Sunday, 15 April 2018

Cameroun 1946 - Definitives (Part 3)

It is known as "Africa in miniature" due to its geological and cultural diversity. You name it, Cameroun seems to have it. Beautiful mountains, beaches, deserts, even rainforests. So fat in this series we have visited farming in Cameroun (Part 1) and delved into the importance of archery in the culture of the Cameroun people (Part 2). This time around we will study the horsemen of Cameroun.


In August 1946 Cameroun issued a set of 19 definitives comprising 6 different designs, three of which were designed and engraved by Albert Decaris. The third and final design created by Decaris, bearing the highest values of the three Decaris designs, features lamido horsemen. Despite my best efforts, I've been unable to find much information on the subject of this design. So far, all I've found is that lamido means "leader". If anyone out there has anymore information I'd love to hear from you. For now I will simply let  this stunning design do the talking. It was printed in three different values, each in a unique colour.

Until next time...

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