Philippine Business Firms

Handstamp Markings & Privately Printed Covers

This section has been created as an extension to the 1998 handbook “Mail and Markings of Private Business Firms of the Spanish Philippines” by Don Peterson. The intent is to continue to expand the section to develop a comprehensive list of Businesses in the Philippines that had a presence during the Spanish Period, with specific focus on usage of Privately Applied Handstamps on mail (covers) or documents (mainly Revenue related); Privately Printed Covers; and inbound covers.

 

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 (based on information collated at the time) and shows examples of known Handstamps or Privately Printed Covers (where applicable) used by each Firm. Best efforts have been carried out on some of the handstamps to create reproductions based on partial cancels on stamps or documents; being updated as more information or additional cancellations are discovered.

Please click on the pdf icon to access collected information
on each of the listed Businesses


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

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

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1 BH

3 PPC

2 RA

Adolfo Roensch

None Recorded to Date

 

Agencia de Aduana

Pedro Javier Rodriguez

 

 

2 BH

Agencia Editorial

Manuel Arias y Rodriguez



 


5 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

Alfredo Roensch & Co

Only Known with US Period Usage

1 RA

Antonio Fuset

 

 

1 RA

Ayala & Company

 

 

 

 

 

B. A. Barreto

 

 

 

 

 

Baer Senior & Company

 

 

3 BH

Baer & Suhm

 

 

2 BH

O. v. Suhm

 

 

1 BH

Suhm & Company

 

 

3 BH

Banco Espanol-Filipino de Isabel II

 

 

 

 

 

Barlow & Company

 

 

1 BH

Barlow & Wilson

 

 

1 RA

Batlle Hermanos & Company

 

 

3 BH

Bazar Filipino

Warlomont Hermanos

 

 

1 BH

Benedicta Javier

Catalino Valdezco

 

 

1 BH

Bloch y Grein

 

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2 PPC

Boie & Schadenberg

 

 

 

 

 

Botica Boie

 

 

 

 

 

Botica de Roco y Llanderal

 

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

 

 

 

Botica de Sta Cruz (Pablo Schuster)

 

 

 

 

 

Botica Zobel

(Farmacia Zobel)

 

2 BH

1 RA

C. Fressel & Company

 

 

 

 

 

C. Heinszen and Company

 

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

 

 

 

C. Karuth & Company

 

 

 

 

 

C. Lutz and Company

 

 

4 BH

Camilo Granados

 

 

 

 

 

Carlos Gsell

 

Known on Postal Cards between 1896 and 1897.

 

 

 

Carlos Moritz and Company

 

Known on 1899 US Period cover.

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

Compania General de Tabacos de Filipinas

 

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

 

 

 

Conrado Martell

 

 

 

 

 

Cucullu & Company

 

 

 

 

 

Domingo Burgos Dy-Yanco

 

 

1 BH

Durr and Company

 

German background, known in Manila from 1879 through 1896.

 

 

 

Ed. A. Keller & Company

 

 

 

 

 

El Oriente - Fabrica de Tabacos

 

 

 

 

 

Enrique Spitz

 

 

 

 

 

Estefeta de Campana

 

Shipping Firm. No information available on this firm.

 

 

 

F L Roxas

 

 

 

 

 

F. M. Yap-Tico

 

 

 

 

 

F. de P. Rodoreda (Francisco de Paula)

 

 

 

 

 

Fabrica "Colon"

J. C. Arenas

 

 

1 BH

Fabrica de Maria Cristina

 

 

 

 

 

Farmacia Central

 

 

 

 

 

Federico C. Schenkel

 

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

 

 

 

Felix y Emmanuel Ullmann

 

 

 

 

 

Findlay & Company

 

 

 

 

 

Findlay, Richardson & Company

 

 

 

 

 

Fochs & Company

 

 

 

 

 

Forbes, Munn & Company

 

 

 

 

 

Francisco Reyes and Company

 

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

 

 

 

FrÖhlich & Kuttner and Company




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2 BH

4 PPC



L Kuttner

Frohlich%20&%20Kuttner/Kuttner-PPC1.jpg

 

1 BH

1PPC

G. Armstrong

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

Galan y Fuster

 

 

 

 

 

Gebruder Dorken in Gevelsberg

 

 

 

 

 

George McKenzie & Company

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

Gsell & Company

 

 

 

 

 

Gutierrez. Hermanos

 

 

 

 

 

H & Company

 

Known with Perfins

 

 

 

H. Bandmann

 

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

 

 

 

Heinszen & Company

 

 

 

 

 

Helios – Fabrica de Tabacos

 

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

 

 

 

Henry W. Peabody & Company

 

 

 

 

 

Hermann Hartmann

 

 

 

 

 

Herman Sander

 

 

 

 

 

Holliday, Wise & Company

 

 

 

 

 

Hollmann & Company

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

Hoskyn & Company

 

 

 

 

 

International Telegraph Company (YTC)

 

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.

 

 

 

J B Roxas

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

J.M. Tuason & Company

5 BH

1 PPC

1 RA

J. P. Rens

 

 

 

 

 

Jenny and Company

 

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

 

 

 

Joaquin Barberra and Company

 

 

 

 

 

Joaquin V. Fernandez

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

Jorge Valdezco

 

 

 

 

 

Jose Crispulo Reyes

 

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

 

 

 

Jose Reyes

 

 

 

 

 

Jose Juan de Ycaza

 

 

 

 

 

Jose Martinez

 

 

 

 

 

Juan Balbas y Ageo

 

Known in Manila from 1874 through 1886.

 

 

 

Juan Muñoz

 

Known in Manila from 1864 through 1873.

 

 

 

Ker & Company

 

 

 

 

 

Koch and Brunner

 

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

 

 

 

Kuenzle and Streiff and Company

 

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

 

 

 

L Eugster & Company

 

 

 

 

 

 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.

 

 

 

La Insular – Fabrica de Tabacos

 

 

 

 

 

Labarbe & Company

 

 

 

 

 

Labedan & Sertucha and Company

 

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

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

Larrinaga & Echeita

 

 

 

 

 

MacGavin, Grindrod & company

 

 

 

 

 

MacLeod and Company

 

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

 

 

 

Manila Railway Company Ltd

 

 

 

 

 

Manuel Gena

 

 

 

 

 

Martin Buck and Company

 

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

 

 

 

Martin, Dyce and Company

 

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.

 

 

 

Matia Menchacatorre and Company

 

Known in Manila from 1843 through 1847.

 

 

 

Max Sprungli

 

 

 

 

 

Meerkamp & Nyssens

 

 

 

 

 

Menage Scientific Expedition

 

 

 

 

 

Motia (?) Menchatorre & Company

 

 

 

 

 

Munoz Hermanos

 

 

 

 

 

Nelson Harrmann & Company

 

 

 

 

 

Norman G. Schmidt

 

 

 

 

 

Oscar Wiget & Company

 

 

 

 

 

Oskar E. Roensch

 

 

 

 

 

Otto Hartmann

 

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

 

 

 

P. Valentin Ventura

 

 

 

 

 

Pablo Escolar (Tableria de S. Miguel)

 

 

 

 

 

Pablo Sartorious (Botica Boie)

 

 

 

 

 

Pedro Paig

 

 

 

 

 

Peele, Hubbell & Company

 

 

 

 

 

Perfumeria Inglesa

 

 

 

 

 

Po Gui Yao

 

 

 

 

 

Prehn & Company

 

 

 

 

 

R M Ongcakue

 

 

 

 

 

Ramirez y Giraudier

 

 

 

 

 

Remigio Garcia

 

 

 

 

 

Rodolfo Mayer

 

 

 

 

 

Roxas Reyes

 

RR&Co Perfins

 

 

 

Rueda y Ramos

 

 

 

 

 

Russell & Sturgis & Company

 

 

 

 

 

Samuel Bischoff

 

 

 

 

 

Smith Bell & Company

 

 

 

 

 

Soler y Ca

 

 

 

 

 

Sprungli & Company

 

 

 

 

 

Struckmann & Company

 

 

 

 

 

Suhm & Company

 

 

 

 

 

Sulzen & Company

 

 

 

 

 

T M Cue

 

 

 

 

 

Tillson, Herrmann & Company

 

 

 

 

 

Torrecilla & Company

 

 

 

 

 

Velasco Hermanos

 

 

 

 

 

Vicente Atienza

 

 

 

 

 

Vidal & Company

 

 

 

 

 

Vistas, Moreno & Company

 

 

 

 

 

W F Stevenson & Company

 

 

 

 

 

Warlomont

 

 

 

 

 

Warner Blodgett & Company

 

 

 

 

 

Wiget, Uebelhardt & Company

 

 

 

 

 

Wong Pok Hin

 

 

 

 

 

Y de la Rama y Hijos

 

 

 

 

 

Ynchausti & Company

 

 

 

 

Yu Quioc Joc

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Last Update: 02.07.2018