DR Congo / Zaire Stamps
The Democratic Republic of the Congo - also referred to as DRC, DR Congo, Congo or Congo-Kinshasa, is a nation in central Africa and the third largest country on the continent.
The first stamps were issued in 1886 when the country was known as Independent State of the Congo, with the king of Belgium as its king. It was annexed to Belgium in 1908 and was then known as Belgian Congo.
The country became independent in 1960 and was then called the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Between 1971 and 1997 the name of the country was changed to Zaire.