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I have recently had to add a couple to Hiscocks' list.
I have used RH numbers (Revised Hiscocks) for them to avoid confusion.
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According to Bill Glover, in 1888, La Société Française de Télégraphes Sous-Marin had Cables laid by
CS Roddam from:
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic - Willemstad, Curacao 453 nm.
Willemstad - La Guaira, Venezuela 161 nm.

I like to provide a map of the telegraph lines within each country, but this is proving difficult for Venezuela. Apparently the first telegraph line was between Caracas and the port at La Guaira (with a British Post Office) in 1856.
Apart from that I have found little. Normally telegraphy goes hand in hand with the railways, they needed each other. However, the railways didn't get started in Venezuela until 1877.
That was between the port of Tucacas, Falcón and the copper mining district of Aroa, a distance of about 145km, and a some way west of Caracas.
An 8km stretch was built between Maiquetía, La Guaira and Macuto on Venezuela's north coast in 1884 and a line from Caracas to Valencia (179km) was started in 1888 and completed (at great expense) in 1894.
La Guaira and Valencia can be seen on cancels below. Is that all there was?  At some point in time, radio-telegraphy would have come into use. Can anyone help with this ?



1896 White wove paper. No watermark. Perf. 12
All denominations show marked variations of shade.

H1 H2 H3 H4
Hisc. Type. Description Mint Used
H1 1 25c bright green 10.00 5.00
H2 1 50c pale bluish grey 15.00 5.00
H3 1 75c reddish violet 10.00 6.00
H4 1 1B orange-yellow 20.00 6.00
H5 1 2B blue 30.00 10.00
H6 1 3B rose 40.00 20.00

H5 used in Valencia H6 used with interesting cancel H1
H5 on piece cancelled in Valencia H6 with monogram type cancel Essay of H1 ?
Images courtesy of Rolf Lamprecht.


This first set was catalogued much higher than the later stamps.
Whereas the later stamps were rarely on the market and catalogued low. I have adjusted accordingly.


1924 Printed by Waterlow & Sons Ltd on white wove paper. No watermark. Perf. 12½

H7 H8 H9
Type 2  -  H7 Type 2  -  H8 Type 2  -  H9


H9 proof H10 H11
Type 2  -  H9 proof in violet Type 2  -  H10 Type 2  -  H11

Type 2  -  images courtesy of Rolf Lamprecht.

Hisc. Type. Description Mint Used
H7 2 5c brown-violet 50.00 30.00
H8 2 10c green 60.00 40.00
H9 2 25c rose-carmine 70.00 50.00
H10 2 50c blue 80.00 60.00
H11 2 1B grey-black 120.00 80.00


1932 Printed by Waterlow and Sons? White wove paper entirely covered with blue security pattern (Winchester Security Paper).
No watermark. Perf. 12 x 12½
These are rare. I have never seen a used example, but Yvert et Tellier happily price them (and the previous issue)
with used prices lower than the first issue, despite not being able to provide an image !

H15 proof
Type 3, Specimen of H15 in red with light blue security
underprint courtesy of Rolf Lamprecht
with details of security background shown below.
This is not the Winchester Security Paper.
It repeats the words "DIRECCION GENERAL".

Light blue Security underprint a

Light blue Security underprint b
Type 3, H16 in black with deep blue security
underprint courtesy of Rolf Lamprecht
with details of Winchester Security Paper
background shown below.

Dark blue Security underprint

This is clearly a different type.
I do not know if it was just on the high values,
or perhaps on all values, but at a later time.
Scott C18

This 1932 Air Post Stamp shows the
Winchester Security Paper Logo.
Perhaps it is no surprise that subsequent
issues didn't use it.

Image courtesy of treasurings-jewelry (click for listing).


Hisc. Type. Description Mint Used
H12 3 5c brown 80.00 70.00
H13 3 10c green 80.00 70.00
H14 3 25c carmine 90.00 80.00
H15 3 50c ultramarine 100.00 90.00
H16 3 1B black 120.00 110.00
H17 3 2B olive-green 150.00 140.00

Hiscocks added the following note:

Note. The above stamps are difficult to illustrate clearly because of the security pattern.
                The basic design is very similar to the 1940 issue below.


1940 Printed by American Bank Note Co. Similar to above, headed "E.E. U.U. DE VENEZUELA". Security pattern in pale blue.
No watermark. Perf. 12

1940 Type 4 5c1940 Type 4 10c
Type 4, H18 and H19 - courtesy of Rolf Lamprecht. I can see the security background as shown below on the 5c, but not on the 10c used 3 January 1949.
The high values of 1 Bolivar and above have a slightly different design, like the negative of the low values, and with the values drawn like the previous set.

ABC Security_Detail
Security detail from the specimen block shown below.
'EEUU' means United States.

RH #. Hisc. Type. Description Mint Used
RH18 H18 4 5c brown 50.00 40.00
RH19 H19 4 10c green 50.00 40.00
RH20 H20 4 25c red 75.00 65.00
RH21 H21 4 50c blue 100.00 70.00
RH22 H22 4 1B blue-black 90.00 80.00
RH23 H23 4 2B olive-green 100.00 90.00
RH24 H24 4 3B orange 120.00 100.00
RH25 - 4 5B dark violet 150.00 125.00
RH26 H25 4 10B orange-red 180.00 150.00
RH27 - 4 20B blue 200.00 180.00


ABC H21 proof ABC H22 specimens
H21 proof (part of larger piece)
courtesy of Rolf Lamprecht
Block of 4 specimens of H22.


ABC H18 Specimen   ABC H19 Specimen   ABC H20 Specimen
H18 to H20 Specimens courtesy of François Deschamps.

ABC H21 Specimen   ABC H22 Specimen   ABC H23 Specimen   ABC H24 Specimen
H21 to H24 Specimens courtesy of François Deschamps.

ABC RH25 Specimen   ABC RH26 Specimen   ABC RH27 Specimen
RH25 to RH27 Specimens courtesy of François Deschamps.


Hiscocks added the following note:

Note. Nos. 18, 19, 20, 22 and 23 were surcharged for postal use in 1951 (SG 886-890),
                but were not known to be used telegraphically so overprinted.


Here are some postally overprinted examples that at least illustrate some of the colours:

Ovp-1 Ovp-3 Ovp-2 Ovp-4
5c on 5c, 10c on 10c, 20c on 1b, 25c on 25c and 30c on 2b
1952 National Objectives Exposition.
5c on 25c and 10c on 1b
20c on 25c, 30c on 2b, 40c on 1b and 50c on 3b

Images courtesy of Rolf Lamprecht.
The 50c blue and 10b yellow-orange do not seem to have been overprinted.



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