Thursday, March 31, 2016


Interesting cancellation (?) on a 2 centimos de peso "Baby Head".

Part of COCHABAMBA? But Cochabamba is in Bolivia.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Monday, March 28, 2016

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Derechos de Firma

Looks like stamps of Spain, but these are actually revenue stamps of the Spanish Philippines for the collection of signature fees (derechos de firma).

Saturday, March 26, 2016

telegraph stamps

Specimen stamp

These are some examples of telegraph stamps issued during the Spanish era of Philippine philately.

Friday, March 25, 2016

B shaped

A variety to look for in the "Baby Head" keytype is the B-shaped 8 of the 8 centimos de peso value.

I've seen this variety in both the yellow green and red brown stamps, but should be possible also in the ultramarine.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Recargo de Consumos

Inverted overprint

Regular postage stamps, newspaper stamps and telegraph stamps of the King Alfonso XII issues were overprinted RECARGO DE CONSUMOS HABILITADO with new values, for revenue from "cedula" issued by the government.

These were used in 1888. 

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Don Peterson collection

The H.R. Harmer auction firm of the U.S. announces the "Don Peterson Classic Spanish Philippines" sale sometime this year.

Monday, March 21, 2016


The cancellation on this stamp has me stumped.

Is this a postmark, or a bogus cancellation?

Sunday, March 20, 2016

FSCC March 2016 auction

Summer's heat is here but it didn't keep back some 30 bidders from participating in the auction sale of the Filipinas Stamp Collectors' Society held today at the Philpost lobby.

There were 534 items in the auction list.

As usual, philatelic and nonphilatelic items comprised the sale.

Seen during the auction was Philippine Philatelic Journal editor Hans Becker.

Saturday, March 19, 2016


Here's another postmark-looking cancel but more likely part of a business handstamp.

Friday, March 18, 2016

second issue newspaper stamps

1892 milesimas de peso, green
1894 2 milesimas de peso, olive grey
1890 5 milesimas de peso, dark violet
1894 5 milesimas de peso, olive grey
1896 5 milesimas de peso, blue green
1890 1 milesima de peso, dark violet
1894 1 milesima de peso, olive grey
1896 1 milesima de peso, ultramarine
1890 2 milesimas de peso, dark violet
1890 1/8 de centavo, dark violet
1892 1/8 de centavo, green
1894 1/8 de centavo, brown
1896 1/8 de centavo, dull blue
2 milesimas de peso, brown

The second issue of newspaper stamps of the Philippines came out in 1890-1896.

These were of the "Baby Head" keytype, with the following values:

1/8 de centavo (dark violet)
1/8 de centavo (green)
1/8 de centavo (brown)
1/8 de centavo (dull blue)
1 milesima de peso (dark violet)
1 milesima de peso (green)
1 milesima de peso (olive grey)
1 milesima de peso (ultramarine)
2 milesimas de peso (dark violet)
2 milesimas de peso (green)
2 milesimas de peso (olive grey)
2 milesimas de peso (brown)
5 milesimas de peso (dark violet)
5 milesimas de peso (green)
5 milesimas de peso (olive grey)
5 milesimas de peso (blue green)

Thursday, March 17, 2016


Looks like a MANILA cancellation, but this is actually part of a business handstamp.

Difficult to identify which firm, though.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

letter writing contest extended

PRESS RELEASE: PHLPost UPU International letter writing contest extended!

The Philippine Postal Corporation (PHLPost) has extended until March 31, 2016 the submission of entries of student’s age’s 15-years old and below to the 45th International Letter Writing Competition for Young People to select the country’s official entry to the international competition organized by the Universal Postal Union.
The nationwide letter writing contest will focus on the theme” “Write a letter to your 45 year old self”.
Entries for the national competition must be recent and original letters written in English according to the theme of the competition. It must not exceed the limit of 1000 words in length. The composition must contain the elements of a letter, place and date, addressee’s address, opening and closing salutation and signature.
On a separate sheet of paper, the participant must indicate the following information: Number of words of the letter, complete name and address, Gender of Candidate, Age and /or Date of Birth, Colored 2×2 Photo, Name and Address of School/Grade or Year Level and Contact Numbers (Telephone/Cellphone Number).
The first prize winner will receive P20,000.00 cash; second prize- P15,000.00 and third prize- P10,000.00. All winners will also be awarded medals, plaques and albums of Philippine stamps. The top three winning school will also received cash prizes and a plaque from PHLPost.
The criteria for judging are structure as a letter -20%; adherence to the theme- 30%; creativity -30%; and Use of language-20%.
All entries must be mailed at any post offices nationwide by Domestic Express (DEMS) or Registered Mail only, not later than March 31, 2016 to: UPU 45TH International Letter Writing Competition for Young People (2016), Post Shop, Philately and Museum Division, Philippine Postal Corporation, 3/F, Central Post Office Building 1000 Liwasang Bonifacio, Manila.
The top winner in the international competition will receive a gold medal and a certificate, as well as other prizes to commemorate their win. The gold medalist will also be offered a trip to the UPU headquarters in Berne, Switzerland.
For more information, please call Ms. Arlene Tiquia Labao, Project Officer of the Post Shop, Philately and Museum Division at tel. no. 527-01-08 or 527-01-32. Please visit PHLPost website at:, Facebook account @PHLpost, Twitter account @Ppostofficial and Instagram account @phlpostofficial.


Part of  GUPIGAO, a known bogus cancellation.

Monday, March 14, 2016


1894 "Baby Head" 15 centimos de peso, rose

I can't find this business handstamp listed in Mail and Markings of Private Business Firms of the Spanish Philippines by Don Peterson.

It partly reads:
(middle) MAN

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Martin Buck & Co

Looks like the right portion of a Martin Buck & Co. business handstamp, according to an illustration in Mail and Markings of Private Business Firms of the Spanish Philippines authored by Don Peterson.

Business handstamps were applied by private firms during the Spanish era of Philippine philately to discourage theft.

Saturday, March 12, 2016

Curly Head 2

telegraph cancel
postal cancel
telegraph cancel
telegraph cancel

And there are 15 values of the centavo-peso denomination.