A blog about the stamps and postal history of Nigeria as we know it today and all its component colonies, protectorates and territories prior to 1914. My mission is to create awareness of the amazing possibilities that are open to collectors of Nigerian stamps. The entire collection shown in this blog will be sold at public auction at a date to be announced - sometime in 2019 or 2020.
Update on Temporary Hiatus
Well February is now upon us and I still haven't posted. The good news is I have started drafting my next post, which from my mouth to God's ears will be posted this weekend. I am working on the 1965-1973 wildlife definitive issue, which is a marvellous set, which rivals many Western definitive sets of the 1960's in terms of its complexity.
So please bear with me, and thank you for your continued interest and support.
I had said in my last post that I am working on a comprehensive study of two sets from Nigeria, of which the Queen Victoria Lagos definitives was one. The second set is the first definitive set issued after the country switched from sterling currency to the new currency of Naira and Kobo, in 1973. The standard postage stamp catalogues have not given this set a name, but I call it the Industry and National Pride Issue, as it depicts the various industries of Nigeria, and one gets a sense of the immense pride in their country that Nigerians felt a mere 13 years after independence in 1960.
This set proved to be very popular and was in use continuously until it was replaced in 1986. There was a brief period of time during the inflationary period in the early 1990's when most of the values appeared again. Why they appeared during this time is somewhat of a mystery, since the massive inflation, had rendered the denominations unsuitable for all postage rates in effect at the time.
The next major definitive issue that appeared after the death of King George VI was issued on September 1, 1953 and featured industry scenes from contemprary Nigeria, but in the form of stylized artists drawings. It is the last definitive issue to appear before independence in 1960. Either the Tudor crown, or the Queen's portrait appears off to one corner of the design. This is a very beautiful set, and serves as one of the better examples of Waterlow and Sons' work. Of all the major printers - De La Rue, Waterlow, and Bradbury Wilkinson, Waterlow's designs have tended to be my least favourite; perhaps because their frames are usually very simple. On this set though, the designs have been integrated into the frames seamlessly, which is very pleasing to the eye. Also, nearly all values are bi-coloured, which makes the colours pop nicely.
In common with other definitive issues that preceded this one, there are some points of interest for the specialist. There are shade varia…
The Nigerian Security Printing and Minting Company, abbreviated NSP&M, has with few exceptions since 1968 been the sole printer of Nigeria's postage stamps. The few exceptions since then have been as follows: The 1970 printings of the 2d and 4d wildlife definitives, which were printed by Enschede. The Stamp of Destiny issue of 1970, which was printed by Enschede.The Tenth Anniversary of Independence issue of 1970, which was printed by Enschede.The Racial Equality Year Issue of 1971, which was printed by Enschede.The All-Africa Trade Fair issue of 1972, which was printed by De La Rue.The Nigeria Drives Right Issue of 1972, which was printed by De La Rue. The All Nigeria Arts Festival Issue of 1972, which was printed by De La Rue.The 2004 re-prints of the wildlife definitives were printed by Cartor of France. The 2010 definitives which were lithographed by Kalamazoo Security Print Ltd., or Litho Superflux International Ltd. Lagos. All of the 1968 commemorative issues of …