This 10th subitem is dedicated to stamps made out of wood or cork.
For the first article, I am taking you to Africa, to the republic of Djibouti.
Djibouti is a small country, in the Horn of Africa (North East).
When this part of Africa was colonised in the 19th century, the whole area was divided between the French, the Italian and the British.
The French, who claimed the most northern part of Somalia, renamed the area into Afars and Issas, until it became independent in 1977 and was renamed into Djibouti.
Stamps of Djibouti are hardly amongst the most wanted stamps in the world, (except maybe those from Afars and Issas). The ones you will find are most likely to be CTO (cancelled to order).
Nevertheless, fort this item on wooden stamps, this is a very special issue...
|Djibouti block 2 - CTO|
Although both blocks are cancelled, the paper foil at the back is not removed, which means both block were never postally used.
|Djibouti block 6 - CTO|
|Djibouti block 6 - back side|
Catalogue price (Yvert) for both blocks is around € 50.
to be continued...