Friday, January 8, 2016
Gambia: Goofy 60th (Disney)
Many small nations have produced "wallpaper" stamps to generate income (sales of collectible topical stamps to dealers and collectors). Gambia is among those nations, and "Disney" is one of the most highly regarded of topics. This stamp (Scott 1295) is a prime example. I am fairly certain it exists only to generate income for the Gambian postal authority. The stamp is part of a set of eight issued around the time of the 60th anniversary of the introduction of the "Goofy" character in Disney films. Each of the eight stamps includes this cartoon dog's image in a scene from various films. The current stamp is from "Mickey's Amateurs" from 1937. Goofy appears at about 5:50 into the 8:40 film, pulling a menagerie of instruments, including a collection of pipes. Goofy's is the last of a series of musical acts offered by various familiar characters.