, inscription 'POSTE AERIENNE', design identical to many other French Colonies

For an image of a similar stamp of another colony, click here

  25 F green

 

1952 Pierre Savorgnan de Brazza looking at map, French flag behind him

  15 F blue, grey and red

 

1952 Monseigneur Augouard

  15 F green, grey and lilac

 

1954 D-day commemoration, battle field scene

  15 F violet and brown

 

1955 Governer General Eboue

  15 F black and brown

 

1955 Various designs

  50 F grey and brown (logs in river)
  100 F grey, brown and blue (boats)
  200 F brown and red (industry and man riding vehicle)

 

1957 General Faidherbe, inscription 'CENTENAIRE DES TROUPES AFRICAINS 1857 1957'

  15 F black and brown

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