Mail from Central Africa before 1880 (The Royal Philatelic Society London)

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31 July 2020
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Former President of the Royal Philatelic Society London, Patrick Maselis presents a sase study on The Democratic Republic of Congo (The former Belgian Congo).

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Introduction

  • BEFORE 1880: No postal system in The Congo
  • NATIVE PEOPLE had no written languages (no mail)
  • Only a handful of Europeans went to The Congo or wrote letters to/from The Congo
  • OFFICIALS AND RESIDENTS
  • TRADERS (e.g. IVORY AND SLAVE TRADERS)
  • EXPLORERS (e.g. LIVINGSTONE AND STANLEY)
  • MISSIONARIES
  • MILITARY (MAINLY ANTI-SLAVERY PATROLS)
  • EUROPEANS BADLY NEEDED MAIL, because mail was the only way of communication
  • Everyone had to design his own mail system “DO IT YOURSELF”
  • MATERIAL IS EXTREMELY RARE: only 60 letters known from The Congo before 1880

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