Articles April to July 2004

The two printings of this stamp show a wide range of color varieties. The article includes a page discussing the first issue of the Spanish Antilles, which I refer to as the Cuba First Issue 1855-63.
I describe covers and pieces of the first printing of the 5 pesos Iguazu Falls, in usages from 1935 to 1944.
The second France 2 Francs Merson is representative of the issue, and is only second to the 50 centimes Merson as the most common Merson. The second France 2 Francs Merson was first issued in 1907. There is a first 2 Francs Merson, and this web site includes a section dedicated to the Merson issue.
This correspondence consists of 437 covers from various banks in India to the Wells Fargo Bank in New York mailed during 1981 and 1982. I focus on the definitives that are used most in this correspondence.
This stamp is one of the 1935-51 definitives.
The 1 Yuan value of this series is one of the more commonly used values. This web site contains a section showing the most commonly used China Architecture definitives.definitives.
The Mexico Exporta series has a very large number of issues (approximately 100), and of varieties (in the neighborhood of 500). Here are a few of the issues in a bank correspondence to Miami. The article includes web pages dedicated to the 1000, 2000, 3000, 4000, and 5000 pesos values. I have dedicated a section of this web site to this fascinating series.
This issue depicts a mixture of political propaganda, idealized portraits, antiquities, industrial progress, and export themes.

In this article I review examples of the India 2 Rupees Textiles definitives from the Wells Fargo correspondence. I have also included a main page for the postal rates, as well as dedicated pages for usages of one and two, three and four, and six and seven of these stamps on the same cover.

Independent Kenya has a great history of definitives that are as beautiful as commemoratives. This stamp is found on registered covers. This article offers a brief look at some postmarks from kiloware.
The US 1938 Presidential series, commonly known as the prexies, received extensive usage during World War II. Here I show a few blocks of four and six. These show the wide range of postmarks found in type as well as number of cities and towns.

The Brazil 1891 100 Reis has poor color control and plates that show significant wear. I include pages for some of the color varieties, some of the plate varieties as well as examples of under-inking and smudging.
I show details of printings that are representative for this issue. I also include a page of usages of the 2 Yuan with other architecture definitives, and a page with uses with commemoratives.
I show here pages for each stamp showing color variations (5 Francs, 10 Francs, 20 Francs) and pages with dated specimens showing possible usage ranges as well as some representative specimens (5 Francs, 10 Francs, 20 Francs).
The Egypt 1964 definitive issue shows a good run of designs from Ancient Egypt as well as more modern cultural themes.This article includes a page with some printing shades.
These specimens are from the 1992 printing. Below each image is a link to a page with examples of postmarks on piece, and some covers. Included are pages with specimens of the 1 pound, 1.50 pounds, 2 pounds, 3 pounds, and 5 pounds.
These definitives are both beautiful and rare.
Here are examples of the three stamps in the 1926-27 Map air mail series. I have pages with each stamp on cover (10 cent, 15 cent, and 20 cent).
These high value definitives are very beautiful.
A gorgeous stamp. Here are a few detailed scans showing printing variations and plate varieties.
This stamp received wide use during the 1990's. I focus on color varieties of this high value definitive.
A selection of these stamps on philatelic covers to the same addressee.
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