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General Discussion / Passing of Tony Benz
« on: June 08, 2021, 01:47:28 PM »
Our friend and MEPSI member for over 50 years Tony Benz passed away on May 26.  Tony has served a number of roles in MEPSI, he ran our auctions for a time and has been selling his collection on ebay for the past few years so many of you have probably communicated with him.  We are sorry to hear of his passing, but know that he is finally at peace after dealing with a serious illness for many years.
Marc Gonzales

General Discussion / Jose Gilberto Chong
« on: February 20, 2021, 12:19:21 PM »
Sad news to report the passing of Jose Gilberto Chong on February 19.  Gilberto was a long time member of MEPSI and a dealer and author of La Presencia China En Mexico, A Traves Del Correo 1903-1976.   He was a very sweet man who always had a smile and a warm greeting for all.  He will be sorely missed by his family and friends.
Descanse En Pax Don Gilberto.

Post-classic Stamps 1900 - 1940 / Denver Eagles Issue
« on: January 26, 2021, 10:42:11 AM »
For those of you who collect the Revolutionary period of Mexico you are familiar with the Denver Eagles issue of 1914.  One of our esteemed members Ron Mitchell made a VHS video about the issue about 30 years ago.  He also literally "wrote the book" on these fascinating issues.  Recently the video was digitized and many hours of work went into replacing hundreds of the images because the quality of the video was so poor.  The audio did not deteriorate.  Enjoy.

Marc Gonzales

Stamp Shows / PIPEX 2021
« on: January 12, 2021, 04:05:12 PM »
Greetings fellow MEPSI members,

I've just been informed that PIPEX 2021 where we have scheduled our annual meeting this year has been changed to a VIRTUAL SHOW.  It will not be an in person show this year.  This change is a result of the slow roll out of the vaccine and the fear that many people who would normally attend will not be able to.

We will still hold our annual General Membership meeting and Board meeting but they will be held on Zoom.  Exhibits will still be accepted but will be online instead.  This information has not been posted on the PIPEX 2021 website yet but will be soon.  The fees for entering exhibits will be lower.  We would also like to plan presentations or seminars.  More information will follow once we have it.  Thank you.
Marc E. Gonzales

1856 -1861 Issues / Re: 1856 Tlalpujahua
« on: January 12, 2021, 01:39:24 PM »
I believe this is Angancveo, S.1650 which is often blurry like this.

The 1856 red 4r reprints were printed from 4r plate II.  There are complete sheets known of this plate of Scott #9, they have no plate line and less space between horizontal rows than plate I.  In the Expert Committee reference collection I see many of the 4r 1856 reprints have plate positions identified so someone in the past (perhaps Bash) went to the trouble of identifying these positions on the 1856 reprints.  Attached is an example.  I have not seen such scratches on reprints before and don't think the scratches are what identifies these as positions 11-12.  I'm not sure these are scratches, perhaps smears.

General Discussion / Video presentations of Mexico Philately
« on: March 21, 2020, 12:24:58 PM »


Here are some links to video presentations made over the past couple years.

Rocky Mountain Stamp Show 2019

The Great Postal Fraud of Mexico 1870-72 - Nicholas Follansbee, Dr. Randall Grace, John Kordich

Spellman Museum of Stamps and Postal History
Postal History Symposium – Mexico: Wars in the 19th Century  May 2019

[font=]Mexican Independence War: Postal History Perspective – Jaime Benavides[/font]

[font=]European Military Intervention in Mexico 1861-1867 – Dr. Yamil Kouri[/font]

The Provisional Period of 1867-68 – Marc E. Gonzales 

[font=]The Mexican War: Culmination of Manifest Destiny – Dr. Mark Banchik[/font]

Stamp Shows / Re: PIPEX 2020 Cancelled!!!
« on: March 17, 2020, 10:07:08 AM »

I want to inform everyone that PIPEX2020 has officially been cancelled due to the COVID 19 pandemic.  Prepaid exhibit and banquet fees will be refunded.  During these trying times please stay healthy.
Marc E. Gonzales

Stamp Shows / PIPEX 2020 URGENT NOTICE....
« on: March 16, 2020, 02:26:52 PM »

The MEPSI convention planned for this year was to be held in Portland in early May at PIPEX.  Due to COVID-19 I believe it is inevitable the show will be cancelled.  Although we have not received a formal cancellation notice yet I am told that once the Oregon government mandates the closure of all meetings of over 50 people then formal notification of the closure will take place.  Right now the government notice goes through March and April, once extended into May we will get a cancellation notice and I will post that here. which is the APS website has a list of cancellations already in place.  So far shows in March and April have been shut down.

Although there is still a very slim chance it will take place I suggest that no airline flights or reservations that are not refundable be made.  Thank you.
Marc E. Gonzales

Post-classic Stamps 1900 - 1940 / 1864 Juarez Issue
« on: June 30, 2019, 10:26:45 AM »
The original printings of the 1864 Juarez issue differ from the reprints in shade and thickness of the paper.  The reprints are extremely common, the original stamps quite rare and expensive.  The reprints have been used to create fake used stamps.

My question is do unused stamps with no overprints exist from the original printing?  I've always assumed that an unused stamp with no overprint is a reprint, but would like to verify that this is correct and that unused un-overprinted original printing stamps are not known.  Thanks.
Marc Gonzales

Dealer announcements / Re: Spuff
« on: December 26, 2018, 05:52:25 PM »
Spuff just reported he is alive, his operation in November didn't go as planned and he has a couple more weeks of recovery but will be back at his desk soon and start his weekly sales.  We're very glad to hear he is ok as his absence had us all worried.

The Great Western departed Mobile on March 9 for Vera Cruz.  The "3" rate is for the delivery in Vera Cruz.  The cover would have been dropped off in Vera Cruz but after leaving the British ship it would then enter the Mexican Postal system and would need to pay postage.  3 reales would be for an overweight cover, i.e. up to 3/4 oz. 

Outgoing covers mailed from Vera Cruz to be put on a British ship would still pay the internal Mexican postage to deliver to the British consul for placement on the British ship.  That's why you would see two VC cancels on outgoing covers, one Mexican and one British.  It should be the same for incoming covers, otherwise the letters would have to be privately delivered.  I don't understand why there are no other Mexican markings or British markings.  The Mobile cancel is not clear but appears to be a US mark, not a British mark.  The 25 is likely the US postage charge, but where is the British charge?
Marc Gonzales

1874 Issue / Postal rates during 1874-83 Issues.
« on: December 08, 2018, 12:05:10 PM »
I believe the Circular/preprinted matter rate at the start of the 1874 issue was 5 Centavos, however it appears that at some point during this issue it was reduced to 4c.  I have circulars used in 1875-6 with 5 centavos stamps, and a circular used in 1883 with a 4c stamp.  The 4c Hidalgo Head stamp was issued in 1880.

Can anyone tell me when the Printed Matter rate was changed from 5c to 4c?  The date of the tariff?  I don't see this information in Chittenden, Billings or Cossio.

Thank you
Marc Gonzales

1856 -1861 Issues / Re: Help With 2 Reales 186??...
« on: December 08, 2018, 11:47:17 AM »
I think the stamp could have a PUEBLA overprint but I don't think it is an 1867 Provisional usage.  Although the area you highlighted looks like it could be 1867 year, the typical Puebla cancels used at this time did not show the year, only the month and day i.e. Sch. 1147.  1861 Hidalgos used provisionally in 1867 often have the Gothic Mexico name which proves they are provisionally used, other examples may have the PUEBLA name and unless on a dated cover can't be identified as they would look just like an 1861 usage.  Attached is example of a provisional PUEBLA usage, as you can see there would be no way to say this is 1867 usage unless it had a letter and docketing.
Marc Gonzales

Follansbee wrote a pamphlet on the Seals in 1993 in which he describes 24 types, with a number of dies for each type making up a large variety of seals.  Since that publication I believe a 25th has been described.  These were initially authorized in 1913 and apparently used into the 1950s.  Initially they were produced in Blue, and there are a few blue types.  The green type is the scarcest, if you see one you should buy it.  As you say the red ones are the most abundant, however there are many types of red and I believe some may be very scarce as well.  I will I could tell you more, and I hope that a new publication will be forthcoming on these issues.
Marc Gonzales

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