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.
If Costa Rica is considered a small country now, just imagine in 1906! Costa Rica, what’s that!?!?!
So, now imagine how complicated was to have communication with other “rare” countries. For the early Costa Rican philately – postal history to be exact – the most common destinations are the United States, England, Germany and some other European countries. Less common but not that hard to find are South and Central American countries. Now, countries from Africa, Oceania and Asia are incredibly hard to find as destinations for postal history.
Having this in mind look at this beautiful postcard sent to Siam (now Thailand) using stamps from the 1901 issue…amazing, right?
It´s not that I consider I’ve seen it all, but there are some simple things that still amaze me.
I got today a standard 1923 postcard with 12 centimos franking consisting in the never-ending issue of 1910 (one of my less favourite if not the one I dislike the most). So why did it buy it? you may ask. Easy answer: because it has a cachet I have never seen before.
It consist in a triple ring cancel that reads: CAPITANIA DEL PUERTO DE LIMON *COSTA RICA*. Can this be considered official mail? I don’t think so, but it is still interesting.
From time to time it´s fun to grab a bunch of covers/postcards and start looking for rare cool places. For Costa Rica philately in the beginning of the XX century it’s really common to have correspondence with cancels from San José, Limón, Heredia, Puntarenas, Cartago and Alajuela.
Then, there are those places than I thought never would exist at that time…oh beautiful ignorance.
Montezuma – now a well known destination for tourists – located in Montes de Oro was known for the gold fever that took place in the late 1800’s – early 1900’s.
Here you can see a postcard sent to USA in 1909 with San José transit cancels…a real jewel.