A is for Aden and Z is for Zanzabar


A is for Aden and Z is for Zanzibar... Now what is between? For the world wide classical era philatelist and stamp collector, a country specific philatelic survey is offered by the blog author, Jim Jackson, with two albums: Big Blue, aka Scott International Part 1 (checklists available), and Deep Blue, aka William Steiner's Stamp Album Web PDF pages. Interested? So into the Blues...

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Prince Edward Island

1862-65 Scott 6 3p blue "Queen Victoria"
Quick History
Anne of the Green Gables (1908) , a novel set in Victorian times on Prince Edward Island, forms for many, the first exposure to the people and landscape of this small province, located in the Canadian Maritimes.

Prince Edward Island 
Known as St. John's Island until 1798
The Capital is Charlottetown, and the population was 92,000 in 1940.

Great Britain obtained the island from France in 1763, under the Treaty of Paris. The island was a separate British colony from 1769 to 1873, when it belatedly joined the Canadian Confederation.

Prince Edward, Duke of Kent and Strathearn  (1767- 1820)
Father of Queen Victoria
The island was renamed from St.John's Island (because of confusion with the cities of St. John's in New Brunswick and Newfoundland) to Prince Edward Island in 1798 in honor of Prince Edward, the fourth son of King George III. As it turned out, the choice was also fortuitous, as Alexandrina Victoria was born in 1819, and Edward, then, was the father of the Queen.

Stamps were introduced in 1861, and sixteen stamps were forthcoming through 1872, when the British colony elected to join the Dominion of Canada on July 1, 1873.

1872 Scott 12 2c ultramarine "Queen Victoria"
Into the Deep Blue
The 2011 Scott Classic Specialized 1840-1940 catalogue for Prince Edward Island 1861- 1872, has 16 major descriptive numbers. Of those, seven are CV $5+-$20, or 43%. Three more are CV $20+-$35. A representative collection is available if the WW classical collector accepts these costs.

A closer look at the stamps and issues
12 Pence = 1 Shilling
100 Cents = 1 Dollar (1872)
1862-65 Scott 5 2p rose "Queen Victoria"
A three stamp typographed issue of Queen Victoria was released January 1, 1861. This issue has perf 9, and is quite expensive (CV $300-$1000+).

The three frame and denomination designs, though, were repeated for the 1862-65 issue, along with two new frame designs. All have the same queen vignette.

The 1862-65 five stamp issue has a much different perf: 11 1/2- 12 for the major numbers.

1862-65 Scott 8 9p violet
The 1862-65 issue has a CV of $7+ - $90+. The paper may be either white or yellow.

1868 Scott 9 4p black
A four pence denomination was issued in 1868. CV just misses the $20 mark.

Of interest, this stamp was forged by S. Allan Taylor of the Boston Gang in the 19th century. It was a quite crude lithographic imitation, for the Queen has no mouth!

Actually, few of the Prince Edward Island stamps were forged, as so many genuine remainders were left after the colony joined the Canada, keeping the prices down, that it was not worth the effort.

1870 Scott 10 4 1/2p brown "Queen Victoria"
A lovely 3/4 portrait view of the queen was issued on a 4 1/2p denomination in 1870. The portrait and design looks quite similar to the New Brunswick 1860-63 three stamp issue of the Queen.

1872 Scott 14 4c green "Queen Victoria"
In 1872, the colony changed the denomination values to Cents/ Canadian Dollar, and hence new stamp were needed.

The somewhat older queen's vignette was the same for all six denominations, but the frame design was different for each one, as well as, naturally, the color of the stamp. 

1872 Scott 15 6c black
CV for the six stamps in the issue ranges from $5+-$20+, with unused of less value than used. As this issue was released only 18 months before joining the Dominion of Canada, there were plenty of remainders that became available to collectors, keeping the CV fairly low. Yes!

Deep Blue
Prince Edward Island Issues in Deep Blue
Deep Blue (Steiner) has one page for Prince Edward Island. Adequate, if one wishes not to collect variations.

1862-65 Scott 4 1p yellow orange
Big Blue
Big Blue '69 has Prince Edward Island on two lines of one page, shared with Penrhyn Island. There are nine spaces, or 56% coverage of the total stamp output. The page is located after Panama, and before Papua.

The 40s BB editions have the same coverage, but the page is located before Persia.

The coverage cannot be faulted, as any missing spaces are more expensive.

There are three stamp spaces in BB with CV $10+-$20+.

Checklist

1861- 68 (Actually - 1872)
1 or 5*, 2 or 6, 9, (14)
11,12,13,15,16,

Comments
A) Expensive stamps ($10 threshold):
1862-65 Scott 6 3p blue ($10+)
1872 Scott 12 2c ultramarine ($20+)
1872 Scott 13 3c rose ($20+)
B) * 1 or 5 & 2 or 6 are perf 9 vs perf 11 1/2 -12 respectively.
C) (    ) around a number indicates a blank space choice

   1872 Scott 13 3c rose
Out of the Blue
Except for the 1870 3/4 portrait queen which is engraved, all the other issue stamps are typographed. I admit I prefer engraved stamps for my "classics". I think they look better.

But the prices are right for these unused specimens- so I am not complaining much. ;-)

Note: Map and pics appear to be in the public domain.

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The "Real" Green Gables Farmhouse in Cavendish, Prince Edward Island

Friday, February 20, 2015

Portuguese India

1882-83 Scott 168 8t orange "Portuguese Crown"
Quick History
Portugal and India have been interacting with each other ever since Vasco da Gama landed in Calicut on the Malabar Coast in 1498. Portuguese India ( Estado da India Portuguesa), a colonial state, was founded in 1505, and the capital was Cochin through 1530, then Nova Goa.

Note Portuguese India settlements: Calicut (1498), Cochin (1500),
Goa (1510), Diu (1535), Daman (1558)
Goa (1510) became the most important settlement; and , in fact, "Portuguese India" was often referred to as "Goa". A post office was opened in Goa in 1854, and stamps for local use within the colony were issued in 1871.

Population for the colony was 624,000 in 1940.

1893 Map of India
Note Portuguese Indies label along the West Coast of the Indian Peninsula
By the 19th and 20th century, "Portuguese India" consisted of Goa, Daman, and Diu (See map). Portugal, however, did not get the hint that the colonial era was over, and finally India invaded these territories. The Governor of Portuguese India signed the Surrender Document on December 19, 1961, ending 450 years of Portuguese rule.

Our Lady of Immaculate Conception Cathedral in Goa, founded in 1540
Although Goa (Today Panjim) is now part of India, the city still has a remarkable Portuguese flavor, with the red tiled roofs, cobbled streets, and church architecture.

1902 Scott 209 1t carmine rose "King Carlos"
Into the Deep Blue
The 2011 Scott Classic Specialized 1840-1940 catalogue has, for Portuguese India 1871-1938, 501 major descriptive numbers. Of those, 202 are CV <$1-$1+, or 40.3%. The earlier 1871-1883 Scott 1-161 are rather expensive for the WW classical collector. The rest of the issues tend to be less expensive (66% @ <$1-$1+). Clearly, a nice accumulation of Portuguese India can be had for little CV. Now, one just needs to find a dealer that has them. ;-)  I, for one, could significantly strengthen my collection.

A closer look at the stamps and issues
100 Reis = 1 Milreis
12 Reis = 1 Tanga (1881-820
(Real = singular of Reis)
16 Tangas = 1 Rupia
1873 Scott 25 20r vermilion "Numeral of Value"
Re-issues; Thin Bluish Toned Paper
The earlier Issues (1871-1877) were handstamped from a single die, and were intended for local use in the colony. They were rather crudely done, and the perforations are often rough. They can be found on various papers and perforations.The inscriptions are "Servico Postal", and "India Post". The CV is generally in the Tens- Hundreds range. The 1873 issue (six stamps) on thin bluish toned paper - and illustrated here- is actually a re-issue.

1882-83 Scott 164 6r green "Portuguese Crown'
The "Portuguese Crown" design was used for a 1877-81 issue- 14 major numbers. Scott lists 25 bolded minor numbers for thin/medium paper and different perforations.

The design was used again in 1882-83 for a seven stamp set- which is illustrated above.

These "Portuguese Crown" stamps were reprinted on very white paper in 1885 and 1905.

1886 Scott 176 6r deep green "King Luiz"
A seven stamp set with "King Luiz" was issued in 1886. CV is $1+-$4+.

1895-96 Scott 181 1 1/2r black "King Carlos'
A "King Carlos" eight stamp issue was produced in 1895-96. CV is <$1-$3. Note the "Nova-Goa" postmark.

 1898 Scott 189 1 1/2r blue green "Fleet Departing"
The omnibus 1898 Vasco da Gama issue naturally is found for Portuguese India, and is especially relevant, as it depicts the discovery voyage to India.

1902 Scott 200 2r orange "King Carlos"
The 1898-1903 "King Carlos" issue, some 25 stamps, has a CV ranging from <$1-$10+.

This particular example is an argument in favor of a nice cancelled specimen.

1911 Scott 250 6r gray green
Stamps of 1898-1903 Overprinted in Lisbon in Carmine or Green
The October 5, 1910 revolution in Portugal is reflected in the 16 stamp "Republica" overprinted issue of 1911. Note this overprint was applied in Lisbon. There are other issues (1913-15), where the overprint was applied locally.

1912-13 Scott 260C 1r on 2r orange
Perforated Vertically through the Middle 
Each Half Surcharged with New Value
This flawed example is shown to illustrate the interesting 1912-13 thirty-two stamp issue, where the stamp is vertically bisected in the middle with perforations, and each side is surcharged.

1913 Scott 296 4t orange brown "Flagship San Gabriel"
Overprinted
The change in government created an overprinted Vasco da Gama issue in 1913 on eight stamps.

1913-21 Scott 358 1 1/2r yellow green "Ceres"
Between 1913-21, a 19 stamp "Ceres" set was issued.  CV ranges from <$1-$10+.

I should mention that Scott, since 2013, has begun to re-number and more finely parse the Ceres issues for Portugal and colonies based on perforation ( 12 X 11 1/2, 15 X 14) and ordinary/chalky/glazed paper. But my 2014 Scott Classic Specialized 1840-1940 catalogue still has the "old" numbers for Portuguese India.

Update: The Afinsa specialized catalogue for the Portuguese colonies has a further breakdown of the orientation of the stars on either side of the Ceres issue colony name. See the blog post for Portuguese Congo for specifics.

1914 Scott 384 1 1/2r on 4 1/2r red 
"Fleet Arriving at Calicut"
Surcharged in Black
In 1914, the Vasco da Gama issue was surcharged on six stamps as shown here.

1931 Scott 416 6r red violet "Image of St. Francis"
For the exposition of St. Francis Xavier at Goa, in December, 1931, a six stamp issue, each with a different design, was produced.  CV is from <$1-$4+.

1933 Scott 424 1r bister "Portugal"
A design showing "Portugal" and "San Gabriel", the flagship of Vasco da Gama, was used in 1933 on 15 stamps. CV is <$1 for 11 stamps of the issue.

Postage Due 1904 Scott J8 2t gray brown
A Portuguese functional "Postage Due" issue of 11 stamps was produced in 1904.

Postal Tax 1925 Scott RA2 6r rose & black
"Planning Reconstruction of Lisbon"
Pombal Issue
The "Common Design" Pombal three stamp issue for Postal Tax use is illustrated here.

Deep Blue
1914 Surcharged Vasco da Gama Issue in Deep Blue
Deep Blue (Steiner) has 30 pages for Portuguese India, and naturally includes a space for all the major Scott numbers. 

The 1877-81  "Portuguese Crown" stamps, which come in two perforations, and either thin or medium paper, have 25 bolded minor numbers in Scott. These are not given spaces in Steiner, and I will put any minor number specimens I accumulate on a separate quadrilled page.

1913-21 Scott 363 5r blue green "Ceres"
Big Blue
Big Blue '69, on five pages, has 155 spaces for Portuguese India. Total coverage is 30.9%. As BB does not cover the earlier more expensive 1871-1883 Scott 1-181 issues, the remaining coverage is 45+%, which is reasonable for a representative album.

There is only one stamp @ CV $10+, and that is for a blank space choice.

Of interest, Scott has a space for both the 1898-1903 "King Carlos" Scott 206 9r dull violet, and the minor number Scott 206a 9r gray lilac. Checking the '47 Scott catalogue, I note that both colors were then major numbers.  But the "Scott 207 1902 9r gray lilac" major number was subsequently dropped to a minor number in later catalogues.

Checklist

1882-83
162,163,164,165,166,

1883
169, (170),

1885
174,175,176,

1895
181,182,183,(185),

1898
189,190,191,192,193,

1898-1900
198,203,204,206,208,210,213,

1902
224,225,226,227,231,232,233,

1902
239,240,241,

1902-03
197,199,200,

Next Page

1902-03
201,202,205,206a* ,209,211,(214),

1911
244,245,246,247,248,249,250,
251,252,253,254,

1912-13
260C,261,265,
283,283B,284,285,285B,289,

1913
293,290,291,292,294,

1914
384,385,386,387,388,

Next Page

*2017 Update: The Ceres issue presented here below originally had the (now "old") numbers in the 2011 catalogue. By 2015, Scott had parsed the Ceres into 1914 Perf 15 X 14 chalky paper, 1916-20 Perf 15 X 14 ordinary paper, & 1921-23 Perf 12 X 11 1/2 ordinary paper, all with major numbers. I will present both here: "old" and "current" numbers.


1913-22 Ceres (Old Numbers)
357,358,359,360,361,401,362,363,
364,365,366,367,402,368,403,369,
370,

1913-22 Ceres (New Numbers)
First row: 357 or 375A or 375J, 358 or 375B or 375K, 359 or 375C or 375L, 360 or 375D or 375K, 361 or 375E or 375M, 375N, 362 or 375F or 375O, 363 or 375P,
Second row: 364 or 375G or 375Q, 365 or 375K, 366 or 375S, 367 or 375H or 375T, 375U, 368 or 375I or 375V, 375W, 369 or 375X,
Third row: 370 or 375Y,

1914
376,377,

1925
411,412,

1931
415,414,416,417,419,418,

1933
424,425,426,427,428,429,
430,431,432,433,434,(435),

Next Page

1938
439,440,441,442,
443,444,445,446,
447,448,449,

Next Page

Postage Due
1904
J1,J2,J3,J4,J5,J6,J7,

1911
J12,J13,J14,J15,J16,J17,J18,

Air Post
1938
C1,C2,C3,C4,C5,C6,

War Tax
1919
MR1,MR2,MR3,

Postal Tax
1925
RA!,RA2,RA3,

Postal Tax Due
1925
RAJ1,RAJ2,RAJ3,

End

Comments
A) Expensive stamps ($10 threshold):
1883 (Scott 170) 4 1/2r olive green ($10+)
B) (    ) around a number indicates a blank space choice
C) *206a- BB specifies the minor number color here 9r gray lilac. As there is already a space for 206- 9r dull violet- one will need to put the minor number color in here -See discussion..
D) *2017 Update: The Ceres issue presented here below originally had the (now "old") numbers in the 2011 catalogue. By 2015, Scott had parsed the Ceres into 1914 Perf 15 X 14 chalky paper, 1916-20 Perf 15 X 14 ordinary paper, & 1921-23 Perf 12 X 11 1/2 ordinary paper, all with major numbers. I will present both here: "old" and "current" numbers.

1938 Scott 444 1t bright red violet 
"Mousinho do Albuquerque"
Out of the Blue
If I ever get to India, I would like to visit Goa. ;-)

Note: Maps and Cathedral pic appear to be in the public domain.

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Saturday, February 14, 2015

Oldenburg

1868 Scott 21 1/3g green "Coat of Arms"
Quick History
The Grand Duchy of Oldenburg (alternate Holstein-Oldenburg) existed between 1814-1918, and was a member of the German Confederation (1815), North German Confederation (1867), and the German Empire (1870). In 1881, the Grand Duchy became a state of the German Empire.

Grand Duchy of Oldenburg 1848 with the three parts circled
The Grand Duchy actually consisted of three separated parts: Oldenburg, Eutin, and Birkenfeld.

Stamps were issued between 1852-1867.
Oldenburg Coat of Arms
The Grand Duke Augustus ruled from 1829-1853. He granted an enlightened constitution for his subjects in 1849.

Peter II was Grand Duke from 1853-1900. In 1867, he joined in a military compact with Prussia during the Franco-Prussian War.

The population was ~ 480,000 in 1865.

Into the Deep Blue
The 2011 Scott Classic Specialized 1840-1940 catalogue has, for Oldenburg 1852-1867, 24 major descriptive numbers. Of those, 10 are CV $8-$40, or 42%. Other values can range from the hundreds to the thousands. Although certainly not cheap, a collection can be formed  by the assiduous and frugal classical era enthusiast.

A closer look at the stamps and issues
30 Silbergroschen = 1 Thaler
30 Groschen = 1 Thaler
1867 Scott 23 1g rose "Coat of Arms"
Rouletted 10
There are five major stamp designs for Oldenburg during the 15 years of issues, but I have only one- the relatively inexpensive "Coat of Arms" design from the 1862-1867 issues.

An example of the 1867 embossed/ rouletted 10 five stamp issue is shown here. The other examples shown on this blog post are also from this issue. Unused (CV $8-$20) is much less expensive than used. The 1862 five stamp issue is essentially the same, except the stamps are rouletted 11 1/2, and have a higher CV.

North German Confederation stamps replaced those of Oldenburg on January 1, 1868.

Deep Blue
1867 Oldenburg Issue in Deep Blue
Deep Blue (Steiner) has two pages for Oldenburg, and includes a space for all the major Scott numbers. Yes, that includes the 1859 Scott 5 1/3g black/green @ CV $2,200+ : - which is unlikely to be filled in my lifetime. ;-)

Oldenburg spaces in the '47 Big Blue
Big Blue
Oldenburg  was one of the German States that was removed by the '69 BB editors, but remains in the 1940s editions.

It is located on the same page as "Oltre Giuba", and just before "Palestine".

Fortunately, the three spaces are not too expensive to fill with CV $10+, $8, $8, and I am including the spaces in my virtual BB album.

As noted in the "Comments" section, I have in the Checklist both the 1862 rouletted 11 1/2 issue and the 1867 rouletted 10 issue as choices. The unused 1867 issue is much less expensive.

Checklist (1940s editions)

1862*
16 or 21, (18 or 23), (19 or 24)

Comments
A) Expensive stamps ($10 threshold):
1867 Scott 21 1/3g green ($10+)

B) *1862 rouletted 11 ½- the 1867 rouletted 10 issue is also included as a choice
C) (    ) around a number indicates a blank space choice.

1867 Scott 24 2g ultramarine "Coat of Arms:
Out of the Blue
Mostly Saxon and Lutheran, the Grand Duchy of Oldenburg  became a very integral part of the North German Confederation, and then the German Empire.

Note: The Oldenburg Grand Duchy map is used by permission of Bee See from a post at Stamp Community Family Forum. Thanks Bee See! The "Coat of Arms" image appears to be in the public domain.

Note: The careful reader might wonder why the "Oldenburg" post is so late to be published? I confess I overlooked "Oldenburg" when originally preparing the "O" classical countries. Mea culpa.

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Sunday, February 8, 2015

Portuguese Congo

1915 Scott 137 50r blue
Provisional Issue of 1902 overprinted
Quick History
The Portuguese Congo (now the Enclave of Cabinda and the northernmost province of Angola) was a strip of  land on the west coast of Africa separated by 40 miles (60 kilometers) from Angola and the Congo River.

Present day Angola and the Cabinda Province ( formerly Portuguese Congo)
Cabinda (the settlement) originally served as a harbor and port for Portuguese slave trade.

Portugal proclaimed sovereignty over the territory in 1885, and it was given the status as a protectorate of the Portuguese crown.

Stamps were first issued in 1894.

1922 Map with Angola, Belgian Congo (Congo Free State), French Congo,
and Enclave of Cabinda (Portuguese Congo)
At one time the Portuguese Congo territory had the Congo River as the boundary with Angola, but the 1885 Conference of Berlin gave the northern bank to the Congo Free State.

Although cut off physically from Angola, administratively, the protectorate was joined to that colony by the 1920s.

Stamp production for Portuguese Congo continued until 1918, when the stamps of Angola were then used.

Although the enclave is still part of Angola today, because of the reality of being physically separated from Angola proper, as well as the distinct history, the Enclave of Cabinda has had a number of recent separatist movements.

1911 Scott 73 500r black & red/blue
Issue of 1898-1903 Overprinted
Into the Deep Blue
The 2011 Scott Classic Specialized 1840-1940 catalogue has, for Portuguese Congo 1894-1918, 137 major descriptive numbers. Of those, 84 are CV <$1-$1+, or 61%. Raising the bar to CV $3+, yields 33 more stamps for a total of 85%. Clearly, a representative collection should not be too difficult to acquire, cost wise, for the classical era collector. Of interest, unused is a bit more expensive than used for issues, except for the "Ceres" stamps, where used is more expensive.

A closer look at the stamps and issues
1000 Reis = 1 Milreis
100 Centavos = 1 Escudo (1913)
1898 Scott 16 15r brown "King Carlos"
A 12 stamp "King Carlos" set was issued in 1894, and has the portrait visage of the stamp shown below. CV ranges from <$1-$3+ for eight stamps.

The next 23 stamp issue, shown above, was another "King Carlos" portrait, and released between 1898-1903. CV is <$1-$2+ for 15 stamps.

Note the obvious "CTO" - like cancellation. Considering the obscurity of the protectorate, and, no doubt, the low literate population of inhabitants, a "real" postally used cancellation for this issue would be less common.

Both "King Carlos" stamp sets should be quite familiar in appearance, as they are also found for most other Portuguese colonies.

1902 Scott 44 130r on 100r brown/yellow "King Carlos"
Surcharged in Black, On Issue of 1894
A surcharged 12 stamp issue on the 1894 set was produced in 1902. CV is $2+-$4+ for the group..

1902 Scott 50 25r sea green 
Overprinted in Black
Also,  four stamps of the 1898 issue were overprinted as shown in 1902. Most other colonies have the same overprint issue. The sameness to stamp issues for many Portuguese colonies makes them, perhaps, less exciting to collect for some WW classical era enthusiasts. 

1911 Scott 58 25r on 200r red violet/pinkish
Angola stamps of 1898-1903 overprinted or surcharged
But this issue is unique! In 1911, a six stamp issue (including a 2 1/2r gray with either a thick bar or thin bar) was produced by surcharging and overprinting Angola stamps of 1898-1903. Interesting! CV is <$1-$2.

1911 Scott 62 10r light green
Issue of 1898-1903 overprinted
The "usual" 1911 "Republica" overprinted issue found for Portuguese colonies is also found here on 15 stamps. CV is a very modest <$1-$2+.

1913 Scott 77 1c on 2a red violet
Vasco da Gama Issue Surcharged
On stamps of Macao
The 1913 "common issue" Vasco da Gama set is also found here. The stamps were overprinted and surcharged on the stamps of Macao (8 stamps), Portuguese Africa (8 stamps), and Timor (8 stamps).

1913 Scott 84 1/2c on 5r red
Vasco da Gama Issue surcharged
On stamps of Portuguese Africa
The CV ranges from $1+-$2+ for surcharged Macao, <$1-$1+ for surcharged Portuguese Africa, and $1+-$2+ for surcharged Timor. "Used" stamps have the same valuation as "Unused" stamps in the Scott catalogue. I suspect "real" postally used stamps from these sets are not common, though.

1914 Scott 110 20c yellow green "Ceres"
A 16 stamp set of the "Ceres" motif was released in 1914. By contrast, Angola has 40 "Ceres" stamps in the catalogue.

Update: DJCMH contributed a comment that needs to be added here (Thanks DJCMH!). The Afinsa specialized catalogue for the Portuguese colonies states that the "short named" Portuguese colonies ( Congo, Guinea, India, Macao, Tete, Timor) have stars placed on either side of the colony name for the Ceres issue. But the star can be oriented up (type 1), down (type 2), 45 degrees to the right (type 3), or 45 degrees to the left (type 4). And each star (the left one and the right one) can have their own orientation! Who knew? (I didn't ;-) For instance, the 20c yellow green shown above is Type II-II. !

I will need to re-check my Ceres issues for these short named Portuguese colonies with the stars on either side of their Ceres issues, and re-check my feeder albums also. !!

As DJCMH points out, this is a good argument for the WW classical era collector to pick up specialty catalogues for reference.

1914-18 Scott 126 50r on 65r dull blue, Red Local overprint
Issue of 1905 Surcharged
Between 1914-18, ten stamps that had a "local" overprint of "Republica" were issued. One of the overprints was placed on a previously surcharged 1905 issue, and that is shown here.

1915 Scott 135 115r on 2 1/2r brown
Provisional Issues of 1902 Overprinted
The surcharged and "Provisorio"  issues of 1902 were also overprinted "Republica" in 1915 on nine stamps, but these overprints are from Lisbon. Shown above is an example on a newspaper stamp, but another example is shown heading the "Out of the Blue" section.

As mentioned, "Portuguese Congo" was subsequently absorbed into Angola, and Angola stamps were then used for the former protectorate.

Deep Blue
1914 Ceres Issue in Deep Blue
Deep Blue (Steiner) has 10 pages for Portuguese Congo, and includes spaces for all the major Scott numbers.

1913 Scott 88 7 1/2c on 75r violet Brown
Vasco da Gama Issue surcharged
On stamps of Portuguese Africa
Big Blue
On one page (except for one line for "Portuguese Africa"), Big Blue '69 has 35 spaces for Portuguese Congo. Coverage is 26%. 

The page is located just before the "Portugal" section.

It appears the 40s editions have the same coverage. That page is located after the "Portugal" section.

Observations....
* No "Expensive" (CV $10+) stamps in BB.
*There is no coverage for...
- The 1902 surcharged issue (The CV is $1+-$3+ for 12 stamps)
- The 1913 Vasco da Gama issue (CV <$1-$1+ for 20 stamps)
- The 1914-18 "Local" overprinted issue (CV <$1-$1+ for 7 stamps)
- The 1915 "Provisional issue of 1902 Overprinted" lacks spaces for six stamps with CV <$1.

Checklist

1894
1,2,(5),

1898
13,14,15,18,

1902
49,50,(51),

1903
17,20,22,(23),

1911
60,61,62,63,64,65,66,

1914 (-1920*) Ceres
99 or 115*,100,101,102,103 or 116*,104,105,106,
107,108,

1915
136,137,138,

Newspaper Stamp
1894
P1,

Comments
A) Expensive stamps ($10 threshold): None
B) (    ) around a number indicates a blank space choice.
C) *1914 (-1920) Ceres - The Ceres issue was parsed by Scott in 2015? into chalky (1914 Scott 99-114) and ordinary (1920 Scott 115-116) paper. I added the ordinary paper 1920 Scott 115* 1/2c olive brown and 1920 Scott 116* 2c carmine as choices, as they are now in my 2017 catalogue.

1915 Scott 130 130r on 75r rose
Provisional Issue of 1902 overprinted
Out of the Blue
I suspect I would never have known about the Enclave of Cabinda if they had not issued stamps. And the 1911 surcharged Angolan stamps for the Portuguese Congo are interesting and inexpensive.

As for the rest of the generic Portuguese colony issues for the Portuguese Congo.......Meh!

Note: Maps appear to be in the public domain.

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