1894, The establishment
This day marks the historic occasion of the start of the Djibouti-Addis Railway construction. Hence,135,000 sets, a set of seven stamps were issued (the Menelik Issue), in 1894, 24th of November depicting Emperor Menelik (1844-1913), and three depicting the heraldic lion.
Ethiopost joined the UPU on 1st November 1908. Before Ethiopost’s membership to UPU, the stamps issued were valid only for local mail and Djibouti. Mails for international purposes needed to be franked by other UPU member countries. For this same purpose, French Post offices operated in Ethiopia, in Addis Ababa, Harar, and Dire Dawa.