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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Portugal Stamps [7th Post] / Hungary stamps [9th Post]

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Today I have one series from Portugal and one other  from Hungary... they are relatively large series , and neither of them is completed... deep in my head ,having all the 20 Portuguese stamps was not a problem ,but when I was classifying them ,a last minute missing $30 stamp release again to life the 'Hulk' in me ( a disgrace to Philately,I know!!!) and I turned my house upside down , looking for the very,very common $30 stamp... How could  I miss it???!... well, here are the remaining 19 stamps of this beautiful series...






The stamps are presented here with it's fv increasing , but the series was issued in four groups ... 3 groups of 4 stamps and 1 group of 8 stamps... two of these groups were issued in 1972 , one other in 1973 and the last large one in 1974...the stamps are [Litho] printed, and so we can find examples of all sorts of color misplacement and other printing problems always associated with these base series with a large number of stamps issued...
As You can see ,the illustrations of the stamps are related to Historic , Natural  or Architectural  Famous places in Portugal...it is without doubts  a nice series..!
Portugal 1972/1974 "Landscapes and Monuments" (20) [Litho (Casa da Moeda)] Sc(1123,....,1134)(1207,1209,...,1214)

Now we will start talking about one of the most famous series in the world... it is Hungarian, as I said in the beginning and it has two main designs , one for the low f values and other for the k high values....

 Here are the two illustrations I was talking about.. You can for sure recognize them , not only for their beauty but also because they are really famous designs... the f values show us the Hungarian Crown at the center of the design ,and above it the Mythical Bird of the Magyars , the Turul... , flying on an empty white center background...
The other design, the k design show us King Francis Joseph wearing the Hungarian Crown.. it is a simple but beautiful illustration , with some very nice "Art Nouveau" elements (sometimes difficult to spot correctly due to imperfections in the printings...) surrounding the central portrait of the King....
This two designs were issued from 1900 to 1916, giving place to 4 main Issues : 
A) 1900/1904
B) 1904/1906
C) 1908/1913
D) 1913/1916
To identify and classify correctly the stamps , we have to always take in mind the Wmk and the perforation...The wmk is the main differentiating factor because each one of the above issues has a particular wmk... I will use some pictures of an old SG catalog to show the wmk's ... the wmk's usually don't appear in it's complete form, so we will see only pieces of each one of the Wmk... fortunately  the identification is possible because the wmk's are quite visible without the use of instruments or chemical processes... 

A) The first issue of 1900 has a wmk that only is completed in a group of 4 stamps... it show us the Hungarian crown inside an oval , connected to other ovals....it is easily identifiable.. 
two perforations are possible in this issue... 12x11.5 and 11.5 ( with higher cv...)...


there is a small detail in the design of the wmk that I could not fully understand... The cross that tops the crown is inclined to the left , while in other two of the wmk's it is inclined to the right... if we are dealing with the same Crown (Crown of St. Stephen or Crown of Hungary) this detail should be kept identical... why this difference?..perhaps someone could teach me more about the History of this crown and perhaps of these particular wmk's...(we can see in the f illustrations that the Hungarian Crown at the center has the same left inclined cross at the top...)






From all the stamps I show today , only a small number of them are new entries to the collection... despite the fact that this is the first time I talk about this series in the blog, I already have a lot of these stamps in the collection... so most of these are spare stamps or just color variations , etc... 
Hungary 1900/1904 "King Francis Joseph , Crown and Turul" (20) [Des (J. Bohm)][Typo] Sc(48,49,50,,53,56,57,58,58,59,60,60,60,61,61,64,64,65)

B) This is the wmk that appears in all the stamps belonging to the 1904/1906 issue... this is already a single stamp image , that is to say that the wmk could be completed in just one stamp... In must part of the cases, we can see only part of the image and the bottom or Up parts of another image , so I could say at this point , that there is a major difference to be retained between this wmk and the next one , that is the termination of the 3 small bottom base "legs" of the Crown...in this wmk , they end with just small points or "dots" , and in the next one, as we will see they end with well defined small circles... this is important , because sometimes the details of the Crown do not let us decide which is the wmk, but the presence of circles or dots will "light "us the right way...
In this issue we can have two distinct perforations : 12x11.5 and 15....




In this small group of stamps from the 1904/1906 issue, I want to highlight the two very different 2f Olive Yellow ( the first stamp has 12x11.5 perforation and the 2nd has 15 perf...) and the pair of 5k in the end... this pair presents two nice postmarks , but it also have many rust spots , so it's value is highly diminished... there are also some different shades of blue in the 6 2k stamps presented...
Hungary 1904/1906 "King Francis Joseph , Crown and Turul" (16)(15) [Des (J.Bohm f's)(O.Tull k's)][Typo] Sc(68a,68b,69b,72b,77b,81b,82b,82b,82b,82b,82b,82b,83a)

[Updated 15/06/2017 22:56 ] The last of the 6 2k stamps was incorrectly placed in this image and it's right place is with the stamps of the 1913/1916 issue... Sc(102) ... Sorry for the inconvenience... 
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C) This is the wmk of the 1908/1913 issue.. the presence of the circles in the bottom base of the Crown could be  , as I said before, very important...
This issue only has stamps with perforation 15...


I only have 4 stamps of this issue to present, but I want to talk about a small detail present in some of the Hungarian postmarks of those days... the Hungarian Crown appears also in the top center of the postmarks , and this bring even more emphasis to this beautiful series... You can see clearly this detail in the 30f and 60f stamps presented... ( the detail was also visible in previous stamps, of course).. 
Hungary 1908/1913 "King Francis Joseph , Crown and Turul" (17) [Des (J. Bohm)(O. Tull)][Typo] Sc(67,77,78,80)



This is the wmk of the last of the 4 issues of this series....the wmk is completed only in groups of 4 or more stamps...
The only perforation of this issue is the 15...





This is the last group that i have to present and I wish to talk again about the "Art Nouveau" details, very well presented here in this 3 Carmine 1k stamps... this 1913/1916 printing was the one that better highlighted those details...
in this last issue we also have the 12f lilac on Yellow and the Green on rose 60f both originals from this issue...
Hungary 1913/1916 "King Francis Joseph , Crown and Turul" (20) [DEs (J. Bohm)(O. Tull)][Typo] Sc(84,90,94,95a,98,99,100,101,101,101)

Well, we've reached the end of this post, and this is the time when I must say that I hope You have liked this very superficial approach to this Hungarian series (it has much more to say if we try to see it in a more detailed way ..) ... the Portuguese series is beautiful and simple..not much more to say about it , and ....


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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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