Ethiopia stamps

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Ethiopia is a landlocked country located in the Horn of Africa. Officially known as the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, it is the second-most populous nation in Africa with over 79.2 million people and the tenth-largest by area with its 1,100,000 km2. The capital is Addis Ababa. Ethiopia is bordered by Eritrea to the north, Sudan to the west, Djibouti and Somalia to the east, and Kenya to the south.


Scott: #273-7O

Issued: 18.4.1947

50th Anniversary, Ethiopian Postal Service (in 1944)

#5 Inside #273: Ethiopia Type A2 (Pic of #5O)

#3 Inside #274: Ethiopia Type A1 (Pic of #3O)

Martin Hirschbühl wrote: I knew before from my ancient Michel-Catalogue about the first Ethiopian stamps. They are entitled: "Private Mail of Minister Ilg" well....the name sounds somehow "Ethiopian" - isn't it? In fact it was a Swissy.....Ilg is a pretty familiar name here in the East region..... BUT it took me some googeling to find out - now I know:

Scott: #351-4O

Issued: 5.11.1955

Silver Jubilee Fair

Inside #351-4: Stamp on Envelope

# 739-742

Scott: #739-42O

Issued: 19.8.1975

Ethiopian National Postal Museum Opening

Inside #739-42: Stamp Collecting


Scott: #1380-4O

Issued: 4.7.1994

Centenary Ethiopian Postal Service

#4 Inside #1380: Ethiopia #4O

Scott: #1384aO

Thanks to Lloyd Gilbert for the scan

Scott: #1579-82O

Issued: 9.10.2001

Dialogue among Civilizations

Inside #1579-82: Pseudo Stamp on Envelope

Thanks to Lloyd Gilbert


Scott: #????-?O

Issued: ??.??.2021

125th Anniversary of the Ethiopian Postal Service created in 1894

sos ethiopia 274  1947 Inside #????: Ethiopia #274O

 Inside #????: Ethiopian (?) stamps TBI

Lou wrote: Ethiopia, recently in 2021, belatedly issued a set of 5 stamps originally printed in 2019 to commemorate the 125th Anniversary of the Ethiopian Postal Service created in 1894. 

One very handsome value is a SoSoS as it reproduces Ethiopia #274, which reproduces a modified Ethiopia #1 with a changed value and color. Ethiopia #  is the same design in a dark blue, but showing a #1 for a postal anniversary makes more sense to me, so I went with that way back in 1967 when I created my first check list, thinking I had discovered Stamps on Stamps! This was part of a set to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Ethiopian Postal Service in 1944, and that too was issued belatedly, in 1947.

Another value probably reproduces Ethiopian stamps as it reproduces two cacheted covers, but the scan is too poor to identify them-- a better scan or the actual stamp may help. All the values have a perfed label noting the anniversary.

This was a nice surprise issue, and not too expensive either.

Thanks to Lou Guadagno

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