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Post-classic Stamps 1900 - 1940 / Guia Postales
« on: July 08, 2017, 04:54:16 PM »
Does anyone have copies of any Guias Postales between 1900 and 1940. I am trying to compile a list of active post offices for this period. The only one I have is the one by Jose Velarde from 1905. I can be contacted at
Pete Taylor

Classic Stamps 1856 - 1900 / Cancel Books-update
« on: January 05, 2016, 01:59:40 PM »
Thought I would update availability info on my 2 Cancel books.

The Standardization of Mexican Postmarks 1884-1900:
This book was published in 2013. I have 5 copies left for sale from the original printing. Sales have slowed and I seriously doubt if I will order another publishing in the near future. Cost is $100 plus S&H ($10 to US address and $60 overseas shipping).

Postmarks of Mexico 1821-1883:
This 2 volume book was published in 2015. Plenty left from first printing. Cost is $100 plus S&H ($10 to US address and $60 overseas shipping).

Orders can be paid for by check on US bank or Paypal (account #

For collectors in Mexico these books can be obtained from Fernando Perez-Maldonado to save on shipping (

Pete Taylor
P.O. Box 53
Woodland WA 98674

Dealer announcements / New book on Mexico cancels now available
« on: April 28, 2015, 02:43:40 PM »
Attention Mexico Collectors!

A new book, Postmarks of Mexico 1821 to 1883, is now available. It covers postmarks from 1821 to 1883. It combines all cancels found in Yag-Bash, Schatzkes, and Schimmer (1874/FM issues) into a 2 volume book. It contains many new cancels and hundreds of new usage listings.

The book has 593 pages divided into 2 volumes. It is spiral bound. The book is arranged by Postal District (Acapulco through Zamora).

Price: $100.00 plus S&H

   Price to US addresses is $100.00 plus &10.00 S&H (media mail).

   Price for overseas is $100.00 plus $60.00 S&H (priority USPS mail).

   Price to Mexico: orders for Mexico will be $105.00 plus cost of shipping from Monterrey. To order from
 Mexico contact our agent at

Orders can be placed at or c/o P.W. Taylor, P.O. Box 53, Woodland, WA 98674.

Payment by Paypal or checks on a US bank accepted.

General Discussion / Cancel Book
« on: March 05, 2015, 01:51:19 PM »
I may be able to bring about 5 copies of my book "The Standardazation of Mexican Postmarks 1884 to 1900" to Pachuca. I will take orders (first come, first served) to anyone wishing to purchase a copy for $85.00US (or peso equivalent). I will only bring enough copies to fill requests so that I don't have to cart unsold copies back with me. This will save people the $60 postage charges that it take to mail the book to Mexico from the US.

You can order a copy from me at up until Tuesday, March 10.

Other Issues / Cinderellas
« on: February 13, 2015, 06:53:36 PM »
Can anyone shed some light on the following group of Cinderellas printed between 2009 and 2013. It is my understanding that they were producted as a graphic arts project for Hispanic students in S. Cal. I have examples from 14 different locals. I would like to know how many are out there and any other info on their creation.

Classic Stamps 1856 - 1900 / needed cancel scans
« on: September 28, 2014, 09:39:34 PM »
Well, time for more assistance from the membership.....which in the past has really sucked. Only 5 - 6 collectors have ever taken the time to actually submit material. I am working on a book that will update cancels from Pre-stamp to 1883 (YagBash to Schimmer 1874/FM).

What I need are scans of material (covers and stamps) of top-notch cancels for inclusion as illustration in the new book. Scans need to be separate files, 300 dpi, and cropped so little or no background is evident. I do need a lot of material to make this project fly so one or two scans....or 50, would be gratefully welcome.

Please send inquireies....or

Miscellaneous / new project
« on: July 10, 2013, 02:03:04 PM »
Now that the new 1884-1900 cancel book has been completed I plan to move on to a new project. I would like to see a cancel update for Yag-Bash (stampless cancels), Shatzkes' cancels (1856 to 1872), and the 1874/foreign mail issue from Schimmer.
As such, I am requesting that all collectors submit any new (unlisted) cancels and new usages (recorded cancels not found on certain issues).
What I would need are scans of any new cancel. For new issue uses of existing cancels I would only need a list of the appropriate cancel # and the new issue that it is found on.
Information should be sent to . Just remember...without collector participation this project will not move ahead.

Miscellaneous / cancel question
« on: April 20, 2013, 01:23:56 PM »
I need some clarification concerning 3 cancels showing "Z. de YNDEP". Shatzkes attributes them to Zitacuaro (SCZ # 1022A and 1022B) while Schimmer attributes them to Zamora (SCH # Mich 88/5, 88/6, and 88/7).
I have Googled town names and can find no reference to a Z de Independencia. Zamora is Zamora de Hidalgo and Zitacuaro is Zitacuaro Heroica. Can anyone shed some light on this?

General Discussion / New Cancel Book
« on: March 27, 2013, 04:24:49 PM »
Announcing the availability of a new book "The Standardization of Mexican Postmarks 1884 to 1900" by Peter W. Taylor. This book might be considered an update of Karl Schimmer's cancel book but has some major changes from that work. This is a spiral-bound, 668 page book with over 1000 new cancel illustrations and Table entries. The price is $85.00 plus S&H. The book will be available at the MEPSI annual meeting at PIPEX in Portland in late May. Pre-orders for mail orders can be made for shipment in late May- early June or for pick-up at PIPEX. See the attachments to this e-mail for more details and examples. More info can be obtained through .

Classic Stamps 1856 - 1900 / Cancel Book-update
« on: January 21, 2013, 08:09:30 PM »
I have been working on a new book covering cancels from 1884 to 1900 (Hidalgo Medallions, Numerals, and Mulitas) for the past two years. I think I see a very faint light at the end of the tunnel. However, I am at the point where I desperately need the assistance of my fellow collectors. I have used all the examples from my own collection and I still need a number of examples to complete the "art-work" in the book.
What I need are the following scans:
Covers, postcards, or fronts showing very clear cancels from the following States (preferably sub-offices).
Aguascalientes (2 or 3 examples), Campeche (2), Chihuahua, Coahuila, Durango (2), Guerrero (2), Hidalgo, Jalisco (2), Mexico, Michoacan, Tamaulipas, and Zacatecas (2). Scans should be close with no background edges showing.
I could also use scans of individual stamps with great cancels to augment what I already have. This is especially true for the State of Morelos of which I have zero and need 5 or 6. If you have material that you would like to see in a book please take the time to send me scans (close-cropped with no background).
Please send scans to . Scans should be done at 300dpi.I am including a few scan attachments as examples of what I need.
Thank you....Pete Taylor

General Discussion / PIPEX in Portland, OR
« on: December 31, 2012, 08:32:18 PM »
Happy New Year to all.
As the liason between MEPSI and PIPEX for the up-coming show in May, I would like to know who is planning to submit exhibits. PIPEX has set aside 100 frames for Mexico far we have only 24 frames. I would hate to see the remaining reserved frames being released to other exhibitors. I would like to encourage all to exhibit at PIPEX. MEPSI has never had an annual meeting in the Pacific Northwest so this is an opportunity for us to get plenty of new exposure. Those of you with exhibits....let me know as soon as possible.
Along the same lines....dealers interested in having a table at the bourse should get applications in too.
Pete Taylor

Classic Stamps 1856 - 1900 / Schimmer cancel survey
« on: June 18, 2011, 06:43:16 PM »
In his book, The Postmarks of Mexico. 1874-1900, published in 1977  Karl Schimmer lists  491 Post Offices as “not yet seen.”  His series of articles in Mexicana during the 1980s show that cancels from 125 of those Offices had been found. That leaves 366 of the “not yet seen” Offices to be recorded. I have a number of them in my collection.               
I would like to do a survey among the “cancel collectors” out there in order to update the list of unrecorded post offices. What I will need is           
1.       The name of the Office and the Schimmer # (ie. Atil, Sonora, Sch #  SON 9/  )  Please include ALL Offices
            listed as nys in the original book. This would include any Offices reported as seen in the later updates
2.       The issue that the cancel occurs on (1874s, Juarez, Hidalgo Medallions, Large Numerals, and Mulitas).
3.       Color of cancel
4.       Type of cancel (as set forth in Shimmer (ie.  O2, 04, 017, etc.)
5.       Scans of the item. I realize this may not be possible in all cases. However scans are exceedingly important
            if we are to be able to illustrate new cancels in publication). In the past, I always mailed my new   
            discoveries to Karl so that he could verify and include them in the updates.            
Please DO NOT send your responses through Meximail. Send them directly to me at Any questions or ideas can also be sent directly to me. The success of this project will be largely dependent upon the willingness of you “cancel collectors” to participate. Hopefully the goal of this project will be a fully updated list published in Mexicana.           
Pete Taylor

Other Issues / Pan-American Expedition
« on: June 25, 2010, 08:06:14 PM »
   A few years ago I acquired two covers on Ebay from two seperate dealers that were used to commemorate the “Richardson Pan-American Highway Expedition” in 1940-41. The first cover caught my interest because it was cancelled with a Shimmer type O9 cancel from Tequisisltan, Oaxaca (town not covered in Shimmer). The second cover was cancelled in Tapachula, Chiapas, with a large, circular cancel common to the period. A few weeks ago I acquired 3 more of these covers from a single dealer; two from Nogales, Sonora, and one from Mexico City.
   Apparently 3 crazy guys decided to drive from Detroit to Cape Horn in a 1941 Plymouth sedan....and made it! The covers were obviously printed up prior to departure; the cache on the covers comes in at least 3 colors. I have a red, a green, and 3 blues. The question this brings up is “are these covers philatelic or are they historical?”
   The Nogales covers are dated 9 Nov 40, the Mexico City cover is 17 Dec 40, the Tequisistlan cover is 25 Jan 41, and the Tapachula cover is dated 15 Feb 41. Pretty slow going.
   I would like to know if anyone on Meximail has other covers from this Expedition, either from Mexico or further south. I'd love to get enough material to do an exhibit on this venture.

Mulitas / cancel help
« on: June 25, 2010, 07:06:53 PM »
I have a 3 centavo, Follansbee # 212 , that has a very clear postmark that I can't identify. The cancel style is different from any major type in Shimmer. It is an double oval cancel similar to Shimmer type O3 but with a narrow line thru the middle of the oval. The town name is ..scacueso, possinlt .uscacueso. I have been thru the Shimmer index and can find no towns wvwn close to this spelling. Any ideas?

Modern Stamps 1940 - Present / Exporta errors
« on: September 11, 2009, 02:59:18 PM »
Over the past month or so there have been numerous offerings of "Exporta errors" on Ebay. Most of them are described as a "constant flaw". I am wondering how many of these are truly constant printing flaws and how many are just crappy printing on a few sheets. Does anyone have a list of all the bonafide flaws?

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