PO Telegraph 3d

Telegraph stamps of the World

I started with just British Private Telegraph stamps, but I have now added
the rest of Hiscocks' book, including telephone stamps.

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British Telegraphs Canadian Telegraphs French Telegraphs German Telegraphs Spanish Telegraphs Portuguese Telegraphs Netherlands Telegraphs USA Telegraphs Telegraphs from the rest of Europe etc. Telegraphs from the rest of Europe etc. Contributions
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Foreword Contents Acknowledgements Introduction Stamp Printing Methods Scanners


This divides the world into manageable major sub-divisions.
most are further sub-divided.

Hiscocks' policy was to exclude stamps that were used for postal as well as telegraphic use.
For G.B. stamps I included this category and will also add them for other countries.


My plan is to dynamically update information, as new information is brought to light..
The world is a big place and you may come across items that I have not listed.
If you do, I would ask that you let me know about it/them, so that they may be added to the list.
I am of course happy to give due credit to anyone that can help.

For those interested in the broader History of Telegraphy, see The Telegrapher Web Page

There is now a wide range of screen sizes available for computers. Most images on this site are 300dpi.
I wanted to show a reasonable degree of detail, but if the images are an unsuitable size for your screen, be aware that it is adjustable.

In most browsers now you can press Control-Plus to magnify your screen and Control-Minus to make it smaller.


Current status of this section:
British Fairly complete. Price updates done.
Canadian Many images still need replacing, including telephone stamps.
Price updates done.
French Fairly complete. Price updates done.
German Fairly complete. Price updates done.
Spanish Spain itself fairly complete. Price updates done, but images still needed for
some countries, particularly Dominican Rep. and Puerto Rico.  
Portuguese Some images to replace, mostly for the Colonies. Price updates done.
Netherlands Fairly complete. Prices updated.
U.S.A. Telegraph stamps fairly complete. Telephone stamps Checklist done.
the rest Fairly complete. Price updates done, even for Scandinavia.

Telephone stamps are included.

There is a useful resource at Wikimedia Commons



Yes, I know it can be a problem keeping up with changes. For me, I make many small changes as I go along to the more than 100 pages.
It is impractical to list every minor detail. If you have a particular interest in an area, then why not get involved ?
One sure way to know what is going on in that area.

Latest changes.

4 March Belgium - Stationery added.
29 FebruaryNetherlands - Stationery added, more invited .
24 FebruaryMiscellaneous - Korea has been added. Not all Japanese telegrams were used in Japan.
29 JanuaryCanada - A lot of Frank Cards added, a couple of telegrams and an envelope.
28 JanuaryMiscellaneous - Turkey Extensive Stationery updates and Egypt some Stationery updates.
27 NovemberPhilippines - Additional images added and RH10b, plus some corrections to H12-22 and an identification aid for 1892-7 stamps.
21 NovemberMiscellaneous - Falkland Islands and Syria have been added.
20 NovemberMalaya - is now a new pagein its own right, having been removed from the Miscellaneous page due its having grown rather large.
31 OctoberIsrael - has been added to the Miscellaneous page. Only one item as yet. Anyone have more ?
25 OctoberMalaya - has been extensively updated with stationery for Straights Settlements, Federated Malay States etc.
21 SeptemberVenezuela - Two values added to the last set. (thanks François)
1 SeptemberPakistan - has now been added to the Miscellaneous page. Could do with more images / information.
16 AugustHong Kong / China - The Telegraph Stationery that were listed under Telegram Seals have now been moved here and tables added.
31 JulyYugoslavia - My Yugoslavian stationery has now been added. Can anyone fill any gaps ?
24 JulyYugoslavia - Web-page added and removed from the Russian page. This is in preparation for adding Yugoslavian stationery.
23 JulyItaly - Updates to information and images of stationery added.
21 JulyIndia Stationery - Updates and images to mostly forms and envelopes.
16 JulyIran - Updates and new images regarding varieties of the Red Lion and Sun stamps.
30 MayCeylon A major update to include items from the Taprobana Collection Auction. Thanks Huzi.
14 DecemberIndia Stationery - Split from the main page, re-arranged and greatly expanded.
28 November Miscellaneous - Malaya extended with images of a range of forms including Singapore and F.M.S.
9th. November USA Telephone Stamps Finally added a Checklist.
16th. August This Page - Updated.
3rd. July Peru - First RH number - RH3A to avoid re-numbering.
June Nicaragua - Further updates to 1937/1938 and Semana stamps re-numbered. 1904 - RH100 and RH101 switched around.
May U.S.A. - Significant updates to Western Union, particularly Business Franks and Charge Cards. Long Service Franks added.
April Miscellaneous - Images added and updates to Turkey.
March Scandinavia - Finally got to grips with Denmark, thanks to John Barefoot allowing use of his images. Thanks John.
February Nicaragua - Significant updates and images to many areas, with a lot of help from Clayton Rubec. Thanks Clayton.
→ September USA - Many small updates, of mostly Postal and WU.
AugustLuxembourg - Extensive updates regarding perforations and cancels.
AprilPanama - Extensive updates with extensive help from Federico Brid. Many new images, particularly of varieties.
February 5thScandinavia - Added Stationery.
February 2ndArgentina - Additions made to the Stationery section.
January 24th Eastern Telegraph Co. - Updates with more images of Eastern Extension stationery.
January 23 Nicaragua significant updates again, of the Railway Ticket stamp sections, including Bluefields.
July 2ndJapan - Prices updated and Checklist added.
June 2ndRussia - Significant updates of varieties, images and information.
May 16thHonduras - Significant updates, images and information.
2019→Feb. USA - There have been many small updates, some quite significant. e.g. ADT, Rapid, B&O, CommU, NMut, PacP, Postal, WU.
February 28thNepal - Further information added, particularly later usage. A couple of forms shown.
February 16thPortugal - Rearranged to better cover Correios e telégrafos stamps.
February 14thSpanish Guinea - Page added. It includes Fernando Poo.
May 15thHonduras - More images and information added.
May 14th Albania - 2 new Images added, with different imprints. Listing updated.
May 9th France - Quite a few Images added, including Telegraph 'Coupons' and Stationery.
April 23rd Bulgaria - Images added, including Telephone tickets.
April 23rd New South Wales - Images of stationery added. RH9 was also added recently.
April 22ndNatal - Quite a few new images added.
April 11 Ceylon - Information added on postmarks and 'CEYLON' overprint forgeries. More 1882-94 images added. Shortcut bar added.
March 13 Ecuador 'Tax Stamps' section added to cover types that may have been required for telegrams. 'Form' list expanded for other types.
March 12 Cuba 'Other' section added to cover telegraphic usage of postage stamps.
Sept. 4th I have added the page Miscellaneous. to the rest. It is for countries having telegraphic items but not specifically telegraph stamps.
July 22nd This page - I have added a search box at the top of the page. This is a free tool from FreeFind. It may add adverts. Comments invited.
July 16th Dominican Rep. - Very extensive updates over the past week. Very much a re-write. New series, and many new images.
Feb. 3rd U.S.A. - I have updated the prices for the Telephone stamps. A checklist is still needed for it though.
Jan. 31stEcuador - Addition of a section on pre-paid Telegram forms.
Oct. 14thEcuador - Yet more additions, some important, and re-numbered yet again.
Sept. 3rdCheckList Setup - The checklist project is maturing, feedback appreciated.
Aug. 18thBulgaria - Important images and information added about PCP issues (1901-1917).
Aug. 2ndGerman - Important images added and information on telegraphic use of later postage stamps.
July 31stParaguay - Important images added.
July 30thEl Salvador - Important images added.
July 1stSpanish - An unpriced section added to cover the 'Comunicaciones' snd 'Correos y Telegrafos' stamps.
June 28thGuatemala - Quite a lot of information added/corrected, plus a few new images.
June 26thBurma - New information and images added.
July 22ndCeylon - Improvements to the section on overprints, and new images added. The table now gives an image.
July 17thOther Australia - Page added with a couple of Australian Telephone stamps - Thanks Dave.
June 30thUruguay - Important updates - images and watermark information.
June 16thColombia - I have updated the prices, added currency selection and re-sequenced them.
Feb. 4thMexico - Newly added due to Telegram cards.
Feb. 1stPuerto Rico - Additional images added.
Jan. 18thCuba - Later section improved and a few images added.
Oct. 8thItaly - A new image added.
July 21stPortuguese - Many new images added.
Jun 15thBolivia - Extensive telegraph seal information added.
May 29thBrazil - Major update, new images added.


If you have any new information, or would like to correct errors,
please contact me with any relevant supporting scans (300dpi+).


Further information is always invited and welcome.

The use of the telegraphs was initially in North America and European countries which additionally
introduced them into their "sphere of influence" worldwide.

Not trying to make any political points here, I have done this on the basis of language, just trying to make things more manageable.



Comments, criticisms, information or suggestions are always welcome.


Please include the word 'Telegraphs' in the subject.


Last updated 4th. March 2024

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