- Postal Stationery 1937 (and 43) “The Italians”
- Postal Stationery 1952
In the previous article, I talked a little about postcards issued in 1937 and overprinted in 1943. This time it is the turn of the Postal Stationery issued in Venezuela in 1952 by Grabados Nacionales.
There were 20 different designs, where the first batch of 10 showed an indicium of 10c in red, while the second batch of 10 showed the indicium of 20c in blue.
The design of the indicium showed the Post Office Building in Carmelitas, Caracas.
The stationery was the largest officially printed in Venezuela, with xxcm in length and yy in width. The paper, white and glossy.
I have not been able to obtain the decree that authorized this issue, but the Blanco Catalogue indicates that 50,000 copies were printed for each value. That would indicate that there were 10,000 pieces for each design. The same catalogue reports that the decree was issued on November 28, 1952.
On this occasion, and unlike the 1937 pieces, the catalogues do not even list the designs issued, which has left many collectors adrift, no longer knowing what to look for. And since online auctions often do not place the photo of the front or the back, we often risk buying pieces that turn out to be totally useless to us.
That’s why I will now present most of the reasons that were issued for this series. Some of them, particularly the number seven remains a mystery even today. What happened to that piece?
In the first batch, pieces 5 and 7 are missing, while in the second batch, piece number 12 is missing.
Vaya mi agradecimiento a los amigos Felix Achabal y Wilhelm Guggisberg por facilitarme muchas de las imágenes que acompañan este artículo.