Congo

The Democratic Republic of the Congo is located in South Central Africa. It was called Congo Free State until 1908, when it was annexed by Belgium and renamed the Belgian Congo. Independence was gained and the name changed to the Republic of Congo in 1960. Another name change to Zaire came in 1971. In 1997 Zaire became the Democratic Republic of the Congo. In all, there have been five different seal designs recorded. None are known having the Zaire name.



Catalog: Drummond OS3

Date issued: Unknown, EKU November 6, 1955

Printing: Black

Perforation: Imperforate

Inscription: Bilingual French/Flemish "BELGISCH CONGO BELGE / POSTES-POSTERIJEN" ("Belgian Congo Post")

Control Number: "Mod. N. 16.P" at bottom right

Description: Registered 1957 airmail cover from Usumbura, Ruanda-Urundi (now Bujumbura, Burundi) to Tanger, Morocco repaired in transit at Leopoldville, Belgian Congo (now Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo) with parts of two Belgian Congo seals of the last of three types. Seal tied by 8 July Leopoldville datestamps. Tanger 10 July receiver and Leopoldville 6 July transit on reverse.


Catalog: Drummond OS3

Date issued: Unknown, EKU November 6, 1955

Printing: Black

Perforation: Imperforate

Inscription: Bilingual French/Flemish "BELGISCH CONGO BELGE / POSTES-POSTERIJEN" ("Belgian Congo Post")

Control Number: "Mod. N. 16.P" at bottom right

Description: Another envelope showing the same type seal as above, this one a 1960 usage of a Belgian Congo seal from Uvira, Republic of the Congo to Montreal, Quebec. Seal applied in transit at Albertville. This was mailed shortly after the June 30th independence. Note the use of the "CONGO" overprinted stamps.

Courtesy of Jim Drummond by permission.

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