First Issues - 1865 to 1867

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El Salvador

El Salvador SG1 Sc1 El Salvador SG52 Sc60 El Salvador SG771 Sc-C1   El Salvador SG-O170 Sc-O1  
17th January 1867
SG1 Sc1
1892 SG52 Sc60
Columbus 400th anniv.
1929 SG771 Sc-C1
1931 SG788 Sc-RA1
Obligatory Tax
1896 SG-O170 Sc-O1
Post Due
1895 SG-D107 Sc-J1

El Salvador 1930 Sc-C11 SG775
First real airmail
1930 SG775 Sc-C11

Blackburn (5, p.58) described El Salvador as ‘the smallest and most densely populated country in Central America’ and ‘the only Central American country with no Caribbean coastline’. After an initial series of pleasingly inexpensive overprints there were numerous attractive real airmail issues, the first of which is also shown. The 1931 Postal Tax stamps were to raise money to build a new post office in San Salvador.


Heligoland SG1 Sc1
1st March 1867
SG1 Sc1

An island in the North Sea, previously owned by Denmark, occupied by Britain since the Napoleonic Wars and ceded to Germany in 1890. The population was largely German and the stamps of Hamburg had been used prior to this issue showing Victoria in profile, printed in Berlin and using the island’s colours of red and green (as did all the nineteen stamps issued). The #1 is expensive, so I expect mine is a reprint.

Turks Islands

Turks Islands SG1 Sc1
1st March 1867
SG1 Sc1

The Turks Islands became a British colony in 1848, as did the nearby Caicos Islands. In 1867 they became a dependency under Jamaican administration, but continued to issue stamps until 1900, since when they have used Turks and Caicos Islands stamps.


page written August 2013