There may come a time when dwindling finances, leisure, enthusiasm or even health bring our main collections to a halt, even if only temporarily. We may then look around for something simple to collect by way of light relief.
Might the French Territory of the Afars and Issas, whose issues spanned only around ten years and whose catalogue listings seem to pose no difficulties, fill the bill?
Many general collectors will blink at this particular territory name and struggle to place it on the map. It existed for a bare ten years (1967–77), and formed part of the history of the perhaps better-known French Somali Coast (now the independent Republic of Djibouti). Yet this compact collecting area produced some very attractive stamps and a few surprises besides.
To learn more about this fascinating area, see the latest GSM.