Timeline of stamp issuing entities of British East Africa and connected areas

German East Africa 1888–1920
Imperial British East Africa Company 1890–1895
[British] East Africa Protectorate 1895–1897
Uganda Protectorate 1895–1902
Sultanate of Zanzibar [British Protectorate] 1895–1963
[British] East Africa and Uganda Protectorates 1903–1922
British Somaliland Protectorate 1903–1960
British Occupation of Mafia Island 1915–1916
British Occupation of Tanganyika area 1915–1922
Mandated Territory of Tanganyika 1921–1931
British Kenya-Uganda-Tanganyika (KUT) 1922–1960
UN Trust Territory of Somalia (under Italian administration) 1950–1960
Somalia 1960–today
Tanganyika Republic 1961–1962
Uganda 1962–today
Sultanate of Zanzibar 1963
Kenya-Uganda-Tanganyika (KUT) 1963–1976
Kenya 1963–today
People's Republic of Zanzibar and Pemba 1964
Tanzania and Zanzibar [United Republic of] 1964
Tanganyika-Zanzibar 1965–1967
Tanzania [United Republic of] 1965–today
1890
1900
1910
1920
1930
1940
1950
1960
1970
1980
1990
2000
2010
2020

Stamp issuing entities of British East Africa and connected areas

Name Issued
stamps
Bird
stamps
1888–1920 German East Africa
→ see under German East Africa
≈ 80
1890–1895 Imperial British East Africa Company

The Imperial British East Africa Company (IBEAC) was the administrator of British East Africa, which was the forerunner of the East Africa Protectorate, later Kenya.

≈ 30
1895–1897 [British] East Africa Protectorate

East Africa Protectorate (also known as British East Africa) was an area of East Africa occupying roughly the same terrain as present-day Kenya from the Indian Ocean inland to Uganda and the Great Rift Valley.

≈ 60
1895–1902 Uganda Protectorate

The British Protectorate of Uganda was a protectorate of the British Empire from 1894. In 1893 the Imperial British East Africa Company transferred its administration rights of territory consisting mainly of Buganda Kingdom to the British Government.

≈ 70
1895–1963 Sultanate of Zanzibar [British Protectorate]

The Sultanate of Zanzibar (Arabic: سلطنة زنجبار‎), also known as the Zanzibar Sultanate was a country and protectorate of the United Kingdom that existed on the Zanzibar Archipelago off the coast of East Africa between 1856 and 1964. It also controlled parts of what is now the eastern coast of Tanzania, of which it became a constituent part in 1964 after the unification of Zanzibar and Tanganyika.

≈ 300
1903–1922 [British] East Africa and Uganda Protectorates

East Africa and Uganda Protectorates was the name used by the combined postal service of the protectorates of British East Africa and Uganda between 1 April 1903 and 22 July 1920

≈ 70
1903–1960 British Somaliland Protectorate

British Somaliland (Somali: Dhulka Biritishka ee Soomaaliya, Arabic: الصومال البريطاني Al-Sumal Al-Britaniy‎) was a British protectorate in present-day northwestern Somalia.

≈ 200 ≈ 4
1915–1916 British Occupation of Mafia Island

Overprinted German postage and fiscal stamps, later overprinted British stamps

→ see under German East Africa
≈ 30
1915–1922 British Occupation of Tanganyika area ≈ 40
1921–1931 Mandated Territory of Tanganyika ≈ 40
1922–1960 British Kenya-Uganda-Tanganyika (KUT)

Kenya, Uganda, Tanganyika (KUT) is the name on British postage stamps made for use in the British colonies of Kenya, Uganda, and Tanganyika. The stamps were circulated between 1935 and 1963 by the joint postal service of the three colonies, the East African Posts and Telecommunications Administration.

≈ 100
1950–1960 UN Trust Territory of Somalia (under Italian administration)
→ see under Somalia
≈ 100
1960–today Somalia
→ see under Somalia
≈ 1 Thousand ≈ 49
1961–1962 Tanganyika Republic
→ see under Tanganyika
≈ 20
1962–today Uganda
→ see under Uganda
≈ 3 Thousand ≈ 230
1963 Sultanate of Zanzibar
→ see under Zanzibar
≈ 4
1963–1976 Kenya-Uganda-Tanganyika (KUT)
→ see under Kenya-Uganda-Tanganyika (KUT)
≈ 200 ≈ 19
1963–today Kenya
→ see under Kenya
≈ 900 ≈ 25
1964 People's Republic of Zanzibar and Pemba
→ see under Zanzibar
≈ 50
1964 Tanzania and Zanzibar [United Republic of]
→ see under Tanzania
≈ 4
1965–1967 Tanganyika-Zanzibar
→ see under Zanzibar
≈ 40
1965–today Tanzania [United Republic of]
→ see under Tanzania
≈ 5 Thousand ≈ 408

About British East Africa

This area contains several different British territories of East Africa.

Bibliography

  • Ron Negus, “Horn of plenty. British Somaliland’s First Issues 1901-04,” Stamp Magazine, November 2007: 44-46.

  • Brian Cartwright, “The Giraffe Issues of Tanganyika 1922-25,” Gibbons Stamp Monthly, September 2009: 71-75.

  • George T Krieges, “Sultan Seyyid Hamed-bin-Thwain Issues of Zanzibar 1896-1898: Part 1,” Gibbons Stamp Monthly, September 2012: 82-86.

  • George T Krieges, “Sultan Seyyid Hamed-bin-Thwain Issues of Zanzibar 1896-1898: Part 2,” Gibbons Stamp Monthly, October 2012: 66-71.

  • Noel Davenhill, “Visiting the British Empire: Aden and Protectorates and Somaliland Protectorate,“ American Philatelist, December 2013: 1154-1160.

  • Tom Pierron, “Royal Variety Performance: Kenya, Uganda, Tanganyika 1954 5c. Owen Falls Dam inverted vignette. SG 167a,” Gibbons Stamp Monthly, September 2015: 77.

  • Andreas Birken, “Witu und Malakote,“ [In German.] Michel Rundschau, 10/2015: 64-84.

  • Hugh Jefferies, “Catalogue Column: George VI Kenya, Uganda and Tanganyika,” Gibbons Stamp Monthly, May 2016: 102.

Links

Inscriptions on stamps

Mandated Territory of Tanganyika 1921–1931 TANGANYIKA

1922

Mandated Territory of Tanganyika 1921–1931 MANDATED TERRITORY OF TANGANYIKA

1927-

Tanganyika Republic 1961–1962 TANGANYIKA

1961

Tanganyika Republic 1961–1962 JAMHURI YA TANGANYIKA

1962

Tanzania and Zanzibar [United Republic of] 1964 UNITED REPUBLIC of TANGANYIKA & ZANIZIBAR
Tanzania [United Republic of] 1965–today TANZANIA