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' V - Z ' Countries

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VANUATU


(The former: New Hebridies [British] and French New Hebridies)

Vanuatu -
was first visited by the Portuguese in 1606. It was charted and named New Hebrides by James Cook in 1774. It was placed under Anglo-French administration as a co-dominium of New Hebrides in 1906. It was granted independence as the Republic of Vanuatu in 1980.
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The first postage stamps were issued in 1908 for New Hebrides. Stamps for French New Hebrides were issued concurrently. Vanuatu stamps were first issued in 1980.
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Philatelic Section
Post Office
Port-Vila, Vanuatu
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from Linn's: Agency: Crown Agents Stamp Bureau Ltd. (I also note her listed with IGPA - see below)
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Crown Agents Stamp Bureau - Worldwide agent
Old Inn House, 2 Carshalton Road
Sutton, Surrey SM1 4RN U.K.
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Tel: +44 (0)181 770 0707
Fax: +44 (0)181 642 0769
Telex: 916205 Calond G
Email: casb@compuserve.com
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Inter Governmental Philatelic Agency Online - for over 55 countries
Headquarters:
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460 West 34th Street, New York, NY 10001
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Telephone: (212) 629-7979, Fax: (212) 629-3350
e-mail igpc@igpc.net
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Also with offices in London, Paris, Israel, Africa, Hong Kong.
Email: <City/NationName>@igpc.net
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Vanuatu (& "New Hebridies") - Download Album Pages: - $5 a year for all the countries you can eat!
(see under 'N' for New Hebridies, 'V' for Vanuatu)
Free Album Pages? This site is sort of like "shareware" software.
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The Stamps of Vanuatu
Vanuatu is a group of 83 islands in the South West Pacific, governed as an independent Republic by its indigenous people. The Ni-Vanuatu, as they are known, are a peaceful, loving, gentle race, who enjoy life's pleasures in a country of unique and diverse customs and culture.
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Bislama (Pidgin English) is the national language of Vanuatu, but English and French are also widely spoken:
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"Evri samting yuwantem save long Vanuatu be yu fraet tumas blong askem" ("Everything you wanted to know about Vanuatu but were afraid to ask")
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Port Vila is the capital of Vanuatu
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The production and design of Vanuatu postage stamps is undertaken on Vanuatu Post's behalf by New Zealand Post, - this site is maintained by New Zealand Post's Stamp Business Unit
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emial: alan.hollows@nzpost.co.nz
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Vanuatu -
Location: Oceania, group of islands in the South Pacific Ocean, about three-quarters of the way from Hawaii to Australia
Independence: 30 July 1980 (from France and UK)
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VATICAN CITY


(THE HOLY SEE)

Vatican City -
The Lateran Treaty of 1929 recognized the Holy See's sovereignty in the Vatican City State and Catholocism became Italy's state religion.
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Postage stamps have been issued since 1929.
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Ufficio Filatelico
Governatorato 00120
Vatican City
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Switchboard - Vatican stamps database = hot - commercial but good depth.
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Philatelic Museums & Libraries data - Vatican City
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Postage - advise for tourists in Italy - use Vatican mail
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Holy See (Vatican City) -
Location: Southern Europe, an enclave of Rome (Italy)
Independence: 11 February 1929 (from Italy)
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Bolaffi - Italian dealer - English version
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A Vatican Web Directory
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VENEZUELA

Venezuela -
was seen by Christopher Columbus in 1498 and settled by the Spanish in 1520. An independence movement under Simon Bolivar led to the establishment of the State of Gran Colombia (Colombia, Ecuador and Venezuela) in 1821. Venezuela became an independent republic in 1830.
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Postage stamps have been issued since 1859
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Instituto Postal Telegrafico de Venezuela
Oficina Filatelica Nacional
Apartado 4080
Caracas 1010-A Venezuela
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Venezuela - Download Album Pages: - $5 a year for all the countries you can eat!
Free Album Pages? This site is sort of like "shareware" software.
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Venezuela -
Location: Northern South America, bordering the Caribbean Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean, between Colombia and Guyana
Independence: 5 July 1811 (from Spain)
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VIETNAM / VIET NAM


RÉP. SOCIALISTE DU VIET NAM
Vietnam Posts and Telecommunications Corporation (VNPT)
Postal Division
M. Le Hong Khai
Deputy Director
18 Nguyen Du Street
HANOI 10000
RÉP. SOCIALISTE DU VIET NAM
Téléphone (+84 4) 825 2675
Téléfax (+84 4) 822 8680
From UPU

Vietnam -
A French protectorates were established in Cochin-China, 1867 and in Annam and Tongking in 1884. The French Indo-Chinese Union with Cambodia and Laos was established in 1887. Vietnam was occupied by the Japanese during World War II. The communist Viet-Minh League under Ho Chi Minh was formed after World War II and the Indo-Chinese war of 1946 to 1954 resulted in the French withdrawal. A 1954 armistice divided the country between the communist Vietnamese People's Republic and South Vietnam. A civil war led to the United States intervention on the part of South Vietnam. Saigon, the capital of South Vietnam fell in 1975 and the country was reunified as the Socialist Republic of Vietnam in 1976.
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The first postage stamps were issued in 1951 for Vietnam and 1954 for South Vietnam and the Vietnamese People's Republic.
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Vietnam Stamp Corporation
14 Tran Hung Dao Street
Hanoi, Viet Nam
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THE VIET NAM of Chi D. Nguyen - good sections on stamps and coins. - aj
An Excellent site.
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Vietnam - Indo-China, French (Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam 1889-1945) - all issues - outstanding site (note: this url is dead now but the data was incorporated into Asia Stamps which can be found on our China Philately page)
Indochina (Indo-chine) was under French control from 1889-1945, area consisting of Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam. All the postage stamps used in Indochina were issues of French stamps with "INDOCHINE" imprint. There was only one souvenir sheet issued in Indochina, Colonial Arts Exhibition Issue on April 15, 1937. Indochina stamps are relative cheaper than other Asian countries' stamps. I believe Indochina will be a hot collecting area with in two years.
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1/99 - Ben Sheng, bsheng@uwyo.edu
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Vietnamese Stamps Club
VIET BAY Stamp Club
639 Tully Road Suite K
San Jose, CA 95111 USA
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or by phone 408-292-4944
by fax 408-292-8813
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Viet Nam (South) - Download Album Pages: - $5 a year for all the countries you can eat!
Free Album Pages? This site is sort of like "shareware" software.
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Vietnam -
Location: Southeastern Asia, bordering the Gulf of Thailand, Gulf of Tonkin, and South China Sea, alongside China, Laos, and Cambodia
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Independence: 2 September 1945 (from France)
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WALLIS AND FUTUNA

Wallis and Futuna -
is a French Overseas Territory. Postage stamps have been issued since 1920.
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Service des Postes et Telecomunications
Section Philatelique
BP 00, Mata-Utu
Futuna, Wallis and Futuna Islands
South Pacific
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Wallis & Futuna - Download Album Pages: - $5 a year for all the countries you can eat!
Free Album Pages? This site is sort of like "shareware" software.
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Wallis and Futuna -
(overseas territory of France)
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Location: Oceania, islands in the South Pacific Ocean, about two-thirds of the way from Hawaii to New Zealand
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Constitution: 28 September 1958 (French Constitution) - no other key date listed- aj
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West Irian 1962-1970 - Download Album Pages: - $5 a year for all the countries you can eat!
(former Netherlands New Guinea; Western side, Now Indonesia) - Free Album Pages? This site is sort of like "shareware" software.
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West Ukraine 1918-1919 - Download Album Pages: - $5 a year for all the countries you can eat!
Eastern Austria/Hungry; later Poland 1918 - Free Album Pages? This site is sort of like "shareware" software.
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Western Samoa -see: SAMOA, .. --------------------->
Manager Philatelic Bureau, Posts and Telecommunications Department
Chief Post Office
Apia, Western Samoa, South Pacific
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And from Linn's: Agency:
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Inter-Governmental Philatelic Corp.
460 W. 34th St., New York, NY 10001
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YEMEN / YÉMEN

Organisme général des postes et de l'épargne postale
Département des relations publiques et du marketing
M. Khaled Saleh Al-Da'ari
Directeur général des relations publiques
B.P. 1993
SANA'A, YÉMEN
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Téléphone (+967 1) 331 449
Téléfax (+967 1) 331 433
From UPU

Yemen -
The area was occupied by Turkey from 1538 to 1630 and from 1849 to 1918. After Turkish rule, the country was under the rule of the Hamid al-Din dynasty. The sovereignty of Yemen was recognized by Saudi Arabia and Britain in 1934. The Yemen Arab Republic (north) was declared in 1962 and the neighboring People's Republic of South Yemen was established in 1967. Negotiations to merge the two Yemens began in 1979, proclaimed and ratified in 1990. The new state was named the Republic of Yemen.
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Postage stamps have been issued since 1926 for Yemen and since 1968 for the People's Republic of Yemen.
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Director General of the General Corporation of Posts and Postal Savings
Philatelic Bureau, Stamps Department
Box 1993
Sana'a, Republic of Yemen
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Yemen -
Location: Middle East, bordering the Arabian Sea, Gulf of Aden, and Red Sea, between Oman and Saudi Arabia
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Independence: 22 May 1990 Republic of Yemen was established on 22 May 1990 with the merger of the Yemen Arab Republic {Yemen (Sanaa) or North Yemen} and the Marxist-dominated People's
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Democratic Republic of Yemen {Yemen (Aden) or South Yemen}; previously North Yemen had become independent on NA November 1918 (from the Ottoman Empire) and South Yemen had become independent on 30 November 1967 (from the UK)
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National holiday: Proclamation of the Republic, 22 May (1990)
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YUGOSLAVIA

(see also: Serbia)
Yugoslav PTT or
Museum of Applied Art
Belgrade, Yugoslavia
Tel: (381-11) 626494/626841
Fax: (381-11) 629121
from UPU
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and from Linn's:
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Jugomarka,
Palmoticeva 2/V
Belgrade 11000, Yugoslavia

Encyclopedia.com - Yugoslavia (History)
"Yugoslavia's existence as a nation began after World War I. Of its component republics, only Serbia (which included the present independent republic of Macedonia) and Montenegro were independent states in 1914..By 1944 the Germans had been driven from Yugoslavia, and in 1945 Tito became premier, deposed the king, and established a Communist state ... In 1990 the Communist party relinquished its monopoly on political power. Previously contained ethnic tensions became more prominent, and Slovenia and Croatia declared (1991) independence, a move resisted by Serbia ... (this) escalated into civil war (1991-92). Bosnia and Hercegovina (1991) and Macedonia (1992) also became independent, and intense fighting erupted (1992) in Bosnia. The UN imposed economic sanctions, including a naval blockade, on Yugoslavia for supporting Serb forces in Bosnia and withheld recognition of the new Yugoslav state established by Serbia and Montenegro.
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(the U.S. does not recognize the name 'Yougoslavia' - see 'Serbia')
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See : SERBIA -------------------------------->>
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Zaire - see: Dem. Rep. of the Congo -------------------->
National Office of Posts and Telecommunications,
Box 7984
Kinshasa 1, Republic of Zaire
(now: Dem. Rep. of Congo)
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or:
Agences Philateliques Gouvernementales
Chaussee de Waterloo 868//870
1180 Brussels, Belgium
(from Linn's)
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ZAMBIA / ZAMBIE

Zambia Postal Services Corporation
M. Leon Mboloma
Manager, International Relations
Profund House
P.O. Box 71845
NDOLA
ZAMBIE
Téléphone (+260 2) 611 222
Téléfax (+260 2) 614 831
From UPU

Zambia -
European influence followed David Livingstone's discovery of Victoria Falls in 1855. (go follow his link to 'Livingstone' - aj ) The country was administered by the British South Africa Company under Rhodes. Northern and Southern Rhodesia were declared a British sphere of influence in 1888, becoming Northern Rhodesia in 1911, a British protectorate in 1924 and joined with Southern Rhodesia and Nyasaland as the Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland in 1953. The federation dissolved in 1963 and independent Zambia was declared in 1964.
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The first postage stamps were issued in 1964.
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Philatelic Bureau
Box 71857
Ndola, Zambia
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Agencies - see below
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Inter Governmental Philatelic Agency Online - for over 55 countries
Headquarters:
Inter-Governmental Philatelic Corp.
460 W. 34th St., New York, NY 10001
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Telephone: (212) 629-7979
Fax: (212) 629-3350
e-mail igpc@igpc.net
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Also with offices in London, Paris, Israel, Africa, Hong Kong.
Email: <City/NationName>@igpc.net
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Crown Agents Stamp Bureau - Worldwide agent
Old Inn House, 2 Carshalton Road
Sutton, Surrey SM1 4RN U.K.
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Tel: +44 (0)181 770 0707
Fax: +44 (0)181 642 0769
Telex: 916205 Calond G
Email: casb@compuserve.com
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Zambia - former: Northern Rhodesia -
Location: Southern Africa, east of Angola
Independence: 24 October 1964 (from UK)
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Zambezia 1894-1917 (Quelimane, Tete) - Download Album Pages: - $5 a year for all the countries you can eat!
Free Album Pages? This site is sort of like "shareware" software.
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Zanzibar - See: TANZANIA ----------------->>
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Zil Elwannyen Sesel 1980-1992 - - > See: 'Seychelles'
...captured by Britain in 1794. It (Seychelles) was incorporated as a dependency of Mauritius in 1814. It became a separate Crown Colony in 1903, and a independent republic within the Commonwealth in 1976. The islands of Aldabra, Farquhar and Des Roches have issued postage stamps, since 1980, as Zil Elwannyen Sesel.
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The first postage stamps were issued in 1890.
Philatelic Bureau
Box 60, Victoria, Mahe
Seychelles, Indian Ocean
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Agency :
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Crown Agents Stamp Bureau Ltd.
Old Inn House, 2 Carshalton Road
Sutton, Surrey, SM1 4RN, United Kingdom
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ZIMBABWE

Posts and Telecommunications Corporation
M. K. Moyo
Director, Postal Planning and Development
P.O. Box CY 331
CAUSEWAY
HARARE
ZIMBABWE
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Téléphone (+263 4) 728 811
Téléfax (+263 4) 706 490
From UPU
(note: album pages for Southern Rhodesia listed under 'S')

Zimbabwe - former: Southern Rhodesia -
Southern Rhodesia was under British influence in the 1880s as the British South Africa Company. It was divided into Northern and Southern Rhodesia in 1911. Southern Rhodesia became a self-governing British colony in 1923. Northern and Southern Rhodesia and Nyasaland formed a federation in 1953.
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Southern Rhodesia became independent as the Republic of Zimbabwe in 1980.
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The first postage stamps were issued in 1964.
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Posts and Telecommunications Corporation
Philatelic Bureau
Box 4220
Harare, Zimbabwe
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Philatelic Museums & Libraries data - Zimbabwe
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Zululand 1888-1896 (Natal) - Download Album Pages: - $5 a year for all the countries you can eat!
Free Album Pages? This site is sort of like "shareware" software.
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links to major sources on philately consulted
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