Saturday, February 16, 2013

Burkina Faso: Schweitzer

Upper Volta (now known as Burkina Faso) issued this Schweitzer memorial stamp in 1965, commemorating the 90th anniversary of the scholar-musician's birth. Schweitzer is featured in profile on the left side of the stamp, with a row of four organ pipes on the opposite side of the stamp. Scott C40 was issued May 12 as to pay airmail postage.

French Colonists arrived in 1896 and claimed the area known as Upper Volta, after a long, rich period of self-rule. Upper Volta claimed independence in 1960. The nation took the name Burkina Faso, meaning "land of honorable people," in 1984.

Schweitzer's association with the organ is well-know and -documented. The pipes on this stamp are likely not intended to reference a specific instrument.

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