Scott #184, Perf 14×13½, August 29, 1939
Robert Louis Stevenson
the other stamps in the set:
Scott #181-3, Perf 13½x14
Samoan dancing party
first day covers
After World War I ended in 1918, certain colonies and territories were taken from the defeated nations and placed under the administration of one or more of the victorious nations. These areas were called mandated territories. The League of Nations, a forerunner of the United Nations (UN), supervised the governing countries in the administration of the territories. The League expected the governing countries to improve living conditions in the territories, and to prepare the people for self-government. ... New Zealand received Western Samoa. ...
The mandate system ended in 1947. By that time, several mandated territories ... had become independent countries. The remaining territories ... were placed under the stronger United Nations trusteeship system. The same countries continued to administer the territories, but they were under the control of the UN.
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