Aerogrammes of British Central Africa
This listing will deal with the special printed forms used in the three countries of British Central Africa as a means of providing an inexpensive air mail service using a custom designed air letter form. It is not confined to postal stationery (that is stationery produced bearing an imprinted valid postage stamp and sold by or on behalf of a postal authority) but will include air letter sheets and aerogrammes issued without an imprinted stamp, provided there is evidence of the use of that form of air letter sheet or aerogrammes in one or more of the countries.
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Adrian de Bourbon
- Hugh Amoore
- Sean Burke
- Geoff Brakspear
- Tony Banks
- James Gavin
- Keith Harrop
- Barry Horne
- Narendrha Morar
- Dave Trathen
- Otto Peetoom
- Allan Rendle
- Stuart Ross
- Mark Thomas
American Topical Association
The American Topical Association (ATA) is a US-based philatelic society and the largest organisation devoted to topical stamp collecting. It was established in 1949 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin by Jerome (Jerry) Husak.
It currently serves members in over 60 countries. ATA publishes Topical Time, its bimonthly journal. It also publishes numerous handbooks and maintains many checklists listing hundreds of stamps by topic. The organization runs the National Topical Stamp Show as well as supporting 50+ study units on various topics and 40+ local chapters
The American Topical Association is an affiliate of the American Philatelic Society.
Wilson & Morgan
Wilson & Morgan is a legal firm in Blantyre, Malawi.
TAP Air Portugal
TAP (Transportes Aéreos Portugueses) Air Portugal is the flag carrier airline of Portugal, headquartered at Lisbon Airport which also serves as its hub. The airline, founded on 14 March 1945 began commercial services on 19 September 1946, with a flight from Lisbon to Madrid using a Douglas DC-3. On 31 December, TAP Air Portugal began its Linha Aérea Imperial, a twelve-stop colonial service including Luanda, Angola and Lourenço Marques (now Maputo), Mozambique.
Rhodesia’s Unilateral Declaration of Independence on 11 November 1965 and the subsequent imposition of sanctions imposed by Britain and independent African states, closed down almost all international flights operating through Rhodesia, with the exception of TAP and South African Airways.
In June 2015 the company was semi-privatised and became majority-owned by the Atlantic Gateway Consortium. The deal has been surrounded in controversy because it was completed at the end of the center-right government’s mandate with wide opposition from TAP employees. On October 2015, a new left-wing government has sought to return majority control of the airline to the state.
The Boys’ Brigade
The Boys’ Brigade (BB) is an international interdenominational Christian youth organisation, conceived by Sir William Alexander Smith and Chester to combine drill and fun activities with Christian values. Following its inception in Glasgow in 1883 The Boys’ Brigade quickly spread across the United Kingdom, becoming a worldwide organisation by the early 1890s. As of 2018, there were 750,000 Boys’ Brigade members in 60 countries.
The Boys’ Brigade has branches in Malawi (est.1910), Zambia (est.1957) and Zimbabwe (est.1948).
Republic of Malawi
Malawi is a landlocked country in southeast Africa that was formerly known as Nyasaland. The name Malawi comes from the Maravi, an old name of the Nyanja people that inhabit the area. The part of Africa now known as Malawi was settled by migrating Bantu groups around the 10th century. Centuries later in 1891 the area was colonised by the British as British Central Africa. In 1907, it became a Protectorate named Nyasaland.
In 1953 Malawi in joined the Federation of Rhodesia & Nyasaland. The Federation was dissolved in 1963 and in 1964 the protectorate over Nyasaland was ended and Nyasaland became an independent country under Queen Elizabeth II with the new name Malawi. Two years later it became a republic.
Upon gaining independence it became a totalitarian one-party state under the presidency of Hastings Banda, who remained president until 1994. Malawi now has a democratic, multi-party government headed by an elected president, currently Lazarus Chakwera.
Malawi’s foreign policy is pro-Western and includes positive diplomatic relations with most countries and participation in several international organisations, including the United Nations, the Commonwealth of Nations, the Southern African Development Community (SADC), the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), and the African Union (AU).