I was putting the Dahomey collection into my album today, and thought I would share a few of their classic issue designs. BTW, Scott lists 143 stamp descriptions for Dahomey for 1899-1940, and I have 42 total at the moment.
"Man climbing Oil Palm"
This is the most common design for Dahomey-54 stamps! Although Dahomey is one of the administered colonies of French West Africa,it appears this design is not shared by any other colony. As one can tell, it is bi-colored, and the stamp comes in an amazing combination of colors as only a French designed stamp can.
1901 1c black
What would be a French colony without a "Navigation and Commerce" stamp? Benin, the French colony prior to Dahomey, also had these designs.
1906-07 10c carmine (blue)
"General Louis Faidherbe"
This design is shared by other French West African colonies-Ivory Coast, Mauritania, and Senegal.
Faidherbe was responsible for expansion of French colonialism in West Africa. A renaissance man with many interests, he published a book on the Berber language.
1937 30c dark green
Not unique to Dahomey, but a common design type for the Paris International Exposition, this demonstrates the peerless French engraving designs of the era. Magnificent!