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Sunday, July 22, 2018

Bolivia - the 1925 Centenary of the Republic issue

1925 Scott 155 25c ultramarine
"Condor Looking Toward the Sea"
Into the Deep Blue
This is the second blog post examining the classical era stamps of Bolivia.

We reviewed the earlier issues with the preceding post....

Bolivia 1867-1916 - a closer look

Now, the reader is in for a treat!

What does one get if one combines Bolivian themes with an Art Deco stamp design?

The 1925 "Centenary of the Republic" ten stamp engraved issue!

We will also look briefly at some of the Bolivian air post stamps of 1924-1930.

A closer look at the stamps and issues
100 Centavos = 1 Boliviano
1925 Scott 150 1c dark green "Miner"
Art Deco has elements of cubism, and I think we can see that here with a very Bolivian topic, the "Miner"

Of interest, Scott has a note that the 1c and 2c values were not released for general use. Consequently, they are only valued as "unused".

1925 Scott 151 2c rose "Sower"
Bolivia has the highest proportion of indigenous ethnicity - Quechuas and Aymaras - in Latin America. I'm glad to see this stamp acknowledges that, as the "Sower" resembles a man from the Inca Empire.

Contrast this image with the female flowing robes "Sower" of France.

1925 Scott 152 5c red/green
"Torch of Eternal Freedom"
The stamp issue was printed by Perkins, Bacon & Co, of London. The CV for the ten stamp issue is very modest: <$1-$3 used; <$1-$6 unused.

1925 Scott 153 10c carmine/yellow
National Flower (kantuta)
The kantuta (Cantua buxifolia) grows in the Andes Mountains, and was considered a sacred flower by the Incas. It is the national flower of Peru, and one of two national flowers of Bolivia.

Kantuta tricolor variety- red,yellow, green: same colors as the Bolivian flag
The tubular flowers are small and delicate, and bloom in the spring. The evergreen shrub grows to 13 feet, and it will not survive with a temperature below 23 F (-5 C).

1925 Scott 154 15c red brown
"President Bautista Saavedra"
The least "art deco" imaged stamp is reserved for the Bolivian president of the time (1921-1925), Bautista Saavedra. Unfortunately, Bolivia has had its share of political turmoil with strong armed presidents, and Saavedra was one of them. He died in exile in Chile in 1939.

1925 Scott 156 50c deep violet
"Liberty Head"
This is one of the more striking images of "Liberty", don't you think?

1925 Scott 157 1b red
"Archer on Horse"
This image is probably a heroic pictorial symbol, note the "mas alto" (much higher).

But there actually existed the Chiriguanos of eastern Bolivia, a fearsome warrior ethos tribe, that acquired horses from the Spanish, and fought with bow and arrow.

1925 Scott 158 2b orange "Mercury"
The patron god of messages/communication (among other things), Mercury of roman mythology (Hermes -Greek mythology ) is depicted as 'quick", as one would ideally like with postal mail. Note the caduceus.

1926 Scott 159 5b black brown
"A. J. de Sucre"
Antonio Jose de Sucre y Alcala (1795-1830) was a leader of Venezuelan independence, the fourth President of Peru, and the first elected president of Bolivia. He was Simon Bolivar's chief lieutenant, and the capital of Bolivia, the city of Sucre, was named after him.

1924 Scott C3 25c dark blue & black
"Aviation School" (Scene one)
Bolivia has some quite attractive bi-color stamps. The first air post issue of seven stamps was released in December, 1924. This was to commemorate the establishment of the National Aviation School.

1924 Scott C1 10c vermilion & black
Block of Eight
CV for the issue ranges from <$1 to $20 used ($25 unused).

1924 Scott C5 1b red brown & black
"Aviation School" (Scene two)
I couldn't find much about the history of the Aviation School, but German residents, supported by the Bolivian government, started airline operations (LAB -Lloyd Aereo Boliviano) on September 23, 1925. The airline was nationalized in 1941, having remained under heavy German influence since the beginning.
1930 Graf Zeppelin Issue Stamps
Nos. C1-C5 Surcharged or Overprinted in Various Colors
Scott C11 5c on 10c vermilion & black, Green Surcharge
Scott C12  10c vermilion & black, Blue Overprint
Scott C15 25c dark blue & black, Red Overprint
Scott C16 50c orange & black, Red Overprint
Graf Zeppelin issue stamps were all the rage around 1930, including the United States. The United States issue (April 19, 1930 - Scott C13-C15) was for use of mail carried on the first Europe- Pan-America round trip flight of the Graf Zeppelin in May, 1930.

On May 6, 1930, Bolivia issued eight stamps (Scott C11-C18) for the flight of the airship between Europe to Brazil, and return via Lakehurst, New Jersey. The stamps used were from Nos. C1-C5, surcharged or overprinted in various colors.

The stamps have a relatively modest CV ( for Graf Zeppelins) of $20 for five stamps. But then, there are C18 ($350), C17 ($1,000), & C13 ($2,500)! And next the shenanigans start, with inverted overprints and double overprints minor number varieties, available (CV $50-$450).

Deep Blue
1924 Air Post Issue in Deep Blue
All the major Scott numbers for Bolivia have a space in Deep Blue (Steiner).

1924 Scott C7 5b dark violet & black
"Aviation School" (Scene two)
Out of the Blue
What a window into the national psyche stamps provide!

Note: Kantuta tricolor flower pic appears to be in the public domain.

Comments appreciated!

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