Philippine Business Firms

Handstamp Markings & Privately Printed Covers

This section is an extension to the 1998 handbook “Mail and Markings of Private Business Firms of the Spanish Philippines” by Don Peterson. The intent is to develop a comprehensive list of Businesses in the Philippines that used Privately Applied Handstamps on mail (covers) or documents (mainly Revenue related) and/or created Privately Printed Covers during the Spanish period between 1854 and 1899.

 

Business Handstamps’ refers to a return address, for advertising purposes, or a ‘control’ to prevent the theft of stamps when applied directly over the stamp.

 

Forwarding Handstamps’ were used by a forwarding agent; a person or firm that undertook to see that the goods of correspondence of another are transported without himself acting as a carrier.

 

It is interesting to note that majority of the Handstamps on mail was applied in the “white” portion of the cover (front or back), and only seldom appeared on the stamps. On Revenue documents, however, most Handstamps were applied directly on the stamps.

 

The pdf links below provides details of each Business Firm (where available) and shows examples of known Handstamps or Privately Printed Covers used by each Firm. In some instances, only part of the Handstamp is detailed, due to no complete handstamp seen to date.

Business Handstamps and

Privately Printed  Covers

Click on the pdf file icon to access Business information, Handstamp & Cover details, etc.

Business Firm

Business Handstamps
(BH)

Privately Printed Covers
(PPC)

Return Address
(RA)

Known Numbers

PDF File

A. Emil Homann

 

 

1 RA

A. Ortiz

A%20Ortiz/AOrtiz-BH1.jpg

 

 

1 BH

Adolfo Richter & Company

El Siglo XIX

Adolfo%20Richter%20&%20Co/AdolfoRichter-BH1.jpg

Adolfo%20Richter%20&%20Co/AdolfoRichter-PPC1.jpg
Adolfo%20Richter%20&%20Co/AdolfoRichter-PPC2.jpg
Adolfo%20Richter%20&%20Co/AdolfoRichter-PPC3.jpg

Adolfo%20Richter%20&%20Co/AdolfoRichter-RA1.jpg
Adolfo%20Richter%20&%20Co/AdolfoRichter-RA2.jpg

1 BH

3 PPC

2 RA

Agencia de Aduana

Pedro Javier Rodriguez

 

 

2 BH

Agencia Editorial

Manuel Arias y Rodriguez



 


4 BH

1 PPC

Agencia General de Negocios

T.D. Ogilvie

 

 

2 BH

Agencia Maritima y de Aduanas

A. M. Barretto



 

 


3 BH

Aguirre & Company

 

 

1 BH

Aldecoa & Company

 

 

2 BH

Alexander Schadenberg

 

 

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1 RA

Antonio Fuset

 

 

1 RA

Fabrica "Colon"

J. C. Arenas

 

 

1 BH

J.M. Tuason & Company

5 BH

1 PPC

1 RA

Baer Sevios & Company

 

 

1 BH

B A Barreto and Company

No Picture Available

Commercial Agent, known in Manila from 1820s through the 1890s. Agent for Canton Insurance Company. Designated Manila agent for Thomas Perkins and Company of Canton in 1820s until 1828. Oval green Handstamp known on Scott #s 166 and 171.


One Type Recorded

 

 

 

Baer and Suhm & Company

S. Baer & Company

Suhm & Company

O. van Suhm





 

5 BH

Banco Español-Filipino de Isabel II


 

2 BH

Barlow and Company

No information available on this firm.


One Type Recorded

 

 

 

Batlle Hermanos and Company

No information available on this firm.


Three Types Recorded

 

 

 

Botica de Roco y Llanderal

No Picture Available

Pharmaceutical business known in Bacolod in the 1890s. Double Lined oval business Handstamp known on Scott #144.


One Type Recorded

 

 

 

C. Fressel and Company

German background, known in Manila in the 1880s and 1890s.


One Type Recorded

 

 

 

C. Heinszen and Company

No Picture Available

Shipping agent known in Manila from 1875 through 1898 and into the 20 century. Oval Handstamp with square ends known on Scott #172.


One Type Recorded

 

 

 

C. Lutz and Company


Agent in Manila for ships, distilled spirits, and Swiss/German made products. Agent for Anglo-Swiss Condensed Milk Company of Switzerland and for several German maritime and fire insurance companies. The agent was Mr. Lubhart, known to be in Manila from 1875 through 1885.


Four Types Recorded

 

 

 

Carlos Gsell

No information available on this firm. Known on Postal Cards between 1896 and 1897.


One Type Recorded

 

 

 

Carlos Moritz and Company

No information available on this firm. Known on 1899 US Period cover.


One Type Recorded

 

 

 

Chartered Bank of India, Australia and China

Bank founded in 1853 by James Wilson following the grant of a Royal Charter from Queen Victoria. Initially opened in Manila in 1872, and formally in April 1873, with James Somerville as the agent.


Three Types Recorded

 

 

 

Compania General de Tabacos de Filipinas

(Tabacalera)

A private firm founded in Manila in 1881. It is known in Manila and Tacloban from the 1880s through 1890s.


Two Types Recorded

 

 

 

Compania Maritima

(Agencia Maritima)


Known in Manila and Cebu in the 1890s. An inter-island shipping company that carried passengers, cargo and mail.


Three Types Recorded

 

 

 

Durr and Company

German background, known in Manila from 1879 through 1896.


One Type Recorded

 

 

 

El Oriente - Fabrica de Tabacos

No information available on this firm.


One Type Recorded

 

 

 

Estefeta de Marina

Shipping Firm. No information available on this firm.


Two Types Recorded

 

 

 

F L Roxas

No information available on this firm.


One Type Recorded

 

 

 

Farmacia Zobel

(Botica Zobel)


Pharmaceutical business, known in Manila and Cebu from 1880s through 1898.


Two Types Recorded

 

 

 

Federico C. Schenkel

Stamp dealer known in Manila from 1895 through 1899 and into the 20th century.


Two Types Recorded

 

 

 

Francisco Reyes and Company

Shipping business known at Calle de San Gabriel, Number 8, Manila, from the 1870s through the 1890s.


One Type Recorded

 

 

 

Frohlich & Kuttner and Company

(See L Kuttner)

Known in Manila from the 1890s and into the 20th century.


One Type Recorded

 

 

 

G. van Polanen Petel and Company

Shipping business. In 1875, was agent for Oosterling Sea and Fire Insurance Company. Known in the Manila from 1867 through 1881.


Two Types Recorded

 

 

 

Galan y Fuster

No information available on this firm.


One Type Recorded

 

 

 

Germann and Company



A tobacco and cigar business in Manila from the 1870s through 1898. Also believed to be an insurance agent for Basler Versicherungs, Sweden.


Six Types Recorded

 

 

 

H. Bandmann

Stamp dealer of German decent. Known in Manila in the 1880s and 1890s.


One Type Recorded

 

 

 

Helios – Fabrica de Tabacos

Tobacco business, known in Manila in 1894 and present into the 20th century.


One Type Recorded

 

 

 

Hong Kong and Shangahi Banking Corporation

Bank opened in Binondo, Manila in November 1875 by Charles Ilderton. The Iloilo branch was opened in April 1883 by John McNab.


Four Types Recorded

 

 

 

International Telegraph Company

Known in Manila from 1881 through early 1890s. Believed to be a private firm under contract to the Government to operate the telegraph service in Manila during the 1880s.


One Type Recorded

 

 

 

J. Codina and Company

Known in Manila in 1889. An 1889 circular from this firm indicated that Juan Codina and Andres Lans were company officials.


One Type Recorded

 

 

 

Jenny and Company

Known in Manila from 1865 through to 1875. Owned by Peter Jenny. Possibly mail forwarding agency.


Three Types Recorded

 

 

 

Joaquin Barberra and Company

No Picture Available

Violet business Handstamp known on revenue stamps (Warren #s W137 and W156).


One Type Recorded

 

 

 

Johnston, Gore-Booth and Company

Known in Manila in the 1880s. A W. Johnston and R. H. N. Gore-Booth were known in Manila in 1880.


One Type Recorded

 

 

 

Jose Crispulo Reyes

Known in Manila from 1875 through to 1887, and probably later.


Two Types Recorded

 

 

 

Juan Balbas y Ageo

Known in Manila from 1874 through 1886.


One Type Recorded

 

 

 

Juan Muñoz

Known in Manila from 1864 through 1873.


One Type Recorded

 

 

 

Karuth and Company

Known in Manila in 1862


One Type Recorded

 

 

 

Kochs and Company

No Picture Available

In the sugar business. Known in Manila, Cebu and Iloilo in the 1880s and 1890s. Otto Kochs was with this firm in Cebu. Oval business Handstamp.


One Type Recorded

 

 

 

Kuenzle and Streiff and Company

Known in Manila in 1896 and into the 20th century.


One Type Recorded

 

 

 

L Kuttner

(See Frohlich & Kuttner)

Known in Manila in 1889 and 1890. The same firm is believed to be Frohlich & Kuttner, which was present into the 20th century.


One Type Recorded

 

 

 

La Insular – Fabrica de Tabacos

No information available on this firm.


One Type Recorded

 

 

 

Labedan & Sertucha and Company

French origin and kown in Manila in the late 1870s and early 1880s.


One Type Recorded

 

 

 

Labhart and Company

(L Eugster and Company)

Known in Manila in the 1870s and 1880s. In 1875, this firm was agent for Transatlantic Fire Insurance Company of Hamburg in Manila. Also believed to be known as L. Eugster & Company, which was in Iloilo in the 1870s, but used the same ‘Manila’ business handstamp.


Two Types Recorded

 

 

 

MacLeod and Company

Company was formed in 1870 and known in Manila, Cebu and Iloilo. Owned steamships and were involved in inter-island trade.


Three Types Recorded

 

 

 

Manuel Gena

No information available on this firm.


One Type Recorded

 

 

 

Martin Buck and Company

Known in Manila from 1871 through 1898, and into the 20th century. Also known in San Isidro, Nueva Ecija.


Two Types Recorded

 

 

 

Martin, Dyce and Company

No Picture Available

Known in Manila from 1842 through 1898, and into the 20th century. In 1875 this firm was an agent for Merchants Marine Insurance Company Ltd. Two single lined oval cancel with Martin, Dyce and Co on top, blank in centre and Manila on bottom.


One Type Recorded

 

 

 

Matia Menchacatorre and Company

Known in Manila from 1843 through 1847.


One Type Recorded

 

 

 

Otto Hartmann

Possibly in the pharmaceutical business. Known in Jolo in 1890s.


One Type Recorded

 

 

 

 

Ynchausti y Compania

 

Privately Printed Covers

Business Firm

Description

Click on Picture to Enlarge View

Bloch y Grein

Known in Cebu in the 1880s.


Two Types Recorded

Camilo Granados

Known in Manila and Sorsogon in the 1890s.


One Type Recorded

Felix and Emmanuel Ullmann

Known in Escolta, Manila from the 1870s through 1898 and into the 20th century.


Two Types Recorded

L Kuttner

Known in Manila in 1889 and 1890. The same firm is believed to be Frohlich & Kuttner, which was present into the 20th century.


One Type Recorded

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