Costa Rica Stamps: Unique Jesús Jiménez Issue Usage To Algeria

During the 1920’s is very rare to find Costa Rica stamps used in correspondence to Africa.

Recently came to my hands one of those extremely rare piece of Costa Rica stamps’ postal history from the 1920’s.

A beautiful postcard depicting passengers getting into a train to depart from Limón to San José. That’s nice, but there’s a rarer factor to it. It has a 2 céntimos Jesús Jiménez stamp and was sent to Algeria!

Let’s begin explaining it one detail at a time:

  • The Jesús Jiménez issue circulated for only 6 months. It was demonetized in December 31st, 1923. This postcard was sent in July 28th, 1928 from Limón.
  • The postcard has another stamp, the 10 céntimos from the 1910 issue that was also demonetized at the end of 1923. It is a common mistaken belief that this issue was demonetized before 1923.
  • This is the only piece of postal history with a Jesús Jiménez issue stamp sent to Africa! The 2 biggest Jesús Jiménez collections in Costa Rica don’t have any piece of postal history sent to Africa.
  • It has the arriving mark at Algeria. It was a common practice not to hand-stamp postcards at the arriving country during the early 1900’s.
Jesús Jiménez Issue
Jesús Jiménez Issue

You can check some really interesting Jesús Jiménez’s issue errors here.

Make sure to review our tips for stamp collecting in the XXI century.

Make sure sure to visit the ultimate stamp collecting supplies list.

To keep your stamps and postcards safe from stains and getting damaged we recommend Lighthouse stock books.

Stamp Magnifying Microscope: Celestron 5 MP Handheld Digital Microscope 

Stamp Magnifying Lamp Desk Clamp-Mount 90 SMD LED Adjustable Spring-Arm

Make sure to view these amazing full stamp pane protective storage bags.

Manual perforation measurement gauge which has a really low price.

Electronic perforation measurement gauge, that has a higher price, but is easier measure perforations.

Download CRRPS’s Philatelic Magazine Timbre For Free

Download CRRPS’s philatelic magazine Timbre Vol. 37 for free. Edited by Alvaro Castro (most articles are in Spanish), this issue contains great articles:

  • Colecciones aceptadas para Thailandia 2018 (Accepted Collections For Thailand 2018).
  • Próximas Exposiciones (Future Expositions).
  • El Pez Vela de 1937 (1937’s Sailfish).
  • Vuelos desde Honduras y hacia ella (Flights from and to Honduras)
  • Belice: Un paraíso escondido (Belize A Hidden Paradise)
  • La Producción y las Marcas de Agua en la Prefilatelia Centroamericana – II Parte (Production And Watermars In Central American Pre-Philately II Part).
  • PANAMA: Butterfly Country And Butterfly City.
  • Butterfly – Mariposa
  • Mophila Report La Gran Flota Blanca (Mophila Report The Great White Fleet)
  • Los puentes en Angostura, Turrialba (The Angostura Bridges, Turrialba).
  • Años conflictivos en la filatelia del Centenario (Conflictive years in Centenary’s philately).
  • Actividades de la Asociación (Activities).

Download CRRPS’s philatelic magazine Timbre Vol. 37 for free!

Make sure sure to visit the ultimate stamp collecting supplies list.

Make sure to review our tips for stamp collecting in the XXI century.

To keep your stamps and postcards safe from stains and getting damaged we recommend Lighthouse stock books.

Stamp Magnifying Microscope: Celestron 5 MP Handheld Digital Microscope 

Stamp Magnifying Lamp Desk Clamp-Mount 90 SMD LED Adjustable Spring-Arm

Make sure to view these amazing full stamp pane protective storage bags.

Manual perforation measurement gauge which has a really low price.

Electronic perforation measurement gauge, that has a higher price, but is easier measure perforations.

Costa Rica Stamps: Museo Nacional Postal Card

It has happened to us all: when you think you know it all, something appears and hits you with the awful truth: you know nothing! That happened to me the first time I saw this Museo Nacional Postal Card.

Let’s start by first describing it:

Museo Nacional Postal Card

This postal card’s design is very basic. It has Costa Rica coat of arms on the top left corner. In tHe center it reads: Tarjeta Postal – UNION POSTAL UNIVERSAL – COSTA RICA. On the top right corner is a picture of a pre-columbian artifact. Below is a dotted line to write the address.

Museo Nacional Postal CardOn the back, there’s a form to be filled to notify the issues the museum received.

This museo nacional postal card was sent to the Netherlands in 1951 to notify the reception of a botanical publication. There are some things to highlight. It has the seal from the museum, making it an “official postal card”. If it’s an official postal card, it shouldn’t need to pay for postage which it did. It has a meter cancelation.

There is not much literature on this postal card. There are other two tones known: light green and pink. As far as I have been able to investigate, there’s no clear issue date, nor valid time to be used.

All we can do is to investigate more and wait for more info to hit the surface. Meanwhile, let’s just admire this beautiful piece of Costa Rica philately.

To keep your stamps and postcards safe from stains and getting damaged we recommend Lighthouse stock books.

Make sure to review our tips for stamp collecting in the XXI century.

For this kind of studies, we recommend the following tools:

Make sure sure to visit the ultimate stamp collecting supplies list.

Costa Rica: pics of stamps – lots of pictures


pics of stamps

Are you that kind of philatelic enthusiast that likes to surf the web looking for pics of stamps from time to time?

Well, here I am to help you! I know that looking at stamps can be hypnotizing. I know that once you start, you’ll leave your computer until you saw the last one.

I’ve been a Costa Rica stamp collector for over 20 years. And i’m pretty sure I never get tired of looking at stamps.

That’s why Estampillascr’s Facebook page has more than 1,500 pics of stamps…Costa Rica stamps. It doesn’t matter what you are looking for, we have plenty! We divided them in several sections, so it would be easier for you to browse them.

You can browse our albums of surface mail stamps, air mail stamps, semi postal stamps, Christmas stamps and proofs. If you like cancellations on stamps, there’s an album too. Also we have albums for postal history and postcards. At last but not least the “errors” albums will take your breath away.

If by any chance you don’t find the stamp you were looking for, don’t panic! Just let me know and I will help you finding it.

Also, you can view the rarest and most expensive Costa Rica stamps from the Frederick R. Mayer collection auction.


Uprated Canalias postal card: a real gem!

In 1923 an agreement between Antonio Canalias and the Costa Rica government consisted in Canalias would surcharge postcards with a coffee allegory surcharge. Paying the government for each postal card sold.

There’s no need to say that these postal cards are really hard to find unused, very hard to find used and extremely hard to find uprated.

Here, we present you a real gem: consist of a picture PC of the Northern Railway station, but that’s not it. It’s uprated with Scott 112 (Jesus Jimenez’s 2 Cts) and Scott 120 (Correos’ building 5 Cts). A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!