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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

World Covers, Stamps and Cancellations


ALBANIA has its regular postal service under the postage stamps are marked Shqiperia, Shqiperise and Shqiptare.  It issued its first stamps in 1913 and has done ever since.

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ALGERIA has its regular postal service under the French rule, initially as a military post established in 1830 in Algiers, which was then opened to civilians in 1835, but still using military handstamps until 1839, after which datestamps with town names became standard. The service expanded into the interior along with French control, with 295 post offices in operation by 1880.

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ANDORRA (under construction)

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ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA (under construction)

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ARGENTINA first issued its postage stamps per se in 1862 by the National Postal Service, a federal entity that dates from 1854, following the establishment of the Republic in lieu of the former, failed Confederacy. A number of provinces and territories, particularly in the then-remote far north and far south, continued to issue their own postage brands and stamps for some time, afterwards; some of these issues have since become collectors' items.
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ARMENIA  Following the end of the Cold War and the breakup of the Soviet Union, Armenia became an independent state on September 21, 1991 though the first stamps, a se-tenant trio, were issued on April 28, 1992 to commemorate Independence Day. On July 26, another set of four stamps was issued for the 1992 Barcelona Summer Olympic Games before the first new definitives appeared on August 25 of the same year.
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AZERBAIJAN became a member of the Universal Postal Union on April 1, 1993.  Since then a variety of definitive and commemorative stamps have been produced depicting topical and local subjects.
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BAHRAIN opened its first post office on 1 August 1884 in the capital Manama. This was a sub-office of the Indian Post Office at Bushire in Iran, both of which were part of the Bombay Postal Circle. This remained the only post office until 1946. Until 1933 un-overprinted stamps of British India were used in Bahrain and used examples may be identified from the cancels used which are illustrated in specialised catalogues.

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BANGLADESH first issued its own postage stamps upon gaining independence in 1971. A set of eight, with various motifs including a map of the country were issued. Shortly after, all eight values overprinted "Bangladesh Liberated" in both English and Bengali were prepared in the United Kingdom, but only three values were issued in Bangladesh.

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BARBADOS Current stamp catalogues list over 1,000 different stamps as having been issued by Barbados since 1892.  Barbados attained self-government on 16 October 1961 and independence within the Commonwealth on 30 November 1966.  An independence issue was issued in 1966 which included stamps of the Hilton Hotel and cricketer Gary Sobers.
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BELARUS used the postage stamps of the Soviet Union from 1917 to 1991.  In 1991 Belarus became an independent nation and began its own postal administration in 1992.

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BELGIUM began using national postage stamps on July 8, 1849, when two imperforate stamps, a 10c. brown and 20c. blue, were introduced. A few months later a 40c. red stamp with a new design was issued, for postage to foreign destinations. In 1850 two new stamps of 10c. and 20c. were issued.

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BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA The country produced its first stamps since independence in 1993 under the command of Sarajevo government and began inscribing them as Republika Bosna i Hercegovina.

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BELIZE On 1 June 1973 British Honduras was renamed Belize and the first issue in 1973 used stamps of the former British Honduras opted with BELIZE and two stars. The first issue without overprinting followed this in 1973 with a Royal Wedding issue of two stamps.

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BOLIVIA  was formerly known as Upper Peru and became an independent republic on 6 August 1825. It has produced its own stamps since 1867.  Stamps from Bolivia are marked as Correos de Bolivia. Tensions between Chile and Bolivia have influenced both country's stamps and postal history.

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BRAZIL was the second country in the world, after Great Britain, to issue postage stamps valid within the entire country (as opposed to a local issue). Like Great Britain's first stamps, the design does not include the country name.

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BRUNEI  is located on the north coast of the island of Borneo, in Southeast Asia. Apart from its coastline with the South China Sea, it is completely surrounded by the state of Sarawa, Malaysia,and in fact it is separated into two parts by Limbang, which is part of Sarawak.
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BULGARIA liberated from the Ottoman Empire in 1878 although it remained de jure autonomous until the proclamation of full independence in 1908 but acted as de facto independent country since its restoration. From 1879 they issued stamps with Bulgarian Cyrillic and some of the stamps such as those issued in 1901 commemorated the 25th anniversary of the April Uprising against the Turks and in 1902 celebrated the 25th anniversary of the Battle of Shipka.  Bulgaria become de jure independent in 1908 although early stamps issued in the 1910s depicted Tsar Ferdinand and Tsar Boris III.

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CANADA has four major periods when it comes to its postal history: French control (1604–1763), British control (1763–1841), colonial governmentcontrol (1841–1867), and the Dominion of Canada, since 1867.  To read more [click here] 

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CHILE has produced stamps for national use since 1853.  The first stamps of Chile were inscribed Colon Chile. In 1894, Chile was one of the few countries to issue a stamp for the Avis de réception service.

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CHINA has a complicated postage stamps and postal history mainly due to the gradual decay of Imperial China and the years of civil war and Japanese occupation in the 1930s and 1940s.   To read more [click here]

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COSTA RICA has produced its own stamps since 1863.

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CROATIA reinstated the Croatian Post with the resumption of its independence since 1991 with its first new postage stamp being an airmail issued 9 September 1991, and with the first new regular postage stamp being issued on 21 November 1991.

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CYPRUS postal history is intricately linked to the island's political past.  It's postal services existed during the Venetian and Ottoman periods of occupation. Turkish stamps were used on mail from Nicosia from 1871 and stamps of the Austrian post offices in the Turkish empire were used at Larnaca from 1864.  

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CZECH REPUBLIC issued its first stamps on 20 January 1993 after the former Czechoslovakia was split into the Slovak Republic and the Czech Republic from 1 January 1993. Before then, stamps of the Czechoslovak Republic were in use and were still valid until 30 September 1993. Stamps of the Czech Republic are marked Česká republika.

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DENMARK begins its postal history with an ordinance issued by King Christian IV on 24 December 1624, establishing a national postal service . This service consisted of nine main routes, and was to be operated by the mayor of Copenhagen and several guilds. Initially the mail was carried by foot, with riders being used after 1640.

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DOMINICAN REPUBLIC became independent from Spain in 1865 and produced its own stamps from that date.

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EL SALVADOR became independent from Spain in 1821. It has produced its own stamps since 1867.  The earliest known postal marking for El Salvador has been found on an entire letter from Santa Ana to Guatemala, July 30, 1780. It bears a pre-philatelic postmark from Santa Ana.

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ESTONIA issued its first Estonian stamps on 24 November 1918 with the inscriptions "Eesti Post". These stamps  were used concurrently with some Russian  values overprinted for use in Estonia, though the provenance of these latter issues is questioned.

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FINLAND was allowed to manage its affairs and employment of its own civil servants when it was annexed to the Russian empire at the Peace Treaty of Hamina on September 17th, 1809.  When Alexander IIII ascended the throne in 1881, a process of making Finland a more integrated part of the empire started - many attacks were made in the Russian public on the special rights of the Finnish people and efforts were undertaken to abolish these special rights granted to them, and by many small steps this led to the Russification of the Finnish Post.

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FRANCE issued its first stamps on on 1 January 1849.

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GABON  has its earliest post office set up at Libreville in 1862; where mail from there was routed through the British post office in Fernando Po (now Bioko).  Mail used the stamps of the French Colonies general issue,  cancelled with a "GAB" inside a lozenge of dots.

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GERMANY has several modern providers of postal services, they  were the Reichspost (1871–1945), the Deutsche Post under Allied control (1945–1949), the Deutsche Post of the GDR (1949–1990), the Deutsche Bundespost (1949–1995), along with the Deutsche Bundespost Berlin (1949–1990), and are now the Deutsche Post AG (since 1995).

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GREECE first postal service was founded in 1828, at a time of Greek independence from the Ottoman Empire. This initial service continued mail delivery and, later, the issuing of postage stamps until 1970. It was then succeeded by the Hellenic Post S.A. (abbreviated ΕΛΤΑ), which remains Greece's official postal provider.
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has been independent from Spain since 1847. The first adhesive stamps of Guatemala were revenue stamps issued in 1868. The first postage stamps were produced in 1871.

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HONG KONG formerly produced postage stamps with the name Hong Kong, with the face of the reigning monarchs of the United Kingdom, or with the royal symbols (e.g. "E.R."). After the Hong Kong's transfer of sovereignty to China, stamps are now issued with the name Hong Kong, China. British Hong Kong postage stamps are no longer valid for prepayment of postage, nor are they repurchased by the Post Office.

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HUNGARY organized its first mail delivery on a countrywide basis under the Austro-Hungarian Empire and it was carried out by the Habsburgs.  Until 1871, Hungary used the same stamps as other territories of the Empire.

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ICELAND has its regular mail service first established by a charter on 13 May 1776, and on 1 January 1873, Iceland issued its first postage stamps. The design was the same as for the Danish numeral issue of the time (numeral of value surmounted by a crown all inside an oval), denominated with values ranging from 2 to 16 skilling, and inscribed ÍSLAND. All are scarce or rare, and used copies are especially hard to find.

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INDIA had developed its postal systems for efficient military and governmental communications long before the arrival of Europeans. When the PortugueseDutchFrenchDanish and British displaced the Mughals, their postal systems existed alongside those of many somewhat independent states. The British East India Company gradually displaced other powers and brought into existence a British administrative system over most of India, with a need to establish and maintain both official and commercial mail systems.

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INDONESIA issued its first stamps on  27 September 1945, but the history of Indonesian Stamps was started from 1 April 1864, when the first Dutch East Indies stamp was release. In general, the history of Indonesian Stamp is divided in five big periods.  [READ MORE]

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IRAQ The earliest postal service known in the area of present-day Iraq was operated by Assyria; archeologists have found a large number of commercial letters written in cuneiform on clay tablets, and enclosed in addressed clay envelopes.

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IRELAND was part of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland when the world's first postage stamps were issued in 1840. These stamps, and all subsequent British issues, were used in Ireland until the new Irish Government assumed power in 1922. Beginning on 17 February 1922, existing British stamps were overprinted with Irish text to provide some definitives until separate Irish issues became available.

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ISLE OF MAN  The Island’s first experimental airmail service was started by a Railway Air Services Dragon Rapide on 20 August 1934. This operated between Manchester and Belfast. Letters weighing less than two ounces were carried at no extra cost. The first regular airmail service from Liverpool was started on 1 February 1935 by Blackpool and West Coast Air Services Ltd.

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ITALY was not unified until 1861, for this reason its early postal history is tied to the various kingdoms and smaller realms that ruled in the peninsula.  [READ MORE]

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JAPAN postage history begins with official government posts, which had existed for some time prior to 1630, when they were reformed.
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KOREA, SOUTH  The first stamps of South Korea were issued on 1 February 1946.

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LAOS issued its first stamps om 13 November 1951.  Before then stamps of French Indo-China were used.
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LEBANON The Lebanese Republic was proclaimed on 23 May 1926. At first stamps were overprinted Republique Libanaise. Later stamps were prepared in the name of the new republic. and from the 1940s the word Liban started to be used. Today all stamps of Lebanon are marked simply Liban.
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LIECHTENSTEIN The first stamps of the Principality of Liechtenstein were issued in 1912. Regular definitive and commemorative stamps have been issued since then and the Liechtenstein royal family has been a popular subject. After World War I and the dissolution of Austro-Hungarian Empire, the Post Office became independent, but later was associated with Switzerland. The stamp issues of the country were not interrupted by the Second World War.

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LITHUANIA The postal history of Lithuania started around 10th or 12th century or even earlier, with pre-Christian messaging system known as krivūlė. The first mail service was introduced in 1562, connecting Vilnius with Kraków, and Venice.

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LUXEMBOURG  issued its first stamps on 15 September 1852. The stamps were issued in both Belgian and Prussian currency but later issues were issued only in Belgian currency.
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MACAU's 1976 acquisition of "special territory" status gave it more autonomy in its handling of the post, and starting 1981 it issued a variety of more appealing designs relating to local geography and culture, generally in sets of 4-6 related designs.

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MALAYSIA started issuing stamps after independence from the United Kingdom on 31 August 1957. These stamps bore the title of Malayan Federation until 9 August 1963 when Sabah, Sarawak and Singapore merged with Malaya to form Malaysia. Singapore became independent from Malaysia in 1965.

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MALTA Little is known about the origins of mail in Malta, but when the island was part of the Kingdom of Sicily mail was carried privately on ships such as speronaras between Malta and Sicily. From 1530 onwards, the Maltese islands (along with Tripoli) were administered by the Order of Saint John. The earliest known letter is dated 14 June 1532, and it was sent from Grandmaster l'Isle Adam to the Bishop of Auxerre in France. The first proper postal service was set up by the Order in 1708, and the service was carried out at La Casa del Comun Tesoro (now the Casino Maltese) in Valletta. The first postal markings on Maltese mail appeared later on in the 18th century, sometime between 1755 and 1791.

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MEXICO established a  postal service in 1580, mainly to communicate between the viceroyalty of New Spain with the motherland Spain. During the 18th century, Spain established a formal postal system with regular routes. In 1856, Mexico issued its first adhesive postage stamps, with "district overprints", a unique feature among postal systems worldwide, employed to protect from theft of postage stamps.

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MOLDOVA The first stamps of independent Moldova were issued in 1991.

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NETHERLANDS has its postal region located in North-West Europe and comprises the whole territory of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Europe and until 2010 the full territory of the country the Netherlands. Four other postal regions exist in the kingdom: forArubathe Caribbean Netherlands (Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba)Curaçao and Sint Maarten.

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NEW ZEALAND had its postal services since at least 1831, when the Postmaster-General of New South Wales deputed a Bay of Islands merchant to receive and return mail. Governor William Hobson issued an ordinance covering postal matters, although the British government retained control until 1848.
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NICARAGUA  Nicaragua gained independence from Spain in 1821. It has produced its own stamps since 1862.

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PAKISTAN The history of postage stamps in the region dates back to 1852, when Sir Bartle Frere of the British East India Company became the Chief Commissioner of Sind in 1851 and in 1852. Following the British example set by Rowland Hill, Frere improved upon the operations of the postal system of Sindh, introduced a cheap and uniform rate for postage (independent of distance travelled) and initiated the production of the Scinde Dawk stamps. These became the forerunners of the adhesive stamps to be used throughout India, Burma, the Straits Settlements and other areas controlled by the British East India Company. Their usage ceased with the introduction of official British Indian stamps in 1854.

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PHILIPPINES established the first post office in the city of Manila in 1767, which was later organized under a new postal district of Spain, encompassing Manila and the entire Philippine archipelago, in 1779. The postal district was reestablished on December 5, 1837. A year later, Manila became known as a leading center of postal services within Asia. Spain joined the Universal Postal Union in 1875, which was announced in the Philippines two years later.

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POLAND  has  its earliest record of a postal system from the year 1387.  It was during this time that merchants organised a private system of postal service and introduced horse riders to replace foot letter carriers.  In 1530 a monthly postal service from Krakow to Rome was introduced by the Fugger bankers of Venice.

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PORTUGAL had its early issues of stamps from 1853 showing the monarch's head, white and featureless, embossed on a coloured background. The most valuable stamps from this period are Gibbons catalogue nos 8 and 9 from the 1853 issue: the 100 reis lilacs.

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RUSSIA mention on its records a system of messengers in the 10th century. Early letters were carried in the form of a roll, with a wax or lead seal; the earliest known of these seals dates from 1079, and mentions a governor Ratibor of Tmutarakan. The earliest surviving cover was sent in 1391 from La Tana (now Azov) to Venice.

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SERBIA The Principality of Serbia (Kingdom in 1881) began to issue its own stamps in 1866. This continued until 1920, when its postal system was merged with the postal system of the former Austro-Hungarian territories with which it formed the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes.
After the Germans established the Government of National Salvation in 1941 it issued its own stamps until 1944. Initially, Yugoslavian stamps were simply overprinted in German with the word Serbien. Later regular issues were inscribed both Serbien and Србија (Serbia).
From 1944 onwards, Serbia was again part of Yugoslavia. Upon the dissolution of the union of Serbia and Montenegro in 2006, Serbia began issuing its own stamps once more. The Post of Serbia issues the country's stamps.
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became a self-governing state from 3 June 1959 as the State of Singapore. Five sets of commemorative stamps were issued in this period, to mark the New Constitution in 1959 and National Days in 1960, 1961, 1962 and 1963. All were inscribed State of Singapore. In addition a long definitive set marked simply Singapore was issued from 1962 onwards.

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SLOVAKIA was part of Czechoslovakia between May 1945 and 31 December 1992 and Czech stamps were used during that time.  From 1918 to 1939 stamps of the Czechoslovak Republic were in use on Slovakia, marked either Česko-Slovensko or Československo. Before then stamps of the Austro-Hungarian Empire were in use.

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SLOVENIA issued its first stamp on 26 June 1991 after its independence from Yugoslavia. Yugoslav stamps were valid for postage in Slovenia until 25 April 1992.

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SPAIN is located in southwestern Europe on the Iberian Peninsula.  The first stamps of Spain were issued on 1 January 1850 and depicted Queen Isabella II.

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ST. VINCENT AND GRENADINES, British colony in the Windward Islands has produced stamps since 8 May 1861.  The stamps featured either the British monarchs head on them or ER and crown until around 1970.   Note that the stamps were printed with just St. Vincent until 1992 when it became St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

SURINAME  a former Dutch colony on the north-east coast of South America, has issued stamps since 1873. The earlier issues up until it gained state autonomy in December 1954, mostly featured the head of the Dutch monarch on them. Suriname gained full independence in November 1975.

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SWEDEN   Posten, the Swedish mail service, was established in 1636 by Axel Oxenstierna, and by the 18th century it had been extended throughout the country. The same century also saw the introduction of a practice unique to Sweden, that of attaching a feather to the wax seal of a letter to indicate that it needed to be delivered more quickly.

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SWITZERLAND was upgraded f  issued its first stamps by the cantons of Zurich, Geneva and Basel for their own use, with the first federal issues coming several years later.

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TAIWAN was upgraded from a prefecture to a full province of China in 1886. A postal service was organised by the Governor, Liu Mingchuan, and postage stamps were issued the same year.

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THAILAND  Before Siam issued its first stamp, there was a limited mail service, mainly for the royal family. Domestic mail travelled by messengers while international mail travelled by steamboat to post offices in nearby countries, such as the Straits Settlements.

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TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO  The first stamps of Trinidad and Tobago were the famous Lady McLeod stamps of 1847. Stamps of Tobago were not issued until 1879.
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TURKEY and its predecessor state, the Ottoman Empire's postal history dates to the 18th century when foreign countries maintained courier services through their consular offices in the Empire. Although delayed in the development of its own postal service, in 1863 Turkey became the second independent country in Asia (after Russia) to issue adhesive postage stamps, and in 1875, it became a founding member of the General Postal Union, soon to become the Universal Postal Union. Turkey became a republic in 1923, and in the following years, its postal service became more modernized and efficient and its postage stamps expertly designed and manufactured.
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UKRAINE  declared its independence after the collapse of the Soviet Union and the first stamps of the new republic were issued on 1 March 1992.  In 1992 the Ukrainian Post Office overprinted stamps of the Soviet Union with stylised tridents for use in Kiev, Lviv and Chernihiv.  Other Soviet stamps overprinted with similar designs are not believed to have been postally valid.  Since 1992, a variety of commemorative and definitive stamps have been issued.

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UNITED ARAB EMIRATES issued their first stamps on 1 January 1973.  Before then, the individual states issued their own stamps.

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UNITED KINGDOM  is notable in its postal history in at least two respects; first, for the introduction of postage stamps in 1840, and secondly for the establishment of an efficient postal system throughout the British Empire, laying the foundation of many national systems in existence today.

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UNITED STATES OF AMERICA postal services began in the first half of the 17th century serving the first American colonies; today, the United States Postal Service is a large government organization providing a wide range of services across the U.S. and its territories abroad.

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URUGUAY first regular series of stamps with government approval was issued on 1 July 1859, resembling the second privte 'Sol de Montevideo' issue.

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VATICAN  The postal history of Vatican City begins shortly after its official foundation on 11 February 1929. Two days later, the Vatican post office began operating with supplies and equipment donated by the  Italian government. Vatican City became a member of the Universal Postal Union  on 1 June, and then on 29 July Vatican City and Italy signed a postal agreement, going into effect on 1 August, providing for the routing of its mail through Rome.

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