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Miscellaneous / Library of Congress Maps of Mexican States 1884-86
« on: October 16, 2020, 08:38:47 PM »
I don't know if this has been posted previously, but the Library of Congress has a set of maps of Mexican States 1884-86 online in high definition.  See


Alfredo Harp Helú, along with Janet R. Klug and Charles F. Shreve, will receive the Smithsonian Philatelic Achievement Award for outstanding lifetime achievement in the field of philately at the National Postal Museum in Washington on October 19.  See

The program will celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Royal Philatelic Society London, the oldest philatelic society in the world. Mr. Stuart Weitzman, the owner of the British Guiana One-Cent Magenta stamp, will sign the back of the stamp.

Miscellaneous / Porte de Mar Stamps Article
« on: April 23, 2019, 06:48:28 PM »
The cover article in the April issue of the American Philatelist is about the Porte de Mar stamps of Mexico.  If anyone wants to see it, but does not receive the journal, let me know and I can send a scan.


A friend has posted the following question regarding the attached cover on another site but has not received a definitive answer regarding the 3 marking --
I have a cover to Vera Cruz by ship (which was probably also the port of entry) in 1849.  It bears a single marking, a Mexican "3".  Could anyone enllighten me on the rate involved?

[added later] As to the 3 rate I am asking about, I assume there is a small chance it went overland -- could this be the Mexican charge from the US-Mexico exchange point to Vera Cruz?

The following is his discussion regarding the "25" marking -  I include it here only in case it bears on the question regarding the "3". 

The letter is postmarked at Montgomery on Feb 25 (1849) for British Packet, by way of Mobile Point.  My current theory is that the rate: 25(!) is a form of freight(like) money.  The question is, since anotther related cover in Van's collection, which fits the steamer schedule does not have  any Mexican (neither have British markings) markings, why the difference.  One thing that needs exploration is that the Feb. 25 date is well in advance of the departure of the Great Western for Vera Cruz sometime shortly after March 8 leaving a bit of a gap.  I was trying to figure out if the Mobile P.O. was trying to accelerate delivery by sending the letter overland or by private ship.  The US PMG indicates there was some special out of the (British) mail arrangement in existance.

(One cover to UK, which could stay in Imperial postal hands the whole way, does not show this wierdness.  The two or three wierdness covers are to Hargous, the  U.S. consul and a high muckity-muck.  In one case, the address is to Hargous but the content to others.)
It is reasonably clear at this point that covers were travelling on the British packet and not necessarily getting British markings.Major correction -- that is September 25 -- and the letter is dated at Mobile September 20. (Possibly per Teviot, October 4).  This may not be the only one with strange dateline.

General Discussion / Award for the Worst Fake Mexico Cover Ever!!
« on: October 26, 2018, 03:50:42 PM »
My favorite touch is the 1889-1890 revenue stamp.

General Discussion / 19th century maps of Mexico
« on: March 13, 2018, 01:15:33 PM »
A copy of "Atlas pintoresco e historico de los Estados Unidos Mexicanos" by Antonio GARCIA CUBAS (1885) is up for auction at  It contains wonderful maps of 19th century Mexico.  You should be able to open and save the images in large files. 

General Discussion / My Philatelic Research Now on line!
« on: January 16, 2018, 08:04:03 PM »
In the current issue of Philatelic Literature Review, Gary Wayne Loew published an article suggesting that philatelists who have published articles in journals also post them on to expand readership. See
Following Gary's advice, I have posted many of my stamp articles (and a few non-stamp ones) on line at

"‘Oh, Mexican postal service, where would we be without you?!’ said no one, ever. The postal system inMexico rightly has an absolutely awful reputation, mainly because it is absolutely awful."So starts the blog of a Brit in Mexico. But it has a happy ending.

Maximilians / What is this??
« on: August 13, 2017, 10:43:37 AM »
A seller on eBay with some big ticket Mexico items (NobleSpirit) is offering (for a mere $3360!!)  a block of 6 50 cent unused Maxis each one of which is outlined in a thin frame (not always properly placed).  Why would anyone make this bizarre thing?  I assume the overprints are fake also?  Has anyone seen this before?   See

1868 Issue / Heath and Stout's book on eBay
« on: May 08, 2017, 09:34:23 PM »
There is a copy of Heath and Stout's book on the 1868 issue for sale on eBay at $39.95 postpaid.  See

Miscellaneous / Variations in a single cancellation
« on: March 19, 2017, 07:11:59 PM »
The variability of some early cancellations is nicely shown in this 1856 two reales which has two strikes of the same ZACATECAS cancel (Taylor ZA-1/16) one of which is stretched 50% in height.  The device must have been made of some pliable substance like rubber.


This is the best collection of fraudulent reprints  with fake cancels and fake splits I have seen in one place.

General Discussion / MEPSI Meeting at ARIPEX Sat. Feb. 18
« on: January 03, 2017, 10:13:38 PM »
There will be a general meeting of MEPSI members at the ARIPEX 2017  Stamp Show on Saturday Feb. 18 from 10:30 am to 11:30 am at the Pomeroy Room, Mesa Convention Center, Mesa Arizona.
See you there!!
This meeting will immediately follow the meeting of the Board of Directors starting at 9 am, same location.

Eagles / Largest multiples of Eagle Remainders?
« on: December 16, 2016, 10:24:50 AM »
What are the largest blocks of Eagle remainders?  I am aware of blocks of 80 of the one real (blue, worn plate), two and also the four reales.  Does anyone know of any plates larger than 80 of any of the remainders?
For the other values, I know of 50 (half reales red purple), 15 (eight reales), and 56 (one real azure).


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