First Issues - 1850 to 1851

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New South Wales

The Australian colonies were remarkably innovative postal administrations and New South Wales was the first to issue a stamp in the new decade, this depicting the Seal of the Colony, printed in Sydney from an engraving by Robert Clayton.

NSW SG1 NSW SG253 NSW SG280 NSWSG-O2b NSWSG-D1
1st January 1850
SG1 Sc1
World's First
Commemorative

Centenary of NSW
1888 SG253 Sc77
World's First
Charity
Consumpives' Home
1897 SG280 Sc-B1
Official
1879 SG-O2b Sc-O1
Post Due
1891 SG-D1 Sc-J1

In 1888 New South Wales issued the world's first commemorative stamp, on the centenary of the first settlement, and in 1897 the world's first and perhaps still the world's most attractive charity stamp set, first the 1897 1d plus 1/- commemorating Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee and raising funds for a consumptives' home.


Spain

Spain SG2 Spain SG307 Spain SG353 Spain SG294 Spain SG-O46 Spain SG-W217
1st January 1850
SG2 Sc1
Commemorative
300th anniversary of the publication of Cervantes'Don Quixote
1905 SG307 Sc287
Airmail
1920 SG353 Sc-C1
o/p SG330 Sc298
Charity
Red Cross
1926 SG294 Sc-B1
World's First
Official

1854 SG-O46 Sc-O1
World's First
War Tax

1874 SG-W217 Sc-MR1
Spain SG515
first real airmail
1929 SG515 Sc-C6

Also on 1st January 1850, Spain issued its first definitive, followed by fifty-five years of remarkably dull stamps until the 1905 Don Quixote commemorative and eventually, in 1930, the celebrated Goya nude and the striking Columbus issues. Spain issued the world's first official stamp on 1st July 1854 and the world’s first war tax stamp in 1874. It has not issued a post due label.

In many cases, first airmails are definitive overprints, often with attractive cartoons of aircraft. Spain's is a prosaic example and in such cases I also show the first real airmail.


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original page March 2008
rewritten April 2013