Zaire: the River Congo

This truly magnificent card was mailed in the late 1980s, when the Dem. Rep. of Congo was still called Zaire. It shows pirogues and vegetation along the River Congo, with the river hues reflecting bright afternoon sunlight

Zaire: stamps

Three 5z Telecommunications and Health stamps were affixed to the postcard above, and posted from Kinshasa


Lesotho culture: grinding maize, a staple in this mountain kingdom

Lesotho: Birds

These gorgeous birds graced the postcard above, showing the Spur-winged Goose and a pair of Red-headed Finches. The stamps were postmarked in Maseru, the capital.

Surinam: Brownsberg Nature Park

This card shows a waterfall, flora and fauna of Brownsberg Nature Park, in the Brokopondo District of Surinam

Surinam: stamps

These stamps were affixed to the card above, and show the Yellow-green Grosbeak, a seedeater

Ghana: Elmina Castle

This card shows the Elmina Castle, built in 1482 by the Portuguese, which sits on the River Benya estuary alongside a fishing village

Ghana: stamps

These stamps adorned the El Mina Castle card, and show local wildlife in a small but colorful format