The Belgian Group consists of Belgium and its few overseas colonies of Belgian
Congo (Congo Democratic of today) and Ruanda Urundi (Burundi and Rwanda of today).
In 1885 Belgium gained control over the state of Free Congo, and following World
War I the territory of Ruanda Urundi was mandated to Belgium by the Versailles
Treaty. In the early 1960`s both colonies were granted their independence
following political uprising, thus ending the colonial era of Belgium. However,
the French language is still in use in the former colonies.
Facts unique to the Belgian Group:
- Name of country in bilingual inscription, French and Flemish
- Railway stamps for parcel post use (Belgium)
- Unique feature of detachable tabs for non-delivery on Sundays (Belgium)
- First hexagonal shaped stamps (Belgium telegraph)
Countries or territories in which the Belgian influence was only for a short
period of time or limited, appear under following headings:
Belgian Occupation of...
Germany - RHINELAND
- EUPEN AND MALMEDY
Common types of inscriptions or overprints in the Belgian Group:
SERVICE POSTAL AERIEN
A PAYER TE BETALEN
CHEMINS DE FER