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Gambia Philately & Postal History

 
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The Gambia
In 1588 Queen Elizabeth 1 granted a patent to "certain merchants of Exeter and others of the west parts and of London to trade.." for a period of 10 years, but this did not lead to any permanent settlement.

In 1618 King James 1 granted a charter to a company, "The Company of Adventurers of London trading into Africa", who in due course built a fort near the mouth of the River Gambia and established trade from this area.

When slave trading was abolished jurisdiction of the Gambia passed from the merchants (now the Royal Africa Company) to the Governor of Sierra Leone in 1821 and the Royal Africa Company was dissolved.  In 1843 Gambia became a independent colony till 1866 when it became part of what was officially termed the "West African Settlements". In 1888 it was made a crown colony.

In 1965 Gambia was granted independence.

Gambia stamps were first issued on 18 March 1869.
Domestic mail services started in 1922, with the introduction of the "Prince of Wales", the traveling Post Office boat. 

Gambia Stamps Postal History Philately



New Issues of Gambia Stamps
Get new issues of Gambian stamps direct from the Gambia Postal Service

Gambia Postal Service Corporation
Philatelic Bureau
The Director
General Post Office
Liberation Avenue, Banjul, The Gambia
Tel: +220 227 204  Fax: +220 224 837



Philatelic Societies
for collectors of the Stamps and Postal History of The Gambia
West Africa Study Circle


Gambia Stamps Postal History Philately

Selected Pages on the web
on the Stamps and Postal History of The Gambia

The Gambia

Gambia 1953 Proposed Proofs



Selected Books on the Stamps and Postal History of The Gambia

The Stamps and Postal History of The Gambia
Edited by J.O. Andrew for the West Africa Study Circle, 1985, 172pp

The 1883-97 issue of The Gambia Cameos. A Study of the Plates, Printings and Perforators
by Brian O’Hara, ISBN 0 646 35313 6

THE GAMBIA; THE HISTORY OF ITS POSTS, POSTAGE STAMPS AND CANCELLATIONS
R Dalwick, Published 1953, 66pp
Illustrated Study of issues including forgeries 1869-1950, Miss Delphine Reynolds' Seaplane, The S.S. Westfalen, 1934 & 1938 Air Mail Cachets.

THE POSTAL HISTORY OF THE GAMBIA.
E Proud, Published 1994, 660pp
Illustrated General history; Postal history; Postal rates; Post Offices & Postmarks; Travelings Post Offices; Marine timetables; Air timetables; Post Office statistics; Bibliography.