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THE FORMAT INTERNATIONAL SECURITY PRINTERS LTD. ARCHIVE

Information and Reference of What was Found in the Archive

Stamp issues for Chad printed by the Format International Security Printers Ltd. and items found in the Archive

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CHAD (TCHAD)

Chad stamps printed by Format International Security Printers Ltd.

The Format Printers produced quite a few sets of stamps for this country. As with many of the African countries imperforate and deluxe sheetlet varieties were produced for just about every stamp issue from 1959 onward. Standard practices under orders from the philatelic agents was to produce them in limited numbers. Usually imperforate sets ranged around 5,000 sets. The deluxe sheetlets ranged from 1,000 sets to 3,000 sets depending on popularity of the subject.

There are conflicts between 1970 and 1973 on which stamps were actually made postally available. At that time there were three different postal agents signed into contracts to produce stamps for Chad. One was The Middle East Stamp Company and another was Martin Sellinger. The third eludes me at this point. As with the Trucial States the two mentioned companies were in constant turmoil over the contracts. The Middle East Stamp Company always trying to say that the Sellinger contracts were invalid. President Tombalbaye had signed to one of them while other officials were signed with others. In June 1973 the president declared some sets were not recognized by Chad but that they might be put on sale at a later date. In July 1973 it was announced they would be placed on sale by the end of the year. No evidence that it actually happened has come forth. It appears that Stanley Gibbons does not list many sets of that time whereas Scott Catalog does.

The problems that arose between 1970 and 1973 show us again the dark and competitive side of philatelic agents. The same thing was happening at the same time with the Trucial States and other countries. Various philatelic agencies claiming they had contracts and trying to run each other out by overproducing numerous issues to gain status in the catalogs. We can see now that most of the philatelic agents did not remain in control namely because of competitive greed of which most ended up with tarnished reputations.

I wish to note the similarities to stamps of the Trucial States (Ajman, Fujiera, etc.) for these earlier sets for Chad.

1972 11TH WINTER OLYMPIC GAMES GOLD-MEDAL WINNERS (SAPPORO)
Scott #264-7, C130-3, SG # Not Listed

1972 11th Winter Olympic Games Gold-medal Winners (Sapporo) Stamps
1972 11th Winter Olympic Games Gold-medal Winners (Sapporo) Ice Hockey Souvenir Sheet
1972 11th Winter Olympic Games Gold-medal Winners (Sapporo) 2-man Bobsled Souvenir Sheet
Imperforate Stamp Set
1972 11th Winter Olympic Games Gold-medal Winners (Sapporo) Imperforate Stamps
Deluxe Sheet Stamp Set
1972 11th Winter Olympic Games Gold-medal Winners (Sapporo) Deluxe Sheet Stamp Set

1972 20TH SUMMER OLYMPIC GAMES (MUNICH)
Scott #268-70, C135-9, SG # Not Listed

1972 20th Summer Olympic Games (Munich) Stamps
1972 20th Summer Olympic Games (Munich) Hammer Throw Souvenir Sheet
1972 20th Summer Olympic Games (Munich) Boxing Souvenir Sheet
Imperforate Stamp Set
1972 20th Summer Olympic Games (Munich) Imperforate Stamps
Deluxe Sheet Stamp Set
1972 20th Summer Olympic Games (Munich) Deluxe Sheet Stamp Set

1973 FAMOUS PAINTINGS WITH MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS
Scott #292A-F, SG # Not Listed

No imperforates nor deluxe sheets seem to exist for this issue.

1973 Famous Paintings with Musical Instruments Stamps
1973 Famous Paintings with Musical Instruments Souvenir Sheet
1973 FAMOUS EASTER PAINTINGS
Scott #294A-F, SG # Not Listed

No imperforates nor deluxe sheets seem to exist for this issue.

1973 Famous Easter Paintings Stamps
1973 Famous Easter Paintings Souvenir Sheet
1973 FAMOUS CHRISTMAS PAINTINGS
Scott #294M-S, SG # Not Listed

No imperforates nor deluxe sheets seem to exist for this issue.

1973 Famous Christmas Paintings Stamps
1973 Famous Christmas Paintings Souvenir Sheet
1973 FAMOUS HORSE PAINTINGS
Scott #C154A-E, SG # Not Listed

No imperforates nor deluxe sheets seem to exist for this issue. There does exist a few proofs on presentation cards found in the archive.

1973 Famous Horse Paintings Stamps
1973 Famous Horse Paintings Souvenir Sheet
1976 12TH WINTER OLYMPIC GAMES WINNERS (INNSBRUCK)
Scott #311-12, C178-80, SG # 437-40, MS441

1976 12th Winter Olympic Games Winners (Innsbruck) Stamps
1976 12th Winter Olympic Games Winners (Innsbruck) Souvenir Sheet
Imperforate Stamp Set
1976 12th Winter Olympic Games Winners (Innsbruck) Imperforate Stamps
Deluxe Sheet Stamp Set with White Background
1976 12th Winter Olympic Games Winners (Innsbruck) White Deluxe Sheet Stamp Set
Deluxe Sheet Stamp Set with Light Green Background
1976 12th Winter Olympic Games Winners (Innsbruck) Green Deluxe Sheet Stamp Set

1976 21ST SUMMER OLYMPIC GAMES (MONTREAL)
Scott #313, C187-90, SG # 448-51, MS452

1976 21st Summer Olympic Games (Montreal) Stamps
1976 21st Summer Olympic Games (Montreal) Souvenir Sheet
Imperforate Stamp Set
1976 21st Summer Olympic Games (Montreal) Imperforate Stamps
Deluxe Sheet Stamps with White Background
1976 21st Summer Olympic Games (Montreal) White Deluxe Sheet Stamps
Deluxe Sheet Stamp Set with Light Pink Background
1976 21st Summer Olympic Games (Montreal) Pink Deluxe Sheet Stamp Set

1976 VIKING MARS PROJECT
Scott #314-15, C191-4, SG # 453-7, MS458

1976 Viking Mars Project Stamps
1976 Viking Mars Project Souvenir Sheet
Imperforate Stamp Set
1976 Viking Mars Project Imperforate Stamps
Deluxe Sheet Stamp Set with White Background
1976 Viking Mars Project White Deluxe Sheet Stamp Set
Deluxe Sheet Stamp Set with Light Green Background
1976 Viking Mars Project Green Deluxe Sheet Stamp Set

1976 NOBEL PRIZE WINNERS
Scott #316-17, C196-9, SG # 469-73, MS474

1976 Nobel Prize Winners Stamps
1976 Nobel Prize Winners Souvenir Sheet
Imperforate Stamp Set
1976 Nobel Prize Winners Imperforate Stamps
Deluxe Stamp Sheet with White Background
1976 Nobel Prize Winners White Deluxe Stamp Sheet
Deluxe Stamp Sheets with Light Green Background
1976 Nobel Prize Winners Green Deluxe Stamp Sheets

1976 AMERICAN BICENTENNIAL
Scott #C181-6, SG # 442-6, MS447

1976 American Bicentennial Stamps
1976 American Bicentennial Souvenir Sheet
Imperforate Stamp Set
1976 American Bicentennial Imperforate Stamps
Deluxe Sheet Stamp Set with White Background
1976 American Bicentennial White Deluxe Sheet Stamp Set
Deluxe Sheet Stamp Set with Light Green Background
1976 American Bicentennial Green Deluxe Sheet Stamp Set

1977 75TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE ZEPPELIN
Scott #327, C206-10, SG # 481-5, MS486

1977 75th Anniversary of the Zeppelin Stamps
1977 75th Anniversary of the Zeppelin Souvenir Sheet
Imperforate Stamp Set
1977 75th Anniversary of the Zeppelin Imperforate Stamps
Deluxe Sheet Stamp Set with White Background
1977 75th Anniversary of the Zeppelin White Deluxe Sheet Stamp Set
Deluxe Sheet Stamp Set with Light Tan Background
1977 75th Anniversary of the Zeppelin Tan Deluxe Sheet Stamp Set

1977 25TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE REIGN OF QUEEN ELIZABETH II
Scott #328-9, SG # 493, MS494

For some reason Stanley Gibbons lists this stamp with the Famous Personalities set below. You can see it is entirely different.
The stamp is listed before 492.

1977 25th Anniversary of the Reign of Queen Elizabeth II Stamp
1977 25th Anniversary of the Reign of Queen Elizabeth II Souvenir Sheet
Imperforate Stamp Set
1977 25th Anniversary of the Reign of Queen Elizabeth II Imperforate Stamps
Deluxe Sheet Stamp with White Background
1977 25th Anniversary of the Reign of Queen Elizabeth II White Deluxe Sheet Stamp
1977 FAMOUS PERSONALITIES
Scott #330-4, SG # 488-92

1977 Famous Personalities Stamps
Imperforate Stamp Set
1977 Famous Personalities Imperforate Stamps
Deluxe Sheet Stamp with White Background
1977 Famous Personalities White Deluxe Sheet Stamp
Deluxe Sheet Stamp Set with Light Pink Background
1977 Famous Personalities Pink Deluxe Sheet Stamp Set

1977 WORLD CUP SOCCER CHAMPIONSHIP (ARGENTINA '78)
Scott #341-6, SG # 517-21, MS522

1977 World Cup Soccer Championship Stamps
1977 World Cup Soccer Championship Souvenir Sheet
Imperforate Stamp Set
1977 World Cup Soccer Championship Imperforate Stamps
Deluxe Sheet Stamp Set with Light Blue Background
1977 World Cup Soccer Championship Blue Deluxe Sheet Stamp Set

1978 25TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE CORONATION OF QUEEN ELIZABETH II
Scott #347-8, SG # 527, MS528

Exists with red overprint. Usually limited to 1-3,000 sets.

Silver Overprint Stamp
1978 25th Anniversary of the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II Silver Overprinted Stamp
Silver Overprint Souvenir Sheet
1978 25th Anniversary of the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II Silver Overprinted Souvenir Sheet
Imperforate Silver Overprint Stamp
1978 25th Anniversary of the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II Silver Overprinted Imperforate Stamp
Imperforate Silver Overprint Souvenir Sheet
1978 25th Anniversary of the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II Silver Overprinted Imperforate Souvenir Sheet
Red Overprint Stamp
1978 25th Anniversary of the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II Red Overprinted Stamp
Red Overprint Souvenir Sheet
1978 25th Anniversary of the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II Red Overprinted Souvenir Sheet

1978 RUBENS PAINTINGS
Scott #349-53, SG # 541-4, MS545

1978 Rubens Paintings Stamps
1978 Rubens Paintings Souvenir Sheet
Imperforate Stamp Set
1978 Rubens Paintings Imperforate Stamps
Deluxe Souvenir Sheet Set
1978 Rubens Paintings Deluxe Souvenir Sheet Set
Deluxe Sheet Stamp Set with Light yellow Background
1978 Rubens Paintings yellow Deluxe Sheet Stamp Set

1978 DÜRER PAINTINGS
Scott #354-7, SG # 537-40

1978 Dürer Paintings Stamps
Imperforate Stamp Set
1978 Dürer Paintings Imperforate Stamps
Deluxe Souvenir Sheet Set
1978 Dürer Paintings Deluxe Souvenir Sheet Set

1978 WORLD CUP SOCCER CHAMPIONSHIP WINNERS
Scott #359-64, SG # 547-51, MS552

Exists with red overprint. Usually limited to 1-3,000 sets.

Silver Overprint Set
1978 World Cup Soccer Championship Winners Silver Overprinted Stamp Set
Imperforate Silver Overprint Set
1978 World Cup Soccer Championship Winners Silver Overprinted Imperforate Stamp Set
Red Overprint Stamp Set
1978 World Cup Soccer Championship Winners Red Overprinted Stamps
Red Overprint Souvenir Sheet
1978 World Cup Soccer Championship Winners Red Overprinted Souvenir Sheet
Deluxe Sheet Stamp Set with Light Blue Background Silver Overprint
1978 World Cup Soccer Championship Winners Light Blue Deluxe Sheet Set with Silver Overprint

1979 PROTECTED ANIMALS (WWF)
Scott #367-72, SG # 555-60

1979 Protected Animals Stamps
Imperforate Stamp Set
1979 Protected Animals Imperforate Stamps
1979 DÜRER HOLY FAMILY PAINTING SOUVENIR SHEET
Scott #373, SG # MS566?

1979 Dürer Holy Family Painting Souvenir Sheet
Imperforate Stamp Set
1979 Dürer Holy Family Painting Imperforate Souvenir Sheet
1979 INTERNATIONAL YEAR OF THE CHILD (IYC)
Scott #374-8, SG # 561-4, MS565

1979 International Year of the Child Stamps
1979 International Year of the Child Souvenir Sheet
Imperforate Stamp Set
1979 International Year of the Child Imperforate Stamps
Imperforate Souvenir Sheet
1979 International Year of the Child Imperforate Souvenir Sheet
1979 10TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE APOLLO 11 MOON LANDING
Scott #379-80, C240-3, SG # 567-71, MS572

The stamps exists with red overprint. Usually limited to 1-3,000 sets.

Black Overprint Set
1979 10th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing Black Overprinted Stamp Set
Imperforate Black Overprint Set
1979 10th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing Black Overprinted Imperforate Stamp Set
Red Overprint Stamp Set
1979 10th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing Red Overprinted Stamps

1979 PRE-OLYMPIC YEAR
Scott #C244-8, SG # 573-6, MS577

1979 Pre-Olympic Year Stamps
1979 Pre-Olympic Year Souvenir Sheet
Imperforate Stamp Set
1979 Pre-Olympic Year Imperforate Stamps
Imperforate Souvenir Sheet
1979 Pre-Olympic Year Imperforate Souvenir Sheet
Deluxe Sheet Stamp Set with Pink Vignette Background
1979 Pre-Olympic Year Deluxe Sheet Stamp Set

1979 DEATH CENTENARY OF SIR ROWLAND HILL
Scott #C249-53, SG # 578-81, MS582

1979 Death Centenary of Sir Rowland Hill Stamps
1979 Death Centenary of Sir Rowland Hill Souvenir Sheet
Imperforate Stamp Set
1979 Death Centenary of Sir Rowland Hill Imperforate Stamps
Imperforate Souvenir Sheet
1979 Death Centenary of Sir Rowland Hill Imperforate Souvenir Sheet
Deluxe Sheet Stamp Set with White and Black Vignette Background
1979 Death Centenary of Sir Rowland Hill Deluxe Sheet Stamp Set

1979 13TH WINTER OLYMPIC GAMES (LAKE PLACID)
Scott #381-6, SG # 583-8

1979 13th Winter Olympic Games (Lake Placid) Stamps
Imperforate Stamp Set
1979 13th Winter Olympic Games (Lake Placid) Imperforate Stamps
Deluxe Sheet Stamp Set with White and Blue Vignette Background
1979 13th Winter Olympic Games (Lake Placid) Deluxe Sheet Stamp Set

1981 "POSTES 1981" OVERPRINTS
Scott #C254-7, SG # 592-5

Chad was invaded by Libya during 1980 to the end of 1981. Although these stamps were made by the Format Printers the overprints and surcharges were most likely done internally.

1981 Pre-Olympic and Rowland Hill Stamps Overprinted
These were the last stamps printed by the Format International Security Printers Ltd. for Chad. Printing companies like Impressor and Courvoisier took over production of stamps for Chad in 1982. Massive production of varieties continued and gold foil stamps were introduced. It slowed in the 90's due to drops in collector interest.

References taken from:
Stanley Gibbons Online Catalog
Scott Catalog
Inventory list for the Format Archive by Robson Lowe
Internet Research

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