Qu'aiti State in Hadhramaut
Dinosaurs and others prehistoric animals on stamps of Qu'aiti State in Hadhramaut
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, officially the Qu'aiti State in Hadhramaut
or the Qu’aiti Sultanate of Shihr and Mukalla, was a sultanate
in the Hadhramaut region of the southern Arabian Peninsula, existed
between 1858 and 17 September 1967, in what is now Yemen
Covering approximately 70,000 square miles, roughly the size of England and Wales,
Qu’aiti was the third largest kingdom in Arabia after the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and
the Sultanate of Oman
Its capital was Al Mukalla and it was divided into six provinces including Al Mukalla,
Ash Shihr, Shibam, Du'an, the Western Province and Haj.
As Great Britain
planned for the eventual independence of South Arabia
in the 1960s, Qu’aiti declined to join the British-sponsored Federation
of South Arabia but remained under British protection as part of the Protectorate of South Arabia.
Stamps of Qu'aiti State in Hadhramaut from 1942 and 1963.
The red stamp is from 1942 with "Qu'aiti state of shihr and mukalla" on the bottom,
MiNr.: 7, Scott: 7.
The blue stamp is from 1963 with "Qu’aiti State in Hadramaut" on the bottom,
MiNr.: 45, Scott: 45.
Despite promises of a UN referendum to assist in determining the future of the Qu'aiti state in South Arabia
on 17 September 1967, Communist forces overran the kingdom and, in November of that year,
the Qu’aiti State was integrated forcibly without a referendum into Communist South Yemen.
South Yemen united with North Yemen in 1990, again without a referendum, to become the Republic of Yemen
The first stamps of the Sultanate were issued in 1942 under name "ADEN: Qu'aiti state of shihr and mukalla".
Since 1955 stamps of the Sultanate were named "ADEN: Qu’aiti State in Hadramaut" and since 1963 just
"Qu’aiti State in Hadramaut".
When ADEN was written on the top and the Sultanate name on the bottom side of the stamps.
In the first years the Sultanate were issued a new stamp set with up to 10 stamps every 4-5 years.
These stamps showed a portrait of the Sultan on the top-right corner and some landscape of the Sultanate
in the rest of the area.
The situation changed in 1966, when Qu’aiti State in Hadramaut started to issue thematic stamp sets
that were thematically not related to the country.
Even after Qu’aiti State was integrated in South Yemen in 1967, stamps continued to be printed.
The last stamp of the Qu'aiti State in Hadhramaut was printed in 1968.
The postal purpose of these stamps (1968) is doubtful.
Most likely, they were produced abroad for stamp collectors and never used on correspondence inside
of the country.
Official stamps of Qu'aiti State in Hadhramaut related to Paleontology: dinosaurs and other prehistoric animals
|xx.1968 "Recent and Prehistoric animals" 
Dinosaurs, prehistoric and modern animals on imperforated stamps of Qu'aiti State in Hadhramaut 1968.
MiNr.: 177B-190B (perforated stamps 177A-190A), Scott: N/A
 "Recent and Prehistoric animals":
stamps with the same face value were printed se-tenant (tete-beche).
Design of all prehistoric stamps are after famous paintings by the Czechoslovakian paleo-artist Zdenêk Burian.
This set of se-tenant stamps exist in both perforated and imperforated variations.
Margins of the stamps sheets have some additional color illustration of the same animals.
According to MICHEL catalog this high face value Souvenir Block (Bl. 22, stamp 191), for the airmail post,
with the painting of modern animals, "Paradise" by Roelandt Savery from 1618, belongs to the same stamps set.
Distinguished from MICHEL and Yvert et Tellier,
Scott and Stanley Gibbons catalogs doesn't list this stamps set.
Many thanks to
Dr. Peter Voice
from Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences, Western Michigan University,
for the draft page review and his very valuable comments.