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!


Philatelic Literature – El Filatelista #11: Cabotaje

It’s our pleasure to present you this extremely interesting publication about oxcart and ship mail in Costa Rica.

This 44 pages study presented by Jorge Beeche in the “El Filatelista” magazine from the Centro Filatelico de Moravia is filled with amazing images and facts about oxcart and ship mail that most of us didn’t know!

A must have, even if you are not a Costa Rica collector.

You can download it in .pdf format by clicking on the below image.

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Costa Rica Stamps – 1906 Postcard Sent to Siam

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?