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THE FORMAT INTERNATIONAL SECURITY PRINTERS LTD. ARCHIVE

Information and Reference of What was Found in the Archive

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

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ZAIRE

Zaire stamps printed by Format International Security Printers Ltd.

The Format Printers only produced four sets of stamps for this country. The competition for the contracts appear quite heavy during Format's time for Zaire. During the 1970's and 1980's it appears Zaire was using multiple philatelic agents.

1979 ZAIRE (CONGO) RIVER EXPEDITION
Scott #902-9, 905a, 909a, SG #952-9, MS960

The 1979 River Expedition set has no real proof that Format printed them except for the fact that closely associated companies have around 100 examples of different types of errors for the issue listed on their websites. All the errors are what I would consider from printers waste sheets. The stamps themselves have no logo or color guides that are visible on the selvage. Because these companies have so much of this material shows us that it was indeed retrieved from the Format Printers and/or their archive.
The errors include many color shifts, perforation errors and color inverts.
Imperforates of the stamps are quite common. Except for a few archival items imperforate souvenir sheets do not exist.

1979 Zaire (Congo) River Expedition Stamps
1979 Zaire (Congo) River Expedition Low Value Souvenir Sheet
1979 Zaire (Congo) River Expedition High Value Souvenir Sheet
Imperforate Stamp Set
1979 Zaire (Congo) River Expedition Imperforate Stamp Set

1980 CENTENARY OF THE SALVATION ARMY
Scott #960-8 SG #1002-9, MS1010

Imperforates and archival materials exist. They are not common.

1980 Centenary of the Salvation Army Stamps
1980 Centenary of the Salvation Army Souvenir Sheet
Imperforate Stamp Set
1980 Centenary of the Salvation Army Imperforate Stamp Set
Imperforate Souvenir Sheet
1980 Centenary of the Salvation Army Imperforate Souvenir Sheet

1980 TROPICAL FISH
Scott #974-81, 981A, SG #1017-24, MS1025

Imperforates and archival materials exist. They are not common.

1980 Tropical Fish Stamps
1980 Tropical Fish Souvenir Sheet
Imperforate Stamp Set
1980 Tropical Fish Imperforate Stamp Set
Imperforate Souvenir Sheet
1980 Tropical Fish Imperforate Souvenir Sheet

1981 SATURDAY EVENING POST COVERS BY NORMAN ROCKWELL
Scott #1005-12, SG #1053-60

Imperforates seem not to exist except on presentation cards. They are not common.

1981 Saturday Evening Post Covers by Norman Rockwell Stamps

These were the last stamps printed by the Format International Security Printers Ltd. for Zaire.

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

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