First Issues - 1868 to 1870

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St. Christopher

St. Christopher SG13 Sc9
[1st April 1870]
SG13 Sc9

Another island in the West Indian Leeward Island group, and Leeward Island stamps were used from 1890. The stamp shown is the same design as the #1 but with a different watermark. St. Christopher is also known as St. Kitts and has used stamps inscribed St. Kitts-Nevis and St. Christopher-Nevis-Anguilla.


Paraguay SG1 Sc1   Paraguay SG41 Sc31 Paraguay SG218 Sc201      
9th August 1870
SG1 Sc1
1892 SG41 Sc31
1911 SG218 Sc201
Independence Centenary
1929 SG345 Sc-C1
1930 SG385 Sc-B1
Red Cross Society of Paraguay
1886 SG-O32 Sc-O1
Post Due
1904 SG-D106 Sc-J1

South America, bordering Argentina, Bolivia and Brazil. The design of the first issue is described in Scott as ‘vigilant lion supporting liberty cap’. The first commemorative for Columbus’ 400th is a hand-stamped overprint sold only on the day of issue, not that expensive, but not yet found.

Alsace and Lorraine SG1 Sc8
Alsace and Lorraine
1870 SG1 Sc8

Occupation and Office Abroad issues

These are dealt with in detail in separate displays and, within the regular displays, mentioned with the entries for the issuing countries and highlighted at the end.

The significant occupation stamps in this period are from the Franco-Prussian War of 1870-71, issued by the North German Confederation for use in France, particularly in Alsace and Lorraine.


page written August 2013