DOIG'S ETHIOPIA STAMP CATALOGUE

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Official Stationary Handstamps


 
Official handstamps in violet on Ethiopian Government stationary. Used without postage stamps or when insufficient postage applied as on some first day covers.

SH1 to SH5 were used in Addis Abeba with SH2 and SH4 used by the Philatelic Department. SH6 was used in Asmara.

 
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SH1


SH2

SH3

SH4

SH5
SH1 PREPAID with serifs; 52 x 27½ mm
Dates: 1950, Oct 10 - 1954, June 6
SH2 PREPAID without serifs; 43½ x 23 mm
Dates: 1955, Nov 8 - 1955, Dec 30
SH3 ON POSTAL SERVICE / SERVICE DES POSTES, 66 x 20¼ mm
Dates: 1953, Oct 23 -
SH4 ON POSTAL SERVICE unboxed; no serifs, 42 x 3 mm
SH5 ON POSTAL SERVICE unboxed; with serifs, 41 x 3 mm
Dates: -1973, Nov
SH6 ON POSTAL SERVICE in box; 52 x 14½ mm
Dates: 1957, Aug 19 - 1973, Jan

Unofficial Air Letters


 
Ethiopian Airlines began service in 1946. To meet a new demand, there soon appeared unofficial private printings of air letter forms. Usage increased from 1946 to 1952 when the Ethiopian Post Office issued its first air letter. Usage of the private forms declined until their use was outlawed in early 1963. [by Jerry Kasper and Ken Doig]


SU2


SU3

SU6

SU9

SU12
SU1 Inscribed: None.
Unwatermarked; no frame design; grayish paper without overlay. 
Dates: 1946, Nov 26 -
SU2
 
Inscribed: "MEHTA STORES - - ADDIS ABABA" in blue (29mm) on reverse.
Watermarked "Castle" Waterton Bond; no frame design; blue ink; greenish paper.
Dates: 1948, June 21 - 
SU3 Inscribed: "TIP: ARTISTICA DI ABA" in blue (16mm) on reverse, top left.
Unwatermarked; frame of red and blue lozenges; blue paper.
Dates: 1949, Apr 14 -
SU4

 

Inscribed: "ARTISTIC PRESS A ABEBA" in red (16mm) on reverse, lower left.
Unwatermarked; frame of red, green, and yellow lozenges; light green overlay front and back panels on cream paper; no space for stamp.
Dates: 1950, Apr 6 -
SU5

 

Inscribed: "ARTISTIC PRINTING PRESS" in red (22mm) on front, lower left.
Unwatermarked; frame of red, green, and yellow lozenges; light green overlay front and back panels on cream paper; no space for stamp.
Dates: 1950, May 12 -
SU6 Inscribed: "ARTISTIC PRINTING PRESS" in green (22mm) on front, lower right.
Unwatermarked; frame of red, green, and yellow lozenges; greenish paper; space 43mm x 28mm without overlay in upper right for stamp.
Dates: 1951, June 11 - 1952, Sept 30
SU7 Inscribed: "ARTISTIC PRESS A ABEBA" in red (16mm) on reverse, lower left.
Unwatermarked; frame of red, green, and yellow lozenges; light green overlay front and back panels on cream paper; no space for stamp.
Dates: 1950, Apr 6 -
SU8 Inscribed: "ARTISTIC PRINTING PRESS" in red (22mm) on front, lower left.
Unwatermarked; frame of red, green, and yellow lozenges; light green overlay front and back panels on cream paper; no space for stamp.
Dates: 1950, May 12 -
SU9 Inscribed: "COMMERCIAL PRINTING PRESS" in green (31mm) on front, lower left.
Watermarked EXTRA STRONG; frame of green, yellow, and red stripes; light green overlay on white paper.
Dates: 1950, Dec 11 - 1951, Dec 12
SU10
 

 

Inscribed: "COMMERCIAL PR. PRESS" in green (28mm) on front, lower left.
Watermarked "EXTRA STRONG / MADE IN SWEDEN" inside normal; frame of green, yellow, and red stripes; very pale green overlay front and back panels on cream paper.
Dates:  1953, Jan 4 -
SU11
 

 

Inscribed: "Artistic Pr. Press" in red (18mm) on front, in lower right corner (7 mm from right red frame line).
Unwatermarked; frame of red, yellow, and medium green stripes; light bluish paper without overlay.
Dates:  1952, Sep 9 -
SU12 Inscribed: "Artistic Pr. Press" in red (18mm) on front, lower right (4 mm from right red frame line).
Unwatermarked; frame of red, yellow, and green stripes; light bluish paper.
Dates: 1952, Oct 11 - 1953, Feb 19
SU13

 

Inscribed: "ARTISTIC PRINTING PRESS" in quote marks in red (22mm) on front, lower right. [See SH2 above]
Unwatermarked; frame of red, yellow, and green stripes; light bluish paper.
Dates: Unused.

                     Last update: July 4, 2004