Swaziland is located in
the south-east corner of the Republic of South Africa. It was an
independent nation in the 19th century with Sobhuza I as King. From
1894 to 1906 it was administered by Transvaal, and then by the British
High Commissioner. In 1934 it became a British Protectorate. Swaziland
attained internal self-rule in 1967, with Sobhuza II as King.
Independence was proclaimed in 1968.
The stamp was issued in 1967 to commemorate the
attainment of internal self-rule. and in recognition of Swaziland's
status as a Protected State. King Sobhuza's portrait also appears on
Swaziland became independent in 1968. The
stamp, issued to mark independence shows an outline map of Swaziland
with the route of its railway in gold.
The Ellice Islands are 9 islands
northeast of Australia. In 1976 the Ellice Islands became the Crown
Colony of Tuvalu. In 1978 it became and independent state within the
British Commonwealth. The stamp is one of a set of 10 stamps, one
showing the group, and the others each showing one island.
Nanumea is the northernmost of the 9 atolls of Tuvalu
with a population of 918 people. During World War II it had a 2000
meter bomber base.