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Argentina.

National Telegraph Stamps.

1887 (8 December) Lithographed by Juan H. Kidd y Cia, Buenos Aires. White wove paper.
No watermark or papermakers' watermark (W1) in sheet. Line-perf. 11½

H1 H2 H3 H4
Hiscocks Type 1 - H1 Hiscocks Type 2 - H2 Hiscocks Type 3 - H3 Hiscocks Type 4 - H4

Hiscocks page 2
Image taken from Hiscocks page 2.

 

Hisc. Type. Description Mint Used
H1 1 10c dull scarlet 2.20 1.00
H2 2 10c dull scarlet 2.20 1.00
H2a           showing part of sheet watermark 3.50 1.50
H3 3 40c deep blue 3.50 1.50
H3a           indigo 3.50 1.50
H4 4 40c deep blue 4.00 2.00
H4a           showing part of sheet watermark 5.00 3.00
H4b           indigo 4.00 2.00
H4c           indigo, showing part of sheet watermark 5.00 3.00
H4d           imperf between horizontal pair - -

Hiscocks added the following 3 notes:

Note 1. The red ink used for Nos. 1 and 2 is not fully water-fast and soaking leads to diffusion of colour.
                It seems probable that the "on tinted paper" variety listed by Morley is due to this and I have
                not therefore listed it myself.
Note 2. The use of these stamps apparently ceased in 1896.
Note 3. Telegraphically used copies are cancelled with a rectangular or oval stamp in black or purple or
                occasionally by pen. Postally used copies are more common and are usually cancelled with a
                small circular date stamp.

 

1930 Lithographed by C. de M. of Buenos Aires. White wove paper.
Watermark Sun (W2). Hiscocks and Kneitschel give these as Perf. 13 x 12½. However Guillermo Jalil gives these as Perf. 12¾ x 12¼

Hiscocks page 3
This is a combination of Hiscocks page 3 and part of a proof shown below.

1c Specimen 2c Specimen 3c Specimen 4c Specimen 6c Specimen
1c Specimen 2c Specimen 3c Specimen 4c Specimen 6c Specimen

 

7c Specimen 9c Specimen 10c Specimen 20c Specimen 40c Specimen
7c Specimen 9c Specimen 10c Specimen 20c Specimen 40c Specimen

 

50c Specimen 60c Specimen 70c Specimen 1p Specimen 2p Specimen
50c Specimen 60c Specimen 70c Specimen - double impression 1p Specimen 2p Specimen

 

3p Specimen 4p Specimen 5p Specimen 6p Specimen 7p Specimen
3p Specimen 4p Specimen 5p Specimen 6p Specimen 7p Specimen

 

8p Specimen 9p Specimen 10p Specimen 20p Specimen 40p Specimen
8p Specimen 9p Specimen 10p Specimen 20p Specimen 40p Specimen

With so many different values in slightly different shades, it is difficult to name the colours precisely.
That is not helped by the fact they are found on different colour papers, white to buff, making them appear different.
Some of these imperforate ones are punched or stamped 'MUESTRA' (Specimen) in violet.

I have not been able to get any perforated ones yet, but here are the first five, courtesy of  Paul & Les Bottomley.
Perforated
Perforated

 

Hisc. Type. Description Mint Used
H5 5 3c blue 7.00 -
H6 5 4c yellow-green 7.30 -
H7 5 5c lilac 7.50 -
H8 5 10c orange 8.00 -
H9 5 30c ochre 8.50 -
H10 5 40c bistre 8.80 -
H11 5 50c blue-green 9.00 -
H12 5 80c reddish lilac 9.50 -
H13 5 90c brown 10.00 -

 

Additional values I have seen as imperf proofs/colour trials. Kneitschel also lists a 30P lilac-chestnut and 50P light chestnut.

Hisc. Type. Description
- 5 1c brown
- 5 2c red
- 5 3c blue
- 5 4c yellow-green
- 5 6c dark blue
- 5 7c claret
- 5 9c slate
- 5 10c orange
- 5 20c grey
- 5 40c bistre
- 5 50c blue-green
- 5 60c dark blue
- 5 70c brown
- 5 70c brown (double impression)
- 5 80c lilac-brown
- 5 90c dark brown
- 5 1P red-orange
- 5 2P purple-brown
- 5 3P deep bluish green
- 5 4P pale claret
- 5 5P indigo
- 5 6P olive grey
- 5 7P dark blue
- 5 8P light brown
- 5 9P blue green
- 5 10P yellow-orange
- 5 20P light blue
- 5 40P lilac

 

 

 

1930 Different design. As above. White wove paper. Hiscocks and Kneitschel give these as Perf. 12½ x 13½ or perf. 13½.
However Guillermo Jalil gives these as Perf. 11¼ x 13¼,   12½ x 11¼,   12½ x 13¼,   13¼ x 11¼   or   13¼
My own examples show that the perforations are rather uneven so that the measurement on a single stamp may depend on where you measure it.
Also some of the perforations are very ragged, leading to guesswork.

Type 6 proofs


It is uncertain what these are, Essays? Proofs? They appear to be in the issued colours of type 6. With the large number of values, some are very similar shades.
Image courtesy of Marcelo Trejo of Corpmet on delcampe.

 

These were meant to be used in such a way that the top part was left on the receipt and the bottom was on the telegram with the message, to be later pulped.

receipt

This (half-size) image shows a receipt with 1P34c in stamps. This shows a marked area for the top halves, and presumably there was a larger area for the bottom halves.
From this, you would expect used halves to be only from the top halves. A batch of used halves however contained a lot of bottom halves.
Since then I have found further examples. Several used bottom halves with clear dates are dated July 1930.
This suggests that they came from used telegraph forms. Here is a table of the used halves:

Denomination Top Bottom Total
4c 13 16 29
10c 2 18 20
1P 12 14 26

The 10c is the odd one out, the used bottom halves also included three pairs.
There were no pairs among the rest. Bottom halves, being about twice the size and 'liberated', would seem to be more desirable.
I have added pricing for them in the listing.

 

H23
Perf 12½ x 13.
 
Hisc. Type. Description Mint Used-Top Used-Bottom
H14 6 1c olive-brown 2.50 1.00 2.00
H15 6 2c carmine 2.50 1.00 2.00
H16 6 3c blue 2.50 1.00 2.00
H17 6 4c green 2.50 0.50 1.00
H18 6 5c violet 2.50 1.00 2.00
H19 6 6c deep blue 5.00 2.00 4.00
H20 6 7c lilac 5.00 2.00 4.00
H21 6 8c yellow-green 5.00 2.00 4.00
H22 6 9c grey-olive 5.00 2.00 4.00
H23 6 10c orange 3.00 1.00 1.00
H24 6 20c grey-brown 4.50 1.50 3.00
H25 6 30c brownish orange 4.50 1.50 3.00
H26 6 40c bistre 4.50 1.50 3.00
H27 6 50c bluish green 4.50 1.00 2.00
H28 6 60c slate blue 5.50 1.20 2.40
H29 6 70c lilac-brown 5.50 1.50 3.00
 
Hisc. Type. Description Mint Used-Top Used-Bottom
H30 6 80c lilac 5.50 1.20 2.40
H31 6 90c deep brown 5.50 1.50 3.00
H32 6 1P bright orange 5.00 0.70 1.40
H33 6 2P lilac brown 6.00 1.50 3.00
H34 6 3P deep green 6.00 1.80 3.60
H35 6 4P lilac rose 8.00 2.50 5.00
H36 6 5P violet-grey 8.00 3.00 6.00
H37 6 6P dark olive 10.00 - -
H38 6 7P dark blue 12.00 - -
H39 6 8P light brown 12.00 - -
H40 6 9P deep green 16.00 - -
H41 6 10P yellow-bistre 12.00 - -
H42 6 20P light blue 16.00 - -
H43 6 30P violet 20.00 - -
H44 6 40P lilac 20.00 - -
H45 6 50P bistre 18.00 - -

Hiscocks added the following note:

Note. I have been able to find little information on these stamps. Specifically it is not clear whether they
                were all issued in both perforations or whether some were one and some the other.
                I would also like to know how long they remained in use.

John Barefoot does not list the 6c or 7c of the above. I have used 6c examples but not 7c, 8c or 9c. It is possibly a mistake or oversight.
I understand that these are #14-45 in some other (unspecified) catalogue. I will continue to list them as Hiscocks did until I know otherwise.

Used bottom-half examples:

1c used bottom-half 2c used bottom-half 3c used bottom-half 4c used bottom-half 5c used bottom-half
1c H14.   Perf 13 x 13½ 2c H15.   Perf 12½ x 13¼ 3c H16.   Perf 12½ x 13½ 4c H17.   Perf 12½ x 13¼ 5c H18.   Perf 12½ x 13

 

5c used bottom-half 10c used bottom-half 20c used bottom-half 30c used bottom-half 40c used bottom-half
6c H19.   Perf 12½ x 13¼ 10c H23.   Perf 13½ 20c H24.   Perf 12½ x 13½ 30c H25.   Perf 12½ x 13¼ 40c H26.   Perf 12½ x 13¼

 

50c used bottom-half 50c used bottom-half 50c used bottom-half 50c used bottom-half 50c used bottom-half
50c H27.   Perf 13¼ x 11½ 60c H28.   Perf 12½ x 13¼ 80c H30.   Perf 12½ x 13½ 1p H32.   Perf 12½ x 11½ 2p H33.   Perf 13½ ?

 

 

Stationery.

Before 1930 I presume this is a cutout from stationery.
stationery cutout?

 

 

 

Regional Telegraph Stamps.

1. Buenos Aires.

1888-1890 Lithographed by Juan H. Kidd y Cia, Buenos Aires. White wove paper.
No watermark or papermakers' watermark (W1). Line-perf 11½

H46 H47 H48 H49
Type 7 - H46, courtesy of Guillermo Jalil Type 7 - H47 Type 7 - H48, courtesy of Guillermo Jalil Type 7 - H49

 

Hisc. Type. Description Mint Used
H46 7 1c dull blue (1 July 1890) 12.00 12.00
*H46a           showing part of sheet watermark 20.00 20.00
H47 7 2c rose (shades) (1 July 1890) 12.00 12.00
*H47a           showing part of sheet watermark 20.00 20.00
H48 7 10c yellowish brown (1888) 15.00 15.00
H48a           showing part of sheet watermark 20.00 20.00
H49 7 40c orange (1888) 16.00 16.00
H49a           showing part of sheet watermark 20.00 20.00

* I have added these as they are reported by Guillermo Jalil

Hiscocks added the following note:

Note. The use of these stamps was apparently discontinued in 1890.

 

Buenos Aires Unknown
This had me puzzled a value of 1 Peso, dated 1881 with symbolism suggesting something to do with
radio communication or telegraphy to or between ships.
Ernesto Lopez tells me it is a revenue stamp of 1879, and that there were similar Bolivian stamps.

 

 

2. Cordoba.

1891 Lithographed by Juan H. Kidd y Cia, Buenos Aires. White wove paper.
Sheet watermark (W1). Line-perf 11½

Cordoba type 8
Type 8, courtesy of Guillermo Jalil

 

Hisc. Type. Description Mint Used
H50 8 10c blue 75.00 60.00
H50a           with circular violet control on reverse 300.00 300.00
H50b           showing part of sheet watermark 90.00 75.00
H51 8 40c greenish blue 75.00 60.00
H51a           with circular violet control on reverse 300.00 300.00
H51b           showing part of sheet watermark 90.00 75.00

 

3. Entre Rios.

1898 Lithographed by Juan H. Kidd y Cia, Buenos Aires. White wove paper.
No watermark. Perf 11½

Entre Rios type 9
Hiscocks Type 9, H52

 

Hisc. Type. Description Mint Used
H52 9 10c chocolate 7.50 7.50

 

 

Railway Telegraph Stamps.

1. Ferrocarril Andino.

1887 Lithographed by Juan H. Kidd y Cia, Buenos Aires. White wove paper.
No watermark or papermakers' watermark (W1). Line-perf 11½

Ferrocarril Andino type 10
Type 10, courtesy of Guillermo Jalil

 

Hisc. Type. Description Mint Used
H53 10 10c grey-black 80.00 -
H53a           showing part of sheet watermark 100.00 -
H54 10 40c light blue 80.00 -
H54a           showing part of sheet watermark 100.00 -

Hiscocks added the following note:

Note. Different sources quote different colours for No. 53 — green or grey — but the majority give grey.

 

2. Ferrocarril Argentino del Este.

1887 As above. Line-perf 11½

Ferrocarril Argentino del Este type 11
Type 11, courtesy of Guillermo Jalil

 

Hisc. Type. Description Mint Used
H55 11 10c blue-green 90.00 -
H55a           showing part of sheet watermark 112.00 -
H56 11 40c red-brown 90.00 -
H56a           showing part of sheet watermark 112.00 -

Hiscocks added the following note:

Note. Different sources again quote different colours for No. 55 — black or blue-green. One assumes the black copy reported was a proof.

 

3. Ferrocarril Buenos Aires al Pacifico.

1887 As above. Line-perf 11½

H57 H58
Type 12 - H57 Type 12 - H58

 

Hisc. Type. Description Mint Used
H57 12 10c light brown 6.00 -
H57a           showing part of sheet watermark 7.50 -
H58 12 40c blue 6.00 -
H58a           showing part of sheet watermark 7.50 -

 

4. Ferrocarril Buenos Aires y Puerto de La Ensenada.

1887 As above. Line-perf 11½

Ferrocarril Buenos Aires y Puerto de La Ensenada
Type 13, courtesy of Guillermo Jalil

 

Hisc. Type. Description Mint Used
H59 13 10c carmine 90.00 -
H59a           showing part of sheet watermark 110.00 -
H60 13 40c yellow-brown 90.00 -
H60a           showing part of sheet watermark 110.00 -

Hiscocks added the following note:

Note. Morley mistakenly quotes the name as Euscuada.

 

5. Ferrocarril Central Norte.

1887 As above. Line-perf 11½

H61 H62
Type 14 - H61 Type 14 - H62

 

Hisc. Type. Description Mint Used
H61 14 10c blue 6.00 -
H61a           showing part of sheet watermark 7.50 -
H62 14 40c violet 6.00 -
H62a           showing part of sheet watermark 7.50 -

 

6. Ferrocarril Gran Oeste Argentino.

1887 As above. Line-perf 11½

Ferrocarril Gran Oeste Argentino
Type 15, courtesy of Guillermo Jalil.

 

Hisc. Type. Description Mint Used
H63 15 10c red-brown 105.00 -
H63a           showing part of sheet watermark 130.00 -
H64 15 40c orange-red 105.00 -
H64a           showing part of sheet watermark 130.00 -

 

7. Ferrocarril Oeste Santafecino.

1887 As above. No watermark. Line-perf 11½

Ferrocarril Oeste Santafecino
Type 16, courtesy of Guillermo Jalil.

 

Hisc. Type. Description Mint Used
H65 16 40c vermilion 120.00 -
H65a           imperf. between horizontal pair 400.00 -

 

8. Ferrocarril Santa Fè A Las Colonias.

1887 As above. Perf 11½. Of two types — with and without an accent over the 'A' — 18 & 17 respectively.

H66 H67 H68 H69
H66 Type 17 10c without accent H67 Type 17 10c with accent H68 Type 17 40c without accent H69 Type 17 40c with accent

 

Accent location (Book page 7)
Hisc. Type. Description Mint Used
H66 17 10c blue-black - without accent 3.00 12.00
H66a           showing part of sheet watermark 4.50 18.00
H66b           imperf. between horizontal pair 30.00 -
H67 (18) 10c slate blue - with accent 10.00 20.00
H68 (17) 40c carmine - without accent 3.00 12.00
H68a           showing part of sheet watermark 4.50 18.00
H68b           imperf. between horizontal pair 30.00 -
H69 18 40c red - with accent 10.00 40.00

Hiscocks added the following note:

Note. Nos. 67 and 69 do not exhibit a sheet watermark.

My note: Hiscocks seems to have got H68 and H69 reversed. I corrected.

 

9. Telegráfica del Rio de la Plata.

1887 As above. Line-perf 11½

Telegráfica del Rio de la Plata
Type 19, courtesy of Guillermo Jalil.

 

Hisc. Type. Description Mint Used
H70 19 10c orange (shades) 105.00 -
H70a           showing part of sheet watermark 125.00 -
H71 19 40c grey 105.00 -
H71a           showing part of sheet watermark 125.00 -

 

10. Telegrafo Rio Uruguay et Ferrocarril Central Argentino.

1887 As above? Perf 11½?

Hisc. Type. Description Mint Used
H72   10c - -
H73   40c - -

Hiscocks added the following note:

Note. These stamps are listed by Morley but their existence needs confirmation and no further details are known.

John Barefoot illustrates a proof of the 40c.

 

11. Telegrafo Trasandino.

1887 As above. Line-perf 11½

Telegrafo Trasandino
Type 20, courtesy of Guillermo Jalil.

 

Hisc. Type. Description Mint Used
H74 20 10c carmine 100.00 -
H74a           showing part of sheet watermark 120.00 -
H74b           with control stamp on reverse 250.00 -
H75 20 40c orange 100.00 -
H75a           with circular violet control on reverse 120.00 -
H75b           with control stamp on reverse 250.00 -

Hiscocks added the following 2 notes:

Note 1. The name Trasandino means "across the Andes" and the stamps were used for.
                international telegraphs between Argentina and Chile.
Note 2. The control stamps on Nos. 74b and 75b consist of the words.
                "TELEGRAFO TRASANDINO / INSPECCION / REPUBCA ARGENTINA"
                in an oval.

 

Telegraph Seals.

Telegraph seal
A half-size image of a selection of seals used on telegrams of Argentina.

 

Steve Hiscocks made a start on cataloguing seals of the world in a book he published in 2007.
It was his hope to update it later, but unfortunately that was not to be.
His original book can be viewed at Telegraph Seals: A World Catalogue. There are links from the pages to my updates.

Alternatively you can view the latest page for Argentina which now lists over 60 seals.

 


If anyone can provide scans to help with this, I am happy to give appropriate credit.

 

 

 

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