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International Postage Meter Stamp Catalog/East African Community

East African CommunityEdit

The East African Community started as a group of British colonies whose postal affairs were administered by the British East African Postal Administration. Included were Kenya, Uganda, and Tanganyika from 1931 to 1961/63. Another British colony, Zanzibar, was adjacent but not part of the Postal Administration. In 1961 Tanganyika gained its independence and merged with Zanzibar to become the new country of Tanzania. Kenya and Uganda also gained their independence around this time. For years after independence the three countries continued to manage their postal affairs communally and stamps marked with all three country names were used. Eventually the three began to issue stamps with only their own name, but both kinds of stamps — one-country name and three-country names — were used in tandem for years. For post-independence stamps with one country name see KENYA, TANZANIA, and UGANDA.
The stamps are grouped by inscription:
A - British East Africa, inscribed KENYA & UGANDA
B - British East Africa, inscribed KENYA, UGANDA, and TANGANYIKA
C - British East Africa, inscribed TANGANYIKA
D - East African Community, inscribed KENYA, UGANDA and TANZANIA



GROUP A: Franks inscribed KENYA & UGANDAEdit


East Africa stamp type A1.jpg

A1. Neopost (FV), 1931. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$25]

Small frank with “KENYA & UGANDA” curved at top,
value figure in center with small “POST” at left and “PAID” at right.
With solid blocks in lower corners and “CENTS” between.
One meter known used by East African Power and Lighting Co.
TM: BIC
Values seen: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg5, 10, 15, 20



East Africa stamp type A2.jpg

A2. Neopost (LV-6), 1931.

Similar to Type A1 but with inner box with leaves surrounding value figure.
With “CENTS” at bottom center.
TM: BIC
A. With solid blocks in both lower corners MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$10]
B. With “N” at lower left, solid block at lower right MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$25]
C. With “N” at lower left and M# at lower right. M# N4 only MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$35]
Values seen (with “c”): MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg10, 20c
Values seen (without “c”): MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 50, 1/-
a. Used during World War 2 without TM on air letter sheets and airgraphs. M# N4 only. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgValues seen: 25, 30 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$100]



East Africa A3.jpg

A3. Neopost (LV-6). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$40]

As Type A2 but without “CENTS”, blank at bottom center.
A. With solid blocks in both lower corners
B. With “N” at lower left, solid block at lower right
TM: BIC
Values seen: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg5, 10, 15, 20, 40, 50c, 1/-







GROUP B: Franks inscribed “KENYA, UGANDA and TANGANYIKA”Edit

Sub-group BA: Inscription reads KENYA & UGANDA / TANGANYIKAEdit



East Africa stamp type BA1A.jpg
East Africa BA1.jpg



BA1. Neopost (LV-6).

Similar to Type A2 but with TANGANYIKA” curved below “KENYA & UGANDA”.
M# prefix “N” at lower left, “CENTS” at bottom center.
A. With solid block instead of M# at lower right MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$25]
B. With M# at lower right
TM: BIC
Values seen: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg5, 10, 15, 20, 30, 40, 50, 1.00, 1·25, 1.50, 2.00, 2.50





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BA2. Neopost (LV-6). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$50]

As Type BA1 but with “CENTS” removed.
M# with prefix “N” at lower left and solid block at lower right.
TM: BIC
Values seen (with “c”): MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg10, 20







Sub-group BB: Inscription reads KENYA UGANDA / AND / TANGANYIKAEdit




East Africa BB1A.jpg

East Africa BB1B.jpgEast Africa BB1C.jpg

BB1. Universal “MultiValue” (MV).

Large frank.
M# with “U” prefix in small boxes in lower corners.
A. Frank 26 mm wide (U18-22) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$15]
B. Frank 31 mm wide
C. TM lowered with 4-digit S# above. Post Office stamp used for registered mail. M# U78 only MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$35]
TM: DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0oo (O) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgMeterCat 5-point asterisk.jpgoo (O,A) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg00oo (O) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgMeterCat 5-point asterisk.jpg0oo (A,O)




East Africa BB2.jpg


BB2. Universal “MultiValue” (MV). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$10]

As Type BB1B but without crown, blank at bottom center.
M# with “U” prefix.
TM: DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0oo (O) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg00oo (O) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgMeterCat 5-point asterisk.jpg0oo (A)




East Africa BB3.jpg


BB3. Neopost “Frankmaster 305” (MV). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$10]

Similar to Type BB1A but M# with “N” prefix, both unboxed.
With crown over “EiiR” at bottom center.
TM: DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0.00 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg00.00 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg=0/00




East Africa BB4.jpg


BB4. Neopost “Frankmaster 305” (MV). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$20]

As Type BB3 but blank at bottom center, without crown over “EiiR”.
M# with “N” prefix.
TM: DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg00.00







Sub-group BC: Inscription reads KENYA UGANDA / & TANGANYIKAEdit



East Africa BC1.jpg

BC1. Universal “Simplex” (LV-25). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$5]

Three vertical lines at each side.
M# with “S” prefix in small boxes in lower corners.
“CENTS” over crown at bottom center.
Wide spacing between TM and frank.
TM: DC
Values: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg10 through 250




East Africa BC2.jpg

BC2. Universal “Simplex” (LV-25). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$20]

As Type BC1 but without crown.
“CENTS” alone at bottom center.
M# with “S” prefix.
TM: DC
Values: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg10 through 250







Sub-group BD: Inscription reads KENYA UGANDA / TANGANYIKAEdit



East Africa BD1.jpg

BD1. Neopost “105” (LV). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$25]

As Type BA1 but without “&” in the country name.
M# with “N” prefix.
TM: BIC
Value seen: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg30¢



East Africa BD2.jpg


BD2. Neopost “Frankmaster 305” (MV). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$10]

Similar to Type BB3 but without “AND” in the country name.
M# with “N” prefix.
TM: DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg00.00




East Africa BD3.jpg


BD3. Neopost “Frankmaster 305” (MV). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$20]

As Type BD2 but with crown/”EiiR” removed” from bottom.
M# with “N” prefix, N556 and N571 known.
TM: DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg00.00




East Africa stamp type BD4.jpg

BD4. Universal “Simplex” (LV-25). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$25]

As Type BC1 but without “&” in the country name.
M# with “S” prefix.
“CENTS” over crown at bottom center.
Wide spacing between TM and frank.
TM: DC
Values: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg10 through 250



East Africa BD5.jpg


BD5. Universal “Simplex” (LV-25). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$25]

As Type BD4 but with crown removed; “CENTS” alone at bottom center.
M# with “S” prefix.
TM: DC
Values: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg10 through 250




East Africa BD6.jpg


BD6. Universal “Simplex” (LV-25). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$25]

As Type BD5 but with “POSTAGE/ PAID” below “CENTS” at bottom.
M# with “S” prefix.
TM: DC
Values: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg10 through 250




East Africa BD7.jpg

BD7. Neopost (LV-6). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$50]

Similar to Type BD6 but smaller.
Small “SH CTS” above “POSTAGE/ PAID” at bottom.
M# N357 seen.
TM: BIC
Value seen: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg15



East Africa BD8.jpg


BD8. Neopost “Frankmaster 305” (MV). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$20]

As Types BD4 through 6 but with “SH CTS” above “POSTAGE/ PAID” at bottom.
M# prefix “N” in small box at lower left, M# between horizontal lines at lower right.
TM: DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg00.00




East Africa BD9.jpg


BD9. Universal “Automax” (MV). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$10]

Similar to Type BD8 but with “SH CTS” above crown at bottom center.
M# with “A” prefix in small boxes in lower corners.
TM: DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg=0.oo




East Africa BD10.jpg

BD10. Universal/Pitney Bowes-GB “Automax” (MV).

As Type BD9 but with crown removed, blank at bottom center.
TM: DC
A. M# with “A” prefix MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$20]
B. M with “PB” prefix MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$40]
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg=0.oo
a. Completely blank at bottom, with "SH" and "CTS" also removed (A17)



East Africa BD11.jpg


BD11. Pitney Bowes-GB “Automax” (MV). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$15]

As Type BD10B but with “POSTAGE/ PAID” centered at bottom.
M# with “PB” prefix.
TM: DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg=0.oo







GROUP C: Franks inscribed “TANGANYIKA”Edit


East Africa C1.jpg

C1. Neopost (LV-6). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$50]

As Type BD3 but with “TANGANYIKA” alone at top.
M# N291 seen.
TM: BIC
Values seen: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg15, 20, 30





East Africa stamp type C2.jpg


C2. Neopost “Frankmaster 305” (MV). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$25]

As Type BD2 but with “TANGANYIKA” alone at top and “POST/ PAID” at bottom center.
M#s N577, N578, N615, N630 and N671 known.
Spacing variable between TM and frank.
TM: DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg00.00







GROUP D: Franks inscribed “KENYA, UGANDA and TANZANIA”Edit

Sub-group DA: Inscription reads KENYA UGANDA / TANZANIAEdit



East Africa DA1.jpg

DA1. Neopost “205” (MV). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$25]

Small frank with three vertical lines at the sides.
M# prefix “NE” boxed at lower left, M# unboxed at lower right.
Date figures tall.
TM: BIC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0.00



East Africa DA2.jpg

DA2. Neopost “Frankmaster 305” (MV). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$25]

As Type DA1 but taller frank.
M# prefix “N” boxed at lower left, M# between horizontal lines at lower right.
Date figures short.
TM: DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg00.00









Sub-group DB: Inscription reads TANZANIA / UGANDA KENYAEdit



East Africa DB1 color.jpg

DB1. Neopost “205” (MV). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$5]

As Type DA1 but with revised inscription.
M# prefix “NE” boxed at lower left, M# unboxed at lower right.
Date figures tall.
TM: BIC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0.00
a. Date only without TM



East Africa DB2.jpg


DB2. Neopost (LV-6). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$20]

Similar to Type DB1 but narrower, M# with “N” prefix.
TM: BIC
Values seen: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg10, 15, 20, 30, 50, 1.00, 1.25





East Africa DB3AB.jpg
East Africa DB3Aa.jpg

DB3. Neopost “Frankmaster 305” (MV).

As Type BD2 but with revised inscription and with “POSTAGE/ PAID” at bottom center.
M# with “N” prefix boxed at lower left.
A. M# between horizontal lines
B. M# without horizontal lines
TM: DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg00.00
a. Frank inverted, value figures upright. M# N647 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$35]
b. V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg=0/00 (N211 only, probably an assembly error)



East Africa DB4.jpg

DB4. Universal “MultiValue” (MV). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$5]

As Type BB2 but with revised inscription.
Blank at bottom center, M# with “U” prefix.
TM: DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0oo MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg00oo MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgMeterCat 5-point asterisk.jpg0oo
a. Without M#, with small block inside box at lower right MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$10]




East Africa DB5.jpg

DB5. Universal “Simplex” (LV-25). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$5]

As Type BC2 but with revised inscription.
M# with “S” prefix.
TM: DC
Values: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg10 to 250



East Africa DB6A.jpg


DB6. Universal/Pitney Bowes-GB “Automax” (MV).

As Type BD7 but with revised inscription.
A. M# with “A” prefix MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$10]
B. M with “PB” prefix
TM: DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg=0.oo




East Africa DB7.jpg


DB7. Roneo Neopost “405/505” (MV). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$20]

Wide frank with M# prefix “RV” boxed at lower left, M# unboxed at lower right.
TM: BIC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg00.00




East Africa stamp type DB8.jpg

DB8. Pitney Bowes-GB “5000” (MV). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$15]

Wide frank with “POSTAGE” and “PAID” vertical in panels at sides.
Date figures raised in relation to value figures.
M# with “P.B.” prefix low between TM and frank.
TM: DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0.00



East Africa DB9.jpg

DB9. Pitney Bowes “6300” (MV). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$20]

Similar to Type DB8 but with three vertical lines at sides.
Date and value figures at same level.
M# with “PB” prefix in lower corners.
Frank straight along bottom.
TM: DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0.00








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