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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Uruguay Stamps [2nd Post]

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This will be a brief post with some new entries from Uruguay... the period covered by this post goes from 1895 to 1930 and it has a great influence of the British and American Printings, specially from Waterlow and Sons, London...As usual, I don't have many complete series, but the stamps presented of each one of them are enough for some 'talking'...




These are stamps from a definitive series issued from 1895 to 1898...there is no special subject in the designs of this series, so I usually call these series as "Various Designs"... in the series , besides, trains, ships , buildings and a "Gaucho" painting , there are illustrations of Mercury, Ceres, the Montevideo Cathedral and fortress , coats of Arms and Amazon's... they are indeed 22 beautiful stamps...it is a very good engraving and printing work from Waterlow...very nice series..
1895/1898 "Various Designs" (22) [Recess (Waterlow and Sons Limited, London)] Sc(108,109,110,111,112,,113,114,119)


This is a beautiful stamp commemorating the Argentine Revolution or the May Revolution of 1810... I could not find the relation of this revolution , with the illustration itself... as you can see in a more detailed view of the stamp , it represents a Centaur ...(I guess I'm not so familiar with South America History..)   it is a beautiful illustration and a nice postmark as well...there is still a blue 5c stamp with similar design missing..
1910 "Argentine Revolution" (2) [Des (C.M. Herrera)][Recess (South American Bank Note Company, Buenos Aires)] Sc(182)


Another work of Waterlow commemorating the End of the Devastating WWI..it is normal that the stamp represents the statue of Liberty in New York, because the US still are one of the known ends of the "River of Hope" (people who search for better conditions , peace and freedom always sail this Mighty River..) 
1919 "Peace Commemoration" (6) [Recess (Waterlow and Sons Limited, London)] Sc(217)


Finally a complete series!!.. A commemoration of José Gervásio Artigas , the National Hero of Uruguay and Father of the Nationality...in fact , the main subject of the series is the unveiling of a Monument to Artigas...
1923 "Monument to Artigas" (3) [Recess (Waterlow and sons Limited, London)] Sc(264,...,266)



I don't have many stamps of this nice series, but before I present them I must say that there were five different issues of the same design... they are all presented in the image above where you can see that despite the similarity of the illustration, all of them differ in the presence or not of several different labels below the bottom frame...
1st) no imprint below the bottom frame 2nd) 'A. Barreiro Y Ramos' Imprint below the bottom frame 3rd) 'Imprenta Nacional' imprint at the bottom center 4th) 'Imp. Nacional' at the bottom Center 5th) 'Imp.Nacional' at the bottom right.
All of these reprints are accompanied by small variations in the size of the stamps (I must say one more time that the images don't reflect these size differences...) and in the number of values of each one of them...










As You can see , the main illustration represents a South American bird, very common in Uruguay...it is known as the 'Chilean Lapwing'...
1st Group) 1923 "Chilean Lapwing" (12) [Litho (A. Barreiro Y Ramos SA, Montevideo)] Sc(269,271)
2nd, 3rd Groups) 1924 "Chilean Lapwing" (14) [Litho (A. Barreiro Y Ramos,SA,Montevideo)] Sc(286,286,287,288,289,292,293)
4th Group) 1925 "Chilean Lapwing" (6) [Litho (National Printing works)] Sc(309,314)
5th Group) 1926 "Chilean Lapwing" (7) [Litho (NPW)] Sc(317,322)
6th Group) 1927 "Chilean Lapwing" (6) [Litho (NPW)] Sc(336,338)


Single stamp series commemorating the Conquest of 'Las Missiones'...the illustration show us scenes from a Battle (I think...)  , a Map displaying the Geographical situation and at the center a portrait of General Fructuoso Rivera... this time all the engraving and printing was work of ABNC New York...
1928 "Conquest of Las Missiones" (1) [Recess (ABNC,NY)] Sc(349)



In the previous post about Uruguay stamps ,I showed another stamp (the 8c Ultramarine Blue) of this series.. now I have this beautiful stamp (identical illustration and design)  from , I'm sure, one of the first series commemorating Football (Soccer in US)..in fact ,the stamp commemorates the Uruguayan victories in the 1924 and 1928 World Cups...I leave here a video with the Uruguayan view about those glorious days in the Kingdom of Football (In spanish..)
1928 "Uruguayan Football victories" (3) [Recess (A. Barreiro Y Ramos)] Sc(388)







It is now time to present a "rare" , strange and beautiful series from 1930...the stamps are very affordable and common ,but the series is rare because it was one of the few stamp series where there was Peace!!! peace among Printing Companies!! it was a rare phenomenon specially in South America,for years ground for fierce battles between companies...this time , the 16 stamps of the series were divided by 3 of the Main Printing companies in the world : Waterlow and sons,London (7), Bradbury Wilkinson ,London (7)  and ABNC,NY (2)..
The series commemorates the Centenary of the Uruguayan Independence and has 12 different designs... I only have 3 of these 16 stamps , but fortunately I have one of each company...Great Series.. Must Have it!!!
1930 "Centenary of Independence" (16) [Recess (Bradbury Wilkinson & Co., London 1c)(ABNC,NY 2c)(Waterlow and sons Limited, London 5c)] Sc(395,396,398)

I hope you keep following the beautiful Uruguayan Philately and wish you some very nice time collecting stamps...

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Monday, May 1, 2017

Madagascar [3rd Post]

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I think it is now time to return to the beautiful Madagascar stamps... with the work of some of the finest French Stamp Designers and Engravers , the result always rise high expectations...the stamps I have today are from the period where engraved stamps and [Recess] printings were still abundant in Madagascar , before the predominance of [Photo] and [Litho] stamps starting in the middle of the 70's...  
I should remember You that to see some more of these beautiful stamps , You can access the labels 'drop-down Menu' at the top right and search for 'Madagascar stamps'....






These are stamps from the first days of the Malagasy Republic... 
1) 1958 "10th Anniversary of the Declaration of the Human Rights" (1) [Des/Engr (Robert Cami)][Recess] Sc(300)
2)3) 1959 "Proclamation of the Republic" (2) [Des/Engr (Albert Decaris)][Recess] Sc(303,304)
4) 1959 "French Community Commemoration" (1) [Des/Engr (Albert Decaris)][Recess] Sc(305)



The next two stamps are from a series that I have presented in one of the previous posts of Madagascar... they are from a 1960 large series with butterflies and designs related to the local industries...it is a magnificent series that count with the work of many Artists....


Both are High Air Mail values, and I'm glad to say that only the 500F stamp is missing from the original 6 Air stamps of this series...they represent some of the local industries responsible for most of the region's Income...
[Left] 1960 "Butterflies and Local Industries" (10+6AIR) [Des/Engr (Charles Mazelin)][Recess] Sc(C61)
[Right] 1960 "Butterflies and Local Industries" (10+6AIR) [Des/Engr (Robert Cami)][Recess] Sc(C62)


[Left]  1960 "President Philibert Tsiranana" (1) [Des/Engr (Jean Pheulpin)][Recess] Sc(318)

[Right] 1960 "First youth Games" (1) [Des/Engr (Albert Decaris)][Recess] Sc(319)







Another series with the President as main focus...it is one of those times when we can say for sure that Philately was used as a tool in the Political Game.. two series issued just days from each other , carrying the design of the President make us think that he was trying to get his image to his people...For us,collectors it is always better to not mix these two realities , but we all know that time brought us many examples of this behavior...
1960 "President Philibert Tsiranana" (1) [Des/Engr][Recess] Sc(320)










A Great series focused in one of the characteristic animals of the Island of Madagascar... by the designs we learn that there are many different 'Genera' of this species in the Island...once again we have the series divided in normal postage stamps and Air Mail stamps,3 of each (the 250F Air stamp is still missing)...the normal inland stamps were work of Jean Pheulpin... after a quick look to these stamps , I remembered other of his great works, this time for Laos in 1958... I'm talking of the "elephant Series" , and in both works he surely became one of the masters of the "Vegetable Background" Engraving... he always assure us a smooth ,soft and beautiful background whenever we are dealing with forests or other plant agglomerations...  the Air Mail stamps were designed and engraved by Pierre Gandon and as usual they match the quality we are expecting .. great works..!
1961 "Lemours" (3+3AIR) [Des/Engr (Jean Pheulpin 2F,4F,12F)(Pieere Gandon 65F,85F)][Recess] Sc(C67,C68)


There is nothing to say about this small series...it is curious to note that when we are talking of France or French colonies and when we stumbled across one of these single design series (more then one value with the same design...) we became a little "frustrated"... Yes there were so many Artists , that in most cases there was no space for this kind of series... it seems that they were always competing , and their Battle ground was the ... Empire..!! whenever there was French influence, there they were, designing and engraving frenetically , and in the end we were the solo heirs of their work... Oh, Lucky People We are..! 
1962 "Admition to the UN" (2) [Des (Ravaka -Rakotondralambo)][Engr (Jacques Combet)][Recess] Sc(325,326)












Another incomplete series, this time about Native Musical Instruments...the series is again divided in inland and Air Mail postage , but the 25F stamp missing is of normal postage....a very detailed design and a good final result...

1965 "Malagasy Musical Instruments" (5) [Des/Engr (Claude Haley)][Recess] Sc(362,363,364,C80)



 
the Religious Freedom and diversity is the focus of this series with designs of Religious monuments of the Island...
1967 "Religious Buildings" (3) [Des(Jacques Derrey)][Engr (Jacques Derrey 3F,5F)(Claude Haley 10F)][Recess] Sc(396,397,398)

well, it was one more post with nice stamps, and I would be very happy if I could bring someone more to the French Stamp Artists Fan Club... no fees and registry are necessary... just a scanner and a fair dose of good Taste...


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