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A is for Aden and Z is for Zanzibar... Now what is between? For the world wide classical era philatelist and stamp collector, a country specific philatelic survey is offered by the blog author, Jim Jackson, with two albums: Big Blue, aka Scott International Part 1 (checklists available), and Deep Blue, aka William Steiner's Stamp Album Web PDF pages. In addition, "Bud" offers commentary and a look at his completely filled Big Blue. Interested? So into the Blues...

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Chile - Bud's Big Blue

Acknowledgement of Receipt Stamp
Bud's Big Blue
Bud's Observations
Several friends have asked what I intend to collect having completed BB Vol I. Specializing in small, interesting country subsets might be the answer, taking the collection beyond the spaces BB affords in those specific areas. I’ve already done that for The League of Nations and found it absorbing. 

Chile presents several attractive possibilities for such specialization. Here’s my short list:

1.      Chile has more Christopher Columbus stamps than any other nation -- some with a floppy hat and some without, some youthful and some aged, some bearded some bare-chinned, often inscribed “Colon” but sometimes not. We don’t know what he actually looked like, but Chile made some reasonable guesses based on a portrait by Sebastiano del Piombo (1519) of a man said to be Columbus. Since Columbus has recently become unpopular -- some say he should be charged with crimes against humanity -- now might be the time to start a rogue collection.

2.     Acknowledgement of receipt stamps (Avis de paiement) were issued beginning in 1894 (see post header, an unissued example). These could add to the Columbus collection or combined with similar issues of other nations.

3.     In about 1911, Chile began cutting back on Columbus images and issued a series featuring their presidents. Changes in design, printers and printing methods make these interesting. See Scott  #s 98-112 and Stanley Gibbons #s 135-49.

4.   The philatelic remains left with Chile’s border disputes offer another possibility, as does Chile’s tangled history with the League of Nations. I’m inclined to start on the latter option.

An excellent, detailed Chile collection can be seen at:

Census: 166 in BB spaces, ten tip-ins, 51 on supplement pages

Jim's Observations
If you like the image of Christopher Columbus, you will love the stamps from 1853-1909. 

All Christopher Columbus. 

The one exception, the surcharged/overprinted 1904 Telegraph stamps, are highly amusing and entertaining. The rearing horse on the left side of the design sometimes has a mane and a tail, and sometimes not. Fun!

Chile Blog Post and Checklist

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  1. Hi Jim & Bud, while adding Chilean stamps to my BB, we were stuck with the 1877 & 1878 5 centavos stamps. On the first page there's twice the same 5centavos in your pages. We (my son and I) didn't understand until we (well my son - all credits to him) saw the difference, in the 1877 series the word "centavos"is in half moon format, while the 1878 version has the word "centavos" in normal vertically written.

    Is it done on purpose perhaps or just a small mistake?

    Best regards


    1. No, no mistake.

      The 1877 5 centavo panel is straight, while the rest of the 1877 stamps have a curved panel for the centavo.

      The 1878 5 centavo has a different design with the centavo panel below the "5".

      Yes, all similar, and you wonder why they bothered to change the design, but not a mistake.

  2. indeed, now I see the difference, thanks will have to go and verify what he put in my BB then LOL