DOIG'S ETHIOPIA STAMP CATALOGUE

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PREWAR ETHIOPIAN CANCELLATIONS
1895-1936
The first post offices were attached to the Abyssinia Campaign to rescue British captives held by the Emperor Theodore at Magdala in 1867-8.
Regular Ethiopian post offices were opened in Entotto (renamed Addis Abeba in 1901) and Harar in 1895. Dire Daoua was opened in 1906 to support the new railroad. A scattering of outlying towns opened POs, and by January, 1932 the following schedule was published for departure of mail from Addis Abeba:
Tuesdays: DJIMMAH, KAFFA, MADJI.
Wednesdays: GORE, DESSIE, SIDAMO, WELAMO, FITCHE, LEKAMPTE.
Wednesdays and Saturdays: AOUACHE, ASBE-TEFERI, BADESSA, DERROU, DIRE DAOUA, DJIGDJIGA, GUINNER, HARRAR, IRNA.
A travelling post office was opened on the railway between Addis Abeba and the border town of Daouale. Cancels also exist on Ethipian stamps from Djibouti and other locations. There are also listed some irregular handstamps.
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ADDIS ABEBA (ENTOTTO)
Opened: 1895.  Opened as Entotto near the foreign embassies. PHOTO Moved to new headquarters September 5, 1928. The PO located at Entotto may have remained in operation after 1928.
EN1 1895, May 5 1896, Aug 22 Bk
EN2 1896, Nov 15 1900, Aug 2 Bk, Br, Vi, Bl
AA0 1900, July 1900, Dec Bk
AA1 1901, Jan 24 1917, Sept 3 Bk, Bl
AA3A 1908, Mar 1910, Aug Bk, Bl
AA3B 1908, Mar 1909, Oct Bk, Bl
AA3C 1909, Jan 10 1911, Sept 25 Bk, Bl
AA4A 1913, Sept 29 1932, July Bk, Bl, Vi
AA4B 1918, Feb  1933, Apr Bk
AA4C 1916, Apr 1918 Bk, Bl
AA4-F     Forgery
ENLARGE
AA7 1918, Feb 18 1928, Sept 1 Bk, Vi
AA8 1918, Apr 16 1933, Aug 27 Bk, Bl, Vi
AA10 1924, Apr 10 1927, June 15 Bk
AA11A 1926, July 1933, July 5 Bk, Bl, Vi
AA11B 1928, July 1933, May Bk, Vi
AA12A 1931, Mar ? 1936, Apr Bk, Vi
AA12B 1936, Apr 26 1936, Apr 30 Bk
AA12C 1934, July 1936, Mar Bk
AA12D 1934, Feb 1936, Mar Bk
AA12E 1933, Dec 7 1935, Nov Bk, Vi
AA12G 1936, Feb  1936, Mar Bk
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ADDIS ABEBA – FRENCH LEGATION
A post office was opened at the French Legation for a few weeks at the end of 1907. This was during a period in which the Ethiopian post office had ceased to operate. The cancel was used on Somali Coast stamps.
AA2 1907 1907 Bk
Undated
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ADDIS ABEBA – ARADA
Opened: 1908.  A sub post office of Addis Abeba located in the market.
AA3 ? 1908
AA5A 1912, Feb 22 1936, Mar 2 Bk, Bl
AA5B 1912, Apr 13 1930, May Bk, Bl, Vi COVER, BACK
AA9 1920, May 25 1929, Oct 25 Bk
Forgery exists on 147A.
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ADDIS ABEBA – GARE
Opened: 1917.  A sub post office of Addis Abeba located in the train station.
AA6A 1917, Oct  1936, June 15 Bk, Bl, Vi
AA6B 1923, May 30 1935, Dec Bk, Bl, Vi
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ADDIS ABEBA – DAOUALE TRAVELLING POST OFFICE
AA13 1927, June 26 Bk
PHOTO
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ADOUA (Tigre Province) - Cancel reported but not confirmed.
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AKAKI (Shewa Province) - Cancel reported but not confirmed.
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ANKOBER
Ankober is a village 150 kilometers northeast of Addis Abeba. It was Menelik II's camptol prior to his move to Entotto. The cancel was ordered from Paris in 1894 along with those of Entotto and Harar.
AN1 1897, May 10  1899, Oct 11 OD: 25.5mm, ID: 15.75mm, 12 dashes. Horizontal and
vertical lines may only partially appear or be absent.
Colors: Black, blue.
Western numbers with dates before 1900. PHOTO
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AOUACHE (Shewa Province)
Aouache, or Awash, is on the Addis Abeba-Dire Daoua road. It was an important stop on the AA-Djibouti Railway.
AW2 Undated   Size: 9mm x 20 mm
Colors: violet.
AW1 1927, Apr 27 1935, Dec 19 OD: 26.75mm, ID: 15.25mm, DF: 8.5mm, 12/12 strokes.
Colors: Black, violet.
Year in 2 digits. Strokes above and below the date field are usually illegible. PHOTO
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AOUARA MALKA
A plantation about 60 km from Awash run by the small arms trader, Sovoure, from 1901. Used as a precancel to prevent theft during transit.
AM1 1905, May
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ARBA (Hararge Province) - Cancel reported but not confirmed.
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ASBE TEFERI (Hararge Province)
AT1 1934, Apr 25 1936 Bk
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AXOUM (Tigre Province) - Cancel reported but not confirmed.
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BADESSA (Hararge Province)
BD1 1931, June Bk
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BORENA, in Welamo - Cancel reported but not confirmed. See WELAMO.
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DEBRE MARCOS (Godjam Province)
DM1 1932, June 30 1932, Dec 12 Bk
PHOTO
DM2 1933, Oct 22 1934, Nov 22 Bk
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DEBRE TABOR - Post office reported but not confirmed.
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DENGUELA (Godjam Province) - Cancel reported but not confirmed.
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DERROU
DR1 1926, Jan 30 1932, Apr 25 Bk, Bl, Vi
PHOTO
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DESSIE
DS1 1929, Mar 1935, Dec 30 Bk, Vi
PHOTO
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DIRE DAOUA
Hararge Province. Diredaoua was established as a supply depot and shop to support the construction of the railroad between Djibouti and Addis Abeba. The railroad reached near Dire Daoua in about 1904, when J.A. Michel claims to have established a post office there. Much commerce moved from Harar to this modern city. The French established a post office which opened November 1, 1906; this PO was attached to Port Said, not Djibouti. With the reorganization of the Ethiopian PO by the French on June 1, 1908 all Ethiopian mail was cancelled there.
DD1 1906, Mar 22 1907, July 8 By J. A. Michel.
OD: 25mm, ID: 16mm. Colors: Bk, Bl.
Traveled covers from Michel known with Port Said 
stamps cancelled by DD2. May be two types.
DD2 1906, Dec 2 1912, Jan 3 By French.  OD: 26.5 mm, 37 dashes, 6 armed star. 
Colors: Bk. Used on Port Said, Levant, and Somali Coast stamps from 1 –11 06 to 31 –06 08 and on Ethiopian 
stamps from 1-06-08. Date block set in 4 pieces. Exists without star. May be two cancels.
DD2-F1 Fake dates Fournier Forgery.
OD: 26.5mm, 37 irregular dashes, 5-pointed star. Colors: Bk. Used on Fornier fake stamps and overprints.
DD3 1908, May 28 1911, Dec Bk, Bl
DD4A 1911, Dec 30 1936, Nov 8 Bk, Bl
DD4B 1912 1918 Bk
DD5A 1915, Sept 1936, Mar Bk, Bl, Vi
DD5B 1919, Aug 1935, July 27 Bk
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DJIGDJIGA (Hararge Province)
JJ1 1928, June 1933, Mar 5 Bk, Vi
PHOTO
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DJIMMAH
JM1 1932, May 3 1934, July 14 Bk, Vi
PHOTO
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FITCHE (Shewa Province) - Post office reported but not confirmed.
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GARSA - Kersa, also known as Qarsa and Garsa, is located in Hararge Province. It is an agricultural area known for coffee, khat (narcotic), fruits, and vegetables. The GARSA cancel is thought to have been located at a coffee plantation c. 1902. The KERSA sub post office was not opened until the early 1970s.
GARSA GS1 Abt 1902 Bl
PHOTO
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GODJAM (a province)
GJ1 1933, Oct 22 Vi
PHOTO
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GONDER (Begemdir & Semyen Province) 
GD1 1931, Oct 10  Box 37.5 x 18.5 mm 
PHOTO
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GORE (Illubabor Province)
GR1 1936, Nov 26 1936, Nov 26 Bk, Bl, Vi
PHOTO
GR2 1936 Bk
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GUINNER (Bale Province)
GN1 1928, Aug 1935, Apr 16 Vi
PHOTO
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HARAR (Hararge Province)
HR1 1896 1907, Dec Bk, Bl, Vi
PHOTO
HR2A 1895, Jan 29 1896, Dec 4 Bk
Cancel similar
to HR2A
HR2B 1895 1895 Bk
HR2-F Forgery
HR3 1896, Oct ? 1911, Dec  Bk, Bl
HR5A 1908, June 1 1911, Dec 30 Bk, Bl
PHOTO
HR5B 1908, July 1911, Dec Bl, Vi
HR6A 1911, Dec 30 1918, July 1 Bk, Bl
Cancel similar
to HR6A
HR6B 1913, Aug 1932, Mar Bk, Bl, Vi
Cancel similar
to HR6A
HR6C 1915, Mar 1929, June Bk, Bl
HR6-FA Fake dates Fake dates Bk, Bl
Forgery by J. A. Michel in 1938 with HARAR
and 11/11 strokes.
HR6-FB Fake dates Fake dates Bk
Forgery of unknown origin used on first issue
and suspicious handstamps. 14/14 strokes.
HR7 1931 1933, Nov Bk
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HARAR - FRENCH POST OFFICE 
PHOTO of location of Post Office in Catholic Mission; PHOTO of courrier departing Harar.
HR4 1899, Nov 5 1908, June Bk, G/Bl
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IRNA (Hararge Province)
IR1 1927, Apr  1932, Oct 23 Bl, Vi, Red
PHOTO
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KAFFA (a province) - Post office reported but not confirmed. See DJIMMAH.
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LEKAMPTE (Wollega Province)
LK1 1927, Dec 30 1935, Dec 24 Vi, Bk
PHOTO1
PHOTO2
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MADJI (Kaffa Province) 
MD1   1936, Feb 16 Vi
PHOTO
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MEKELE (Tigre Province) - Cancel reported but not confirmed.
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METEMA (Begemdir & Semyen Province)
MT1 1921, Dec 15 1930, Dec 5
PHOTO
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MODJO (Shewa Province) - Cancel reported but not confirmed.
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SIDAMO (a province) - Post office reported but not confirmed.
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WELAMO (Sidamo Province)
WL1 1932, Apr 1932, Nov Vi
PHOTO
WL2 1936, Feb 1 Bk
PHOTO
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           Last update: February 23, 2013