Equatorial Guinea '94
Saint-Exupéry on Stamps France '48
"Equatorial Guinea"
República de Guinea Ecuatorial



See the labels at "Somalia", for similar Saint-Ex Cinderellas.


These labels appear at first glance to be postage stamps of Equatorial Guinea, like the preceding 1994 set, but closer examination shows that they are not real stamps, nor of that country.

They were offered on internet auctions, usually described as "Cinderellas", i.e., not true postal items, in 2009-10. (The date of production is estimated.)
Unlike actual stamps of Equatorial Guinea, where the country name is written "República de Guinea Ecuatorial", on these it appears as "Rep. de Guinea Ecuatorial". Normal issues include the word "Correos" (post), and any text is in Spanish. On these labels, if text appears, it is mostly in English, otherwise French. Actual stamps indicate the printing agency and the year. These don't appear on the labels. On actual stamps the value is normally shown as F.C.F.A. - CFA francs, but on the labels it is shown with a dollar sign at the end, like "0.75$". Furthermore, the perforations are slightly irregular in both spacing and alignment, and the images are modified from freely available sources... including one taken from this site! (Note also that "Saint-Exupéry" is not hyphenated on the labels, as it was, correctly, on the 1994 stamp.)

"Cinderella means a label similar to a stamp ... not used for postage and not connected with a location printed on the label,” Eurofila's disclaimer, in J.M. Chute's (Jun 2002) article, Illegal Stamps. See also A different perspective on illegal stamps, Linn's, (Feb 2001) by Michael Laurence.

If you have additional information on these labels, please let me know.

Click on an image to enlarge, on the number for source photos and details...













7, 13

1. Saint-Ex in the '30s, in Paris.

2. "Good spirits characterized his
conversation..." (Pierre Brodin, Icare n°84)

3. Student-officer at Rabat (1921)

4. Antoine and Consuelo in the early '30s.
From André Gide's journal:

Great pleasure to see Saint-Exupéry again at Agay... He has brought from Argentina a new book [Night Flight] and a fiancée. Read the one, met the other. A great pleasure; but especially the book. I hope the fiancée will be as satisfying.

At Agay, on this April 12, 1931, everything was satisfying. It was beautiful on the bay. In the manor of Pierre d'Agay, Gabrielle's husband, crystal and silverware wore a festival gleam. For Antoine has gotten married. Antoine has found overseas a fine little brunette - he liked large blondes - whose exuberence and charm bewitched him. She is called... Consuelo. He has forgotten, in this moment, that five years before he wrote to his mother, "I'm afraid of marriage."

5. April 12, 1931. The marriage of Antoine and Consuelo at Agay. The bridesmaids Marie Madeleine and Mireille, and the pageboy, François, were Antoine's sister Gabrielle Agay's children. (Frédéric d'Agay)

6. Saint-Exupéry in Toulouse, 1933 (Musée d'Air France)

7. Photo by John Phillips, May 1944, Alghero, Sardinia.

8. In 1931, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry became a reporter for the Intransigeant (the name of the newspaper appearing on the plane). That was also the year he published Night Flight, a story of a battle, and the hardships of a pilot's life.

9,10,11. Photos by John Phillips, May 1944, Alghero, Sardinia. The last photos of St-Ex.

12. Monument for Antoine de Saint-Exupéry at Bastia airport, Corsica, France.

La Corse
rappelle que d'ici
l'écrivain aviateur
de Saint-Exupéry
à envola le 31 7 1944
pour sa dernière
mission de guerre.

remembers that from here
the pilot-author
de Saint-Exupéry
took off on July 31, 1944
for his final
war mission.

13. Young St-Ex in a bow tie. (Air France)

(sheet also exists imperforate)

And these two "sets" of 8 sheetlets each:
(first set also with blue background)
(click on images for details)

Notice the little Saint-Ex image at the top of the ones below?

It's taken from the one I created for the top of this site!
Most of the images used on these labels can be found online somewhere...
Click on an image to see the original photo...

Q: Why do Scotts not list values for most of Equatorial Guinea stamps?

A: One of the important factors in listing stamps is to only include stamps that were issued for legitimate postage use. There are many countries that have created and printed stamps specifically to sell to collectors. They print hundreds of thousands of stamps well above the needs of the population of the country. These types of stamps are seldom listed in the catalogs.


Thanks to Mark Morrow for an image of the $1.5 souvenir sheet!

Equatorial Guinea '94
Saint-Exupéry on Stamps
France '48