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Contributors:

Iain - (gloriosa2000.
Niki - Niki Oquist.
Paolo - Erosky.
RL - Rolf Lamprecht.

 

 


  I have revised Hiscocks' original listing, though leaving references to the original designations.  
I have added a few new items and removed the listing of centrally perforated
items later found to be seals. These can now be found in the section on telegram seals.
I have brought the prices up to date and added currency selection.
The new designations have 'RH' numbers (Revised Hiscocks) to avoid confusion.
CheckList         Setup

Note on seals - In Hiscocks' 2007 book on Telegraph Seals of the World, he says that perforation across the middle vertically or horizontally, was done to
convert them for use as telegraph seals. Similarly fiscal stamps were overprinted with a thick black line.

Steve Hiscocks had hoped to update it later, but unfortunately that was not to be.
The reference above has links from its pages to my updates.

From 1892 to mid 1896, stamps of Ecuador were provided under a contract with N. F. Seebeck, a Director of the Hamilton Bank Note Co of New York.
These issues were provided anually free of charge on condition that any remainders were returned to him at the end of each year,
and that he was free to sell remainders and reprints to collectors.
On those issues, it was thus important to have the year of validity on the stamps to avoid returned stamps or reprints being valid for use.

I have not seen documentation regarding what Ecuador used for Telegraph purposes before this time, I presume ordinary postage stamps.

 

Ecuador.

1892 Postage stamp of 1892 (SG 34-41) overprinted 'TELEGRAFOS' as below in black or carmine. Wove paper. No watermark. Perf 12
Image of type 1 with type 2 overprint.

H1 H2 H3 H4
1c - RH1 2c - RH2 5c - RH3 10c - RH4

 

H5 H6 H7 H8
20c - RH5 50c - RH6 1s - RH7 5s - RH8

 

RH # Hisc. Type. Description Mint Used
RH1 H1 1, 2 1c bluish grey (carmine overprint) 0.50 1.50
RH2 H2 1, 2 2c yellowish green (black overprint) 0.50 1.50
RH3 H3 1, 2 5c yellow (black overprint) 1.00 4.50
RH3a H3a           double overprint 15.00 -
RH4 H4 1, 2 10c steel blue / bluish paper (carmine overprint) 0.50 1.80
RH5 H5 1, 2 20c greenish brown (black overprint) 0.50 1.80
RH6 H6 1, 2 50c bluish green (black overprint) 1.25 1.80
RH6a H6a           imperf. between vertical pair 20.00 -
RH7 H7 1, 2 1s orange-brown (black overprint) 0.75 2.20
RH7a H7a           imperf. between vertical pair 20.00 -
RH8 H8 1, 2 5s carmine (black overprint) 2.50 5.00

 

Hiscocks added the following 2 notes:

Note 1. Cancellation was most commonly by circular date stamp (cds) in black or, rarely, blue.
                Oval strikes are also known. Manuscript cancellations consisting of the date and/or
                initials are also common and punched cancellation, usually circular but sometimes
                'axe-head' shaped are less commonly found.
Note 2. The position of the overprint can vary both vertically and horizontally.

 

1893 (?) As above surcharged '5 CENTAVOS' in black.

H9 mint   H9 used
Type 3 on RH9.

The Scott catalogue(2007) lists this, saying "It is stated that No. 38 was used exclusively as a postage stamp and not for telegrams."
It gives no references for this. They also list the 50c, 1s and 5s of this set, with the same 5c overprint, but without the 'TELEGRAFOS' overprint.
The Michel Catalogue(2007) and the SG catalogue(2014) do not list it as postal. Yvert et Tellier(2005) list it as telegraphic.
Until I get something reliable and a bit less cryptic, I will leave it here. Anyone have further information or a clearly telegraphic example ?

 

RH # Hisc. Type. Description Mint Used
RH9 H9 (1), 3 5c on 5s carmine 10.00 10.00

 

Hiscocks added the following note:

Note. No. 9 may have been used exclusively as a postage stamp.

 

1893 As above but with different overprint as type 4 below on actual postage stamp (SG37).

Type 4 examples H10
Type 4 overprint examples and an example of RH10.
Here are 3 examples of mine to scale, compared to a black bar 18mm long.
The top example corresponds to the stamp on the right.
The bottom example has a punch hole (3.5 x 4mm).
The 'RA' does seem to be consistently flawed.

 

RH # Hisc. Type. Description Mint Used
RH10 H10 (1), 4 10c blue-green 10.00 5.00
RH10a H10a           overprint inverted at base of stamp 50.00 -
RH10b - (1), 4A         overprint 4A described in Note 1 - -

Hiscocks added the following 2 notes:

Note 1. The overprint on my copy of No. 10a differs in fact from that on No. 10 being some 2mm longer at 19mm
                and very rough with incomplete letters and a dropped 'G' — I have not seen it the right way up and view
                it with some suspicion. The ordinary type 4 overprint is said to exist inverted.
Note 2. There seem to be two positions of the overprint — at the top of the stamp and, more commonly, across
                the forehead of the portrait (Juan Flores).

My note: For Type 4A see RH18 and RH20 below.

 

1893 New design. White wove paper. No watermark. Perf 12

Type 5, H11 Type 5, H12 Type 5, H13
Type 5 - RH11 Type 5 - RH12 Type 5 - RH13

 

RH # Hisc. Type. Description Mint Used
RH11 H11 5 10c yellow 6.00 4.00
*RH11a -           imperf. - -
RH12 H12 5 20c vermilion 1.50 1.50
RH13 H13 5 40c deep blue 1.50 2.00

*I have seen two imperforate proofs / colour trials as shown below, as well as an apparently used imperf. 10c in the issued colour.

1893 imperf 1 1893 imperf 2 1893 imperf 3
Images from RL.

 

 

 

1894 New design (President Rocafuerte). White wove paper. No watermark. Perf 12

Types 6, 7 and 8
Types 6, 7 & 8

 

RH # Hisc. Type. Description Mint Used
RH14 H14 6 10c yellow-green 6.00 3.00
RH15 H15 7 20c vermilion 2.00 1.50
RH15a H15a           dull scarlet 10.00 6.00
RH16 H16 8 40c reddish-brown 9.00 6.00

An interesting pair
An interesting pair (scanned together). The one on the left has strangely white paper.
The one on the right has the usual ceamy paper, but with an unusual cancel for Ecuador, as well as having full gum. Cancelled to order ?
It is possible that the left stamp is what was meant by H15a.

1894 imperf 1894 imperf 1894 imperf 1894 imperf
Some imperf colour trials ? - from RL.

 

Steve Hiscocks added the following note:

Note. While all the cancellations mentioned in Note 1 below No. 8 above are found, punched cancellations are now more common and varied.
                They include: circles of various sizes, rough triangles, 'funnel' and 'chalice'. The 'axce-head', quite common in the 1893 issue, appears
                to have dropped out.

 

The above stamps are dated 1894 and there is an equivalent postal version dated 1894 which was then followed
by the same, but dated 1895, followed by a new design dated 1896.
This implies that the annual nature of the Seebeck contract (see note at the beginning) was taken very seriously.
However there were no new Seebeck Telegraph designs supplied. This necessitated improvisation.

Initially outdated 10c Fiscal Stamps were overprinted for Telegraphic use. For 1895 they were not dated as such,
but in 1896 it appears that a manuscript '1896' was additionally added.

Notes on the Forbin listing:
For simplicity I will confine this to the 10c value since it is the only one known to have been used for these, and prefix his numbers with 'F'.
Forbin says that all the stamps before 1884 were essays. F1 to F5 are undated for values of 1c, 2c, 5c, 20c, 50c respectively.
F6 to F11 are engraved with a date of 1881-1882 for the same values, but now including a 10c orange as F9.
F12 is F5(50c) surcharged with 1881-1882,
F12a is F3(5c) surcharged with 1883-1884,
F13 to F15 is F1 to F5 plus an additional 10c yellow orange(F16) and 1p overprinted 1884-1885 in the date tablet.
F16 was issued for its fiscal purpose and appears to have played no part in telegraphic use.

Forbin # Issued Description *Postal use *Hiscocks *T Note
F23B 1886 F9 surcharged 1886-1887. - - Yes  
F30 1887 Engraved 1887-1888. Sc72/72c - Yes  
F37 1889 F30 surcharged 1889-1890. - -   1
F44 1891 F30 surcharged 1891-1892. - - Yes  
F51 1891 Engraved 1891-1892. - H17, H18 Yes  
F58A 1893 F30 surcharged 1893 y 1894. - H19?, H20 Yes 2
F66 1893 Engraved 1893-1894. Sc72d H19?   2
F73 1895 Engraved 1895-1896. - -   3

* Some were also overprinted for postal use in 1896.
* Basic stamp, ignoring the uncertainty of overprint.
* Seen and illustrated with Telegraph overprints.      

My notes:

Note 1. Forbin says there are 2 types of this surcharge.
Note 2. Hiscocks described H19 and H20 as being on F66, but illustrates H19 on F58A.
Note 3. The 1895 issue was in new colours. This stamp was printed in grey.

 

1895 Fiscal stamps of 1886 to 1893 overprinted 'TELEGRAFOS' of type 4A or type (10) diagonally in black.
White wove paper. No watermark. Perf 12

F23B F30 Type 4A H2
RH17a, Type 4A on Forbin 23B
(double overprint).
RH18, Type 4A on Forbin 30.
Image from RL
Type 4A
I have called it that because
it matches the description in
Note 1 under H10.
RH20, Type 4A on Forbin 44

 

Hiscocks H17 Hiscocks Type 10 Hiscocks H19
RH21, Type 9 Type 10 overprint. RH22, Type 11

Anyone else have more (similar) types?

RH # Hisc. Type. Description Mint Used
RH17 - (9), 4A 10c orange (1886/7, Forbin 23B) - -
RH17a -           1886 1887 overprint double - -
RH18 - (9), 4A 10c orange (1887-8, Forbin 30) - -
RH19 - (9), 4A 10c orange (1889-90, Forbin 37) - -
RH20 *H18 (9), 4A 10c orange (1891/2, Forbin 44) - -
RH21 H17 9 10c orange (1891/2, Forbin 51) 15.00 5.00
RH21a H17a           overprint double 30.00 15.00
RH22 H19 11 10c orange (1893/4, Forbin 58A) 25.00 20.00
RH23 *H20 (11), 4A 10c orange (1893/4, Forbin 66?) - -

Hiscocks added the following 3 notes:

Note 1. Nos. *18 and 20 have been reported but I have seen no other evidence for their existence.
Note 2. All used copies I have seen (about 20) have been cancelled with a 'funnel' shaped punch.
Note 3. The overprint on No. 17 is 17mm long and seems very similar to that on No. 10.
                That on No. 19 is of identical type but 19mm long. The left hand arm of the 'T' is missing
                in both cases. The overprints seem to have been applied with a rubber stamp leading to
                slightly different heights of letters depending on the angle at which the stamp was applied.

*My note: Hiscocks listed H18 and H20 as having overprint Type 10.
I think it is likely that it was actually the type I have illustrated as Type 4A.

 

1896 The only candidate I have seen is this. Manuscript 1896 overprint on 1894 and 1895 issues.

H2 H1
RH24, Type 9 with manuscript '1896'
From RL
RH26, Type 7 with manuscript '1896'

It is uncertain what was used in 1896.
The 1895 stamps were not specifically dated as such, but were there sufficient stocks at all offices ?
They went through a lot of different 10c Fiscals.
I will list the set, plus RH21 with manuscript overprints, since they are reasonably convincing
and I need to re-number things now anyway (hopefully for the last time).

RH # Hisc. Type. Description Mint Used
RH24 - 9 10c orange (RH21) - -
RH25 - 6 10c yellow-green (RH14) - -
RH26 - 7 20c vermilion (RH15) - -
RH27 - 8 40c reddish-brown (RH16) - -

 

1897 Fiscal stamps of 1897/8 (Forbin 92-96 but not issued as a fiscal stamp) overprinted as above.
White wove paper. No watermark. Perf 14

Type 12 - H21
Type 12 with Type 10 overprint - RH28

RH # Hisc. Type. Description Mint Used
RH28 H21 12, 10 20c steel blue 3.00 5.00
RH29 H22 12, (4) 20c steel blue - -

Hiscocks added the following note:

Note. No. 22 has been listed elsewhere but again I have seen no evidence of its existence.

 

1897 Stamps of 1894 (Nos. 14-16) overprinted '1897 - 1898' in six types as below in black.
White wove paper. No watermark. Perf 14

Hiscocks types 13-15 from page 96
As of Hiscocks page 96. Type 15 is from RL

 

Hiscocks types 16-18 from page 97
My example of Type 16 is inverted. I have added it below as *RH38a. Type 17 is courtesy of Iain (gloriosa2000 on ebay).

 

RH34A
Image from RL
This has a different overprint to the others.
The numerals are thinner, taller and of a different style.
It does not appear to be the product of a rubber hand-stamp.
For the moment I will call it RH34A with Type 17A
to avoid re-numbering again.
The overprint measures 17 x 4.4mm.
Does anyone else have examples of this type or know
anything about them ?
RH # Hisc. Type. Description Mint Used
RH30 H23 6, 13 10c yellow-green 30.00 15.00
RH31 H24 6, 14 10c yellow-green 45.00 22.50
RH32 H25 6, 15 10c yellow-green 37.50 22.50
RH33 H26 6, 16 10c yellow-green 60.00 30.00
RH34 H27 6, 17 10c yellow-green 45.00 30.00
RH34A - 6, 17A 10c yellow-green - -
RH35 H28 7, 13 20c vermilion 10.00 5.00
RH36 H29 7, 14 20c vermilion 15.00 7.50
RH37 H30 7, 15 20c vermilion 12.50 7.50
RH38 H31 7, 16 20c vermilion 20.00 10.00
*RH38a - 7, 16         overprint inverted - -
RH39 H32 7, 17 20c vermilion 15.00 7.50
RH40 H33 7, 18 20c vermilion - 50.00
RH41 H34 8, 13 40c reddish brown 20.00 10.00
RH42 H35 8, 14 40c reddish brown 30.00 15.00
RH43 H36 8, 15 40c reddish brown 25.00 15.00
RH44 H37 8, 16 40c reddish brown 40.00 20.00
RH45 H38 8, 17 40c reddish brown 30.00 15.00

* In the notes below, Hiscocks mentions that the overprints can go
from bottom left to top right or top left to bottom right, but it
appears that they can also be inverted.
I presume that other types can also be found inverted.

Hiscocks added the following 3 notes:

Note 1. These overprints would appear to be handstamped with rubber stamps and are variable with
                respect to both orientation and exact dimensions of the numerals. The dimensional variability
                can make separation of the types difficult. Taking each type in turn :—

13     About 17.8mm long by 2.8mm high. Diagonally bottom left to top right in 90% of cases and
                top left to bottom right in remainder. The most common type.
                Quality of overprint very varied, probably with age of rubber stamp.

14     About 18.2mm long by 3.8mm high but numerals can be 'stretched' to as much as 4.5mm high
                by stamping process. About equally top left to bottom right and bottom left to top right.

15     About 19mm long by 2.8mm high. '1897 y 1898' and thus easily distinguished.
                Top left to bottom right in most cases.

16     Very similar to type 14 but numerals about 3.3mm high. Apparently equally common in both
                orientations.

17     Very similar to type 13 but the '9's curl upwards at the bottom.

18     Found only on the 20c and quite distinct. About 19mm long with stops after both dates.
                Numerals '1' about 2mm and other numerals 3mm with '8's extending upwards by 1mm
                and '9's and '7' extending downwards by 1mm. This overprint is so different from the
                others its status must be in doubt (see note below).
Note 2. All the above overprints were applied to prevent the use of large quantities of stamps
                (both postage and telegraph) which had been stolen. Perhaps the overprint of type
                18 (No. 33) was applied by the theives to counter this measure!
Note 3. The majority of these stamps were cancelled in manuscript in use although cds
                cancellations are found. Punched cancellations were by now very rare.

 

1897 Stamp of 1894 (No. 15) surcharged as below.

Hiscocks type 19 from page 98     H39
Type 19 from Hiscocks book page 98, together with an example of RH43.

 

Hiscocks type 20 from page 98       H40  H40a
Type 20 from Hiscocks book page 98, together with examples of RH47 and RH47a.

 

RH # Hisc. Type. Description Mint Used
RH46 H39 7, 19 10c on 20c vermilion 7.50 5.00
RH47 H40 7, 20 10c on 20c vermilion 7.50 5.00
RH47a H40a           strengthened '1' in '1897' 15.00 10.00

Hiscocks added the following note:

Note. Completely legible strikes of both 19 and 20 are rare. In particular the '1' of '1897' in 20 is normally completely
                absent and this was evidently replaced with a rather thicker '1' of the same height. It is quite distinct in being
                much more heavily printed than the rest of the overprint when present.

 

1900 New design (Waterlow & Sons Ltd.,) black centre medalions.
White wove paper. No watermark. Perf 14

Types 21 - 23
Types 21, 22 and 23. It looks like the 20c colours can change.

 

RH # Hisc. Type. Description Mint Used
RH48 H41 21 10c black and pale grey-blue (shades) 2.50 5.00
RH49 H42 22 20c black and orange-vermilion (shades) 1.30 3.75
RH50 H43 23 40c black and carmine-lake 1.30 3.75

Hiscocks added the following note:

Note. Used copies are scarce. Cancellation was by cds or by linear stamps of blue letters either 5mm or 10mm high.

My Note. Unlike the Seebeck issue, these could be used indefinitely. So why are there so many mint examples still available ?

 

1919 Fiscal stamps dated 1911-1912 (Forbin 181 etc.) or 1913-1914 (Forbin 190 etc.) as indicated, and overprinted 'TELEGRAFOS' in black (26.5mm x 3.4mm).
White wove paper. No watermark. Perf 12

RH51 H45 RH52b H46 H46a
Type 24. RH51 - from RL Type 24. RH52. Type 24. RH52b - from RL Type 24. RH53. Type 24. RH53a.

 

RH # Hisc. Type. Description Mint Used
RH51 H44 24 1c sepia (1911-1912) 3.75 5.00
RH51a H44a           second 'E' larger and thinner 7.50 10.00
RH51b H44b           'O' larger and thinner 7.50 10.00
RH52 H45 24 1c sepia (1913-1914) 5.00 7.50
RH52a H45a           second 'E' larger and thinner 10.00 12.50
RH52b H45b           'O' larger and thinner 10.00 12.50
RH53 H46 24 2c bright scarlet (1911-1912) 5.00 5.00
RH53a H46a           second 'E' larger and thinner 10.00 10.00
RH53b H46b           'O' larger and thinner 10.00 10.00

Hiscocks added the following note:

Note. Used copies are normally cancelled with large circular or oval purple stamps.

 

1919 As above but overprinted 'TELEGRAFOS / 1919—1920' reading upwards or downwards.

Hiscocks type 27, H47 Hiscocks type 27, H48 Hiscocks type 27, H49 Hiscocks type 27, H49b/c
Hiscocks Type 25,
RH54 reading upwards.
Hiscocks Type 25,
RH55 reading upwards.
Hiscocks Type 25,
RH56 reading downwards.
Hiscocks Type 25,
RH56b/c reading downwards.

For H56b/c see Hiscocks Note 2 below.

RH # Hisc. Type. Description Mint Used
RH54 H47 25 1c sepia (1911-1912) 3.75 5.00
RH54a H47a           second 'E' larger and thinner 7.50 10.00
RH54b H47b           'O' larger and thinner 7.50 10.00
RH55 H48 25 1c sepia (1913-1914) 3.75 5.00
RH55a H48a           second 'E' larger and thinner 7.50 10.00
RH55b H48b           'O' larger and thinner 7.50 10.00
RH56 H49 25 2c bright scarlet (1911-1912) 5.00 7.50
RH56a H49a           second 'E' larger and thinner 7.50 10.00
RH56b H49b           'O' larger and thinner 7.50 10.00
RH56c H49c           spaced between '2' and '0' in '1920' 7.50 10.00
RH57 H50 25 2c bright scarlet (1913-1914) 10.00 12.50
RH57a H50a           second 'E' larger and thinner 12.50 15.00
RH57b H50b           'O' larger and thinner 12.50 15.00
RH57c H50c           spaced between '2' and '0' in '1920' 12.50 15.00

Hiscocks added the following notes:

Note 1. The registration between the 'TELEGRAFOS' and the '1919—1920' varies although
                both were apparently applied together.
Note 2. In my specimens the large 'O' and spaced '20' varieties occur on the same stamps.
                It is not clear whether the latter is a separate variety.
Note 3. Omissions of letters due to poor printing occur.
Note 4. Unlike Nos. 44-46 where the overprints seem always to read downwards, the
                overprints on Nos. 47-50 seem to read upwards or downwards in roughly equal
                quantities. I have not regarded these as separate varieties.

 

1920 As above but overprinted 'TELEGRAFOS / 1920—1921' in carmine.

Hiscocks type 26 from page 99 RH59
RH58 from Hiscocks book page 99 Type 26, RH59 from RL

 

RH # Hisc. Type. Description Mint Used
RH58 H51 26 10c black (1911-1912) 25.00 25.00
RH59 H52 26 10c black (1913-1914) 40.00 40.00

Hiscocks added the following note:

Note. Overprints appear to read up or down in roughly equal quantities.

 

1920 As above but overprinted 'TELEGRAFOS / Region Oriental / 1920—1921' upwards or downwards.

Hiscocks type 27, H53 Hiscocks type 27, H54 Hiscocks type 27, H55
Hiscocks Type 27,
RH60 reading upwards.
Hiscocks Type 27,
RH61 reading downwards.
Hiscocks Type 27,
RH62 reading upwards.

 

Hiscocks type 27, H56 Hiscocks type 27, H57 Hiscocks type 27, H57b
Hiscocks Type 27,
RH63 reading downwards.
Hiscocks Type 27,
RH64 reading downwards.
Hiscocks Type 27,
RH64a - from RL

 

RH # Hisc. Type. Description Mint Used
RH60 H53 27 1c sepia (1913-1914) 10.00 5.00
RH61 H54 27 1c deep blue (1917-1918) 20.00 15.00
RH63 H55 27 2c green (1917-1918) 7.50 5.00
RH63 H56 27 5c green (1913-1914) 15.00 10.00
RH64 H57 27 5c brown (1917-1918) 7.50 5.00
RH64a H57b           overprint misplaced 12mm to left 10.00 -

Hiscocks added the following 2 notes:

Note 1. My copy of No. 57(b) has just the dates (1920-1921) up the left margin of the stamp. It is thus a 12mm shift to the
                left rather than a 7mm shift to the right [SIC ?].
Note 2. The overprints on Nos. 53-57 and on No. 58 below again read upwards or downwards in roughly equal proportions.

 

1920 'Patriotic Stamp' (i.e. fund-raising tax stamp) of 1920 overprinted as above in black, reading upwards or downwards.
White wove paper. No watermark. Perf 12

Hiscocks type 28 from page 100   Hiscocks type 28 from page 100
Hiscocks Type 28 (RH65)

RH # Hisc. Type. Description Mint Used
RH65 H58 28 10c red and blue (centre) 15.00 15.00

 

1922 Telegraph stamps ('Region Oriental' above value at bottom and 'Impuesto Adicional' at the top).
White wove paper. No watermark. Perf 12

H59 H60 H61
Type 30   -   1c, RH66 Type 30   -   2c, RH67 Type 30   -   10c, RH68

 

RH # Hisc. Type. Description Mint Used
RH66 H59 30 1c orange-yellow 10.00 5.00
RH67 H60 30 2c deep blue 10.00 5.00
RH68 H61 30 10c vermilion 10.00 4.00

Hiscocks added the following note:

Note. Nos. 59 and 60 were also overprinted 'Casa de Correos y Telegrafos de Guayanas' in blue for postal use.

 

1922 Telegraph stamps ('Timbre Fiscal' above value at bottom).
White wove paper. No watermark. Perf 12

Hiscocks type 31 from page 101
Hiscocks Type 31.

 

RH # Hisc. Type. Description Mint Used
RH69 H62 31 1c orange-yellow 10.00 5.00
RH70 H63 31 2c deep blue 10.00 5.00
RH71 H64 31 10c vermilion 10.00 4.00

Hiscocks added the following note:

Note. Stamps of the same design as Nos. 62-64 but in different colours were issued in 1928, 1939 and 1945.

 

1922-3 Various telegraph stamps overprinted 'CENTENARIO / GUAYAQUIL / 1921—1922' (32) or '1923—1924' (33) in black. (See note below)
White wove paper. No watermark. Perf 12

Hiscocks Type 32 Hiscocks type H65 Hiscocks Type 33 RH77
Type 32 RH72 - from Hiscocks book. Type 33 RH77.

 

Hiscocks Type 25 RH75c
Type 25 *RH75c - from RL

 

RH # Hisc. Type. Description Mint Used
RH72 H65 31, 32 1c orange-yellow (RH66) 15.00 15.00
RH73 H66 24, 33 1c sepia (RH48) (1911-1912) 15.00 15.00
RH73a H66a          second 'E' in 'TELEGRAFOS' larger and thinner. 20.00 20.00
RH73b H66b           'O' larger and thinner 20.00 20.00
RH74 H67 25, 33 1c sepia (RH51) (1911-1912) 15.00 15.00
RH74a H67a           second 'E' larger and thinner 20.00 20.00
RH74b H67b           'O' larger and thinner 20.00 20.00
RH74c H67c           25 reading down and 33 reading up 30.00 30.00
RH75 H68 25, 33 1c sepia (RH52) (1913-1914) 15.00 15.00
RH75a H68a           second 'E' larger and thinner 20.00 20.00
RH75b H68b           'O' larger and thinner 20.00 20.00
*RH75c -           25 reading up and 33 reading up 30.00 30.00
RH76 H69 27, 33 1c deep blue (RH58) (1917-1918) 15.00 15.00
RH77 H70 31, 33 1c orange-yellow (RH63) 15.00 15.00

*RH75c added due to example shown.

 

Hiscocks added the following note:

Note. These stamps present something of a mystery in that they are not apparently catalogued anywhere, and I can only assume
                that they retained their telegraphic function. The centenary of the liberation of Guayaquil (the main port of Ecuador)
                was actually in 1920. Possibly they covered an obligatory tax on Telegrams. Further information is needed.

 

1926-28 Revenue stamps overprinted 'TELEGRAFOS' in black except where otherwise indicated and in various types as shown.
White wove paper. No watermark. Perf 12

Type 34 Type 36
Ovpt. A - 31 x 3mm Ovpt. B - 26 x 3.6mm

 

RH78 RH80 H73b H74
RH78 - (Type 34, Ovpt. A) RH80 - (Type 35, Ovpt. A) RH80b - (Type 36, Ovpt. B) RH81 - (Type 35, Ovpt. A)

RH83 RH85 RH86 RH88
RH83 - (Type 36, Ovpt. B) from RL RH85 - (Ovpt. B) from RL RH86 - (Ovpt. A) from RL RH88 - (Ovpt. A) from RL

 

RH # Hisc. Type. Description Mint Used
RH78 H71 34 5c sepia (o/p 31 x 3mm) 10.00 8.00
RH79 H72 34 5c sepia (o/p in green) 20.00 10.00
RH80 H73 35 10c indigo (o/p 31 x 3mm) 20.00 5.00
RH80a H73a           overprint double (one reading up, the other down) - 50.00
RH80b -           overprint 26 x 3.6mm - -
RH81 H74 35 10c indigo (o/p in carmine) 40.00 15.00
RH81a H74a           overprint in magenta 40.00 15.00
RH82 H75 (35) 10c indigo (o/p handstamped in carmine, 24.5 x 2.8mm) - 40.00
RH83 H76 36 10c orange (o/p 26 x 3.6mm) (1928) 30.00 20.00
RH84 H77 (34) 10c orange (o/p 31 x 3mm) (1928) 15.00 10.00
RH85 H78 (36) 20c deep olive (o/p 26 x 3.6mm) 25.00 20.00
RH86 H79 (34) 20c deep olive (o/p 31 x 3mm in red) 15.00 12.00
RH87 H80 (36) 1s dark olive (o/p 26 x 3.6mm) 50.00 50.00
RH88 H81 (34) 1s dark olive (o/p 31 x 3mm in carmine) 40.00 40.00

For stamps similar to RH83-88 but with slightly smaller overprints (25 x 2.5mm), see also RH121 to H126 below.


Hiscocks added the following 2 notes:

Note 1. Overprints again read up or down.
Note 2. There is a tendency for letters, especially the final 'S' on No. 73 to be faint or absent.

 

1928-45 Telegraph stamps as for 1922 (type 31) but with new colours and new values. Die I unless otherwise stated (See notes below).
White wove paper. No watermark. Perf 12

Hiscocks 10c type 31 H82 Hiscocks 10c type 31 H82a Hiscocks 10c type 31 H82b
Type 31 Die I - 10c RH89 Type 31 Die I - 10c RH89a Type 31 Die I - 10c RH89b

 

Hiscocks 10c type 31 Hiscocks 10c type 31 Hiscocks 20c type 31
Type 31 Die I - 10c RH91 Type 31 Die I - 10c RH92 Type 31 Die I - 20c RH94

 

Hiscocks 30c type 31 Hiscocks 30c type 31 Hiscocks 30c type 31 Hiscocks 30c type 31
Type 31 Die I - 30c RH95 Type 31 Die I - 30c RH97
courtesy of Paolo of Erosky on delcampe.
Type 31 Die I - 30c RH98 Type 31 Die I - 30c RH100

Hiscocks Die I   Hiscocks Die II
Hiscocks Die I and Die II examples - note the 'L's.

 

RH # Hisc. Type. Description Mint Used
RH89 H82 31 10c brown-olive to sepi shades.(1928) 5.00 2.50
RH89a H82a           perf. 14 10.00 5.00
RH89b H82b           perf. 14¾ (seen dated Sept.1934) 10.00 5.00
RH90 H83 31 10c brown-olive (Die II) 7.50 3.75
RH91 H84 31 10c green 3.75 1.00
RH92 H85 31 10c deep lilac 10.00 10.00
RH93 H86 31 10c slate-violet (see Note 4 below) 15.00 15.00
RH94 H87 31 20c yellow-orange 5.00 2.50
RH95 H88 31 30c steel-blue 10.00 5.00
RH96 H89 (31) 30c steel-blue (Die II) 10.00 5.00
RH97 H90 31 30c ultramarine 10.00 5.00
RH98 H91 31 30c sepia 10.00 5.00
RH99 H92 31 30c blackish lilac 7.50 3.75
RH100 H93 31 30c slate-violet (see Note 4 below) 10.00 5.00

For other values/colours in a slightly larger format, see RH133-RH135 below.

 

Hiscocks added the following 4 notes:

Note 1. Clearly the above were issued at various dates between 1928 and the early or middle 1940's,
                but information allowing their more precise dating is so far lacking.
Note 2. Die II of type 31 differs from Die I in many small details. The easiest means of distinguishing them
                is by the lettering of the word 'TELEGRAFOS' above the centre medallion which is much thinner
                in Die II. The base line of the 'L' for example, is narrow and even in Die II, but thick and widening
                away from the upright in Die I. The 1922 issues are of Die I.
Note 3. Cancellation was by large cds in black, purple, blue or (rarely) red, or by large linear purple
                handstamp — 'ANULADO' or 'TRASMITIDO' — which is not water-fast.
Note 4. In two cases I have separated stamps because they appear to be totally different printings although of
                similar colour and the same Die I. These are 85 and 86, and 92 and 93. Nos. 85 and 92 are in clear
                strong colours, cleanly printed and generally typical of the work of the American Bank Note Co.
                Nos. 86 and 93 (and also No. 100) are more pastel or hazy in colour and less cleanly and distictly printed.

 

1928-45 Telegraph stamps as for 1922 (type 31) but with new colours, new values and coloured values. I will call these type 31a.
on a white background. Die I unless otherwise stated (See notes below).

Hiscocks H95(RH94) Hiscocks H96(RH95) Hiscocks H97(RH96) Hiscocks H99(RH97)
Type 31a   1s   RH101 Type 31a   1s   RH102 Type 31a   1s   RH103 Type 31a   2s   RH104   Specimen type S2

 

Hiscocks H99 Hiscocks RH100s Hiscocks RH87s
Type 31a   5s   RH106   Specimen type S1 Type 31a   5s   RH107   Specimen type S2 Type 31a   1s   RH94   Specimen type S3


Hiscocks also listed a 1S value in red-brown which neither John Barefoot or myself have seen, we have however both seen a 2S in that colour that Steve did not list.
I am therfore presuming the value was a typo and correcting it, together with re-numbering.
Specimens: I bought a batch of specimens that included 3 different types, all in red. I have numbered them in the order they first appear in the list.
The RH94 example is shown here as an example of the specimen type S3.
I have type S1 on RH66, RH67, RH71, RH89, RH94, RH95 and RH96.
Type S2 on RH91, RH104 and RH107. Type S3 on RH94, RH98 and RH100.

For a similar 1s value, but white '1's on a coloured background, see RH136.

RH # Hisc. Type. Description Mint Used
RH101 H95 31a 1s red-orange (1938) 15.00 10.00
RH102 H96 31a 1s carmine (see Note below) (c1945) 20.00 10.00
RH103 H97 31a 1s orange-yellow (1928) 15.00 10.00
RH104 H94 31a 2s red-brown 25.00 15.00
RH105 H98 31a 5s bistre-brown (c1940) 40.00 20.00
RH106 H99 31a 5s vermilion (1945?) 35.00 15.00
RH107 H100 31a 5s deep turquoise-blue (c1947) 50.00 25.00

 

1938 'Patriotic Stamp' (i.e. fund-raising) stamps of 1936 (SG 549)
overprinted 'TELEGRAFOS' (RH108) or 'TELEGRAFICOS' (RH109) as shown.
White wove paper. No watermark. Perf 12½

Hiscocks type 37 from page 103
RH108 as in Hiscocks page 103.

Hiscocks RH101a
RH108a

RH # Hisc. Type. Description Mint Used
RH108 H101 37 10c deep blue (overprint in red) 3.75 3.75
RH108a H101a           overprint double (in red) 35.00 -
RH109 H102 37 1s deep violet (overprint in red) 5.00 5.00
RH109a H102a           overprint double — one red and one black. 50.00 -

 

1938-45 Revenue Stamps (sales tax) variously overprinted as indicated below.
White wove paper. No watermark. Perf 11½. Original control numbers in red.

RH110a Type 38
RH110a

From RL
RH111 Type 39
RH111

From RL
RH112 Type 40
RH112
RH112a Type 40
RH112a

From RL
RH113 Type 40
RH113

From RL
RH114 Type 40
RH114

From RL
RH115 Type 40
RH115
RH115a Type 40
RH115a

From RL

 

RH # Hisc. Type. Description Mint Used
RH110 H103 38 10c grey 6.00 4.50
RH110a H103a           perf. 14 15.00 10.00
RH111 H104 39 30c on 20c carmine 6.00 4.50
RH112 H105 40 30c on 5s red 6.00 4.50
RH112a H105a           overprint double 50.00 -
RH113 H105A 40 30c on 10s yellow 8.00 5.00
RH114 H106 40 30c on 10s bistre 10.00 7.50
RH115 H106A 40 30c on 20s blue 10.00 7.50
RH115a -           ultramarine 15.00 10.00

 

1938-45 Tobacco tax stamp surcharged and overprinted in black as below.
White wove paper. No watermark. Rouletted 7 top, botton and one end.

RH109

RH109a

RH109b
Type 41 of Hiscocks book page 104.

RH # Hisc. Type. Description Mint Used
RH116 H107 41 10c on 1c red 8.00 5.00
RH116a -           overprint double 15.00 15.00
RH116b -           overprint triple 50.00 50.00

 

1939 Engraved by de la Rue on white wove paper. No watermark. Perf. 12½.

Hiscocks 10c type 42 from page 104  Hiscocks 30c type 42 from page 104
10c and 30c of Type 42 showing De La Rue imprint.

 

RH # Hisc. Type. Description Mint Used
RH117 H108 42 10c carmine-red 8.00 4.00
RH118 H109 42 30c yellow-brown 10.00 5.00

My note: The defining feature is the de la Rue imprint at the bottom and the value in colour on white.
For a similar but slightly larger 10c, see RH133.

 

1940-43(?) Revenue stamps ('Moviles') variously overprinted 'TELEGRAFOS' in black unless indicated otherwise. No watermark. Perf. 12.

Hiscocks Type 43 RH121 RH122 RH123 RH124
Type 43 Type 44 - RH121 Type 45 - RH122 Type 46 - RH123, from RL Type *46A - RH124

I have added type *46A as this seems the most appropriate place.

 

Unlisted by Hiscocks
RH125,   20c with the same
overprint as Type 44 above. See also
RH85/86 with slightly different overprints.
RH # Hisc. Type. Description Mint Used
RH119 H110 43 5c sepia (overprint 25 x 2.5mm) 10.00 5.00
RH119a -           reading upwards. 12.00 6.00
RH120 H111 43 10c orange (overprint in red) 10.00 5.00
RH121 H112 44 10c orange (different overprint 25 x 2.5mm) 10.00 5.00
RH121a -           reading upwards. 12.00 6.00
RH122 H113 45 10c orange 10.00 5.00
RH123 H114 46 10c on 80c bright purple (de la Rue) 20.00 10.00
RH124 - *46A 1s on 80c orange 15.00 8.00
RH125 - (44) 20c sepia (overprint 25 x 2.5mm) 12.00 5.00
RH126 H115 43 1s brownish-black 20.00 10.00
RH127 H116 43 5s carmine 30.00 5.00

Hiscocks added the following note:

Note. The above group does not match up with earlier types and its allocation to the 1940-43 period is pure guesswork.
                No. 111 is known overprinted '1943' and the revenue stamps of 1943 were overprinted with the same setting
                which suggests the use of the type 43 overprint a little earlier. No. 114 is on a de la Rue stamp of the same general
                design as Nos. 108 and 109, and is thus probably a little later than 1939.
                It seems possible that the supply of telegraph stamps from de la Rue in London failed due to the war (de la Rue was
                bombed) and that the above and following provisionals were introduced to fill the gap.

 

1943 No. H111 (RH120) further overprinted '1943' in black.

Hiscocks type 47 from page 105
From Hiscocks page 105.

RH # Hisc. Type. Description Mint Used
RH128 H117 47 10c orange 20.00 10.00

Hiscocks added the following note:

Note. It seems likely that other values were also overprinted '1943'.

 

1944(?) Revenue ('Moviles') stamps of 1943 and 1944 overprinted 'TELEGRAFOS' in type 43 in red or black.
White wove paper. No watermark. Perf. 12.

Hiscocks type 48 from page 105
Type 48 - RH129, from RL

RH # Hisc. Type. Description Mint Used
RH129 H118 48 10c orange (1943) (overprint in red) 15.00 10.00
RH130 H119 48 30c olive-sepia (1944) (overprint in black) 15.00 10.00

Hiscocks added the following note:

Note. I have a used copy of No. 118 with an April 1945 cds.

 

1945 'Patriotic Stamps' of 1936 (as for RH106) overprinted 'TELEGRAFOS' vertically in black, red or blue.
White wove paper. No watermark. Perf 12½

RL131a RL132 RL132c
Type 49 - RH131a from RL Type 49 - RH132 Type 49 - RH132c from RL

 

RH # Hisc. Type. Description Mint Used
RH131 H120 49 1s deep violet (overprint in black) 10.00 10.00
RH131a H120a           overprint in red 12.00 12.00
RH131b H120b           overprint in blue 15.00 15.00
RH132 H121 49 2s green (overprint in black) 12.00 12.00
RH132a H121a           overprint in red 15.00 15.00
RH132b H121b           overprint in blue 18.00 18.00
RH132c -           new overprint (black) 25.00 25.00

Hiscocks added the following note:

Note. The overprints normally read downwards but they are also found reading upwards.

 

1945 Telegraph stamps of type 31 design but die II and Larger, 19½mm x 34½mm (as compared with 18½mm x 33½mm for type 31).
White wove paper. No watermark. Perf 12½ or 10¾.

Hiscocks 30c type 31 Hiscocks H96(RH95) RH126 RH127a RH128
Type 31 (Die I, RH95) for reference Type 31a   (RH102) for reference Type 50   10c   RH133 Type (51)   1s   *RH135 Type 51   1s   RH136

 

RH # Hisc. Type. Description Mint Used
RH133 H122 50 10c carmine (shades) (perf. 12½) 10.00 3.00
RH134 H123 (51) 10c sepia (perf. 12½) 10.00 10.00
*RH135 - (51) 30c dark green (perf. 12½) 10.00 10.00
RH136 H124 51 1s carmine-vermilion (perf. 10¾) 15.00 10.00

* I have added RH135 due to the (rather poor) example shown.

 

Hiscocks added the following note:

Note. The date of issue of No. 122 has been reported and Nos. 123 and 124 have been included here because of their similarity
                of type although they were probably issued at some unknown but later date.

 

1945 Postage stamp of 1938 (SG 580) overprinted as shown in black.
White wove paper. No watermark. Perf 13½ x 12¾.

Hiscocks type 52 from page 106
Type 52 (RH137).

RH # Hisc. Type. Description Mint Used
RH137 H125 52 10c on 50c purple 10.00 5.00

 

1949? Consular stamps overprinted and surcharged in black.
White wove paper. No watermark. Perf 12.

Hiscocks type 126   Hiscocks unlisted type 126A
Hiscocks Type 53.

RH # Hisc. Type. Description Mint Used
RH138 H126 53 20c on 25c lake-brown 8.00 5.00
RH139 - (53) 1s on 1s green 12.00 8.00

Hiscocks added the following note:

Note. The suggested date of 1949 is based on the issue of the same stamp overprinted
                in a very similar style for postal purposes in 1949 (SG 909).

 

1949? New design of telegraph stamp.
White wove paper. No watermark. Perf 12.

Hiscocks type 54 from page 106
Type 54 (RH140 and RH143).

RH # Hisc. Type. Description Mint Used
RH140 H127   10c green 10.00 5.00
RH141 H128   20c ? - -
RH142 H129   30c ? - -
RH143 H130 54 1s olive-sepia 25.00 5.00
RH144 H131   2s ? - -
RH145 H132   5s ? - -

Hiscocks added the following 2 notes:

Note 1. The date of 1949 is suggested because other, fiscal stamps of similar type
                appeared in the 1949-51 period.
Note 2. It seems probable that the full normal series was produced (probably by the
                American Bank Note Co.) but I have only seen the 1s value.

 

1953(?) New design of telegraph stamp. Lithographed by the Institut de Gravure, Paris.
White wove paper. No watermark. Perf. 13.

RH140 RH142 RH143
Type 55   30c   RH148 Type 55   2s   RH150 Type 55   5s   RH151

Hiscocks Type 55, Imprint of Institut de Gravure, Paris

RH # Hisc. Type. Description Mint Used
RH146 H133   10c ? - -
RH147 H134   20c ? - -
RH148 H135 55 30c brown 10.00 5.00
RH149 H136   1s ? - -
RH150 H137 55 2s bright carmine 18.00 10.00
RH151 H138 55 5s deep turquoise-blue 20.00 12.50

Hiscocks added the following 2 notes:

Note 1. Again the existence of the 10c and 20c and 1s values is assumed but they have not been reported.
Note 2. The suggested date is based on the use of these printers by the Ecuador Government between 1948 and 1954,
                and the likely elapse of some years after the issue of those(?) of type 54. The printer went out of business
                around 1960 and the records are not available.

 

1953(?) Similar but slightly larger version. Lithographed(?) by the Thomas De La Rue & Co.Ltd..
White wove paper. No watermark. Perf. 14 x 14½.

RH144 RH145 RH146
Type (55A)   10c   RH152 Type (55A)   20c   RH153 Type (55A)   30c   RH154

 

RH155 RH156 RH157
Type (55A)   1s   RH155 - from RL Type (55A)   2s   RH156 - from RL Type (55A)   5s   RH157 - from RL


Type 55A. Imprint of Thomas De La Rue & Co.Ltd.

RH # Hisc. Type. Description Mint Used
RH152 - 55A 10c green 6.00 4.00
RH153 - 55A 20c bright pale blue 8.00 4.50
RH154 - 55A 30c brown 10.00 5.00
RH155 - 55A 1s magenta 15.00 8.00
RH156 - 55A 2s orange 18.00 10.00
RH157 - 55A 5s scarlet 20.00 12.50

An example of the 10c has been seen used postally on a cover dated 14 November 1958

 

1959(?) Back to the original size, but Photogravure by the Heraclio Fournier, Vitoria.
White wove paper. No watermark. Perf. 11½.

RH158 Hiscocks H134B Hiscocks H137B Hiscocks H138B
Type (55B)   10c   RH158 - from RL Type (55B)   20c   RH159 Type (55B)   2s   RH162 Type (55B)  5s  RH163

Type 55B. Imprint of Heraclio Fournier, Vitoria.

RH # Hisc. Type. Description Mint Used
RH158 - 55B 10c orange-brown - -
RH159 - 55B 20c green 8.00 4.50
RH160 -   30c ? - -
RH161 -   1s ? - -
RH162 - 55B 2s deep blue-green 18.00 10.00
RH163 - 55B 5s brown 20.00 12.50

RH159 Essay
An essay of the 20c - from RL.



Hiscocks added the following General Note:

General Note. It is not known when or even whether the use of telegraph stamps ceased in Ecuador.
                Many of the dates suggested above will be wrong and no doubt there are other telegraph stamps to be reported.
                Nos. 139-149 have been left unused to accommodate additions. Any further information would be welcomed.

 

1954 As above overprinted 'Pro-Tourismo / 1954' and surcharged.
White wove paper. No watermark. Perf 13.
The Scott Catalogue lists this as a 'Postal Tax Stamp' RA70), so presumably it was not used for telegraphic purposes.

Pro-Tourismo Pro-Tourismo
New overprint type 56, image courtesy of stampsergej on ebay.

There is another overprint of "ESCOLAR / 20 / Centavos" sideways on the same stamp that Scott lists similarly as RA66.
I have also seen "Educatión / Pública" on the 1s magenta.

 

1954? Moviles revenue stamp (similar to type 54) overprinted 'TELEGRAFOS' and surcharged.
White wove paper. No watermark. Perf. 12 x 11¾

New type
Not listed by Hiscocks, I will call this Type 56.

RH # Hisc. Type. Description Mint Used
RH164 H139 56 1s on 80c brown 15.00 8.00

 

 

Official Telegraph Stamps.

 

1895 Fiscal stamps of 1887-1888 overprinted 'Telegrafos / SERVISIO OFICIAL' and surcharged in red or blue.
White wove paper. No watermark. Perf 12.

RH165 RH166 Hiscocks Page 108
Type (61 on 60)   1c   RH165 - from RL Type (61 on 60)   2c   RH166 Type 61     from page 107

 

RH # Hisc. Type. Description Mint Used
RH165 H150 60, 61 10c on 1c deep blue-green overprinted in red. 20.00 20.00
RH166 H151 60, 61 20c on 2c carmine overprinted in blue 20.00 20.00

Hiscocks added the following note:

Note. Reading up or down.

 

1897 As above but overprinted as indicated in black or blue.

RH159 RH161 Hiscocks Page 108
Type (63 on 62)   1c   RH167 Type (63 on 62)   2c   RH169 Type 63     from page 108

 

RH # Hisc. Type. Description Mint Used
RH167 H152 62, 63 1c deep blue-green overprinted in black 5.00 5.00
RH168 H153 62, 63 1c deep blue-green overprinted in blue 15.00 15.00
RH169 H154 62, 63 2c carmine overprinted in black 15.00 15.00
RH170 H155 62, 63 2c carmine overprinted in blue 25.00 25.00

Hiscocks added the following note:

Note. Normally reading upwards.

 

I still need about a dozen images to complete this.
If anyone can provide scans to help, I am happy to give appropriate credit.

 

 

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