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    I have completely revised Hiscocks' original listing, though leaving references to the original designations.  
  There were only the 1934 (A.B.N.Co.) originally listed. I have brought these prices up to date and added currency selection.  
The new designations have 'RH' numbers (Revised Hiscocks) to avoid confusion.

I have added prices for the new additions.  
 However the prices are very much guesswork as there are few on the market.
These will probably need to be re-numbered as more are reported.
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Honduras.

Steve Hiscocks wrote:
The three values of Honduras exist in two forms — with and without a "control mark" consisting of an indecypherable scribble in purple said to
represent the signature of one J.M. Lopez. Although N.F. Seebeck (see introduction to Ecuador section) did have a contract with the Honduras Government
from 1890 to 1895 he seems not to have turned his attention to telegraph stamps.


My notes:
Steve Hiscocks touched only the tip of the iceberg with this. Many more have been added and there may yet be more to add.
Telegraphy in Honduras began in 1876 with a connection between La Paz and Comayagua. Tegucigalpa was added in 1877,
and later that year, Comayagua was connected to San Salvador.
In 1879, connections were made to Guatemala and Nicaragua, and in 1880 the San Pedro Sula and the San Antonio del Norte offices were added.
This progress owed a lot to Dr Marco Aurelio Soto. Lists of 1906 and 1908 for wireless-Telegraph stations lists nothing in Honduras. Similar lists for both 1910
and 1912 give Ceiba and Swan Island (Islas Santanilla) about 153 kilometres (95 miles) off the northeast coast, then with a United Fruit Co. coconut plantation.
Ceiba had a railway used by the Standard Fruit Co. to gather bananas from their plantations there.
Nearby Tela had a separate railway used by the United Fruit Co. to gather bananas from their plantations.
Apparently the Honduran Government contracted in 1877 with a businessman by the name of J. A. Braam to install a submarine telegraph cable
between Puerto Cortés and Cabo San Antonio in Cuba to gain access to the USA, but I have seen no evidence of this happening.
The telephone service began in 1891, and became automatic in 1932 with a 1,000-line telephone exchange in Tegucigalpa.
In 1921 the Tropical Radio Telegraph Company, obtained a concession from the Government of Honduras for 50 years,
giving it an absolute monopoly over radio-communications in Honduras.

As regards N. F. Seebeck, Honduras cancelled their contract with him 26 November 1893. otherwise things may have been different.


Map of Honduras

Map of Honduras showing Telegraph stations. By 1880 there was a connection from Tegucigalpa through to San Pedro Sula.
The pink area shows the approximate boundaries of the Kingdom of Miskito which
was an Autonomous territory of Nicaragua from 1860 to 1894, when it became part of Nicaragua.
The part in what is now Honduras, did not become part of Honduras until 1960.
A submarine cable connection at La Libertad in El Salvador linked between San Jual del Sur, Nicaragua to the south and Mexico to the north.

 

Enigma?

Stamp of 1878/1889
This 2r stamp, courtesy of Rolf Lamprecht, is listed by Scott as issued in 1878 by the National Bank Note Co. of N.Y. in deep blue on thin, hard paper,
and re-issued in 1889 as ultramarine on soft paper, printed by American Bank Note Co. of N.Y.
The 1889 reissue was part of the contract between the Hunduran Government and N. F. Seebeck, signed on 20 April 1889.
Section 11 required Seebeck to receive the leftover stock of the previous year and to reprint as many as needed for collectors.
Though they were printed by the American Bank Note Company, Seebeck paid for it. He would then have received ther remainders when supplying the 1890 issue of postage stamps.

For the initial issue, the Scott catalog says that various counterfeit cancellations exist and most used copies are the reissued ones with fake or favour cancels.
For the 1889 re-issue, which they only price for mint, they say they were "not intended for postal use", it says they were valid and genuine cancels are known.
What it does not say is what they were intended for. Chapter 6 of Seebeck: Hero or Villain? says they were sent to Honduras at the end of 1889.
The The 1890 issue was 6 January.

If this is genuine telegraphic usage then this is indeed a nice find, but Seebeck is known to have neetly cancelled many Ecuadoran telegraph stamps for collectors, so it seems doubtful.
Image from RL. - Does anyone have more images ?


'Seal' from telegram of 1890
The 'Seal' from a telegram of 1890 shown below. This compares well with tha cancel on the stamp above.
Image courtesy of HondurasStamps.com

 

1915? Postage stamps. Perf. 11½

1915 UPU postage stamps 1915 UPU Official postage stamp
1915 UPU Postage stamps. Other values are 10c, 20c, 50c, 1p — Images courtesy of Rolf Lamprecht. Official overprint, the set was overprinted in
red or black - courtesy of Rolf Lamprecht.

 

Two types of overprints were applied to these for use with Cablegrams.

Cablegrammas overprint 1 Cablegrammas overprint 2
Type 1 "Habilitado para Cablegramas". Type 2 10 "Habilitado para Cablegramas" 10

 

1917? Postage stamps overprinted "Habilitado para Cablegramas".

Cablegrammas stamp RH1 Cablegrammas stamp RH2
Cablegrammas stamp RH3 Cablegrammas stamp RH4 Cablegrammas stamp RH5
RH1 - RH5, with Type 1 overprint The status of these stamps is uncertain. — Images courtesy of Craig A..

 

1918? Postage stamps overprinted "Habilitado para Cablegramas" and surcharged 10c. Perf. 11½

Cablegrammas stamps
RH6 - RH9, with Type 2 overprint The status of these stamps is uncertain. — Images courtesy of Victor Gugliano.

John Barefoot questions the status of these, pointing out that they have only appeared on the market recently and only exist mint.
Whilst that is true, the same applies to many other stamps of Honduras and also the Dominican Republic.
Normal procedures in telegraphy generally destroy used stamps.

A US Wireless-Telegraph station list for 1906 showed nothing for Honduras.
A similar list for 1910 mentions Ceiba with no details and a commercial installation on Swan Island.
Part of the largest island of the Swan Island group was leased to the United Fruit Company for a time, but it's about 150km from shore.
However, by 1912 the port of Ceiba had three fruit companies including United Fruit, with banana plantations, all American owned.
In 1913 United Fruit Co. established two Railroad Companies and came to dominate the Honduran banana industry.
It is quite possible that United Fruit Co. provided these stamps to growers along their rail network to advise when cargoes were ready.
United Fruit Co. provided their own franks for this very purpose until at least 1913. Perhaps with a monopoly they started charging !
I do find it strange though that they should use the four lowest face values, all overprinted with 10 cents. Colour coding ?
Perhaps it aligned to the practice with their own franks of changing the colour each year.

 

RH # Hisc. Type. Description Mint Used
RH1 - 1 1c purple-brown - -
RH2 - 1 2c rose - -
RH3 - 1 5c blue - -
RH4 - 1 6c violet - -
RH5 - 1 10c dark blue - -
RH6 - 2 10c on 1c purple-brown - -
RH7 - 2 10c on 2c rose - -
RH8 - 2 10c on 5c blue - -
RH9 - 2 10c on 6c violet - -

 

1917? As above but on Official stamps.

Cablegrammas stamp RH10 Cablegrammas stamp RH12 Cablegrammas stamp RH13 Cablegrammas stamp RH14
RH10, RH12, RH13 and RH14, with Type 1 overprint The status of these stamps is uncertain. — Images courtesy of Craig A..

1918? As above but with 10c surcharge.

Official Cablegrammas stamps
RH15 and RH16. The status of these stamps is also uncertain.
It is likely that more of this set exist. Images courtesy of Victor Gugliano.

 

RH # Hisc. Type. Description Mint Used
RH10 - 1 1c purple-brown (Blk) - -
RH11 - 1 2c rose (Blk ?) - -
RH12 - 1 5c blue (R) - -
RH13 - 1 6c violet (R) - -
RH14 - 1 10c dark blue (R) - -
RH15 - 2 10c on 1c purple-brown (Blk) - -
RH16 - 2 10c on 5c blue (R) - -

 

 

1934 Lithographed by the American Bank Note Co. White wove paper. No watermark. Line-Perf 12 x 12¾   (about 11.9 x 12.8)
Dates of 1934 and 1938 in top corners.

The 'control' takes the form a facsimile of the signature of J. M. Lopez or Alfonso Gallardo in purple.
Judging by the example below, I am not sure how to tell the difference!

12c used with control J. M. Lopez control
J. M. Lopez (Tegus area)

Alfonso Gallardo control
Alfonso Gallardo (Cortes department)
Type #1 showing a 12c used, with J. M. Lopez control mark.
Image from Wikimedia Commons
Types of Controls (1933-34). These were facimile signatures hand-stamped in purple.
Images from HondurasStamps.com

 

4c Specimens

12c Specimens
4c Specimens




Specimens of the set seem to be mostly what is on the market at the moment.
These are from a sell-off from The American Bank Note Co.



 

 

1938 4c   1938 12c
Image of RH17a (4c) is courtesy of Rolf Lamprecht and RH19a (12c). RH18b (8c) is known postally used (on cover) in March 1936.

 

RH # Hisc. Type. 1934 Description (A.B.N.Co.) Mint Used
RH17 H1 1 4c brown (with JML control) 7.50 7.50
RH17a H1a           without control 5.00 5.00
RH18 H2 1 8c scarlet (with JML control) 7.50 7.50
RH18a -           with Gallardo control 8.00 8.00
RH18b H2a           without control 5.00 5.00
RH19 H3 1 12c pale orange(with JML control) 10.00 10.00
RH19a H3a           without control 10.00 10.00

Does anyone have an example of RH18a ?

 

Two other companies produced stamps with the same dates in the top corners. The ones above are the only ones recorded with control marks.
It is unclear when the others were printed, or which came first, but they appear to be the only ones available until 1964.
The significance of the dates is also unclear.


Date unknown. As above but lithographed by Waterlow & Sons Ltd. White wove paper. No watermark. Comb-Perf 12½ x 13¼.

1934 Waterlow 4c 1934 Waterlow 8c 1934 Waterlow 12c
Hiscocks Type 1 Printed by Waterlow & Sons Ltd.
Image courtesy of Mustafa Kocabasi. One of mine. Image courtesy of Mustafa Kocabasi.

 

RH # Hisc. Type. Description (Waterlow) Mint Used
RH20 - 1 4c brown (without control) 10.00 10.00
RH21 - 1 8c carmine-red (without control) 12.00 12.00
RH22 - 1 12c orange(without control) 15.00 15.00

 

 

Date unknown. As above but printed by the Thomas De La Rue & Co. Ltd., Litho.?
White wove paper. No watermark. Comb-Perf 12½ x 13

1938? 4c type
Hiscocks Type 1 by Thomas De La Rue & Co. Ltd.
Image courtesy of Craig A.

I do not know if the other values exist.

RH # Hisc. Type. Description (De La Rue) Mint Used
RH23 - 1 4c brown 10.00 10.00

 

 

1964 As above but dated 1964, printed by the Thomas De La Rue & Co. Ltd., in sheets of 100 (10 x 10).
White wove paper. No watermark. Comb-Perf 12½ x 13

1964 4c type
Hiscocks Type 1 by Thomas De La Rue & Co. Ltd.

I do not know if the other values exist.

RH # Hisc. Type. 1964 Description (De La Rue) Mint Used
RH24 - 1 4c brown 10.00 10.00

 

 

1969 As above but dated 1969 and printed by the Setelipaino in Helsinki (the Security Printing House for the Bank of Finland).
Line-Perf. 14¼ x 14.

1969 type 1969 type
Hiscocks Type 1 by Setelpaino - Helsinki. A scarce used pair. The writing appears to be a slogan.
Image courtesy of Rolf Lamprecht. Image courtesy of Craig A.

I do not know if the other values exist.

RH # Hisc. Type. 1969 Description (Setelpaino) Mint Used
RH25 - 1 4c brown 20.00 20.00

 

 

1972 As above but dated 1972 and no imprint, printer unknown.
White wove paper. No watermark. Line-Perf 11

1972 4c type
Hiscocks Type 1 - 1972
Mine, ex Andrew Higson.

I do not know if the other values exist.

RH # Hisc. Type. 1972 Description Mint Used
RH26 - 1 4c brown 10.00 10.00
RH27 - 1 6c bright orange 15.00 15.00

 

 

1978 As above but dated 1978.
White wove paper. No watermark. Line-Perf 10½

1978 6c type 1978 6c type
Hiscocks Type 1 - 1978 (a re-united pair ?)
Mine, ex Andrew Higson. Image courtesy of Rolf Lamprecht.

I do not know if any other values exist.

RH # Hisc. Type. 1978 Description Mint Used
RH28 - 1 6c Red-orange 15.00 15.00

 

 

1981 No imprint. No watermark. Line-Perf 10½ or rouletted (6½) between stamps.
John Barefoot suggests that at least the rouletted one was produced by Centro Tecnico Tipo-Litografico Nacional (CETTNA),
because that company produced the following issue.

1981 20c perforated 1981 20c rouletted
1981 20c perforated 1981 20c rouletted

These two were scanned together, so the shade difference is real.
I do not know if any other values actually exist.

RH # Hisc. Type. 1981 Description Mint Used
RH29 - 1 5c red 15.00 15.00
RH30 - 1 7c orange 15.00 15.00
RH31 - 1 20c light blue, perforated 10.00 10.00
RH31a -           blue, rouletted 10.00 10.00

 

 

1982 No imprint. Offset. Centro Tecnico Tipo-Litografico Nacional (CETTNA). No watermark. rouletted (6½) between stamps.
The 7c looks like a rush-job, a number of constant defects have been introduced.
There is a frame-break above 'RE' of 'REPUBLIC', a white blob on the left of the right value tablet, the left '7' is higher than the right and there is a gap between 'SIE' and 'TE'

1982 7c rouletted 1982 7c rouletted 1982 7c pair
1982 7c with dates well over to the left.
Image courtesy of Rolf Lamprecht.
1982 7c single and pair showing constant flaws and variable date positions.

 

RH # Hisc. Type. 1982 Description Mint Used
RH32 - 1 5c Red, rouletted 10.00 10.00
RH33 - 1 7c Red, rouletted 10.00 10.00
RH33a -           Orange 10.00 10.00

 

 

1984 No imprint. Centro Tecnico Tipo-Litografico Nacional (CETTNA). No watermark. Rouletted 6½ between stamps.

1984 5, 7 and 20c rouletted
1984 Image from Wikimedia Commons - The flaws on the 7c have been duplicated from the 1982 type apart from the year.

1984 5c, glazed paper 1984 20c, two shades
1984 5c on glazed paper. 1984 20c shades. The corner stamp has an almost horizontal line through the fist that may be constant.

Rolf Lamprecht has pointed out that these come in two variants, printed on matt paper or glazed paper.
The ones on matt paper are a rougher print and slightly darker shade to those on glazed paper.
On the stamps above, the 5c and light blue 20c are on shiny glazed paper.

RH # Hisc. Type. 1984 Description Mint Used
RH34 - 1 5c red (shades) 12.00 12.00
RH34a -           Light red (glazed paper) 10.00 10.00
RH35 - 1 7c orange (shades) 12.00 12.00
RH36 - 1 20c blue 12.00 12.00
RH36a -           light blue (Glazed paper) 10.00 10.00

 

Here is a 1984 20c on an envelope of 1989 (shown half scale).
This suggests there were no other 20c values printed since then.
Image courtesy of Rolf Lamprecht.

20c

 

 

15 January 1992 Telegram (half size, as below) , with 5c and 7c of 1991, but a 20c of 1984
I cannot make any sense of the graffiti, but the date matches the front.
20c

I have another piece with 20 used 1991 5c stamps on and nothing else.
This suggests that the 20c value was scarce then. A printing of the 20c value was produced later in 1991.
It also suggests that the 20c was intended for urgent telegrams.

 

Undated, No imprint. No watermark. Rouletted (6 ½) between stamps. Glazed paper.

Undated 7c
7c undated type RH26
Image courtesy of Andrew Higson.

 

This is on the telegram shown half scale below:

Undated 7c
The form costs 35c for 5 words. This used 6 words, so another 7c stamp was added for the extra word.

The date ('FECHA') would seem to be 18 December 1990. I have a similar one dated 19 December 1990.
I once thought this to be a variety of the 1984 issue.
However ....
Undated 7c block of 9

The existence of a block of 9 of them puts a whole new light on the matter.
If just the first few sheets of the 1984 issue were produced without the date on any, then corrected when it was noticed,
then I would not have thought they would still be around at the end of 1990 to use on the telegram above.
Perhaps these were a 1990 issue, and the mistake was corrected by the 1991 issue. Details though do match the 1984 issue.
Perhaps the plan was to have generic plates and add the year later, but for some reason a large undated batch was sent out.
I am told there is also a 20c blue like this, but have not seen one. This block is Ex-Andrew Higson, it is on glazed paper and is without gum.

One possible explanation is that these were produced with a two plate process, a 'key-plate' with the value and another plate with just the dates.
This could then arise if sheets were sent out that had not yet been printed on with the date plates.
It might also account for the variable position of the dates, look at the two 1984 5c stamps above.

RH # Hisc. Type. 1984? Description Mint Used
RH37 - 1 7c orange (shades) with missing date (see below) 10.00 15.00
RH38 - 1 20c blue (shades) with missing date 20.00 25.00

 

 

1991 (3 June) No imprint. Offset by Prontaforma. (Tegucigalpa D.C.) No watermark. Rouletted (6 ½).

1991 5c 1991 7c 1991 20c
1991 - 5c 1991 - 7c - a couple of the flaws corrected but
'SIE TE' still looks funny.
1991 - 20c
Images (scanned together) courtesy of Rolf Lamprecht.

1991 5c dark red 1991 5c 1991 7c 1991 20c
1991 a group of mine scanned together showing some shade differences. None of these are on glazed paper.

 

RH # Hisc. Type. 1991 Description Mint Used
RH39 - 1 5c red 12.00 12.00
RH40 - 1 7c orange 12.00 12.00
RH41 - 1 20c blue 12.00 12.00

 

 

1993 No imprint. Graficentro Editores (Tegucigalpa D.C.) No watermark. Rouletted (6 ½) between stamps.
These are re-drawn with some serifs gone and thin lettering for the values. 'SIETE' is now better spaced.
There are two printings with different shades and sizes as measured across the rouletting.

1993 5c small rouletted 1993 7c small rouletted 1993 20c small rouletted
1993 5c small - from Wikimedia Commons 1993 7c small - courtesy of Rolf Lamprecht 1993 20c small - courtesy of Rolf Lamprecht

The small format measure about   30.0 x 33.3 mm   (1.18 x 1.31 inches)   across the rouletting.


1993 5c large rouletted 1993 7c large rouletted 1993 20c large rouletted
1993 5c large - courtesy of Rolf Lamprecht 1993 7c large - courtesy of Rolf Lamprecht 1993 20c large - from Wikimedia Commons

The large format measure about   31.3 x 35.3 mm   (1.23 x 1.39 inches)   across the rouletting.
The large are a poorer quality of printing, with less detail, most noticeable on the sleeve.

 

The two printings must be from different plates with different spacing.
A distinguishing feature is shown on the right.



RH # Hisc. Type. 1993 Description Mint Used
RH42 - 1 5c red (shades) 8.00 8.00
RH42a -          red (large format) 8.00 8.00
RH43 - 1 7c orange (shades) 8.00 8.00
RH43a -           orange (large format) 8.00 8.00
RH44 - 1 20c blue (shades) 8.00 8.00
RH44a -           blue (large format) 8.00 8.00
1984 7c   1984 and undated 7c
showing loops
1991 7c 1991 7c
shading on arms gone
1993 7c 1993 7c small format
right loop feint
1993a 7c 1993 7c large format
both loops gone

 

1993 7c corner pair

1993 - 7c small-format corner pair. - Ex Andrew Higson.

1993 5c proof block of 6

1993 - 5c imperf block of 6 on rough paper (proof ?) - Ex Andrew Higson.
Rolf Lamprecht has a complete imperforate sheet of these. It has 7 rows of 6 stamps per row.

 

1993 7c proof pair

1993 - 7c imperf pair on off-white paper (proof ?) - Ex Andrew Higson.
'SIETE' is finally fixed on this.

 

It is possible that other years and / or values exist.
Almost certainly these will need to be re-numbered.

 

Other telegrams:

Telegraph form of 26 October 1878
A Government Telegraph form of 26 October 1878. I see no stamps or indication of rates of charge.
Image courtesy of HondurasStamps.com

 

Telegram of 1 May 1890
A Government Telegraph form of 1 May 1890 from San Pedro [Sula] to Puerto Cortez. I see no stamps but the form has a face value of 3 Reales.
I see no limitation on the number of words, but foreign language telegrams are double the 'established tariff'.
Image courtesy of HondurasStamps.com

 

Telegram of 3 October 1895
A Nacionales Telegrafos telegram received 3 October 1895 at Tegucigalpa.
Image courtesy of HondurasStamps.com

 

Telegram of 13 February 1965
A Telegram of 13 February 1965 received at Yuscarán from Danlí, both in El Paraiso.

 

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