Paper Heritage - El Salvador: Surcharges on National Theatre Issue (Tram Tracks)

There were ten postage values issued in 1916, 1c, 2c, 5c, 6c, 10c, 12c, 17c, 25c, 29c, 50c , all of which were also issued with overprint 'OFICIAL', showing the tram tracks outside the National Theatre in San Salvador. ( Postage SG 683-92, Officials SG O.694-703 ) Stamps were issued in sheets of 100 ( 10 x 10 ). Note: The Official stamps are overprinted in Blue or Red but each value only exists in one colour of overprint as per listings in main catalogues.

These stamps were surcharged extensively between 1917 and 1921 and the listings in most thematic catalogues are hard, sometimes impossible, to follow. There are numerous varieties on all the issues, and I have endeavoured to combine those listed in main catalogues with any other reliable information available. This is certainly not an exhaustive listing and collectors are invited to email me with any further varieties which they have personally seen.

I shall list these stamps, as per SG, in three groups, based on dates of issue. I have given SG, Michel and Scott numbers throughout. The Scott listings are much more extensive than SG or Michel. Where no catalogue number is given against a variety, it is not listed by the three catalogues consulted. Such additional varieties, however, have been seen by me personally or by a reliable source, except where otherwise indicated.

1. 1917 : Overprinted (2 with surcharge, 2 without) Corriente etc. (4 stamps)
2. 1918 : Surcharged ' 1 CENTAVO 1 ' and ornaments (CENTAVO in capital letters) ( 3 stamps ).
3. 1919-21 : Various surcharges, none with 'Corriente' nor having the word 'CENTAVO' in capital letters ( 9 + 1 stamps ).

1917 : The 5c and 6c Official stamps with additional overprint / surcharge::
[ __ ] 1c / 6c surcharged in Red: 1 / 1 1 / Un Centavo horizontally and with diagonal Bar through OFICIAL and CORRIENTE, diagonally also, in large letters (17 mms long) beneath the bar. (SG 703, Mi. 376 I, not in Scott - not seen by me)
[ __ ] 1c / 6c surcharged in Red as above but CORRIENTE much smaller (10 mms long) ( SG 704, Mi.376II, Sct.451 )
.. .. .. [ __ ] ditto, var. CORRIERTE (posns 93 and 98) ( Sct 451a )
.. .. .. [ __ ] ditto, var. CORRIENRE
( Sct.451b ) [ __ ] 5c overprinted in Red with diagonal bar through OFICIAL and Corriente ( in lower case letters ) horizontally below ( SG 705, Mi.370, Sct.450 )
.. .. .. [ __ ] ditto Corriente Double ( Sct 450a )
.. .. .. [ __ ] ditto Corriente Double, one diagonal
[ __ ] 6c overprinted in Red with diagonal bar through OFICIAL and Corriente horizontally below. ( SG 706, Mi.372, not in Scott, not seen by me )
Can anyone confirm, please, the existence of SG 703 ( Mi.376 I ) and SG 706 ( Mi. 372 ) above. .

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SG 704 var. CORRIENRE : SG 705 Corriente Double, one diag.: SG 707 Surch. Double, both invtd. : SG 709: Surch. Double

1918 : The 6c Postage stamp with various 1c surcharges, CENTAVO in capital letters :
[ __ ] 1c / 6c surcharged in RED with circles obliterating old value ( SG 707, Mi.377b, Sct.455 )
.. .. .. [ __ ] ditto Surcharge Double ( Sct.455a )
.. .. .. [ __ ] ditto Surcharge Inverted ( Sct.455b )
.. .. .. [ __ ] ditto Surcharge Double, both inverted
.. .. .. [ __ ] ditto Surcharge Double, one inverted (requires confirmation, not seen by me)
[ __ ] 1c / 6c surcharged in Black with circles obliterating old value ( SG 708, Mi.377a, Sct.454 )
.. .. .. [ __ ] ditto Surcharge Double ( Sct. 454a )
.. .. .. [ __ ] ditto Surcharge Inverted ( Sct.454b )
.. .. .. [ __ ] ditto Surcharge Double, both inverted (requires confirmation, not seen by me)
.. .. .. [ __ ] ditto Surcharge Double, one inverted
[ __ ] 1c / 6c Surcharged (in black) with small oblongs obliterating old value ( SG 709, Mi. 378, Sct. 452 )
.. .. .. [ __ ] ditto Surcharge Double ( Sct.452a )
.. .. .. [ __ ] ditto Surcharge Inverted ( Sct.452b )
.. .. .. [ __ ] ditto Surcharge Double, both inverted (requires confirmation, not seen by me)
.. .. .. [ __ ] ditto Surcharge Double, one inverted (requires confirmation, not seen by me)

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SG 710 Surch Double, one Invtd. : SG 713 with italic ' 2 ' at Top : SG 719 with normal ' cinco ' : SG 719 Both ' C ' in CinCo larger

1919 (or 1921 where shown) surcharges on ( a ) Postage Stamps:
Note: The symbol ' % ' has been used to represent a square block obliterating the old value in this section and the symbol ' * ' has been used to represent a circle used for the same task
[ __ ] 1c / 6c surcharged (in black): 1 / % % / 1 Centavo 1 (italic 1 twice at foot ( SG 710, Mi.379, Sct.453 )
.. .. .. [ __ ] ditto var. ' Centado ' for ' Centavo ' ( SG 710a, Sct.453a )
.. .. .. [ __ ] ditto Surcharge Double ( Sct. 453b )
.. .. .. [ __ ] ditto Surcharge Inverted ( Sct. 453c )
.. .. .. [ __ ] ditto Surcharge Double, one inverted
It is highly probable that the ' Centado ' variety is found in combination with the others above
[ __ ] 1c / 12c (postage) surcharged (in black) : % % / 1 / 1 Centavo 1 ( SG 711, Mi. 380, Sct.458 )
.. .. .. [ __ ] ditto Surcharge Double ( Sct. 458a )
.. .. .. [ __ ] ditto Surcharge Double, one inverted
[ __ ] 1c / 17c surcharged (in black) : 1 / % % / 1 Centavo 1 (no italic figures ' 1 ') ( SG 712, Mi. 382, Sct.457 )
.. .. .. [ __ ] ditto var. ' Cnetavo ' for ' Centavo ' ( SG 712a )
.. .. .. [ __ ] ditto Surcharge Double ( Mi. 382DD, Sct.457b )
.. .. .. [ __ ] ditto Surcharge Inverted ( Mi. 382K, Sct.457a )
.. .. .. [ __ ] ditto Surcharge Double, one inverted
It is highly probable that the ' Cnetavo ' variety is found in combination with the others above
[ __ ] 2c / 10c surcharged (in black) : 2 / * * / 2 centavos 2 ( SG 713, Mi. 383, Sct.459 )
.. .. .. [ __ ] ditto var. Italic 2 at top (posn. 80)
.. .. .. [ __ ] ditto var. Italic 2 at lower left (posn. 20)
.. .. .. [ __ ] ditto broken ' t ' in ' Centavos ' ( lower half of the letter completely missing )
[ __ ] 5c / 50c surcharged (in black) ( issued 1921 ) : % % / VALE / 5 Centavos / (bar) ( SG 714, Mi. 384, Sct.460 )
.. .. .. [ __ ] ditto surcharged in Yellow ( believed to be a colour trial )
[ __ ] 6c / 25c surcharged (in blue) ( issued 1921 ) : * * / 6 / SEIS ( SG 715, Mi. 386, Sct.461 )
.. .. .. [ __ ] ditto but surcharged in Red ( believed to be a colour trial )
[ __ ] 15c / 29c surcharged (in red) : % % / 15 / (bar) figures ' 15 ' 2.75 mms tall ( SG 716, Mi. 386 I, Sct.463b )
[ __ ] as above figures ' 15 ' 4.8 mms high and 4 mms wide ( SG 716a, not in Michel, Sct. 463b )
[ __ ] as above figures ' 15 ' 4.5 mms high and 3.5 mms wide ( SG 716b, Mi. 386II, Sct.463c )
[ __ ] as above figures ' 15 ' 3.9 mms high and 3.2 mms wide ( SG 716c, Mi. 386III, Sct.463d )
.. .. .. [ __ ] ditto Surcharge Double ( Sct. 463a ) ( Not known on which type or types this exists )
Note: In the measurements above, I have taken the width of the ' 15 ' across the middle of the number, taking no account of the serifs on the figure ' 1 '
[ __ ] 26c / 29c surcharged (in blue) : % % / 26 cts. / (bar) ( SG 717, Mi. 387, Sct.464 )
.. .. .. [ __ ] ditto var. ' t' in ' cts. ' inverted ( SG 717a )
.. .. .. [ __ ] ditto Surcharge Double ( Sct.464a )
.. .. .. [ __ ] ditto Surcharge Inverted (requires confirmation, not seen by me)
.. .. .. [ __ ] ditto Surcharge Inverted and ' t ' inverted, making 't' upright ( requires confirmation, not seen by me)
.. .. .. [ __ ] ditto Surcharge in Deep Green ( colour trial )
.. .. .. [ __ ] ditto Surcharge in Yellow ( colour trial )
[ .... ] 35c / 29c ( Not issued: listed by Scott in a footnote as ' An essay ' )
[ __ ] 35c / 50c surcharged (in black) : (bar) / 35 / Treinta y cinco / (bar) ( SG 719, Mi. 388, Sct.466 )
.. .. .. [ __ ] ditto var. both letters ' C ' in ' CinCo ' large (10 per sheet, one per row, including posns. 60, 80, 100, but not 70 and 90 )

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. SG 716, Mi. 386 I, Scott 463 : SG 716a, (not in Mi.), Sct. 463b : SG 716b, Mi. 386II, Sct.463c : SG 716c, Mi. 386III, Sct.463d

1919 surcharge on ( b ) Official Stamp:
[ __ ] 1c / 12c (Official) surcharged (in black) : % % / 1 / 1 Centavo 1 ( SG 721, Mi. 381, Sct.462 )
.. .. .. [ __ ] ditto Surcharge Double ( Sct.462a )
.. .. .. [ __ ] ditto Surcharge Double, one inverted

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