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According to Wiki, the first telegraph line in Brazil was in 1857 with the telegraph line, between Petrópolis and the Health beach at Rio de Janeiro. It was 50 kilometers long including 15 kilometers in submarine cable in the bay of Guanabara.
On December 23, 1873 a connections were made between Rio de Janeiro, Belém do Pará, Recife and Salvador.
On June 22, 1874, the connection with Europe was completed, between the stations of Recife and Carcavelos (in Portugal), via Cape Verde and the island of Madeira. In 1875 the connection between Recife, João Pessoa and Natal was established.

Later, in 1893, the English company South American Cables Ltd. installed an undersea cable in the island of Fernando de Noronha. In 1914 the cable concession was transferred to France. A second submarine cable on the same island was launched by the Italian Italcable in 1925.

In 1895, a 1600nm cable was laid along the Amazon River by Siemens Bros. for the Amazon Telegraph Company. The cable needed frequent repairs due to the conditions. The route chosen was:
Belem (Para) → Cameta (on the River Tocantins)
Belem → Pinheiro (Ilha de Caratateua) → Mosqueiro → Soure across the Para River

Breves (Ilha de Marajo)
Gurupa → Chaves (Ilha de Marajo) → Macapa (to the North)
Monte Alegre
Santarem, at the mouth of the Tapajos
Alemquer (now Alenquer)
Obidos (last point in Para, then Amazonas)
Parentins (was Villa Bella da Imperatriz, now Parintins)
Itacoatiara (was Serpa)
Para-Brazil A detailed map of Para can be fond on Wiki-Commons. Maps vary a lot. The Amazon basin is largely varying degrees of swamp with the towns occupying the high ground. Whether a spot in between is drawn as mainland, island or river depends on the season and perhaps the time of day. The tides influence the water level, as does the rainy season. It is said that the overall effect can change the water level by as much as 40 feet (12 meters) in places. Telegraph poles were impractical. Coastlines also change over time, as do place-names/spellings.

Telegraph Routes.

Telegram forms of 1921 and 1932 show route-maps on the back and list the following companies supplying services :

Interior   (1921 and 1932)
Radio Amazonas — R. G. dos Telegraphos.
Western — The Western Telegraph Co. Ltd.
AMAZON — The Amazon Telegraph Co. Ltd.

Exterior   (1921)
DAKAR (Senegal)
TALISMAN (Azores?)
Cie. des Cables Sud-Américains.
WESTERN — The Western Telegraph Co. Ltd.
SALINAS — Cie. Française des Cables Télégraphiques.
MONROVIA (Liberia)
MONTEREES (California ?)
Deutsch Sudamerikanische Telegraphengesellschaft AG.
COLON (Panama)
Central & South American Telegraph Co.
URUGUAYANA — Administração Argentina
LIVRAMENTO (Azores) — Administração Oriental
JAGUARÃO (bordering Uruguay) — Administração Oriental
Exterior   (1932)
DAKAR (Senegal) Cie. des Cables Sud-Américains.
WESTERN — The Western Telegraph Co. Ltd.
COLON (Panama) Central & South American Telegraph Co.
URUGUAYANA — Administração Argentina
LIVRAMENTO (Azores) — Administração Oriental
JAGUARÃO — Administração Oriental
ITALCABLE — Administração Italiana
RADIOBRAZ — Companhia Radiotelegraphica Brasileira

I have gleaned information from these and other sources to put together the map below:

At the top, Cayenne connects to Paramaribo in Suriname. These two were connected in 1891, with Cayenne connected on to Port au Prince(Haiti), Fort-de-France(Martinique), Puerto Plata, (Dominican Rep.) and Guadeloupe (The Saints Island).

In 1892 LA COMPAGNIE DES CÂBLES SUD-AMÉRICAINS laid a 1620 nm long cable from Dakar, Senegal to the island of Fernando de Noronha, Brazil and then a 347 nm long cable to Pernambuco. The system was extended in 1910-11 when Norddeutsche Seekabelwerke laid cables, Conakry, French Guinea - Monrovia, Liberia 309 nm and Monrovia - Grand Bassam, Ivory Coast 500 nm.

In 1924 CS. Faraday (2) laid cable from Cape St Vincent(Portugal) to Fernando Noronha, and from there on to Rio de Janeiro for Italcable. This was rerouted to Reciffe in 1951.

The cable at the bottom goes from Rio de Janiero to Montevideo and Buenos Aires.

A list of 1906 for wireless-Telegraph stations lists 3 Telefunken Station with a range of 200km at Ilha Grande (near Rio de Janeiro), Fort Santa Cruz (near Rio de Janeiro) and Ilha de Cobras, Guanabara Bay a little west of Rio de Janeiro.

There were also 3 Shoemaker 10 KW sets at Para (Belem area), Santarem and Manaos.

This is here to get consistent results on different browsers.
Brazil Map


  I have completely revised Hiscocks' original listing, though leaving references to the original designations.  
I have now brought the prices up to date and added currency selection.
The new designations have 'RH' numbers (Revised Hiscocks) to avoid confusion.
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1863 Stamps were not actually authorized until 1869, but these were used anyway (but see my note below).
Printed on thin self-coloured card in horizontal strips of four by C. Leopoldo Heck. Imperf.
Hiscocks H4
Hiscocks H4a  Hiscocks H4b
Type 1 - RH1, RH1a and RH1b (scanned together).

New # Type. was Description Mint Used
RH1 1 H4 200r black / pale green 150.00 200.00
RH1a   H4a         black / greenish yellow 120.00 150.00
RH1b   H4b         black / ivory 120.00 150.00


Hiscocks added the following 2 notes:

Note. 1 Pairs and strips carry considerable premium.
Note. 2 No. 4 may be found with or without control numbers handstamped in red or blue on the right hand label.
                According to one reference No. 4 was always given a control number before use and pen cancelled in use.
                This would suggest that unnumbered copies are remainders.

My note: There is some uncertainty about where this issue fits in the scheme of things.
Steve Hiscocks listed it as the second series, but with a date of 1863 which would make it the first.
Both John Barefoot and I have re-sequenced them accordingly.
I have however recently been sent a copy of a catalogue page written in Portugues and in colour, that puts this as the second series with a date of 1873.
It is therefore possible that the date of 1863 was an error, although it seems reasonable that an issue so prominently bearing the name of the creator of the line would come first.
Anyone have a dated, used example of these ?

The only one of these that I have seen that appeared like it may have been genuinely used has no signs of a control number.

Hiscocks H4



1869 Lithographed by L.Heck on white wove paper. No watermark. Imperf.
Control number in circular stamp (bluish green) on reverse. Taken from the center of the earlier design.

Brazil-RH2b Brazil-RH3a Brazil-RH4
Type 2 (RH2b), (Note 200's on white rectangles) Type 3 (RH3a), (Note the rectangular zeroes) Type 3 (RH4b), (Note the rectangular zeroes)


New # Type. was Description Mint Used
RH2 2 H1 200r light green 75.00 75.00
RH2a   H1a         green 90.00 90.00
RH2b   H1b         without control on reverse (light green) (1871)   20.00 15.00
RH2c   H1c         as RH2b but green 30.00 24.00
RH3 3 H2 500r flesh to pale rose-carmine 90.00 90.00
RH3a   H2a         without control on reverse (1871) 12.00 20.00
RH3b   H2b         watermarked "LACROIX FRERES" 150.00 -
RH4 3 H3 1000r light blue 60.00 60.00
RH4a   H3a         deep dull blue 60.00 60.00
RH4b   H3b         without control light blue (1871) 15.00 20.00
RH4c   H3c         without control deep dull blue (1871) 20.00 24.00
RH4d   H3d         as No. 3(c) but perforated - -
Brazil Control
Control on reverse.


Hiscocks added the following 2 notes:

Note. 1 The status of No. 3d is uncertain but a copy so described
                was included in the 'Burrus' sale in 1963.
Note. 2 The above stamps were printed in sheets of 96 (8 x 12).

1873 As above but with rounded numerals in white on a coloured background.
White wove paper. No watermark or watermarked "LACROIX FRERES". Imperf.

Brazil-RH5 Brazil-RH6 Brazil-type-4
Type 4 (RH5). Type 4 (RH6), (Note the rounded zeroes) Type 4 (RH7), rounded zeroes, from Wikimedia Commons


Brazil RH8 Brazil-spink-form
John Barefoot notes that the precise positioning of half a cancel
on each stamp suggests that they are cancelled remainders.
Sounds very reasonable, but here is a used form, courtesy of Spink and Son.
This is however a vertical pair.
Hiscocks type 4 (RH8).


New # Type. was Description Mint Used
RH5 4 H5 200r yellow green 100.00 70.00
RH5a   H5a         on watermarked paper 200.00 140.00
RH6 4 H6 500r red-orange 90.00 60.00
RH6a   H6a         on watermarked paper 180.00 120.00
RH7 4 H7 1000r deep dull blue 300.00 200.00
RH7a   H7a         on watermarked paper 600.00 400.00
RH8 4 H8 2000r bistre 90.00 65.00
RH8a   H8a         on watermarked paper 180.00 120.00


1899 (27 March). Lithographed on white wove paper. No watermark. Perf. 11½.
These were for experimental use on a line between stations within Rio de Janeiro:
Central, Niterói, Fortaleza de Santa Cruz, Rio Comprido, Engenho Novo, Praça da República,
Largo Leões, Prainha, Santa Tereza, São Cristóvão and Largo do Machado.

H9, Hiscocks Book page 19 H9, Hiscocks Book page 19
Hiscocks type 5, (H9). Hiscocks type 5, (H10a).


New # Type. was Description Mint Used
RH9 5 H9 200r pale bluish green (50,000) 15.00 65.00
RH10 5 H10a 500r purple (30,000) 90.00 90.00
RH10a   H10         brown-lilac                       - -

Note: I have reversed #10 and #10a as I am not convinced that there are any in brown-lilac.
Steve Hiscocks listed brown-lilac, presumably from the Yvert & Tellier reference of 'brun-lilas' which is the only colour they list for this.
This translates to brown-lilac, which in Britain is associated with the colour of the £1 Victorian telegraph stamp and subsequent £1 postage stamps until 1891.
I have indicated this colour in the listing. Anyone seen any ? Perhaps the French have a different interpretation of this colour.
Yvert & Tellier list the 1863 issue as #1a under the 1870 issue, which is probably the reason for it being out of sequence in Hiscocks' listing.


Imperforate proofs of type 5 are known with a face value written as 5.000 REIS and in 5 different colours.
The colours are: red, blue, green, dark brown and blue-green.


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


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