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Foreign Mail / Foreign Mail Web Site/book
« on: May 05, 2015, 09:00:21 PM »
Does anyone know the status of the Stampfinders website advertised along with the Foreign Mail book in recent MEXICANA's? The website says that it will be back up on January 1st....
Also, Dr. Daffner's F.M. book update should be in progress. Any further info?

Miscellaneous / Sz 221 'Star
« on: June 16, 2014, 09:17:09 PM »
Actual identity (location) for the Sz. 221 cancel has been elusive. We know that this marking is found on 1856 issue from Tixtla, Cuernavaca, Mexico, and 'No Name' overprint. It is also noted from 1861 issue Cuernavaca. This narrows down the search to a few offices in the Tixtla-Cuernavaca axis. We know that Tasco did not receive stamps from Cuernavaca until 1858. A partial second marking on some 1861 stamps was the first clue. Manuel Iglesias had a copy with a barely identifiable Tasco box marking on the top edge of the stamp along with the 'star'. I had another copy which helped to confirm the Tasco marking.In my collection there was a 1868 issue 50c stamp bearing both the Tasco ccl AND the star. It had sat unrecognized in an album for quite a while. Absent any covers (?certificado) bearing the 'star' and another cancel, we now are of the opinion that the Sz 221 'star' is a Tasco marking. How and why it was used are still elusive.

Postal Stationary / Special Delivery Postal Stationary Envelopes
« on: February 24, 2013, 05:50:42 PM »
Bob Markovits has assembled a new Mexican Special Delivery exhibit. He has some unused examples of the S. D. envelope, but would appreciate any information (beyond the EPS Stationary catalog) concerning usages, proofs, archival material, etc. I can recall seeing just one, or possibly two used examples of this envelope over the years.Thank you.

Exporta / Exporta 'Skip' variety
« on: September 30, 2012, 07:37:17 PM »
I have noticed several additional 'skip' impressions on several Exporta issue stamps. Though they resemble a double impression at first glance, they probably result from the paper separating from the printing plate and another roller pulling slightly on the paper sheet during production. Shelton has noted the $2000 black Ironwork in his catalog, and I wonder how many other varieties and values may be around. Though I have seen other $20 black Ironwork stamps with this 'skip' (black is the easiest to spot), they are not that common. Informed sources feel that this represents poor quality control as the affected stamp panes should have been removed by inspectors prior to distribution. Any comments or additional examples?

Stampless and Postal Stationary / MN5 in Red
« on: October 01, 2011, 04:32:20 PM »
New find for me - anyone have additional info? This had a '1845' noted in pencil, but it is the first MN5 I have seen in red.

General Discussion / Jose San Ramon
« on: July 16, 2011, 03:16:22 PM »
Correspondance addressed to Jose San Ramon (Matamoros or Brownsville) during the 1860 - 70 era appears from time to time. Questions about this material have appeared from time to time. Attached is a link to the 'Handbook of Texas Online' which contains a short bio which may be useful. See also: for additional information about the Texas State Historical Association and their on line Handbook.

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