Costa Rica Stamps – Postcard With Mixed Franking From The 1901-1907 Issues

Finding a postcard with mixed franking from the 1901-1907 issues is not that easy.

A common practice for Costa Rica stamps during the late 1800’s and the early 1900’s was to demonetize issues as soon as the following was allowed to circulate.

In October 15th, 1907 the 1901 issue was demonetized to give its place to the 1907 issue. Everything seemed normal…until there was a shortage of the  1 céntimo stamp from the 1907 issue. As a temporary solution the government decided to make the 1 céntimo from the 1901 issue valid again.

According to my good friend Alvaro Castro Harrigan: there were two values from the 1901 issue that were valid to circulate along the 1907 issue, the 1 and 5 céntimos. The 5 céntimos was allowed to circulate only during a short time in 1908. Meanwhile, the 1 céntimo was allowed to circulate indefinitely until 1910.

The latest postcard with mixed franking from the 1901-1907 issues that I had seen was from February 1909…until now. I was able to find a beautiful postcard sent from Puntarenas to the United States during January 1910. The postcard has one 1 céntimo from the 1901 issue and two 2 céntimos stamps from the 1907 issue. Before parting to the United States, the postcard went to San Jose as usual.

postcard with mixed franking from the 1901-1907 issues

postcard with mixed franking from the 1901-1907 issues

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Costa Rica Stamps: Official Cover Sent To Mauritania In 1919

There are moments in the philatelic life where an amazing and unique item arrives. This happened to me yesterday when i went to the post office to get an envelope containing this awesome official cover sent to Mauritania in 1919.

Yes, an official cover sent to Mauritania in 1919!

sobre oficial enviado a Mauritania
sobre oficial enviado a Mauritania

But, What was the route this cover traveled to get to its destination?

As i mentioned before, this is an official cover. In this case from the Departamento de Paquetes Postales. It departed San Jose in June 9th 1919. Its destination: Kaiffa, located in the South of Mauritania (French civil territory from 1904 to 1920 when it was declared a french colony), located in Northeast part of Africa.

Just to have an idea on how rare this destination is, the latest census performed in Mauritania in 2013, threw that Kaiffa had 45.000 inhabitants. So imagine in 1919 -almost 100 years ago- the number of inhabitants was way smaller.

According to this cover’s cancelations, it was on transit for almost 2 months. This because it departed San Jose on June 9th and there was no other cancels until it arrived to Senegal on August 5th! According to my investigation even after 1904, when France recognized its separation from Senegal, all correspondence sent to Mauritania, had to go through Senegal first.

What caught my attention is that this cover doesn’t have a received cancel at Mauritania. what comes to my mind is that when it arrived to Senegal, the post office workers -that knew- the person this letter was sent to, knew in advance he was no longer in Mauritania and forwarded the cover to his new location. This saved the cover some time. The new destination was Fougerolles, Haute Saone, France. A town located near the birders with Germany and Switzerland.

The cover arrived to Paris on August 21st to finally find its final destination on August 22nd in Fougerolles, after almost two months and a half in transit.

Another interesting thing about this cover is that the overprint on first stamp is thicker than the others. It seems like a hint of a double overprint.

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The best way to store and handle full stamp panes

If you’re a stamp collector like me, it doesn’t matter if they’re FDCs, single stamps, errors, postal history or postcards, you want them all! But there are some items that are a little harder to manage: full panes -or sheets if you prefer-. And the same question always pops up: What’s the best way to store and handle full stamp panes nowadays?

store and handle full stamp panes

Since there are several shapes of stamps, the full panes vary in size, but fortunately most of them are similar size, so there’s a range to play with. Also depending on the paper, gum and exposure to the elements -even though if we try to avoid it- some full panes are more delicate and fragile than others.

Believe me, I have tried several options and methods store and handle full stamp panes so far, and these clear protective storage bags are the best ones, not only for storage the full panes, but to protect and handle them as well.

store and handle full stamp panes

So, why do I recommend these clear protective storage bags? Easy, let me just explain it:

  • The size is big enough to storage the most common full pane sizes. The size is 24 2/5 inch (61 cm) L x 18 1/2 inch (47 cm) W.
  • They are acid Free & Durable. these are designed for keeping photos, document, paper (stamps) or other important items from dust and moisture for large periods of time.
  • Real crystal clear material. These thin and transparent plastic bags will let you fully appreciate your full panes while protecting them.
  • You can reuse them. These protective bags have a re-sealable and easy to manage adhesive strip on the flap that lets you take out your full stamp panes, put another in and re seal the bag without loosing any adhesive on the back.
  • Easy to clean. If there are marks and or strokes on the outside, just wipe with a tissue or towel to remove them.
  • You won’t believe the price for 25 of these bags!

What are you waiting for? It’s time to store and handle full stamp panes!

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