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.

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Goodbye scanner, hello macro lens for smartphone

Something I like about stamps is taking my time to look for varieties and errors. Those small details that has escaped to other people during either a little or a lot of time. For this, I have always needed a scanner to magnify and archive the images…not anymore! I’m saying goodbye to my good old friend and bringing in a new pal: This macro lens for smartphone.

This macro lens for smartphone magnifies up to 12x which is more than macro lens for smartphoneenough for studying stamps and errors. To adjust it to the smartphone, all you need to do is use the clip. It will hold the lens steady and won’t damage your smartphone. This will help you have a digital magnifier wherever you go.

Unlike to other lenses, the high quality german glass used for the Xenovo lens provides crystal clear images from edge to edge with no dark corners. Also, say goodbye to blurry and confusing photos. With this lens you won’t miss any detail on your stamps, coins, banknotes or any other collectible you want to study!

What makes this lens so great is that you can preview the pics on your cell phone right after taking them. No need to be at home to see magnified stamps.

But what happens if you’re in an environment with low light? Well, this lens comes with a GlowClip LED light that clips ANYWHERE on your phone to instantly illuminate your subject and surroundings with warm continuous light. The warm and natural LED light is superior to your smartphone’s built in flash—which can be blinding and unnatural—especially in darker settings and venues. FEATURES 3 BRIGHTNESS SETTINGS: Low, Medium and High. Say goodbye to frustrating photo “retakes” and hello to brilliant photos the first time.

It comes with a carrying case, perfect for taking your lens kit and LED light with you on the fly. The DuraCase stores and protects all lens kit components snugly and safely while the quick-release lanyard is the perfect way to carry your lenses on your next outing. Just drape the lanyard and lens around your neck. The quick-release head makes it a cinch to detach your lens and clip it to your phone in a flash so you never miss another photo moment.

Goodbye scanner, hello macro lens for smartphone!

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Errors From The Jesus Jimenez Issue

Errors from the Jesus Jimenez issue that can be found are: shifted perforations, natural paper folds and mirror impressions.

Approved by the decree #6 of January 12th, 1923. The Jesus Jimenez issue was the third stamp issue printed in Costa Rica by Litografia Nacional. And it’s key to state that quality wasn’t a component at the Litografia Nacional. Therefore, we can find some very interesting errors from the Jesus Jimenez Issue.

First, perforations. We can find some crazy stuff! Double and shifted perforations. Apparently the perforation machines used during that time by Litografia Nacional and the people operating them were the ingredients for the perfect-philatelic-storm. If you don’t believe me, just take a look at these examples:

errors from the Jesus Jimenez issue

errors from the Jesus Jimenez issueerrors from the Jesus Jimenez issue

errors from the Jesus Jimenez issueNow you understand what I mean, right? And the best thing is it isn’t the end of the errors from the Jesus Jimenez issue.

Probably the most common errors in this issue are the mirror impressions. Basically, it consist on fresh-non-dried ink that transfers to the pane above it, creating an impression on the gum.

errors from the Jesus Jimenez issue

And last, but also my favorite of the errors from the Jesus Jimenez issue…natural paper folds.

Natural paper folds consist in the paper being folded before the stamp gets printed. After printed, the paper unfolds or gets unfolded, generating white sections on the stamp where there should be ink. For a better idea, see the images below.

errors from the Jesus Jimenez issue

errors from the Jesus Jimenez issue

If you have other errors from the Jesus Jimenez issue not mentioned here, please send me an email to I will be more than glad to share it with everyone.

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Costa Rica Revenue & Postage Society Timbre 36

Download Costa Rica Revenue & Postage Society’s magazine number 36. Edited by Alvaro Castro, this issue is full of interesting articles waiting for you.

This issues has articles on Costa Rica stamps, Panama and Honduras Philately.

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How To Protect And Store Postal Cards And Postcards?

I’ve reached a point that I need to start protecting all the nice items I’ve bought: stamps and lately…postal cards and postcards. Protecting stamps is easy: stockbooks and albums, but how to protect and store postal cards and postcards?

How To Protect And Store Postal Cards And Postcards?

The most common damage made to postal cards and postcards is creased corners…and believe me it hurts to see a postal card or postcard with creased corners. It has happened to me and I wish it doesn’t happen to anyone.

How To Protect And Store Postal Cards And Postcards?

So, the same question again: How To Protect And Store Postal Cards And Postcards?

Lucky me, a couple months ago I was just looking for philatelic supplies and found these protective sleeves! They have fit all my postal cards and postcards and managing them is still as easy as before!

How To Protect And Store Postal Cards And Postcards?

These protective sleeves give your postcards the protection they deserve! Each rigid-edged protector is crafted of clear, “non-migrating” PVC vinyl that contains no plasticizers. This means they won’t harm your collectibles.

Help your postal cards and postcards retain their value while they’re being How To Protect And Store Postal Cards And Postcards?displayed or stored. These sleeves will protect them from everyday disasters such as dust and water. As simply as pulling your postal cards or postcards out of their envelopes or paper tubes and sliding them into one of these protective sleeves. No matter how you choose to make use of them, your important items will be safe and sound.

Here are some Specs:

  • Made of clear, high-impact 16 mil PVC vinyl with a 40 mil opening.
  • Overall size: 4″ x 6 1/8″ Inside capacity: 3 3/4″ x 5 7/8″. Open on the long side.
  • Pack of 25 protective sleeves.
  • Reusable.

How To Protect And Store Postal Cards And Postcards?

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