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May 24, 2010    

In 1885 a civil war in Colombia resulted in stamp shortages, especially on the northern coast and Panama. This undated cover, mailed at Cartagena, transited Colon July 6th 1885. Covers with markings such as the one here indicated payment of postage so postage due was not assessed. Similar covers also exist mailed from Panama at this time.

Cartagena Stamp Shortage Cover via Panama
May 18, 2010     The State of Tolima was the only one that issued Cubiertas (insured letter stamps). They were to be used within the State. A few are known used outside of Tolima. The one here is the only one recorded used to Panama. Tolima Cubierta to Panama
Mar 22, 2010     10 centavos Yellow SCADTA bisect on cover from Bogota to Barranquilla, January 5, 1922. A 10 centavos yellow SCADTA stamp was bisected and added to a 2nd 10 centavos yellow stamp to make up the 15 centavos postcard rate. Only recorded usage of a 10 centavos bisect. 10 centavos Yellow SCADTA Bisect Cover
Mar 15, 2010     1890 January and Second Issues Cubierta Cover. 50 centavos January Issue and 1 Peso Second Issue on cover from La Cruz to Popayan, December 12, 1903. Pair of $1 Peso and a single 50 centavos paid to send $47 and 20 gm single letter rate As of January 1, 1903, the declared value rate was 50 centavos per $10 Pesos gold to a maximum of $100 Pesos. Cubiertas were not demonetized as were stamps, as their sale and use was controlled. 1890 January and Second Issues Cubierta Cover.
Mar 08, 2010     1867 Issue 50 centavos Cubierta Late Usage Cover. Cover from Cartago to Cali, February 9, 1875. One of two recorded covers with 1867 issue. Cubierta paid to send $200 Pesos in bank notes. 10 centavos and bisect of 10 centavos 1874 paid additional postage of 15 centavos for 30 grams excess weight sent within the same state. 1865 Issue 50 centavos cubierta cover
Mar 01, 2010     1865 Issue 50 centavos cubierta on cover from Bogota to Socorro, October 3, 1865. Only recorded 50 centavos 1865 issue on cover. The cubierta fee included the postage for the letter up to 20 grams. The 30 centavos in stamps of the 1865 issue paid for the excess weight at a rate of 10 centavos for each 15 grams. There was no limit to the amount that could be sent. 1865 Issue 50 centavos cubierta cover
Feb 22, 2010     1892 Reply card Registered, returned from Hamburg January 21, 1899 via New Orleans February 9, 1899 then Bocas Del Toro, Panama February 19, 1899. 2 Panama stamp shows payment in gold currency at first mailing December 28, 1898. One of two recorded usage of reply card of this issue, same correspondence 1892 Reply Card
Feb 15, 2010     Panama November 16, 1881 Washington DC The postal card rate was reduced to 2 July 1, 1881 when Colombia joined the UPU. The seldom used first issue cards were sold for domestic use at the new 2 rate. Here 2 is written over each 5. Example of record of the usage of a manuscript revaluation. This is the earliest recorded use of a postal card from Panama. Earliest Usage Panama Postal Card
Oct 15, 2006     SCADTA's Manuscript "PAID" Provisionals only covers known, both ex-Jean Gravelat. Stamp shortage caused by the disappearance of 16,000 30c stamps from the ship "Christian Horn" Manuscript Paid Provisionals
Oct 15, 2006     10c Registered Mail Formular Envelope shown as sold with 10c Registration stamp affixed to flap; 2,500 stamps printed. Stamp withdrawn January 1, 1883 for non-compliance with UPU regulations. Registered Mail Formular Envelope
Sep 17, 2006     SCADTA flew a series of experimental flights until September 1921 when a regular schedule was adopted. All of the major catalogs fail to recognize that the first of the provisional surcharges was May 2, 1921, not the fall of 1921. While the letter rate for its first flight was 50 centavos, it was reduced to 30 centavos. The surcharge was applied to the 50 centavo stamps when the office ran out of the needed stamps that day. First Provisional Surchage
Apr 24, 2006     Paid At Colon Crowned Circle, Colon  entire to Cartagena, entered the mails with British Post Office dated  "A/Colon/AP/22/68". A rare crowned circle "Paid At Colon", Great Britain manuscript "2/8" double rate and large Colombia rate stamped "9", received by addressee May 11. Very fine strike. Paid At Colon Crowned Circle
Jan 11, 2006     In 1865 Colombia issued the first of its unique cubiertas that were used to send within the country paper money, bonds, letters of credit, etc with a weight of no more than 20 grams. Shown here is one of two recorded 50 cubiertas of 1865 on cover. The one here was sent from Bogota - Socorro, October 3, 1865. The 30 centavo stamps of the 1865 issue paid for the excess weight at a rate of 10 for each 15 grams. 1865 Colombia Cubierta
Apr 1, 2005    In 1925, SCADTA conducted a survey flight to Central America using the Dornier Wals Atlantico and Pacifico. Intermediate flights are the scarcest. This cover was sent from Puerto Limon, Costa Rica August 17 to Managua, Nicaragua. 1925 Central America Survey Flight
Mar 25, 2005     January 1, 1923 SCADTA introduced 30 and 50 centavo postal stationery envelopes to facilitate mail from Germany that was to be flown within Colombia. Mail was inserted in these large envelopes and flown to the appropriate destination upon arrival in Barranquilla. Here is shown one of three recorded complete covers of the 50 centavo value (that paid up to 40g) with additonal franking of consular overprints and German postage. It was mailed August 25, 1923 from Hamburg. 1923 50-cent Large Postal Stationery Envelope
Jan 10, 2004     1903 First Panama Overprint.  5c tied CDS on commercial cover (Isaac Brandon & Bros) sent from Panama to Colon on 28 of November of 1903, only 25 days after Independence Day.  Local usage is very unusual for this issue.  Many of the local usages of this issue are philatelic. First Panama Overprint 1903
Sep 23, 2003     1818: Colonial Mail, Panama was part of New Granada, Red Straigh Line h.s. on folded letter to Jose Antonio Errea, Lima (Peru) m.s. "4" rate, FINE strike, January (Enero) 12, 1818.  There are 13 known PANAMA frankings before 1818, 1777 being the oldest known, the others are 1785, 1792, 1798, 1800, 1807, 1808, 1808, 1809, 1811, 1813, 1816, 1816, 1818, 1820, 1820 and 1820 these are the only PANAMA recorded to date, for the Colonial Mail period. 1818 Colonial Mail
Sep 22, 2003     From COLOMBIA 1907.  Letter from Venadillo to Pocri, Panama. This is a very unusual cover.  It is the earliest recorded cover from Vanadillo, a small village in the Departmant of Tolima located between Ambalema and the Departmental capital Ibague, which was still served by a departmental postal route in 1907.  There are two villages name Pocri in Panama, one near Aguadulce and the other near Las Tablas.  The transit mark shows this was sent to the village near Aguadulce.  This is the only recorded incoming cover to the village thru 1979. Colombia 1907 Venadillo letter
Sep 21, 2003     1811: Colonial Mail, Panama was part of New Granada, Red Straigh Line h.s. on folded letter to Lima (Peru) m.s. "4 1/2" rate, FINE strike, June 19, 1811, delivered by "Paquebot Carmen".  There are 9 known PANAMA frankings before 1811, 1777 being the oldest known, the others are 1785, 1792, 1798, 1800, 1807, 1808, 1808, 1809, 1811, 1813, 1816, 1816, 1818, 1820, 1820 and 1820 these are the only PANAMA recorded to date, for the Colonial Mail period. 1811 Colonial Mail


Last Updated May 24, 2010