Zanzibar

An island off the east coast of Africa, Zanzibar was declared a British protectorate in 1890. Zanzibar joined with Tanganyika to become the United Republic of Tanzania on October 29, 1964. One official seal design has been recorded to date from Zanzibar. The two known examples from this country are shown below.



Catalog: Drummond OS1

Date issued: 1930, EKU January 19, 1933

Printing: Black

Perforation: Imperforate

Inscription: "ZANZIBAR PROTECTORATE. / FOUND / OPEN AND / OFFICIALLY / SEALED."

Control Number: "Z.G.P., P.O. 45-500-9-30." at upper left

Description: 1933 cover from Toronto, Ontario to Zanzibar, British East Africa repaired at bottom and left with two officially sealed labels from Zanzibar.







Catalog: Drummond OS1

Date issued: 1930, EKU January 19, 1933

Printing: Black

Perforation: Imperforate

Inscription: "ZANZIBAR PROTECTORATE. / FOUND / OPEN AND / OFFICIALLY / SEALED."

Control Number: "Z.G.P., P.O. 45-500-9-30." at upper left

Description: Another 1933 cover, this one short paid from Masaka, Uganda to Zanzibar with single Zanzibar Protectorate official seal applied over damaged right side. Mombasa, Kenya transit on reverse. The equally elusive Zanzibar postage due stamp on front makes this a gem of a cover!

Courtesy of Jim Kotanchik by permission.

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