1970 - 1979 (inclusive)

 

Botswana - Christmas

3 November 1970

4 values in total, 1 value featuring giraffe
1 minisheet featuring the four values

The 1970 Botswana Christmas issue
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Winning the award for most colourful stamps (so far, at least) is this - the Botswana 1970 Christmas issue which features four stylised animals - a crocodile, giraffe, elephant and a rhino, as childrens’ toys.
The issue also included a minisheet containing all four values, which is visible in the enlarged picture available here.
 
 

Niger - Europafrique

1970

1 value only

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Just to confuse matters, Niger produced two separate stamp issues to commemorate the Europafrique stamp conference which was held in Naples, Italy, in May 1970. The first, which is the one which features a giraffe, is a stylised image of the Bay of Naples, with Mount Vesuvius smoking in the background, and a magnifying glass being held over the 25F value from the 1959 Niger wild animals and birds series (details of which can be found here). The stamp, which was printed by Delrieu, was designed by Jacque Combet, who was introduced to stamp engraving by Albert Decaris, and who during his career designed and / or engraved more than 1300 stamps.
The second Europafrique stamp issued later in the year is a 50F value in red and green and does not feature a giraffe.
 
 

Burundi - African animals

19 March 1971

24 values in total, 1 value featuring giraffe

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Comprising a colourful set of 24 stamps. arranged in 6 tenant strips of 4 stamps in each, with each strip being coloured a different colour to the next, this is a contender for the largest set - at least so far.
The giraffe value comes at the end of the orange strip - full details of values, colours, etc., can be found in the complete list. The series was reissued later in the year with an overprint marking the fight against racism and racial discrimination.
 
 

Cuba - Childrens’ paintings

1971

7 values in total, 1 value featuring giraffe

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The first stamps from the Caribbean to feature giraffes, this is a series of seven stamps featuring paintings done by various Cuban children. Admittedly slightly difficult to make out, the designs feature a house, a train, a sugar-cane cutter, the return of Cuban fishermen, the zoo (featuring a giraffe, or at least an approximation of one), a house and garden, and a landscape.
The complete list has details of the prices and values of the stamps - in short, a trend is starting to appear as the years move on, and increasing numbers of production leads to greater availability and lower prices - this set catalogues at around £4.75 mint, and can be picked up for substantially less.
 
 

Chad - Unknown

25 May 1972

5 values in total, none featuring giraffe 1 minisheet featuring giraffe

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An airmail minisheet with one stamp, which features four lions of varying ages. The sheet itself features a map of Chad (or Tchad), showing its historic capital Fort Lamy, along with a variety of African animals including a giraffe, an elephant, a monkey, a hippo and a crocodile.
The minisheet is part of a set which features five other stamps, in ascending order the 20f value with zebras, a 30f value with mandrills, a 100f value with elephants, a 130f value with gazelles and a 150f value with hippopotamuses.
A number of Tchad issues from around this time are noted in the catalogues as probably not having been available in Chad, which would shed a degree of doubt on whether or not they were genuinely issued for postal usage.
 
 

Zambia - National Parks

30 June 1972

4 values in total (minisheet), 1 value featuring giraffe

The 1972 Zambia National Parks issue
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Only issued as a minisheet of four stamps (as opposed to a series that also includes a minisheet), this issue celebrates the National Parks of Zambia by showing them on a map. A giraffe and a zebra feature in the top left value of the four alongside Johnstone Falls.
The minisheet was part of a wider series of 3 issues that year themed around conservation, including the protection of endangered creatures and the protection of natural resources.
 
 

Central African Republic - Clocks

31 July 1972

5 values in total, 1 value featuring giraffe

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A series of five stamps designed by Jean Chesnot and printed by Delrieu - Chesnot was, along with Pheulpin and Fievet, one of the great French stamp designers / engravers. The stamps each feature designs of clock faces from the Central African Republic’s Horcen clock factory.
The giraffe value is the 30F value which features a clock face whose design is a giraffe watching a couple of monkeys scamper about in a tree.
 
 

Poland - Zoo animals

21 August 1972

9 values in total, 1 value featuring giraffe

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A series of nine values featuring various zoo animals, in all cases on a plain brown background. In ascending order of value the animals are leopard, giraffe, toucan, chimpanzee, gibbon, crocodile, kangaroo, tiger and zebra.
Until I am able to obtain a set of these stamps I cannot provide any pictures, nor any further information about who was responsible for their design, engraving or printing, although the complete list does have information on catalogue numbers and values.
 
 

Cameroun - Youth Stamps

1972

4 values in total, 1 value featuring giraffe

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Another series of Youth Stamps, this time four paintings featuring various designs - in ascending order a giraffe with a palm tree, home industries, a blacksmith and women carrying things.
I have no information about the designer of the stamps, although have seen reference to this being “GJU” - any information would be gratefully received by email to info@giraffestamps.co.uk. Details of values, prices and catalogue numbers are in the complete list.
 
 

Upper Volta - Wild animals

1973

5 values in total, 1 value featuring giraffe
1 minisheet featuring giraffe

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A series of five airmail stamps along similar lines to those being brought out by other African countries in this period (such as those from the Central African Empire further down this page here).
Drawn by “Delfaut” (on whom I have no further information) the set comprises five stamps, featuring a giraffe, a leopard, elephants, a lion and a crocodile and a minisheet featuring a rhino and gazelles.
 
 

South West Africa - Twyfelfontein cave paintings

10 April 1974

3 values in total, 1 value featuring giraffe

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In what is now Namibia, the Twyfelfontein site (Namibia’s first World Heritage Site) features cave paintings created between 1000BC and 1000AD. The three stamps in the issue feature paintings of rock paintings from the region, done by the English born German artist Otto Schroder. The lowest of the three values features a giraffe, the next an elephant, and the third an antelope known as the dancing kudu. Values and catalogue details feature in the complete list.
 
 

Togo - Wild animals

7 September 1974

5 values in total, 1 value featuring giraffe

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A set of three postage stamps and two airmail stamps featuring various african animals.
The stamps appear to have been designed by “MS” as those initials feature in the bottom right hand corner of these and various other Togolese stamps, but I have no further information about who this may be - as Togo was a former French colony up until 1960 it would seem reasonable to presume that the designer was French, but none of the usual suspects of French engravers have matching initials. Any information would be gratefully received by email to info@giraffestamps.co.uk.
 
 

Botswana - Christmas

4 November 1974

4 values in total, none featuring giraffe
1 minisheet featuring giraffe

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A christmas issue featuring various flowers, this series came in the form of four individual stamps, and one minisheet featuring all four values. The minisheet features a tropical Botswana background scene which includes a giraffe in one margin and a zebra in another.
The issue was designed by an M. F. Bryan, who I believe was responsible for a number of other stamps, but on whom I have no further details - any useful information would be gratefully received by email to info@giraffestamps.co.uk.
 
 

Kenya Uganda Tanzania - International Conference on Social Welfare

1974

1 value only

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Helping Tanzania to earn its place as the producer of more giraffe-related philately than any other country, in 1974 there was a joint issue from Kenya Uganda and Tanzania (the first for a while) featuring a giraffe.
Issued to commemorate the 17th International Conference on Social Welfare, which was held from 14 July to 20 July 1974 in Nairobi, Kenya, the stamp features in the background a pair of giraffes under an acacia tree at dawn to symbolise the dawn of the United Nation’s Second Development Plan in Africa.
 
 

Czechoslovakia - Old shooting targets

1974

6 values in total, 1 value featuring giraffe

The 1974 Czechoslovakia Shooting Targets issue
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A series of six stamps featuring various historical images from the 1830s or thereabouts which had been used as shooting targets. The stamps were designed by Bedřich Housa, a well-know Czech stamp designer who I believe is still designing stamps to this day.
The highest value of the five features an image of a giraffe with a Turk handler, from 1831. The image brings to mind Zarafa for those that have read the book (which you can find here if you’re interested). The top three values, at least, were also issued in blocks of four stamps - an example showing the giraffe value is available here.
 

Swaziland - Animals (revalued)

2 January 1975

2 values in total, 1 value featuring giraffe

The 1975 Swaziland Animals (revalued) issue
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Already mentioned on this site in the 1960s (here), the Swaziland animals series featured a giraffe and a waterbuck on its two highest values. Those stamps were values in South African Rand, which was the adopted currency of Swaziland at the time.
In 1974, however, Swaziland introduced its own currency, the lilangeni, each of which was subdivided into 100 cents. The lilangeni (plural “emalangeni”) was issued at par with the South African Rand, which made things easier, but which necessitated that the two highest values from the 1975 set be revalued (the remaining values were in cents, and thus didn’t need revaluing). As a result they were reissued - the first, the waterbuck, valued at 1 lilangeni, and the second, the giraffe, valued at 2. I’m not exactly sure why the waterbuck value has “1E” rather than “1L”, as to my mind it should be the singular rather than the plural.
 
 

Kenya - Railway Transport in East Africa

4 October 1976

4 values in total, none featuring giraffe
1 minisheet featuring giraffe

The 1976 Kenya Railway Transport in East Africa issue
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A series of four stamps, issued as a minisheet, as a simultaneous issue in each of Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania. In all four cases the stamps and the minisheet were identical other than the name of the issuing country.
The stamps featured (in ascending order of value) the Tanzania - Zambia Railway, the Nile Bridge over the River Nile in Uganda, the railway station at Nakuru in Kenya and an 1896 Class A Locomotive).
 
 

Uganda - Railway Transport in East Africa

4 October 1976

4 values in total, none featuring giraffe
1 minisheet featuring giraffe

The 1976 Uganda Railway Transport in East Africa issue
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Identical in every respect to the Kenya minisheet issued on the same day, other than being marked as issued by Uganda. The minisheet features various African animals, including impala, lion, giraffe and elephant, as well as a number of small birds.
The sheets were issued with the stamps both perforate and imperforate.
 
 

Tanzania - Railway Transport in East Africa

4 October 1976

4 values in total, none featuring giraffe
1 minisheet featuring giraffe

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Identical in every respect, with the exception of the name of the issuing country, to the previous minisheets from Kenya and Uganda. These were amongst the last issue from the East Africa Post and Telecommunications Corporation, which was disbanded in 1977, giving birth to each country’s own provider.
Details of the catalogue numbers, values, and the like for all three minisheets can be found in the complete list.
 
 

Czechoslovakia - Dvur Kralove Wildlife Park

1976

6 values in total, 1 value featuring giraffe

The 1976 Czechoslovakia Zoo issue
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A series of six stamps featuring animals from Czechoslovakia’s Dvur Kralove Wildlife Park, including a giraffe on the fourth value.
The stamps appear to have been designed by J. Balaz (each stamp bears his name) but they have been engraved by different engravers - the giraffe value was, I believe, engraved by “M. Ondracek” who appears, from a Google search, to have engraved a number of issues worldwide. The other engravers’ names (so far as I can make out) include J. Hercik, Jindra S. (two stamps), Jan Hracek and L. Jirka.
 
 

Niger - Archaeology

1976

3 values in total, 1 value featuring giraffe

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An issue on the theme of archaeology which features giraffe rock carvings from the pre-historic era (one of a number, full details of which are contained in the description of the Zimbabwe cave paintings issue in 1982, covered here).
The rock carvings featured are the Dabous carvings, believed to have been completed at some stage between 9000BC and 5000BC.
 
 

Kenya - 50th Anniversary of the Nairobi / Addis Ababa HIghway

10 November 1977

4 values in total, none featuring giraffe
1 minisheet featuring giraffe

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A not dissimilar issue to the Railway issue of the previous year (covered here), this issue commemorates the 50th anniversary of the highway linking Nairobi, capital of Kenya, to Addis Ababa, capital of Ethiopia, and features four stamps designed by R. Granger Barrett (a British stamp designer responsible for numerous stamps from numerous countries) depicting a border point, the postal service, the Thika Flyover and elephants at the Marsabit Game Lodge.
The borders of the minisheet are decorated with various wild animals, amongst them two giraffes.
 
 

Somalia - Nature conservation

1977

6 values in total, 1 value featuring giraffe
1 minisheet featuring giraffe

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A series of six stamps on the common theme of wildlife conservation, also encompassing a minisheet of the six values. Designed by Cali Sheekh, and printed at the IPS in Rome, the stamps feature various wild animals, including a giraffe on the highest of the six values. The minisheet, in addition, features a leopard rampant against the side of the stamps and something in Somali which I am unable to translate. From pictures which I have seen there are further details on the stamps, but until I am able to buy a set myself I do not know what they are.
 
 

Libya - Wadi Mathendous cave paintings

1 January 1978

5 values in total, 1 value featuring giraffe

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Another seres which features pre-historic cave paintings, this time from Wadi Mathendous, a site in south western Libya.
There are five stamps in the series, depicting a crocodile, an elephant, a giraffe, an antelope and another elephant. I have no further information on the designer of the stamps, although catalogue details, prices and values and the like are in the complete list. If anyone does know of any information which could be usefully added to these pages then feel free to email me at info@giraffestamps.co.uk.
 
 

Rhodesia - Definitives

16 August 1978

15 values in total, 1 value featuring giraffe

The 1978 Rhodesia Definitives
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These are the only giraffe-related stamps from Rhodesia. Confusingly, Rhodesia existed as a state between 1965 and 1979 - prior to 1965 it was Southern Rhodesia (Northern Rhodesia had become Zambia in 1964), and for a few short months in 1979 became the Republic of Zimbabwe Rhodesia, then re-became Southern Rhodesia, before finally becoming the Republic of Zimbabwe three months later.
These definitives, which would be recycled by Zimbabwe in 1980 (for details of which see here) were based on a theme of gemstones and wild animals (designed by Neil O. Pederson) and waterfalls (designed by David Myles) and printed by Mardon Printers Limited in Salisbury - full details are in the complete list.
 
 

Tanzania - The Game Lodges of Tanzania

11 September 1978

6 values in total, 1 value featuring giraffe
1 minisheet of all 6 values, also featuring giraffe on the minisheet

The 1978 Tanzania Game Lodges issue
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A series of six stamps, with a minisheet featuring all six stamps and a giraffe design, based around the various Game Lodges of Tanzania. The second of the two values, the one shilling value, features the Lobo Wildlife Lodge with a giraffe and a buffalo in the grounds.
Full details of prices, values, catalogue numbers and the like are in the complete list.
 
 

Cuba - African Animals

20 October 1978

6 values in total, 1 value featuring giraffe

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This series, the second from Cuba, consists of six stamps featuring African Animals, although I have seen it described as featuring animals from Havana Zoo.
In ascending order of face value, the stamps feature a rhinoceros, an okapi (the closest living relative of the giraffe), a mandrill (a baboon-like primate), a giraffe, a leopard and an elephant. A full mint set catalogues at around £3.00 (details are in the complete list), but will be available for considerably less on auction websites such as eBay.
 
 

Niger - Philexafrique

1 November 1978

2 values in total, 1 value featuring giraffe

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Two airmail values issued to commemorate the 1979 Philexafrique II convention held in June of that year at Libreville, capital of Gabon.
Both were designed by Jean-Paul Veret-Lemarinier, the French stamp designer who had started working the previous year for the French “BEPTOM”, the Office of Overseas Posts and Telecommunications, and printed by Edila. Both stamps have face values of 100 francs - the one featuring the giraffes also features the 2 franc value (featuring crowned cranes) from the 1959 series, details of which are here.
 
 

Niger - Endangered species (WWF)

20 November 1978

6 values in total, 1 value featuring giraffe

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One of a number of series, issued by many countries, in support of the World Wildlife Fund, on this occasion featuring Endangered Species (to be precise, a giraffe, an ostrich, a cheetah, an oryx, an addax and a hartebeest).
Other giraffe-related WWF series issued over the years include the Central African Empire featured here, one from Burundi in 1982, one from Kenya in 1989, and a 1997 issue from Uganda that can be found here.
 
 

Central African Empire - Endangered animals

1978

6 values in total, 1 value featuring giraffe

The 1978 Central African Empire Endangered Animals issues
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Another WWF issue, this one issued by the Central African Empire, The stamps are photographic in nature, and feature (in ascending order) a rhinoceros, a crocodile, a leopard, a giraffe, an elephant and a gorilla.
The Central African Empire was a relatively short-lived country born out of the Central African Republic when the then president, Jean-Bedel Bokassa, declared himself emperor on 4 December 1978. He went on to spend a quarter of the country’s annual government income (US$20 million) on his coronation. Strangely enough, he was ousted on 20 September 1979 - whilst I don’t know the exact date of these stamps, therefore, they must have been issued between 4 December and 31 December 1978.
 
 

Liberia - OUA 16th anniversary Summit Conference

6 July 1979

4 values in total, 1 value featuring giraffe

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The second set of giraffe-related stamps to be issued by Liberia, on this occasion to celebrate the 16th summit conference of the Organisation for African Unity.
The stamps feature various native designs - the 35c value features a variety of African animals, including antelope, leopard, elephant, giraffe and lion).
 
 

Zambia - International Year of the Child

21 September 1979

4 values in total, 1 value featuring giraffe
1 minisheet featuring giraffe

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One of a number of series of stamps issued in support of UNICEF, the United Nations organisation for the welfare of children (others include a 1996 issue from Thailand detailed here, and a 2000 Czech Republic issue covered here).
The stamps comprise a minisheet of four values which illustrate various Zambian childrens’ stories, the second of which (on the theme of why the zebra has no horns) features a giraffe in the background. The border of the sheet features the heading “International Year of the Child” and “1979 - IYI - 1979”
 
 

Benin - Endangered animals

17 October 1979

4 values in total, 1 value featuring giraffe

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A series of four stamps on the theme of endangered animals - the first giraffe-related stamps from Benin (not including some also-rans from 1964 covered at the foot of this page).
The stamps were designed by the French stamp engraver Pierrette Lambert who, during her career, designed some 1300 stamps (including the Cameroun stamps later in 1979 detailed here) and feature, in ascending order, antelopes, giraffes, a chimpanzee, and elephants.
 
 

Zaire - Zaire River Expedition

1979

8 values in total, none value featuring giraffe
1 minisheet featuring giraffe in the margin

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Now the Democratic Republic of Congo, and previously featuring in this list (here) as the Belgian Congo, Zaire was Zaire from 1971 to 1997.
This issue, which features a total of 8 stamps (none featuring giraffe) and a minisheet comprised of the highest four values and featuring a giraffe in the margins, commemorates expeditions up the Zaire River (better known as the Congo River). More details about the stamps and the minisheet can be found in the complete list.
 
 

Cameroun - Endangered animals

1979

5 values in total, 1 value featuring giraffe

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A further series of stamps designed by Pierrette Lambert, and printed at Cartor Security Printing in Paris.
The series features, in ascending order of value, a rhinoceros, a gorilla, a giraffe, an elephant and a leopard. Mint sets catalogue at around £6.00, so can probably be picked up for around half that. Details of values, colours, etc., are in the complete list.
 

Also rans between 1970 and 1979

Other issues from the period between 1970 and 1979 (inclusive) which included giraffes in an ancillary fashion, or not significantly enough to merit inclusion in the main list above were :
1970 - Chad - a series of 5 stamps on artisans, the 5F stamp of which features a small wooden giraffe in the background.
1974 - Vatican City - a series of 5 stamps themed on the Bible, one of which features Noah’s Ark with two giraffes standing on the deck.
1978 - Monaco - a one-stamp Christmas issue which features a small giraffe in the background.
1979 - North Korea - a mini-sheet containing six stamps which features a small giraffe bending down to drink in the bottom corner of the sheet.
As far as I am aware, the information on this page is complete and accurate, and there are were no other giraffe-related stamps issued between 1970 and 1979 (inclusive). If you spot any missing issues, errors, inaccuracies, or have any information that could be added to that contained in these pages then please don’t hesitate to email me at info@giraffestamps.co.uk.