General issues: Italian colony 1925-1926
Country name on general issues: Oltre Giuba
Currency: 1 Lira = 100 Centesimi 1925-1926
Population: 292 000 in 1931
Political history Italian Jubaland
Italian Jubaland – which derives its name from the Jubba River – is located in eastern Africa. Jubaland is, in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, part of British East Africa and from 1920 Kenya. The capital of Kismayo is the last of the cities along the Benadir Coast that de jure still resides under the authority of the sultan of Zanzibar. The British, in 1924, agree to transfer Jubaland to Italy as compensation for Italy joining the Allies in WWI – the actual transfer to be effected in 1925. After a short period of existence as the separate Italian colony of Oltre Giuba – Italian for Trans Juba – Jubaland is annexed to Italian Somaliland in 1926. Kismayo is, at the same time, annexed from Zanzibar thus ending the – already for some time only nominal – rule of Zanzibar over the Benadir coast.
Postal history Italian Jubaland
The first post office is opened in Jubaland under British East African administration in 1896. Stamps are used from British East Africa, British East Africa & Uganda and Kenya & Uganda. The Italians, in 1925, issue the first set of stamps for Jubaland – these being Italian stamps overprinted ‘Oltre Giuba'‘Trans-Juba’. A first set of definitives is issued in 1926. After annexation to Italian Somaliland, the stamps of Italian Jubaland are superseded by those of Italian Somaliland and, from 1960, by those of Somalia.