Tuesday, 17 April 2012
Tanzania's 2003 And 2007 World Vision Issues.
Since the mid-1980's, Tanzania has issued, or is said to have issued, large numbers of stamps produced by a number of philatelic agencies including a large agency based in New York which frequently produces stamps with the name of Tanzania printed on them which mostly commemorate American culture and which have little relevance to Tanzania itself. Most of these items quite rightly do not find a place in the Stanley Gibbons stamp catalogues apart from in the appendix listing. There has, however, been a continuing thread of stamp issues throughout this period which allows one to make an interesting collection of stamps of Tanzania - those which are mainly designed by local designers and which feature locally relevant designs and are actually sold at local post offices with the intention of them being used on local and international mail. The Stanley Gibbons catalogues have properly chosen to list such items. Unfortunately these are not always accessible to foreign stamp collectors and some years sometimes pass between their date of issue and the time when international dealers are able to obtain a supply to put on sale to collectors. We are still awaiting some issues of 2008 to appear on the market. Among these locally relevant issues are four sets issued in 2000, 2001, 2003 and 2007 which commemorated the activities of World Vision in Tanzania. World Vision, founded in 1977, is a charity which is involved in relief and development. I have just obtained a stamp for which I have been searching for several years - the 1000/- value of the 2003 set. I recall that this was one of the sets which my then new issue supplier took a long time to obtain and when the set did turn up only three of the four values appeared. I had never seen a complete set or that fourth value offered until a used example of the top value appeared on Delcampe in the last few days. The troublesome 1000/- value and the rest of the set and miniature sheet is depicted below.