1919-20: Radio Station and Steam Train
* 1919 30c Radio Station SG 159 Sct.162 Domfil 918.1
* 1920 2c/30c Radio Stn. SG 163 Sct.166 Domfil 920.1
Major varieties on the 2c/30c (This surcharge was applied in two operations, with '1920' in Blue and '2 centavos'
---- Whole surcharge (date and value) inverted
---- 1920 omitted
---- 1920 Double
---- '2 centavos' omitted
----- SG, whose listing exactly duplicates that of the Guatemala 2 Handbook, also lists '2 centavos double' (not in Scott). I have not seen this.
Unlisted varieties on the 2c/30c :
-- '1' of '1920' with very short top serif (positions Row 2,4 and R.5,1 and R.6,2 - R.6,2 also with no serif to '2' in '1920')
-- '1' of '1920' with completely straight top serif (R.3,3)
-- '1' of '1920' with no serif at bottom left (R.6,4)
-- '2' of '1920' with no serif (R.8,5) Also: '2' of '1920' with very short serif in R.2,5 and R.6,2
-- '2' of '2 centavos' with no serif (R.2,3 and R.9,2 and R.9,3)
-- 't' of '2 centavos' without hook to the foot (R.10,2)
Two issues from 1921/22:
* 1921 (1 Sept) 15 Pesos Train on La Penitenciaria Bridge in Guatemala City SG 171 Sct.174 Domfil 921.5
* A Waterlow & Sons Proof / Colour Trial with punched hole. This, I imagine, is one of their salesmen's samples of the printer's artwork and quality, used in support of attempts to drum up new business.
* March 1922 12½c / 15 Pesos SG 181 Sct.187 Domfil 922.8
In the Spring / Summer of 1922, it would seem that there was a severe shortage of 25c stamps in Guatemala - or a wicked desire to extract lots of money from stamp collectors! There were two series of 25c surcharges, including the railway bridge in the first case (May) and both the Radio Station and the Railway Bridge designs in the second extravaganza (August)
The May 1922 surcharges have a small '1922', the figure '9' having a 'ball' at the end of its looped foot. There are FOUR types of figures 25, illustrated in catalogue order above:
25c / 15 Pesos (small 1922) with BLUE SURCHARGE:
* SG 184A Sct.190 First surcharge above (Domfil 922.11)
* SG 184B Sct.190a Second surcharge above
* SG 184C Sct.190b Third surcharge above
* SG 184D Sct.190c Fourth surcharge above
25c / 15 Pesos (small 1922) with RED SURCHARGE:
* SG 184aA Sct.191 First surcharge above (Domfil 922.11 DCS)
* SG 184aB Sct.191a Second surcharge above
* SG 184aC Sct.191b Third surcharge above
* SG 184aD Sct.191c Fourth surcharge above
Note: Both the blue and red surcharges are arranged in the sheet, such that it is possible to get a vertical strip of four stamps showing the four types (in the same order as above). The First and Fourth types are more common than the second and third types shown above
Sheet Format of the small 1922 surcharges (Guatemala 2 Handbook and SG use A B C & D for these):
We now move on to the second group of 1922 surcharges. shown below:
The August 1922 surcharges, all in BLUE, have a larger '1922', the figure '9' having no 'ball' at the end of its foot, which ends in a curve rather than a loop. There are FIVE types of figures 25, illustrated in catalogue order above:
25c / 30c surcharges (large 1922) Radio Station design :
* SG 185E Sct.195 First surcharge above (Domfil 922.12)
* SG 185F Sct.195a Second surcharge above
* SG 185G Sct.195b Third surcharge above
* SG 185H Sct.195c Fourth surcharge above
* SG 185I Sct.195d Fifth surcharge above
25c / 15 Pesos surcharges (large 1922) Railway Bridge design:
* SG 194E Sct.201 First surcharge above (Domfil 922.21)
* SG 194F Sct.201a Second surcharge above
* SG 194G Sct.201b Third surcharge above
* SG 194H Sct.201c Fourth surcharge above
* SG 194I Sct.201d Fifth surcharge above
In both the 25c/30c and the 25c/15P above, the first two types are quite common, the third type a little elusive, the fourth type scarce (only three per sheet of 100) and the fifth type is a genuinely rare stamp (only two per sheet of 100).
The format of the August printing is quite different and the smallest block which shows all five types is a block of nine stamps, illustrated below. being R3,8-10, R4,8-10 and R5,8-10 (= positions 28-30,38-40,48-50):
The sheet format for the large 1922 types is shown below (using Types E-I as per SG):
The total quantity printed of the 25c/30c is given as 200,000, of which only 2% were of type I and 3% of
The total printing for the 25c/15p (large 1922) was 90,000, giving only 2,700 of Type H and 1,800 of Type I. So, if you are having problems finding them, it is to be expected!
That is the end of the 1922 issues but I have added one more scan, showing a few later developments of the Guatemala City Railway Bridge design to round off the subject:
* 15 Pesos Black SG 210 Sct.216 Domfil 924.15. Similar to the 1921 issue but re-engraved with small design differences and now with imprint 'Perkins Bacon & Co Ld Londres'. Although still dated 1921, this stamp was issued in 1924.
* 15 Pesos Black SG 222 Sct.229 Domfil 926.11. Re-engraved again, especially the shadows in front of the bridge, now with imprint Waterlow & Sons Limited, Londres and dated 1926 at top right, the year in which it was issued.
Official Stamps: Both the 1924 and 1926 Railway Bridge may be found for Official Use. I do not feel competent to produce a complete listing of these. I know that the 1924 (dated 1921) issue comes with OFICIAL overprint in various colours and I know that both the 1924 and 1926 issues exist perforated OFICIAL with varieties in the number of holes. I am not sure whether the 1926 issue exists overprinted OFICIAL.
Finally, virtually all the surcharges and overprints on the bridge design in Black were made on the 1926 issue. However, the 1928 5c/15P (surcharged SERVICIO/POSTAL AEREO/ANO DE 1928/Q0.05) exists on both the 1924 and 1926 versions.
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