Sellos Postales El Salvador: 1891 Volcano & Steam Train stamps.
1896 / 1897 3c Steam Locomotive : Stamps / Officials / Unadopted Proofs

The name Seebeck continues to cast a shadow over Latin American philately, well over a century after the demise of that gentleman's contracts with the postal authorities of Ecuador, El Salvador, Honduras Republic and Nicaragua. Given the plethora of 'agency' issues that have changed stamp collecting since the 1990s, Seebeck's behaviour may now be viewed perhaps as being really quite restrained!

Between approximately 1890 and 1900, Nicholas Seebeck of the Hamilton Bank Note Co., negotiated with the aforementioned four countries for the sole rights to produce their stamps. Under the contracts, he would supply new issues each year, without charge, to the postal authorities. At the end of each year, the stamps were demonetized (i.e. decreed invalid for postage) and the remaining stocks were returned to him.

The contract further stipulated that Seebeck could reprint the stamps, but only for sale within the philatelic market. This was one of the main reasons why, throughout the subsequent century, the stamps not only of these four countries but many other Latin American countries besides, had an almost second-class status unfairly bestowed upon them, often by many allegedly-knowledgeable philatelists. Even now, there are dealers and collectors who readily brand Latin American stamps as 'full of forgeries and reprints', even though the Seebeck period lasted but a decade and involved only four countries. In any case, reprints and forgeries are a common feature of much of the early philately of many parts of the world, especially Europe and the Far East.

As Seebeck had access to the original printing plates, identifying original stamps from the reprints can be very difficult, in some cases almost impossible. The main difference is in the paper that was used. Whilst we have provided some background information on this subject, we have not attempted to provide an in-depth study of the reprints.

This article is arranged as follows:
1. Stamps, Proofs & Colour Trials of the 1891 issue.
2. Postal Stationery : 1891 design.
3. Stamps, Proofs & Colour Trials of the 1896/97 issues.
4. Postal Stationery : 1896/97 design.

1. Sellos Postales : Postage Stamps : 1891

El Salvador 1891 Train Volcano sellos postales postage stamps El Salvador 1891 Train Volcano sellos postales postage stamps
Issued 1c of 1891; Undenominated Proof in Black & Imperf. Proof in Green (1c), both on India. 5c Proof on Laid Paper in Black.

1891 Issue:
Original stamps are on off-white paper of medium thickness with white or yellowish gum. Some gentle age toning may account for the yellowish gum. Reprints are on quite thick paper with brownish gum. Additionally, there are proofs, imperforate, in both issued and unissued colours on India Paper, which is a very white, rather thin paper.

SHADES: Michel, Scott and Yvert do not list any shades. SG gives three colours of the 2c, two of the 5c, two of the 11c, two of the 1p. We have simplified this into two 2c shades in the listing below. Where we have listed more than one shade, these appear to occur in quite similar quantities.

IMPERFORATE STAMPS: Michel footnotes that the 1c, 10c, 11c, 20c, 50c and 1 peso exist Imperforate. Scott and SG do not mention them; Yvert indicates that some values exist imperforate in their heading. Based on what we have seen, we are at present content to list these stamps as per Michel, although further research is perhaps needed, a comment which could reasonably be applied to all Seebeck-produced stamps.
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1891 ( Jan 1 ) Train & Volcano design. Engraved. Perf 12.
El Salvador 1891 Train Volcano sellos postales postage stamps

[ ... ] 1c Reddish-vermilion
[ ... ] - ditto - imperforate
[ ... ] 2c Yellow-Green to Green
[ ... ] - ditto - olive-green to sage-green
[ ... ] - ditto - imperforate
[ ... ] - ditto - pin-perf (almost sewing-machine perf, see footnote )
[ ... ] 3c Pale Violet
[ ... ] 5c Crimson
[ ... ] - ditto - Dull Brownish-Red
[ ... ] - ditto - pin-perf ( see footnote )
[ ... ] 10c Blue
[ ... ] - ditto - imperforate
[ ... ] 11c Violet (light to medium)
[ ... ] - ditto - Deep Aniline Violet (i.e.some of the ink showing through to the back of the stamp)
[ ... ] - ditto - imperforate
[ ... ] 20c Blue-green
[ ... ] - ditto - imperforate
[ ... ] 25c Yellow-brown
[ ... ] 50c Deep Blue
[ ... ] - ditto - imperforate
[ ... ] 1 Peso Yellowish Brown
[ ... ] - ditto - Sepia
[ ... ] - ditto - with control number on the back
[ ... ] - ditto - imperforate

The 'sewing-machine' type or 'pin-perf' perforations only occur on the 2c and 5c and are footnoted in Michel. Both are illustrated in the scan above.

El Salvador 1891 Train Volcano sellos postales postage stamps
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We have seen three of these control numbers, 228, 249 and 258, printed in greyish-green ink under the gum, all of them on 1 Peso stamps. Michel states that these controls only occur on the 1 Peso reprints.


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Imperf Between Pairs:
We have seen vertical pairs, imperf between, of the stamps thus marked. They all appear to be Seebeck reprints and are shown below. Other partial perforations probably exist.

El Salvador 1891 Train Volcano sellos postales postage stamps Colour Trials Proofs

[ ... ] 1c Reddish-vermilion Imperf Between (vertical pair)
[ ... ] 2c Yellow-Green to Green Imperf Between (vertical pair)
[ ... ] 5c Crimson Imperf Between (vertical pair)
[ ... ] 5c Dull Brownish-Red Imperf Between (vertical pair)

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PROOFS (with face values) on white India Paper : We have illustrated and listed those which we have seen, which were presumably created principally as colour trials. They are always without gum. Those marked with an asterisk (*) are either in, or very close to, the issued colour.

We do not claim that this is an exhaustive list but neither do we think that there are a large number more, at least for stamps with a face value. As for undenominated proofs, we have only seen one, in black, but others may well exist.

Additionally, we have seen a 5c in Black on Laid Paper, which we believe to be of a different status to the proofs on India Paper and this is therefore listed separately.

El Salvador 1891 Train Volcano sellos postales postage stamps Colour Trials Proofs
[ ... ] 1c Reddish-vermilion *
[ ... ] 1c Orange
[ ... ] 1c Deep Blue
[ ... ] 1c Deep Brown
[ ... ] 1c Deep Bluish-Green
[ ... ] 1c Violet

El Salvador 1891 Train Volcano sellos postales postage stamps Colour Trials Proofs
[ ... ] 2c Bright Yellow-green
[ ... ] 2c Olive-Green
[ ... ] 2c Chestnut
[ ... ] 2c Violet
[ ... ] 2c Deep Blue

El Salvador 1891 Train Volcano sellos postales postage stamps Colour Trials Proofs
[ ... ] 3c Pale Violet *
[ ... ] 3c Deep Violet
[ ... ] 3c Deep Brown
[ ... ] 3c Olive-brown
[ ... ] 3c Orange

El Salvador 1891 Train Volcano sellos postales postage stamps Colour Trials Proofs
[ ... ] 5c Crimson *
[ ... ] 5c Deep Blue
[ ... ] 5c Blue-green
[ ... ] 5c Bright Yellow-green

El Salvador 1891 Train Volcano sellos postales postage stamps Colour Trials Proofs
[ ... ] 10c Blue *
[ ... ] 10c Bright Blue
[ ... ] 10c Bright Yellow-green
[ ... ] 10c Olive-brown

El Salvador 1891 Train Volcano sellos postales postage stamps Colour Trials Proofs
[ ... ] 11c Deep Violet *
[ ... ] 11c Reddish-vermilion
[ ... ] 11c Deep Yellow-Brown
[ ... ] 11c Blue

El Salvador 1891 Train Volcano sellos postales postage stamps Colour Trials Proofs
[ ... ] 20c Blue-green *
[ ... ] 20c Green
[ ... ] 20c Reddish-vermilion
[ ... ] 20c Yellow
[ ... ] 20c Reddish-brown

El Salvador 1891 Train Volcano sellos postales postage stamps Colour Trials Proofs
[ ... ] 25c Yellow-brown *
[ ... ] 25c Deep Brown
[ ... ] 25c Orange-brown
[ ... ] 25c Reddish-vermilion
[ ... ] 25c Yellow

El Salvador 1891 Train Volcano sellos postales postage stamps Colour Trials Proofs
[ ... ] 50c Deep Blue *
[ ... ] 50c Carmine-lake
[ ... ] 50c Deep Violet
[ ... ] 50c Bright Yellow-green

El Salvador 1891 Train Volcano sellos postales postage stamps Colour Trials Proofs
[ ... ] 1 Peso Sepia *
[ ... ] 1 Peso Deep Yellow-green
[ ... ] 1 Peso Bright Chestnut
[ ... ] 1 Peso Bright Blue

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Single Proofs : 1891 Issue
The next two stamps are illustrated in the first line of scans at the top of this page. Other proofs on laid paper may well exist.

[ ... ] (-) Undenominated ( blank value tablets ) Proof in Black.

[ ... ] 5c Black on Laid Paper, Imperf.
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Composite Sheetlets on India Paper : 1891 Issue :
El Salvador 1891 Train Volcano stamps Composite Sheetlets on India Paper sellos postales Colour Trials Proofs El Salvador 1891 Train Volcano stamps Composite Sheetlets on India Paper sellos postales Colour Trials Proofs

El Salvador 1891 Train Volcano stamps Composite Sheetlets on India Paper sellos postales Colour Trials Proofs

[ ... ] 2c, 3c & 5c in Orange-Red, Composite
[ ... ] 1 Peso & 1 Centavo in Blue, Composite

[ ... ] 50c, 25c & Undenominated in Orange-Red, Composite

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1891 Surcharges on the train and volcano issue. Mi. 46-48, Scott 57-59, SG 49-51, Yv. 46-48.

There were three surcharges on the above issue, all produced locally by the Salvador Post Office out of genuine need, in response to a shortage of 1c and 5c stamps. There are two styles of surcharge for the 1c/2c, 1 centavo and UN CENTAVO. Information on the dates of issue, and even the sequence of the issues, is conflicting, depending on the catalogue chosen, but April and August are indicated. Based on the urgency with which the stamps were required, we consider it likely that the first 1c/2c issue (in April 1891) was the '1 centavo' surcharge, which is primitive and appears to be a handstamp, whilst the 'UN CENTAVO' surcharge is clearly machine-overprinted and is more likely to be the August issue.

Some notes (source unknown) that we have seen state that the original (Jan 1 1891) printing of the 1c was limited to an inadequate 50,000 stamps and that there was a decree dated April 1st 1891 which authorised the surcharging of 200 Pesos' worth of 2c stamps (10,000 stamps) with a new face value of 1c. The notes continue with the assertion that, towards the end of the year, some further 2c stamps were surcharged 1c, perhaps for use when sending out New Year cards.

The 5 CENTAVOS on 3c was produced under a decree of August 17th 1891, which authorised this surcharge upon 600 Pesos' worth of 3c stamps (20,000 stamps). The date of issue, August 1891, for this stamp is given by both Michel and SG.

Orientation of the Surcharges: On all three stamps, the NORMAL surcharge is diagonal, reading from North-West to South-East.

Issue believed to be from April 1891, surcharged '1 centavo'.
This surcharge has all the appearances of a handstamp, rather than a machine overprint, yet none of the catalogues that we have seen describe it as a handstamp. We have seen several variations of style and orientation of this overprint with colours varying from black usually with a hint of violet, to violet with a hint of black. If, as it appears, it is a handstamp, with 10,000 stamps requiring a surcharge, several different handstamps may have been used, combined with several different ink-pads. Some surcharges on the market appear be forgeries, even though the stamp is not one of great value. It certainly appears to be a stamp worthy of more research.

El Salvador 1891 Train Volcano sellos postales postage stamps Colour Trials Proofs

1 centavo / 2c Yellow-green to Green ( Mi. 47, Sct 57, SG 49, Yv. 47 )
1c / 2c Handstamped in Violet (with shades towards Violet-Black) [ . ]
- ditto - Handstamped in Black [ . ]
- ditto - surcharge inverted (in black-5th stamp in scan) [ . ]
- ditto - surcharge from SW-NE (6th stamp in scan; possibly a forgery?) [ . ]

Issue believed to be from August 1891, 1c/2c machine-overprinted, surcharge in Black.
El Salvador 1891 Train Volcano sellos postales postage stamps Colour Trials Proofs

UN CENTAVO / 2c (Mi. 46, Sct 58, SG 50/a, Yv. 46)
1c / 2c Yellow-Green to Green [ . ]
- ditto - on Olive-Green to Sage-Green [ . ]
- ditto - surcharge à cheval [ . ]

Issue of August 1891, 5c/3c machine-overprinted, surcharge in Black.
El Salvador 1891 Train Volcano sellos postales postage stamps Colour Trials Proofs

5 CENTAVOS / 3c ( Mi. 48, Sct 59, SG 51, Yv. 48 )
5c / 3c Pale Violet [ . ]

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2. POSTAL STATIONERY OF 1891

We provide check-boxes for mint and used. In general, mint postal stationery items of this period are inexpensive. Whilst some values are seen reasonably often in postally used condition, some of the envelopes, in particular, are scarce or even rare in used condition.

1891 : Postcards

As with many Latin American countries, message and reply postal stationery cards were sold joined together, providing the recipient with free return postage.

El Salvador 1891 Train Volcano enteros postales postal stationery El Salvador 1891 Train Volcano enteros postales postal stationery
Illustration of pair reduced by 50%

1c Black & Blue-Green on Grey [ . ] [ . ]
2c Black & Blue-Green on Yellow [ . ] [ . ]
3c Black & Blue-Green on Pink [ . ] [ . ]

Single Cards have no inscription up and down the sides. Double cards are inscribed Avec Réponse Payée / Con Respuesta Pagada on the message half and Para la Respuesta / Pour la Réponse on the reply half. Card colours are the same as for the above.

2c + 2c [ . ] [ . ]
3c + 3c [ . ] [ . ]

1891 : Envelopes

Seven different face values were used for the 1891 envelopes, each of which were printed on four different colours of paper. Additonally, the 1c on white paper exists in two types. When open and viewed from the back, the bottom flap coming up from the base of the envelope, displays two styles in the cut at top centre:

Flat top to flap, the flap measuring around 70-72mms in height.
Concave top to flap, the flap measuring around 68-70mms in height.

All the other values, 2c to 22c are solely of the flat top type.

El Salvador 1891 Train Volcano enteros postales postal stationery El Salvador 1891 Train Volcano enteros postales postal stationery

Face Value & stamp colour -> 1c Violet 2c Red 5c Brown 10c Green 11c Orange 20c Pink 22c Brown
On White Paper, flat top [ . ] [ . ] [ . ] [ . ] [ . ] [ . ] [ . ] [ . ] [ . ] [ . ] [ . ] [ . ] [ . ] [ . ]
On White Paper, concave top [ . ] [ . ] . . . . . .
On Yellow Paper [ . ] [ . ] [ . ] [ . ] [ . ] [ . ] [ . ] [ . ] [ . ] [ . ] [ . ] [ . ] [ . ] [ . ]
On Blue Paper [ . ] [ . ] [ . ] [ . ] [ . ] [ . ] [ . ] [ . ] [ . ] [ . ] [ . ] [ . ] [ . ] [ . ]
On Salmon Paper [ . ] [ . ] [ . ] [ . ] [ . ] [ . ] [ . ] [ . ] [ . ] [ . ] [ . ] [ . ] [ . ] [ . ]
. . . Mint and Used check-boxes provided.
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1891: Newspaper Wrappers (145 x 294 mms)

We have only ever seen these wrappers pre-folded horizonally (2 folds). Again, mint are quite common, used very scarce.

El Salvador 1891 Train Volcano enteros postales postal stationery

All are printed on a Deep Salmon coloured paper; the stamp colour is given below:

2c Red [ . ] [ . ]
3c Blue [ . ] [ . ]
6c Green [ . ] [ . ]
12½c Brown [ . ] [ . ]

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El Salvador 1891 Train Volcano enteros postales postal stationery El Salvador 1891 Train Volcano enteros postales postal stationery
Detail from the wrapper shown above and three proofs in the same design.

Proofs, including composite proofs, are found of the 'stamp' image used for the envelopes and wrappers. There have been suggestions that a postage stamp issue in this design may have been considered and that the proofs were made with this concept in mind. We have no firm evidence that this is true, but would welcome sight of any documentation which would support this view. The proofs that we have seen exactly mirror the face values of the postal stationery envelopes and wrappers, viz.1c, 2c, 3c, 5c, 6c, 10c, 11c, 12½c, 20c, 22c. Only one value, 2c, was used both for envelopes and wrappers. Postage stamps would have been needed in higher denominations than the proofs that we have seen.
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3. Postage Stamps : 1896/97 Steam Locomotive. Engraved. Perf 12.

Watermarks: The following 3c stamps exist with watermark 'multiple Cap of Liberty' or without watermark, as indicated below.

Reprints: The reprints are characterised as being on thicker paper but, as usual with Seebeck stamps, are very hard to identify with certainty. We provide information for each issue with regard to known reprints.

El Salvador 1896 3c Train Tren sellos postales postage stamps

Postage Values (1896):
1896 3c Yellow-Brown Steam Train with Watermark [ . ]
- ditto - Imperforate [ . ]
Reprints: NONE reported.

1896 3c Yellow-Brown Steam Train without Watermark [ . ]
Reprints: EXIST.
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Official Stamps (1896):
1896 3c Yellow-Brown Steam Train, oval opt FRANQUEO / OFICIAL with Watermark [ . ]
- ditto - Overprint Inverted [ . ]
Reprints (with upright overprint): EXIST.
The Overprint Inverted variety is listed by Scott (unpriced) and by SG at a very low price. We have never seen one.
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1896 3c Yellow-Brown Steam Train, oval opt FRANQUEO / OFICIAL without Watermark [ . ]
- ditto - Overprint Inverted [ . ]
Reprints: Reports regarding their existence are contradictory.
The Overprint Inverted is listed this time only by SG, again at a very low price and, again, we have never seen one.
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'Flying Saucer' handstamps:
Note on the so-called 'flying saucer' handstamps:
1. Handstamps in black are usually sharper than those in violet, where there is usually some ink-spread, producing wider lettering.
2. The 'normal' handstamp is applied from South-West to North-East.
3. The handstamp has been widely forged. Our images, including those shown on the next line of scans below, are of the genuine handstamp. All the forgeries that we have seen display some obvious differences from the genuine overprints shown in our scans.

1896 3c Yellow-Brown Steam Train, with 'flying saucer' handstamp in BLACK. With Watermark [ . ]
- ditto - Handstamp in VIOLET [ . ]
Other orientations of this handstamp on watermarked stamps are likely to exist.
Reprints: Some values of this set have been reported with genuine handstamps on reprinted stamps, but we do not know whether this applies to the 3c train value, either with or without watermark.
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1896 3c Yellow-Brown Steam Train, with 'flying saucer' handstamp in BLACK. No Watermark [ . ]
- ditto - Handstamp in VIOLET [ . ]
- ditto - Handstamp in Violet, Handstamp turned through 90 degrees.** [ . ]
** Note: Being a handstamp, other orientations on the unwatermarked stamps may well exist.
Reprints: The note under the watermarked version applies here as well.

The images below are provided to assist identification of genuine flying saucer overprints and also to display one of the more eccentric examples of printers' waste, overprint quintuple, one inverted!

El Salvador 1896 3c Train Tren sellos postales postage stamps El Salvador 1896 3c Train Tren sellos postales postage stamps

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1897:The 1897 issue differs only in the colour of the stamp, the date 1896 in the design remaining unchanged. Given the nature of the contract, by which stamps were demonetised at the end of each year, were the El Salvador public somehow expected to know which were the valid colours for the new year?

El Salvador 1896 3c Train Tren sellos postales postage stamps

Postage Values (1897):
1897 3c Brown Steam Train with Watermark [ . ]
Reprints: EXIST.

1897 3c Brown Steam Train without Watermark [ . ]
Reprints: EXIST.
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Official Stamps (1897):
1896 3c Brown Steam Train, oval opt FRANQUEO / OFICIAL with Watermark [ . ]
Reprints : We have no evidence that reprints on the watermarked stamps exist.
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1896 3c Brown Steam Train, oval opt FRANQUEO / OFICIAL without Watermark [ . ]
Reprints: EXIST.
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1896 3c Brown Steam Train, with 'flying saucer' handstamp in BLACK. With Watermark [ . ]
- ditto - Handstamp in VIOLET [ . ]
Other orientations of this handstamp on watermarked stamps are likely to exist.
Reprints: NONE

1896 3c Brown Steam Train, with 'flying saucer' handstamp in BLACK. No Watermark [ . ]
- ditto - Handstamp in VIOLET [ . ]
Other orientations of this handstamp on unwatermarked stamps are likely to exist.
Reprints: NONE

We have not seen genuine violet handstamps on the 1897 'flying saucer' 3c train but they are 'suggested' by the footnotes in most catalogues. However, catalogues are often very unspecific over whether all of the values in the set are found with both black and violet handstamps. There are 12 values in all of the 1896/97 sets, postage and official, of which only one, the 3c, is railway. Many footnotes for these stamps in catalogues are generalised and we have seen occasional articles in philatelic magazines where we doubt certain conclusions reached by their authors.
Whilst collecting with an open mind is always desirable, it is especially so with issues such as these, where material in any quantity is hard to come by and the country has generated an exceptionally low volume of authoritative published studies in philately.

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PROOFS (of the issued version) of the 1896/97 Steam Locomotive. Engraved.

There are two versions of proofs for the 1896/97 steam locomotive, one version with a semi-circular frame around the central vignette, the issued design, and an alternative, unadopted, version with a more rectangular frame. All proofs are ungummed. We shall look at the proofs in the issued format first.

We have scanned and listed below the proofs that we have seen. Others may well exist.

1. Composite proof sheetlets of 5c and 3c values on white (India) paper:
El Salvador 1896 3c Train Tren Die Proof stamp sellos postales postage stamps

5c & 3c Composite sheet in BLACK on India, file reference 978 [ . ]

5c & 3c Composite sheet in RED on India, file reference 978 [ . ]

5c & 3c Composite sheet in BLUE on India, file reference 978 [ . ]

We have also seen the 5c composite pair in Red (file reference 978) on cream-buff paper, affixed to white card. [ . ]
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2. Single Proofs (5c or 3c) on India Paper:
El Salvador 1896 3c Train Tren Die Proof stamp sellos postales postage stamps
We think it probable that all three stamps above would have been printed in composite pairs and then separated. The blue stamp is on cream, rather than white, paper, but we have not listed this separately. The new colour proof (new to those shown above) is a 3c in the colour of the issued stamp of 1896, the proof bearing printers' manuscript instructions/notes. We have assumed that it also comes from a pair and have provisionally listed the 5c in this colour accordingly.

3c Proof on India in Orange-Brown, file reference 978 [ . ]

5c Proof on India in Orange-Brown [ . ]
to be confirmed
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3. Undenominated single proofs on India paper:
El Salvador 1896 3c Train Tren Die Proof stamp sellos postales postage stamps

(Undenominated) in Red, file reference 958 [ . ]

(Undenominated) in Deep Grey-Green, file reference presumably 958 [ . ]

(Undenominated) in Blue, file reference 958 [ . ]

The proof in deep grey-green appears to be a cut-down version from the same 'stable'. Other colours may well exist.

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Unadopted Essay (produced in various colours).

El Salvador 1896 3c Train Tren Die Proof stamp sellos postales postage stamps

We have seen a number of proofs of the frame only and of the complete proposed stamp in the above design, all printed on India paper and affixed to thick card. The centre is identical to the 1896/97 stamps, other than in the detail of the left-hand mountain at left, which was slightly modified on the issued designs when the curved frame was chosen in preference.

Note, in the unadopted design, the lower left branch of the tree on the right, which just touches the base of the front carriage. The revised (and at right, cropped) frame chosen for the issued stamp largely eliminated the tree but left the end of the branch protruding into the issued design. No attempt was made to touch it out of the image, so that it appears on the issued stamp but now has the characteristic of a dark blemish.

We have seen the frames only in six different colours and the finished unadopted stamps in nine different colour combinations, for all of which we have provided scans and listings. It seems highly probable that others exist.

Unadopted Frame (proofs):
El Salvador 1896 3c Train Tren Unadopted Proof stamp sellos postales postage stamps
El Salvador 1896 3c Train Tren Unadopted Proof stamp sellos postales postage stamps

Unadopted frame only in Dark Green [ . ]
Unadopted frame only in Brown [ . ]
Unadopted frame only in Indigo Blue[ . ]
Unadopted frame only in Black [ . ]
Unadopted frame only in Red [ . ]
Unadopted frame only in Blue [ . ]
Unadopted frame only in Orange-Red [ . ]

El Salvador 1896 3c Train Tren Unadopted Proof stamp sellos postales postage stamps
El Salvador 1896 3c Train Tren Unadopted Proof stamp sellos postales postage stamps
El Salvador 1896 3c Train Tren Unadopted Proof stamp sellos postales postage stamps El Salvador 1896 3c Train Tren Unadopted Proof stamp sellos postales postage stamps

Whole Stamp in unadopted design (proofs):
Frame: Pale Blue-Green . . . Centre: Black [ . ]
Frame: Pale Blue-Green . . . Centre: Grey-Brown [ . ]
Frame: Sage-Green . . . . . . Centre: Deep Green [ . ]
Frame: Sage-Green . . . . . . Centre: Deep Grey-Brown [ . ]

Frame: Bright Yellow Orange . . Centre: Midnight Blue [ . ]
Frame: Deep Blue . . . . . . . . . . Centre: Midnight Blue [ . ]
Frame: Deep Orange-Brown . . Centre: Midnight Blue [ . ]
Frame: Bright Claret . . . . . . . . Centre: Grey-Brown [ . ]
Frame: Scarlet-Rose . . . . . . . . Centre: Brown [ . ]

Frame: Orange-Red . . . . . . . . Centre: Deep Green [ . ]
Frame: Yellow-Brown . . . . . . . . Centre: Deep Grey-Brown [ . ]

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4. POSTAL STATIONERY OF 1896/97

Only one colour was used for the postal stationery cards in the 1896 design, which we presume was in use throughout 1896 and 1897. We provide check-boxes for mint and used. For notes about the reply-paid double card, see the 1891 postal stationery section higher up.

El Salvador 1896 3c Train Tren Unadopted Proof stamp sellos postales postage stamps El Salvador 1896 3c Train Tren Unadopted Proof stamp sellos postales postage stamps
Above: The left-hand scan is of a single card; the right-hand scan shows the message side of a complete reply card handstamped 'CANCELLED', a handstamp reportedly applied to Specimen stationery.

El Salvador 1896 3c Train Tren Unadopted Proof stamp sellos postales postage stamps
Above: The right-hand card is inscribed as the Message Half, the left-hand side for the Reply. Single cards have neither inscription.

1896/97: 3c Blue single Postcard, printed on Deep Salmon. [ . ] [ . ]

1896/97: 3c + 3c Blue Message+Reply Postcard, printed on Deep Salmon. [ . ] [ . ]

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We finish with a commercial picture postcard of a railway in El Salvador (not postal stationery). Interesting cards depicting railways in El Salvador are very scarce. This is one of the very few that we have seen, an advertising card for a pharmacy or pharmacy products showing a steam train in a rural setting that may well be posed.

El Salvador 1991 Train Volcano sellos postales postage stamps Colour Trials Proofs

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