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Postage due stamps

1897 Postage due stamps of the French Colonies (imperforate) overprinted 'Madagascar et Dependences'


(Reduced sizes)

  5 c blue (overprint red)
  10 c brown (overprint red)
  20 c yellow (overprint blue)
  30 c red (overprint blue)
  40 c lilac (overprint red)
  50 c violet (overprint blue)
  1 F green (overprint red)

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
5 c**** 
10 c**** 
20 c** 
30 c** 
40 c**** 
50 c** 
1 F****** 

1908 Government buildings

  2 c brown
  4 c violet
  5 c green
  10 c red
  20 c brown
  40 c brown on yellow
  50 c brown on blue
  60 c orange (1924)
  1 F blue

Surcharged
  '60c' on 1 F orange (1924)
  '2f' on 1 F lilac (1927)
  '3f' on 1 F blue (1927)

These stamps have perforation 13 1/2 x 14.

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
2 cvcc 
4 cvcc 
5 cvcvc 
10 ccc 
20 ccc 
40 ccc 
50 ccc 
60 c** 
1 F** 
Surcharged
60 c on 1 F****** 
2 F on 1 F** 
3 F on 1 F*** 


Local issues

1895 Majunga issue, stamps of France, surcharged

Hand-surcharged

Image reproduced with permission from: http://www.sandafayre.com

  '0,15' (red) on 25 c black on lilac
  '0,15' (red) on 1 F green

As before, but overprint erased again and newly hand-stamp overprinted

Image reproduced with permission from: http://www.sandafayre.com
First image reproduced from: http://www.sandafayre.com, second image obtained from a Francois Feldman auction

  15 c on 25 c black on lilac
  15 c on 1 F green 

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
'0,15' on 25 c?RRR 
'0,15' on 1 F?RRR 
15 on 25 c?RRR 
15 on 1 F?RRR 

Forgeries exist, example:


(Front and backside of a forgery)


(Bogus issue? black '15' on 25 c)

 

1903 Provisional issues

Stamps of Madagascar (20 c and 30 c of the 1896 issue) or Diego Suarez exist bisected and cancelled with the inscription: 'Affranchissement exceptionel (faute de timbres)' or 'Affranchissement special faute de figurines.-' or 'Affranchi ainsi Faute figurine' or 'ffranch. except, faute de Timbres' or 'Affranchi ainsi faute figurine' or 'Affranch.t exceptionnel faute de Timbres' or 'Affranch. except. faute de Timbres' or ':0,05 Affranchi ainsi faute de figurines'. Example:


(Affranchissement special faute de figurines)


(Affranchissement exceptionnel faute de Timbres, reduced size)

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
All values-*** to RR 


Parcel post

1919 French fiscal stamps (Quittances), overprinted 'MADAGASCAR ET DEPEDANCES COLIS POSTAUX'

0 fr 10

  10 c (violet) on 10 c grey

Another fiscal stamp of France was overprinted in a similar manner in 1919 ('Connaissements' 10 c on 1 F, see picture above).


10 c green with red inscription

In 1919 3 stamps appeared with inscription: 'MADAGASCAR ET DEPENDANCES COLIS POSTAUX', 10 c red (black inscription), 10 c green (red inscription) and 10 c green (black inscription).


'Timbre Enregistrement'

I have no further information about this 'Timbre Enregistrement':


10 c brown, blue and red


British post in Madagascar (locals)

1895 Inscription 'POSTAGE BRITISH INLAND MAIL MADAGASCAR 1895'

The follwowing values exist: '1 p black on blue 'ILAVOAMENA', 4 p black 'ROAVOAMENA' 6 p black on yellow 'SIKAJY', 8 p black on lilac 'VENTY', 1 Sh black on brown 'KIROBO', 2 Sh black on red (I don't know the text on this one) and 4 Sh balck on grey 'ARIARY'.

Inscription 'BRITISH INLAND MAIL'

Besides the above stamps (2 p blue 'VAOMENA', 6 p green 'SIKAJY', 1 Sh black 'KIROBO' and 4 Sh violet with 'ARIARY') there exist a 4 p red with inscription 'ROAVOAMENA' and a 2 Sh brown with 'LOSO' . Cancelled stamps are almost always cancelled to order.

 

1884 Inscription 'British Consular Mail Antananarivo'

1 p red and black Image reproduced with permission from: http://www.sandafayre.com

These stamps exist in 3 designs, all slightly different, they exist in violet with black overprint (values 1p, 2p, 3p, 4p, 6p, 1 Sh, 1Sh6p, 2 Sh), in red with violet or black overprint (1p, 1 1/2p, 2p, 3p, 4p, 4 1/2p, 6p, 8p, 9p, 2Sh). Some overprints exist, but are very rare.

Other design with inscription 'B.C.M':

The English consul in Antananarivo issued these stamps in 1884-86. They served to pay the postage on letters and parcels from Antananarivo to Mauritius and Reunion. On arrival they were replaced by orninary Mauritius or Reunion stamps and the labels were returned to Madagascar where they had to be destroyed. The use of these stamps has been forbidden in 1887.


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