A stamp can tell you a lot about the history of a country.
See if you can think of answers to the questions below, then check
1. Why are
there three other stamps pictured on this stamp? (Hint: it celebrates
65 years of something)
2. Why do the old stamps say "Reichspost"?
3. Why are they overprinted "Togo"?
4. In what year were the stamps issued?
5. One part of the stamp shows Europe, not Africa. Which part
of the stamp? How do you know?
This stamp was issued during and just after the
First World War.
Try the questions
below, then check the answers
1. What language
is on the stamp?
2. Why did England and France "occupy" Togo in 1914?
3. Who is pictured on the stamp?
4. What country was this stamp made for before it was overprinted?
5. What is the name of that country today?
The caption says "Exploitation de la Noix de Palme"
which means "Exploitation of the Nuts (or fruit) of the (oil-)palm
tree" in English.
of the stamp tells us something.
Can you match
the parts of the stamp with the sentences?
1. The fruit
is growing, low down on the tree.
2. The big palm-fronds give us shade.
3. The men are cutting the fruit off the stem.
4. The big plantation of hundreds of oil-palm trees.
5. The big factory which processes the oil.
A. Top of
B. Right of stamp
C. Centre of stamp
D. Bottom of stamp
E. Left of stamp
Try your skills
at the puzzling questions below, then check your answers ...
1. What are
the three hands trying to reach?
2. Why do you think they have chosen three different skin colours
for the three hands? (clue: see question 4)
3. FAO means Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations.
Why do you think they have chosen the ear of wheat as their logo?
4. Try translating the French slogan "La Campagne Mondiale
Contre la Famine".
|Togo stamps - answers
1. The stamp is celebrating 65 years
of postal services in Togo.
2. Because Togo was a German colony in 1897.
3. Because the Germans used German stamps and German money (pfennig)
4. The stamps were issued in 1897.
5. The part of the stamp that shows Europe is the mail-coach and
the horses. There are no horses in Togo because the climate does
not suit them - it is too hot and wet.
Togo ½d answers
1. The language
on the stamp is English.
2. Because they had been fighting Germany, and they had captured
3. King George V of UK.
4. Gold Coast (next door to Togo).
5. Gold Coast is now called Ghana.
1. They are
trying to reach wheat.
2. All the world is involved in this campaign people of
every skin colour.
3. They have chosen wheat as their logo, because it's a basic
food, which is grown in many countries around the world. It also
4. The World-wide Campaign Against Famine.