Major Site Updates
New Section created specific to the Habilitado por la Nacion
(HPLN) issues which were previously included under other sections. Further work
to take place to tidy up this section further.
Specialised Catalogues created for the Isabella and HPLN issues.
Plan is to provide similar specialised lists for all other eras over time.
New Isabella Forgery discovered – 5c 1859 issue printed in black
New Section Created: Zambales Tribunal
Cancellation. Providing listing of all known covers with this town cancel.
New Section Created: Printers Waste. Providing full listing of
all knows Printers Waste on postal stamps.
New Section Created: Non-Philippine Circular Date Stamps. Aimed
to highlight stamps from the Spanish-Philippines postmarked in
Three new Perfins discovered and
added: SB&Co on Scott #85 (10c King Alfonso XII
issue); SB&Co on Scott #86 (12-4/8c Bright
Rose); and RR&Ca on Scott #57 (20c Violet
One new Inverted Date Postmark discovered and added: Correos –
Manila CDS, being the first recorded example on this particular cancellation.
New Section Created: 1881 – 1888 Surcharge Era.
Major work undertaken to create a section dedicated to all Scott listed
issues from this period, including all known types of surcharges for each
issue. Special thanks are extended to Don Peterson and Rick Miggins for their valuable help and knowledge sharing.
This section would not have been possible without major collaboration between
Don and Rick, and for allowing stamps from their respective collections to be
featured on the website.
One new B62 HongKong Cancel discovered
and added: Scott #79 (2-4/8c King Alfonso XII – First Retouch issue).
Postal Rates section has been changed to simplify the tables.
This has now also been expanded to include Interior and Overseas Newspaper
and Circular Rates.
The 1854 and 1855 Isabella covers pages have been updated, with
many thanks to Antonio Cuesta for providing
valuable information to allow greater accuracy around these covers. A few
covers have been removed due to duplication.
Updates to Isabella pages (1847 to 1862) completed.
The Queen Isabella stamp section is being revamped to include
new information and also provide details of various Royal Decrees and
Circulars issued in each year. This will be an ongoing project to bring the
rest of the stamp pages up to date and refreshed as the data contained on the
old pages have not been updated for a few years !!!
A new section has been added featuring two recorded stamps with
postmarks showing inverted centre dates. Thanks once again to Don for sharing
his stamp to also feature in this section.
The Postal Rates section has been completed to show various
postal rates across the Spanish period.
Yet another Queen Isabella forgery has been added to the
Isabella Forgery Section – 10 Cuartos 1863 issue
A new section featuring ‘SN’ and ‘RS’ Manuscript markings on
Official stampless mail has been added under
General Topics. I would like to extend my thanks to Pedro Ortiz for sharing
his covers with me allowing me to feature some of them in this Section.
Major work carried out with extensive support from Geoffrey
Lewis to update the known covers for Scott #s 1 -7. These links now show all
known covers for the 1854 and 1855 issues and provides pictures of available
covers. If anyone has knowledge of any additional covers, please email me so
these can be added.
A new section featuring ‘Private Business Firms Business Handstamps’ has been added under General Topics. This
section provides a listing of various Private Business Firms known to have
used Handstamps on letters and other
correspondence. I am pleased to have major support and assistance from Don
Peterson, who has also allowed me to use the information contained in a
Handbook he published covering this topic. Plan is to expand this section
over time with new finds and additional data not included in the original
Handbook. Hopefully, it will help fellow collectors identify various
cancellations on postal issues that contain such handstamps.
One more inclusion in the Isabella Forgery Section, with a new
discovery added: 1855 stamp issued in 10-Cuartos as opposed to the normal
stamp of 5-Cuartos. Furthermore, issued in blue-grey instead of vermilion
Another new section featuring known Forged Cancellations has
been added under General Topics. This section will continue to be expanded
with discoveries of other forged cancellations on postal issues.
Further research is currently underway to expand the Isabella
Covers Section for the 1854 and 1855 issues. This is a collaborative exercise
with support from Don Peterson and Geoffrey Lewis, with further support
anticipated from Mario Que, Antonio Questa and
Yet another inclusion to the Isabella forgery section, with one
new discovery added: 12-4/8c 1864 issue in Green (normal color
being blue – Gooding #23F4).
A new section featuring the ‘Revisado Handstamps’ has been added under General Topics. Special
thanks to Don Peterson and Rick Miggins for
assistance with information and scans supporting this section.
A new Reference Section has been added this month. I am in the
process of converting a lot of smaller articles to electronic (pdf) format. This section will be constantly updated with
new additions to my personal reference library. Please email me if you are
interested in receiving copies of any listed Articles.
A month of two new (previously unrecorded) discoveries:
Forgeries: 3-1/8c 1864 Queen
Isabella II issue - Scott #21F7
Specimens: 2m Green Newspaper
Stamp with Type 3 Muestra Overprint – Scott #P14
Further expansion has been done to include known stamps and covers
with Postal Cancellations covering the King Alfonso XII period.
Changes to the Isabella Stamps section providing details of the
plates of the 1854 issue. This amends the original classification of the 10c
Black from a proof to being plate one of this issue.
King Amadeo and First Spanish Republic
Stamp Forgeries - New Sections created detailing known forgeries between 1871
and 1874, excluding the Habilitado por la Nacion overprints. The Habilitado
overprints will be added in due course.
Expansion to include known stamps and covers with Postal
Cancellations up to the 1874
Three more Isabella forgeries have been added: Scott #1F9, Scott
#6F16 and Scott #23F3. The last one is thanks to another new find by Don
Peterson. Thanks again to Don for sending me another batch of forgeries to
review and comment on.
I have re-classified the 3-1/8c stamps that were previously
believed to be Essays of the 1864 issue as forgeries. These are now listed as
Scott #F21F6 and are known to exist in shades of black and rose. One of these
stamps has been sent to Comex to obtain formal
certification to verify this conclusion.
New Section added: Philippine Military Mail to Cochinchina. This details the history of the
French-Spanish Campaign in
Layout of the website has been modified in an aim to consolidate
the sections which hopefully makes navigating the site easier.
I have re-established the Queen Isabella Covers Section. Aim is
to highlight as many of the key covers as I can for the issues with low
numbers of known covers. For other issues (1856, 1859 and 1864) to depict a
few interesting covers and mixed postal cancellations as well as usage. If
anyone has a cover they wish to add to the site, please send me a scan and
will be happy to include.
Work is currently underway on updating the Postal Cancellation
section. A long way to go to get it populated but will be interesting to come
up with what we know as the earliest and latest usage of each of the
different postal cancellations. I am sure these will change dramatically over
time, but will be good to have a centralised database for known examples and
Four more Isabella forgeries were added to the site (#6F15,
#11F3, #21F5, and #23F2). Also updated to reference four existing forgeries
as created by the Senf Brothers (#2F1, #4F1, #7F1
and #16F2). It still amazes me that there are yet more forgeries for this
first Spanish period. General tidy up on the forgeries was also carried out.
This part of the site is now fully updated with all known forgeries of the
Isabella period. I am sure there are others out there waiting to be included.
Three new sections have been added – ‘Gutter Pairs’, ‘B32 HongKong Handstamps’ and
‘Municipal Town Cancels’. As always, please forward any additional
information to help expand these and any other sections of the website.
New Specimen find – 5c 1871 issue, previously unrecorded as
having the Muestra overprint. Table has been
updated to now show that each value of this set is known with the Type 1
Thanks to fellow forgery collector Carl Walske,
we have added a further 4 forgeries to the Isabella section (#1F8, 4F9, 10F4,
22F4 plus one more that I managed to obtain in a mixed lot through ebay (#24F4).
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