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Upper Volta

First Air Post Definitive Issue of 1961 Depicting the MH 1521 and the Super Constellation

First Air Post Definitive Issue
Upper Volta's First Air Post Definitive Stamps.

From the time that Upper Volta was separated Upper Senegal and Niger in 1919 until it was divided between French Sudan, Ivory Coast and Niger in 1933 no air post stamps were issued for the French colony. On December 11, 1958 the territory was once again consolidated in the Republic of Upper Volta. The first stamp of the republic was issued in 1959, but it was not until March 4, 1961 that the first airmail stamps were issued. There are three stamps in the set: a 100 franc denomination depicting a plane over a map of Upper Volta showing air routes, a 200 franc denomination showing a plane at Ouagadougou Airport and a 500 franc denomination featuring Ouagadougou's Champs Elysees. The plane on the local postal service low value appears to be a Max Holste MH.1521 Broussard (very similar to the Canadian Beaver). The airliner on the two higher values appears to be an Air France Super Constellation. A total of 304 airmail stamps were issued before the republic's name was changed to Burkina Faso on August 4, 1984. In anticipation of this change, a set of butterfly stamps inscribed "Burkina Faso" was issued on May 23, 1984.


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