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Some observations about stamp printing practises of Central American nations

The early years of Central American nations are best described with term ‘Banana republics’ (or as Wikipedia finely puts: ‘a country operated as a commercial enterprise for private profit, effected by the collusion between the State and favoured monopolies’). This practice applied not only to export products such as fruits or minerals, but also to stamp printing. The most well known example is the name of Nicolas Seebeck, who had stamp-printing contracts with several Latin American countries in the 1890s. As I’ve covered Seebeck stamps earlier, I’ll simply refer to check Seebeck reprints and Goddess of plenty – more about Seebeck reprints: However, Seebeck was apparently not the only entrepreneur to utilize collector interest to this region. Stamp catalog listings for early (pre-1940s) Central American states are usually mile long (with Nicaragua leading the pack). Despite large number of items, most are aesthetically speaking very nice looking (and usually of […]

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