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  I have revised Hiscocks' original listing, though leaving references to the original designations.  
This is largely to accommodate additions.

  I have 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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Columbian control. Republic. 1917 1919 1924 1928 1929 1934 1935 1935? Stationery

 

Panama.

Steve Hiscocks wrote:
At the time of the first specifically Panamanian telegraph stamps in 1892 the country was under the control of Colombia and the fist issue, inscribed
'Republic of Colombia, Department of Panama', are typical of Colombian designs. They are often listed under Colombia but inclusion under Panama
seems more appropriate. Panama became independent in 1903 but it was not until 1917 that telegraph stamps were introduced, first by overprinting
various old postage issues and then in 1919 by the issue of specific telegraph stamps. Such efficiency was unfortunately short-lived and the issue of
overprinted postage stamps continued from 1924 to 1935. Presumably postage stamps were used without overprints between 1903 and 1917 and after 1935.


My note:
I would like to thank Federico Brid and Joe Ross, authors of the Panama Telegraph Stamp Catalog in 2000
who have kindly allowed me to use images from it on this web-page. A few needed to be added.
Since many people still use that catalogue, I have added a cross-reference column labelled BR#.


Map:
Providing a map of Panama has complications. Boundaries have changed over time. Here is a list according to Statoids.com :
1903-11-03: Panama declared its independence from Colombia.
1904-02-26: Treaty of Hay and Bunau-Varilla took effect, by which the United States acquired the "use, occupation, and control" of the Canal Zone.
1904: Panama adopted a constitution which stated that the country was divided into the provinces of Bocas del Toro, Coclé, Colón, Chiriquí, Los Santos, Panamá, and Veraguas.
         The provinces were subdivided into municipios. Bocas del Toro had been part of Colón, as a comarca unti 1894 and then as a district.
1915-01-18: Herrera province split from Los Santos.
1922-12-27: Darién province split from Panamá.
~1925: Capital of Canal Zone moved from Ancón to Balboa Heights (a district in the city of Balboa).
1938-12-16: San Blas y Barú comarca (or intendency) formed from parts of Colón and Panamá. This may not have been fully implemented until 1953-02-19.

I have tried to show it as it was about 1918.
By 1912 there were a number of Wireless Telegraph Offices along the North Coast, Boca del Toro and Colón (Commercial); Colón and Portobello (U.S. Navy), as well as numerous ships/boats.

Panama-Map with Telephone stations Colón
Panamá
Coclé
Herrera
Los Santos
Veraguas
Chiriquí
Remedios
Chiriquí
David
Bocas
del Toro

Article 44 of decree 115 of 14 July 1917 listed fees for 3 minutes of long distance telephone calls between 27 places. Assuming that the stations
mentioned were using the same lines as the telegraph network, I have mapped those stations. Alphebetically they were:
Aguadulce, Antón, Capira, Chame, Chepo, Chitré, Chorrera, Colón, David, Divisa, Horconcitos, La Mesa, Las Palmas,
Las Tablas, Los Santos, Natá, Ocú, Pacora, Panamá, Parita, Penonomé, Pesé, Remedios, San Carlos, Santiago, Soná, Tolé.

Decree 8 of 9 July 1919 ordained: The Telegraph System in the Republic will be divided into six designated sections in order to facilitate supervision and inspection. The following is a list of the cities and towns in each section.
Sole Article. Within the territory of the Republic the telegraph service, will be divided into six sections effective July 1 of this year and in the following manner:
1st Section.
The telegraphic and telephone offices of Arraiján, Bejuco, Campana, Capira, Capitana, Cermeño, Colón, Chame, Chorrera, Nueva Gorgona, Pacora, Paja, Panamá, Portobelo, Potrero, Pueblo Nuevo, Puerto Caimito, Puerto Capira, San Carlos and
other offices that may be established within the territorial circuit of the Province of Panama and as far as the telegraph pole of the Antón office.
2nd Section.
The telegraphic and telephone offices of: Aguadulce, Antón, Cristo, Estero Salado, Jagüito, Llano Sánchez, Natá, Olá, Penonomé, Pintada, Pocrí, Puerto Aguadulce, Puerto Obaldía, Puerto Posada, Rio Hato, Rio Grande and
from Santa Rosa to the telegraph pole of the Santiago office and all those new offices that may be established within the territory of the Province of Coclé
3rd Section.
The telegraphic and telephone offices of Arena, Chitré, Chupampa, Divisa, Guararé, Las Minas, La Palma, La Teta o Santa Domingo, Las Tablas, Los Santos, Los Pozos, Macaracas, Mariabé, Mensabé, Monagrillo, Ocú, Parita, Paritilla, Pedasí,
Pocrí, Puerto Chitré, Puerto Guararé, Punta Mala, Sabanagrande, Santamaría and all new offices that may be established within the territory of the Provinces of Los Santos and Herrera.
4th Section.
The telegraphic and telephone offices of Atalaya, Barranco-Colorado, Calobre, Cañazas, La Mesa, Las Palmas, Montijo, Ponuga, Puerto Mutis, Rio de Jesús, San Francisco, Santa Fé, Santiago, Soná and
all those new offices that may be established within the territory of the Province of Veraguas.
5th Section.
The telegraphic and telephone offices of Bocachica, Horconcitos, Las Lajas, Remedios, San Félix, Tolé, and up to the telegraph pole of the Las Palmas office and
all those new offices that may be established within the mentioned districts.
6th Section.
The telegraphic and telephone offices of Alenje, Boquete, Boquerón, Chiriquí Viejo, Conceptión, David, Divalá, Dolega, Gualaca, Lino and Pedregal from the telegraph pole of the office of Horconcitos including
those new offices that may be established within the mentioned districts.

Given in Panama, on the 11th day of the month of July of one thousand nine hundred and nineteen.
Belisario Porras

The Secretary of Government and Justice,
R. J. Alfaro


(Translation from the original Spanish courtesy of Federico Brid)

 

Panama under Columbian control.

1892 On coloured wove paper. No watermark. Perf. 12.
Suspected printed by the Demitrio Paredes printing company, Bogota.


Hiscocks type 1.

Panama-H1 Panama-H2 Panama-H3
RH1 RH2 RH3

Click on any of these three to see complete sheets (10x5), courtesy of Federico Brid.

 

RH # Hisc. BR# Type. Description Mint Used
RH1 H1 1 1 5c green / pale bluish green 20.00 -
RH2 H2 2 1 10c red / pale pinkish brown 10.00 -
RH3 H3 3 1 20c blue / pale rose 12.00 -

 

 

Republic of Panama.

Decree 115 of 14 July 1917 instituted the use of these stamps which were required for the transmission of telegrams.
It also instituted a long distance telephone service within Panama (Article 35). Fees for this telephone service were to be paid by the use of telegraph stamps (Article 36).
Article 37 refers to Private telephone companies that did not use the stamps. Internal telegrams required the stamps to be punched eventually (Article 8), but cablegrams did not (Article 13).

Panama-RH11 used and punched   Panama-RH19 used and punched   RH34

Used and punched examples. The last has a round hole of about 1mm on the "M" of "PANAMA". It took me a while to even notice it.

The tariffs within Panama were stipulated in Article 44 of the decree:
10c for the first 10 words. Address and signature of sender count within the 10 words.
Each additional 10 words, or part of, cost an additional 5c.
Telegrams in code, in numbers or in a foreign language would be charged at double the rate.
Telegrams from Panamá (city) to Colón (Canal Zone) in any language, in code or in numbers were charged at 25c for the first 10 words and 2c for each additional word.
Urgent telegrams, or those requiring an acknowledgement of receipt were to be charged an additional 10c.
Article 44 also stipulated rates for 3-minutes of long distance telephone calls between 29 stations ranging from 20c to B/ 1.50
additional minutes were charged at rates depending on the 3-minute charges of 50c to B/ 1.50, in the range of 10c to 40c.

Article 46 stipulated the stamps to be used. They corresponded to RH4, RH5, RH6/13, RH7, RH11 and RH 12.
Article 47 stipulated that all this was to take effect from the first of August, abolishing anything to the contrary.

 

1917 Postage stamps of 1906 (SG 144, etc. Hamilton Bank Note Co.) overprinted 'TELEGRAFOS' in black (type 3).White wove paper. No watermark. Perf. 12

Panama-H4 Panama-H4a Panama-T3 Panama-H5
Type 2, RH4 RH4a - courtesy of Federico Brid Type 3 Type 4, RH5
Panama-H5 Panama-H5
Type 5, RH6 Type 6, RH7
Panama-T3A Panama-H5A Panama-H5B
Type 3A Accent on 'É' and less sloping. *RH8 *RH8a   Double 'S' i.e. 'TELÉGRAFOSS'

Images for RH6, RH7, RH8 and RH8a kindly supplied by Federico Brid.

RH # Hisc. BR# Type. Description Mint Used
RH4 H4 4 (2), 3 2c carmine and black (SG 144) 2.50 2.00
RH4a - 4a (4), 3       overprint split 3.40 2.70
RH5 H5 6 (4), 3 10c violet and black (SG 148) 2.50 2.00
RH6 H6 7 (5), 3 25c brown and black (SG 149) 3.75 3.00
RH7 H7 9 6, 3 50c black (overprint in red) (SG 150) 5.00 3.75
*RH8 - 5 (4), 3A 10c violet and black (SG 148) 3.75 3.00
*RH8a - 5a (4), 3A       error 'TELEGRAFOSS' 17.50 15.00

* I have added these.

 

1917 Postage stamps of 1906-11 (SG 151, etc.) overprinted as (before but horizontally) or as below in black, red, or blue.
White wove paper. No watermark. Perf. 12

Panama-H8 Panama-H9 Panama-H10 Panama-H10b
RH9 No accent on 'É' RH10 Accent on 'É' RH11 No accent on 'É' RH11b   kindly supplied by Rolf Lambrecht

Images of RH9, RH10, RH12a and RH13a kindly supplied by Federico Brid.
The half cent were Printed by American Bank Note Co. N.Y. in sheets of 100. The rose shade replaced the orange in 1915.
The American Bank Note Co. sheets had their imprint at the half-way point along top, bottom and sides. These can aid in positioning.

RH10a-RH10d are assumed to exist due to similarity of the overprint with RH38, but I do not have images of them.
Can anyone supply such images ?

Panama RH9 - normal
normal - RH11a

Panama RH9 - round dot
small round period - RH11ad   (position 8)
 
RH # Hisc. BR# Type. Description Mint Used
RH9 H8 10 8, 3 ½c orange (SG 151) 10.00 15.00
RH10 H9 11 8, 7 1c (B 0.01) on ½c carmine (SG 151b) 5.00 5.00
RH10a - 11a           comma for period (Positions 19-24, 34) 12.50 12.50
RH10b - 11b           "/" after B has top 1mm shorn off (Positions 50, 62, 72, 79, 89) 25.00 25.00
RH10c - 11c           no accent on "E" of "TELÉGRAFOS" (Positions 60, 63) 37.50 37.50
RH10d - 11d           short "/" and no accent on "E" of "TELÉGRAFOS" (Position 86) 50.00 50.00
RH11 H10 12 8, 9 5c on ½c carmine (SG 151b) (overprint in dark blue) 2.50 4.00
RH11a H10c 13           overprint in black 10.00 7.50
RH11b H10b 12h           overprint double 15.00 20.00
RH11c H10a 12g           overprint inverted 15.00 10.00
RH11d - 12a           with small round dot after "cts" (instead of square, position 8) - -
RH11e - 12c/13a           Panama RH11e - inverted stop instead of  Panama RH11 - normal stop (inverted period, position 91) - -
RH11f - 12b/13b           raised "s" in "cts." (positions 27 and 87) - -
RH11g - 12e           "5 cts." only, missing "TELEGRAFOS" - -
The positions given for overprint errors are assuming they are the right way up.
When the overprint is inverted, the stamp that the error is on will be different.
Subtract the number given from 101 for the stamp position when inverted.
Images of varieties at the sides are courtesy of Federico Brid.
Panama RH9 - inverted stop
inverted stop - RH11ae   (position 91)

Panama RH9 - raised 'S'
raised 'S' - RH11af   (positions 27 and 87)

RH11g in block       RH11cg in block
Examples of RH11g (missing "TELEGRAFOS" ) in a block of RH11's and a RH11cg in a block of RH11c's (inverted). Both courtesy of Federico Brid.

 

Examples showing the positions of these errors (click on them for a larger version).

RH11cd in strip
RH11cd (small round dot, and inverted) in strip from the bottom of the sheet.
Overprint position 8 (stamp position 101-8 = 93 due to being inverted). - Image courtesy of Federico Brid.

RH11e at position 91 in a strip
RH11ce (inverted period on inverted overprint) at overprint position 91 in a strip (here on stamp 101-91 = 10).
Image courtesy of Federico Brid.

RH11f at position 87 in a block
RH11f (raised "s" in "cts.") at position 87 in a block. - Image courtesy of Federico Brid.

 

 

RH12 RH12a RH13 RH13a
RH12    (Accent on 'É').
Courtesy of Nik Oquist
RH12a
Courtesy of Nik Oquist
*RH13   (No accent on 'É') *RH13a
Courtesy of Federico Brid.

RH # Hisc. BR# Type. Description Mint Used
RH12 H11 14 5, (9) 20c on 25c brown and black (SG 149) (overprint in red, 'E' with accent) 5.00 2.50
RH12a H11a 14a           overprint double 20.00 5.00
RH12b - 14b           red squares missing 20.00 5.00
*RH13 - 8 5, (9) 25c brown and black (SG 149) (overprint in black, 'E' without accent) 5.00 4.00
*RH13a - -           overprint double 30.00 25.00

 

* I have added these Due to examples shown above.
Many of these examples can also be seen at hp2at.
It is possible for some of these overprints to be quite badly shifted.
It is likely that permutations of RH11 varieties exist.

 

1919 Revenue stamps of 1917 (?) overprinted 'TELEGRAFOS' in black or red. White wove paper. No watermark. Perf. 12
These were authorized by Decree 191 of 13 December 1917 to be valid immediately.

Panama RH14 Panama RH14 used Panama H13 Panama H14
RH14   courtesy of Nik Oquist. RH14 punched  from Wiki-Commons. RH15   kindly supplied by Brid and Ross. RH16   kindly supplied by Rolf Lamprecht

 

RH # Hisc. BR# Type. Description Mint Used
RH14 H12 15 10 1B brownish orange (overprint in black) 40.00 15.00
RH15 H13 16 11 2B on 5B blue (overprint in red) 50.00 30.00
RH16 H14 17 12 5B blue (overprint in red) 100.00 75.00

Hiscocks added the following note:

Note. The last Forbin catalogue was published in 1915 and it is not therefore possible to give Forbin references.
                I am aware of no later catalogue covering Panamanian revenue stamps.

 

Decree 115 of 20 May 1919 changed the tariff for telegraph fees from 10th of June.
20c for the first 10 words or less, including the address and signature.
1c for each additional word. There were revisions to additional charges.
Telegrams in foreign languages would be accepted as long as they were in roman characters and legible.

1919 Postage stamps of 1909-17 (SG152, 157) overprinted as above (10). White wove paper. No watermark. Perf. 12.
Printed by American Bank Note Co. N.Y.

H15 RH17b H15c H16
Type 13   -   RH17 Type 13   -   RH17b
Courtesy of Federico Brid
Type 13   -   RH18 Type 14   -   RH19
RH17b-detail
RH17b detail, courtesy of Federico Brid. The second 'E' is also raised slightly.

RH17a RH17c RH19a
Type 13   -   RH17a Type 13   -   RH17c Type 14   -   RH19a
The red overprint is noticeably higher on the stamp than the black ones. - Images courtesy of Federico Brid

 

RH # Hisc. BR# Type. Description Mint Used
RH17 H15 18 (13), (10) 1c green and black (overprint in red) 12.00 2.00
RH17a H15a 18a           error — 'TELEGARFOS' (last stamp in sheet of 100) 30.00 25.00
RH17b - -           error — dropped 'GR' in 'TELEGRAFOS' 30.00 25.00
RH17c - 18b           overprint double 25.00 20.00
RH18 H15 19 (13), (10) 1c green and black (overprint in black) 12.00 2.00
RH19 H16 20 (14), (10) 10c violet and black (overprint in black) 10.00 2.00
RH19a H16a 20a           overprint double 25.00 20.00

 

1919-1921 New design. White wove paper. No watermark. Perf. 12.
Printed by American Bank Note Co. N.Y.

Panama H17 Panama H18 Panama H19 Panama H20
Type 15, RH20   ½ c. Type 15, RH21   1 c. Type 15, RH22   5 c. Type 15, RH23   10 c.
Panama H21 Panama H22 Panama H23
Type 15, RH24   20 c. Type 15, RH25   25 c. Type 15, RH26   50 c.
Panama H24 Panama H25
Type 16, RH27   1 B. Type 16, RH28   5 B.

8 of these were issued 10 June 1919 (by decree of 28 May 1919). The 20c was issued in 1921 (January 25, sheets of 200 with central gutter).
For some reason, the 20c has a frame about 0.51mm taller and 0.72mm wider than the 50c
and the imprint is bigger (yes I did physically check). The 1B and 5B are intermediate.
David Zemer tells me that this is due to the American Bank Note Company migrating from
flat plate printing to rotary press in this period (see flat-vs-rotary).

RH # Hisc. BR# Type. Description Mint Used
RH20 H17 21 15 ½c orange 4.00 8.00
RH21 H18 22 15 1c deep green 4.00 4.00
RH22 H19 23 15 5c indigo 4.00 4.00
RH23 H20 24 15 10c deep reddish violet 4.00 4.00
RH24 H21 25 15 20c lake-brown (1921) 3.00 2.00
RH25 H22 26 15 25c carmine-red 4.00 2.00
RH26 H23 27 15 50c deep brown 6.00 3.00
RH27 H24 28 16 1B blue-black 12.00 8.00
RH28 H25 29 16 5B olive-black 30.00 10.00

For each of these, specimens with round punch holes of about 2.5mm diameter (add subscript a), imperforate plate proofs on card (add subscript b) are known.
There are also die proofs on India paper mounted on card for all of them and a colour trial proof known of the 50c in green.

Panama 1919-21 Specimens
Panama 1919-21 Imperf. Proofs
Panama 1919-21 50c proof on India
Examples courtesy of Rolf Lamprecht.

 

Decree 165 of 27 October 1920 modified decree 115 above to allow medical-related telegraph and telephone service fees at half price.
This would seem to be the first requirement for a ½c stamp.

 

1924-1934 Postage stamps of 1915-21 (SG 161 etc.) overprinted as indicated in black, red or purple.
Stamps have black designs surrounded by coloured frames. White wove paper. No watermark. Perf. 12.
These were to implement the 9th law of 1924.
The law was intended to provide extra salary for telegraph employees with over 5 years service and fund a pension for those with more than 20 years service.
It also provided some incapacity benefits.

The 4 images below are courtesy of
Federico Brid.
  Type 17   RH29   RH29
RH30 - dark red   RH30a  
Dull Red
Type 19   RH30  
Bright Red
RH30
RH31 - large value inverted   RH31ad  
Large 2½
Inverted
Type 20   RH31  
Large 2½
RH31 - large value
RH31a - small value   RH31bc  
Small 2½
Overprint
Doubled
Type 20a   RH31ab  
Small 2½
RH31a - small value

Updated images of the overprints created using RetroReveal.org

RH30a - Overprint Doubled
RH30b
The red overprint varies in shade. There is more than one setting of at least RH31
I would like to hear from anyone with any other setting variations.
RH # Hisc. BR# Type. Description Mint Used
RH29 H26 30 17, (19) 2½c vermilion and black (SG 164) 12.00 2.50
RH30 H27 31 18, 19 2½c on 3c bright violet and black (SG 165) bright red overprint 15.00 4.00
RH30a H27 31a           dull red overprint 20.00 6.00
RH30b H27a 31b/c           overprint double 40.00 40.00
RH31 H28 32 18, 20 2½c on 3c bright violet and black (SG 165) bright red overprint 5.00 2.50
RH31a - 32           dull red overprint 6.00 3.00
RH31b - 32           smaller "2½" values 5.00 2.50
RH31c - 32b           overprint double 30.00 30.00
RH31d - 32a           overprint inverted 50.00 50.00

Hiscocks added the following note:

Note. The overprint on No. 26 omits the bottom line of 19 since the value is unchanged.

 

Decree 205 of 7 November 1926 abolished the use of telegraph stamps to indicate payment of telegraph and telephone use, except for those implementing the 9th law of 1924.
All existing stocks of stamps were to be returned to the Chief Accountant.

 

1928 (?) - Sheets of 100 printed by the American Bank Note Co.

variant of Hiscocks page 236 Type 21   taken from Hiscocks page 236 Type 21
Types 21a (variant) and 21 image taken from Hiscocks book page 236.
On the variant, the bottom line is spaced over to the left.
They are not common. My thanks to David Zemer for pointing this out.
Does anyone have examples of the variant? Or any clearly dated examples of any of them ?

Panama H29 Panama H30 Panama H30
RH32   50c. RH33   1 B. RH33a   1 B.
Note the ABN Co copyright notices on the images rather than imprints. - Images kindly supplied by Federico Brid.

It is unknown when these were issued, though Hiscocks implies 1934. They are surprisingly scarce. The 50c above is clearly dated in the 1930's,
but clearest date known is May 1934 on a 1 Balboa of Rolf Lamprecht.

Panama RH33 Panama RH33
Another example of RH33 courtesy of Rolf Lamprecht, the flaw in the left value tablet may not be constant.
On the right is an inverted RetroReveal.org image of the stamp supplied by David Zemer showing the cds dated in May 1934.
Hiscocks gave the issue dates of H26 to H30 as 1924-1934, but does not state the source of that information. Similarly he
supplied dates for H33 to H35, apparently without knowing about the decree 205 of November 1926 that abolished telegraph stamps.
The bibliography of the Federico Brid and Joe Ross Catalog of 2000 lists Steve Hiscocks as a source.

 

RH # Hisc. BR# Type. Description Mint Used
RH32 H29 33 21 50c yellow-orange and black (SG 181) purple overprint 50.00 30.00
RH32a - - 21a         variant overprint - -
RH33 H30 34 21 1B deep violet and black (SG 182) purple overprint 60.00 40.00
RH33a - - 21a         variant overprint - -

 

Law number 111 of 29 December 1928 Decreed that the 2½c set by the 9th law of 1924 be increased to 5c.

 

1929 (1 January) As above.
Stamps have black designs surrounded by coloured frames. White wove paper. No watermark. Perf. 12.
Sheets of 100.

RH34 RH34b RH34a
Type 18 with Type 23 red overprint, RH34. Type 18 with Type 23 vermilion overprint, RH34b. *RH34ab (with square plug) courtesy of Federico Brid.

RH35 Type 23 RH34a
Type 22 with Type 23 red overprint, RH35. Type 23. *RH35a (overprint double) courtesy of Federico Brid.

RH # Hisc. BR# Type. Description Mint Used
RH34 H31 35 18, 23 5c on 3c bright violet and black (SG 165) red overprint 4.00 2.50
*†RH34a - 35a           square slug before "CINCO" (position 85) - -
*RH34b - -           vermilion overprint 4.00 2.50
RH34c - 35b           overprint double 30.00 30.00
RH35 H32 36 22, 23 5c on 10c orange and black (SG 167) red overprint 6.00 5.00
*RH35a - 36a           overprint double 30.00 30.00
Type 23 with square slug
Type 23 - RH34a variant.

* Added due to examples shown.

Perhaps strangely, this is not reported on RH35.

 

 

 

On the right is part of a larger (2 x 5) strip
with RH34c examples for the top two.

The ones below are simply badly shifted and skewed.

Image courtesy of Federico Brid.

RH34c - part of a lager strip.

 

 

 

1934 Postage stamp of 1909-17 (American Bank Note Co. N.Y., SG 153) overprinted 'TELEGRAFOS' as type 3 in black.
I have to question this date (derived from Hiscocks' book), since telegraph stamps were abolished November 1926.
I suspect that these simply replaced RH4 when the supply of 1906 stamps ran out, perhaps about 1920?
Then again, perhaps their use was the result of a mistake.
Does anyone have used examples with dates that may be legible on them ?

Type 24
RH36

RH # Hisc. BR# Type. Description Mint Used
RH36 H33 37 (24), 3 2c vermilion and black 7.50 5.00

 

 

 

1935 N0. 20 overprinted as type 25 in red.
Does anyone have used examples with dates that may be legible on them ?

taken from Hiscocks page 237 Panama H34
Type 25 on Type 15, RH37

Type 25 Image taken from Hiscocks book page 237. RH37 image courtesy of Federico Brid.

RH # Hisc. BR# Type. Description Mint Used
RH37 H34 38 15, 25 5c on 10c deep reddish violet 7.00 5.00

 

 

 

1935? Postage stamp of 1911 (SG 151b) overprinted 'TELÉGRAFOS' as type 26 in dark green. White wove paper. No watermark. Perf. 12.
I have to question this date also (again derived from Hiscocks' book), since telegraph stamps were abolished November 1926.
Instead they may simply have been replacements for RH9 when supplies ran out, or even have been issued alongside RH10.
Does anyone have used examples with dates that may be legible on them ?

 



update of Hiscocks page 237
update of Hiscocks page 237

Type 26 on Type 8, an update of Hiscocks book page 237.
courtesy of Federico Brid.

RH # Hisc. BR# Type. Description Mint Used
RH38 H35 39 8, 26 ½c (0.0½B) on ½c carmine 15.00 15.00
RH38a - 39a           comma for period (Positions 19-24, 34) 25.00 25.00
RH38b - 39b           "/" after B has top 1mm shorn off (Positions 50, 62, 72, 79, 89) 25.00 25.00
RH38c - 39c           no accent on "E" of "TELÉGRAFOS" (Positions 60, 63) 37.50 37.50
RH38d - 39d           short "/" and no accent on "E" of "TELÉGRAFOS" (Position 86) 50.00 50.00

This overprint is a modification of the one on RH10 and therefore has the same flaws.

RH38 varieties - RH38a
The bottom pair show RH38a (comma for stop) that is on positions 19 to 24 and 34 - Courtesy of Federico Brid.


RH38 varieties - RH38d

The top-right stamp is RH38d (position 86) which is missing the accent over the 'E'
as well as having the short "/". Positions 95 and 96 below also show a slightly shortened "/".
- Courtesy of Federico Brid.

 

RH38 varieties - RH38b and RH38c
This block shows another missing accent variety, RH38c at position 63. There is also an RH38b (short "/") at position 62, and one below it at 72, though a little longer.
Notice also that the size of the stop is variable. - Image courtesy of Federico Brid.

 

 

Stationery.

Receipts.

Cablegram-receipt - 11 August 1920 - front Cablegram-receipt - 11 August 1920 - back
Front and back of a Central & South American Telegraph Co. Receipt of 11 August 1920 (a wednesday).
This is for 6 words to New York costing Bs1.88. That works out at 31c per word, + 2c tax. The tax stamp references Law 24 of 1915.
The front bears two 1c Internal Consumption Tax stamps.       The back has four groups of 10 letters that are thought to be an encoded version of the message.
It is unclear as to why this needs more tax than the one below. Images courtesy of David T. Zemer (ABNCo Correspondence collection).

 

Cablegram-receipt - 9 November 1920 - front Cablegram-receipt - 9 November 1920 - back
Front and back of a Central & South American Telegraph Co. Receipt of 9 November 1920 (a tuesday).
This is for 8 words to New York costing Bs2.50. That works out at 31c per word + 2c tax. However there is only 1c in stamps !
The front bears a 1c Internal Consumption Tax stamp.       The back has six groups of 10 letters that are thought to be an encoded version of the message.
Images courtesy of David T. Zemer (ABNCo Correspondence collection).

 

 

Telegrams.

All America Cables.

Telegram of 22 January 1919

This is to the American Bank Note Company of New York, dated 22 January 1919. It appears to have a map on the back.
Courtesy of David T. Zemer (ABNCo Correspondence collection).

 

 

Telephone Call Sheets.

This side has Bs64.45 worth of Telegraph stamps cancelled with "OFICINA TELEFONICA / ABR 30 1922 / Santa Rosa
" Call Sheet Santa-Rosa-1922 - a

The other side is headed "Conferencias Telefonicas Pedidas Por Esta Oficina" or "Conference Calls Requested By This Office".
Under that it is filled in for Santa Rosa, April 1922. Below that it has columns for :
Date; "Person or Telephone Requesting the Conference"; "Telegraphic Office with which connection is requested"; "Person or Telephone with whom the conference is requested.";
Time, from and to; "Summary in minutes"; Tariff; "Value charged"; "charged to account" and lastly "Person or Company to whom the account is charged".

Call Sheet Santa-Rosa-1922 - b

Charges seem to be for blocks of 3 minutes. This is the last of 3 sheets with the total, Bs49.75 carried over at the top. The grand total at the bottom matches the amount of stamps on the other side.
Agua Dulce appears to be picking up the tab and will presumably recoop it from the customers. This Santa Rosa is in Coclé.
It is signed by the Telephonist.   Images courtesy of Federico Brid and Joe Ross.

 

A similar but later sheet used at the Panama City Office. The year cannot be seen, but must be 1924 or later.
" Call Sheet Panama-1924? - a

This looks like it had at least 40 x 2½c Telegraph stamps.

Call Sheet Panama-1924? - b

This does not have the Tariffs filled in, but the numbers imply they are not all the same.    Images courtesy of Federico Brid and Joe Ross.

 

A piece of a sheet used at Dolega in September 1929.
Call Sheet Dolega-September 1929

The Telegraph stamps have multiple overprints. Possibly the reason why they were chosen for this purpose. Image courtesy of Federico Brid and Joe Ross.

 

Another piece of a sheet, this used in December 1929.
Call Sheet December-1929

Again at least some of the Telegraph stamps have multiple overprints.    Images courtesy of Federico Brid and Joe Ross.

 

It has been said that earlier Telegraph stamps used for Telegraphic purposes were used in a similar manner to those above. Personally I do not believe that.
I would think they were used in the same way that other countries in South/Central America and the USA used them, attached to Telegraph sending forms. But I have seen no evidence either way.
The pieces of forms shown above are rare. I have not seen or heard of earlier ones, or similar used for Telegraphic purposes.
Used Telegraph sending forms would also be rare as they were meant to be destroyed ultimately.
There should though be unused forms that may indicate the way they were intended to be used, or perhaps legal notices.
I would really like to hear from anyone with evidence of any kind that relates to this.

 

 

Delivery Envelopes.

Compañia Telegrafica de Centro y Sud America.

This company appears to have been based in Panama.
The "VIA GALVESTON." suggests an affiliation.

Sale 56 Lot 336
1888, Registration, 10c black on gray, used with Panama 10c black on yellow (11),
tied by "Panama, 2 Jul 1888" duplex on telegraph imprint cover to Venezuela, "Certificado" framed h/s,
courtesy of Schuyler Rumsey Philatelic Auctions. (click on image for listing).
Sale 56 Lot 319
Colombia 1889, Registration, 10c red on yellowish, used with Panama 1887 5c black on blue,
tied by blue "Panama, 9 Set 1890" duplex on "Via Galveston" imprint cover to Cartagena,
courtesy of Schuyler Rumsey Philatelic Auctions. (click on image for listing).

 

Sale 58 Lot 2553
Colombia 1892, Registration, 10c yellow brown with Colombia 5c blue
tied by "Panama, 25 Nov 1896" duplex on pre-printed Telegraph Company envelope,
courtesy of Schuyler Rumsey Philatelic Auctions. (click on image for listing).
Sale 56 Lot 324
Colombia 1895, Registration, 10c deep brown on rose buff, with Panama 1894 10c on 50c brown,
tied by "Panama, 1 Dec 1894" duplex on purple gray telegraph imprint cover to Caracas, Venezuela,
courtesy of Schuyler Rumsey Philatelic Auctions. (click on image for listing).

 

Sale 58 Lot 2647
1900 Mar. 14th Provisional use with #79 cancelled by large "R" handstamp on telegraph cover front 
courtesy of Schuyler Rumsey Philatelic Auctions. (click on image for listing).
Sale 58 Lot 2556
Colombia 1902, Registration, 20c Red Brown with 10c orange (18) tied by "Panama, 13 Jul 1903" duplex,
courtesy of Schuyler Rumsey Philatelic Auctions. (click on image for listing).

 

 


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