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(formerly part of the Orange Free State, later know as: Basutoland)

Postal Headquarters
International Relations
Mlle Anne K. Mokhethi
International Affairs
P.O. Box 413

T�l�phone (+266) 323 542, T�l�fax (+266) 310 476
From UPU

Lesotho -
was originally inhabited by hunting and gathering bushmen. The Bantu arrived in the 16th century and the Basotho nation was established. It was incorporated into the Orange Free State in 1854 and was under British protection as Basutoland beginning in 1869. Independence was granted in 1960 and Kingdom of Lesotho was declared on October 4, 1966.

The first postage stamps were issued in 1933 for Basutoland

Lesotho Philatelic Bureau
Private Bag 1,
Maseru 100, Lesotho


Inter Governmental Philatelic Agency Online - for over 55 countries
460 West 34th Street
New York, NY 10001, U.S.A.

Telephone: (212) 629-7979
Fax: (212) 629-3350
e-mail [email protected]

Also with offices in London, Paris, Israel, Africa, Hong Kong.
Email: <City/NationName>

Lesotho - Via the CIA:
Location: Southern Africa, an enclave of South Africa

Independence/holiday: 4 October 1966 (from UK)

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Lesotho - Linn's / See: Basutoland (1933-66)
Stamp-issuing status: inactive; Population: 750,000 (1964 estimate). A former British crown colony surrounded by South Africa. Under British control after 1871, Basutoland became the independent state of Lesotho on Oct. 4, 1966. Stamps of the Cape of Good Hope were used 1871-1910 and those of the Union of South Africa 1910-33, when the colony began to use its own issues.

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