Northern Rhodesia was created in 1911 from a territory administered by the British South Africa Company, becoming an official British protectorate in 1924, and achieving independence as Zambia in 1964.
Before and after its creation, Northern Rhodesia used the stamps of Rhodesia. The change to protectorate included a change of stamps, and on 1 April 1925, Northern Rhodesia issued its first stamps.
The stamps depict a left facing portrait of King George V in a crowned vignette with a wilderness scene with elephants and a giraffe at the bottom. The stamps are inscribed "NORTHERN RHODESIA" and were issued with seventeen different denomination.
These stamps were in use till 1938. When King George VI came to the throne, the same design was adapted for him.
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