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Posted 02/11/2019   9:11 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add Louise411 to your friends list Get a Link to this Message


Could this be for real? And I am interested, what it could be? The Gold Coast is in Africa, I don't know where; near the Niger river. Was that a State then? Anything you could tell me is most appreciated. Thank you.

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Posted 02/11/2019   9:23 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add revstampman to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Look up Ghana that is the current country name of what was the British Colony of "Gold Coast"
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Posted 02/11/2019   9:27 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add stallzer to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
1 thing I can tell you is that you posted it in the classic U.S. stamp section. Yes, Gold Coast was a British colony in Africa that I believe today is called Ghana. The 1/3d appears to be the correct air mail rate to Europe. Both stamps are minimal value butI for one like the typed cover, nice and clean.
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Posted 02/11/2019   9:45 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add rogdcam to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
This cover actually has a tie to US classics.......
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Posted 02/11/2019   9:53 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Louise411 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I am watching for info and thank you all for what you have given. The map has changed a lot. After WW1 and Versailles and then WW2 and I need to know more details. This Forum is wonderful for learning and I greatly appreciate it. I always read responses. Oh, and thank you all.
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Posted 02/11/2019   10:14 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add John Becker to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Gold Coast map from page 42 of the "Rand McNally-Cosmopolitan World Atlas - Centennial Edition, 1856-1956"



Yes, with all the border changes and town name changes, it is very useful to have a world atlas from pre-WWI, between the wars, and post-WWII. Used book sales often have these volumes quite reasonable. I paid $1 for the volume scanned above.

While used singles may have a modest value off cover, finding contemporary uses on nice covers can be very challenging.
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Posted 02/11/2019   10:52 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Bobby De La Rue to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Agreed John, Postal History collectors should have a good array of maps. Such a vital resource!
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Posted 02/12/2019   02:59 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add rod222 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Louise : Tip
Try and place an pertinent Name in the thread title, "Gold Coast" would have been nice.
Choose also World modern used, Not US.

The Postmark? I wonder if the boundaries have changed? Google suggests
"ADDAH" is the Ivory Coast, but I have it on Gold Coast Stamps

"ADA" on the map supplied here

Nice cover!

Not my stamps.
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Posted 02/12/2019   03:42 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add vayolene to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I think the postmark is from Accra


(not mine)
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Posted 02/12/2019   03:53 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add rod222 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Thanks Vayolene .
Now that looks obvious.

"Joan the Wad Queen"
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joan_the_Wad

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Posted 02/15/2019   4:48 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Kimo to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
The Gold Coast is a former British colony that was administered by them from 1867 to its independence in 1957. The UK (and the French and the other European powers) granted independence to all of their colonies Africa around that time, and most of them in a fit of nationalism decided to change their names. As was mentioned, the Gold Coast changed their name to Ghana. During this time the postal system in the Gold Coast which was under the administration of the British printed stamps with the name Gold Coast on them along with the king or queen's likeness and made cancelling devices and machines for the various cities and towns throughout the colony. Up until 1875 regular British stamps were supplied and used but with Gold Coast cancellations. After then the British printed stamps especially for the colony that in included the name Gold Coast on the stamps. So, every card and cover that was mailed from anyone in the Gold Coast from 1875 until 1957 will have Gold Coast stamps and cancellations. That is a great deal of mail. The very early mail, especially the material that uses British stamps with Gold Coast cancellations is the most desirable to collectors in terms of value, though making a collection of examples from all of the eras can be a lot of fun, especially finding the small post offices outside of the capital city of Accra.
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Posted 02/16/2019   05:42 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add deltic1575 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply

And this is where it was going to - a children's home

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Posted 02/19/2019   6:35 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Kimo to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
There were (and still are) a great many missionaries and non-governmental organizations from developed countries living in countries like the Gold Coast - working there for either humanitarian or religious purposes, including running orphanages or trying to get children adopted by people back in their home countries (which is a bit questionable in my mind - taking children from their countries rather than having them adopted in their own countries - a country's future is based on their children). This seems likely to be from one such person.
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