Rural Issues

Starting in 1922, Paraguay issued a series of stamps overprinted with the letter "c" (Campaña) to denote rural use. These stamps were sold at a discount of between 11% and 17% and were supposed to be for domestic mail only. Further, they were not to be used from Asuncion. Both of these requirements were seldom met.

In 1936 a decree was issued ordering the suppression of all the "c" stamps however, all stocks were to be used till exhausted.

Covers bearing these issues generally are from smaller towns are are not extremely common.

I am not aware of any proofs or essays for these issues.

All overprinting was done by the State Printing Office (Talleres del Estado) in Asuncion.

Issue of 1922

50 c

On 8 February an unknown quantity of this value was issued. The stamp is in carmine and dark blue with a large "C" overprint in red. The perforation is 11½

The only legitimate varieties I am aware of are a pale carmine overprint and a pair, imperf vertically. All inverted, double, front and back and all overprints in black are counterfeits.

1 Peso

This value was also issued on 8 February in an unknown quantity. The stamp is in dark blue and brown with a red overprint. A shade variety is in pale ultramarine and brown. There are no other legitimate varieties of which I am aware. As with the 50c value all inverted, double, front and back, and black overprints are counterfeits.

Provisional Issues of 1924

50c on 75c deep blue

The issue date and quantity are unknown to me. The earliest reference I have found for this stamps is in the July 1924 issue of The Stamp Lover.

The only varieties I record are an imperf pair and a double overprint.

1 Peso on 1.25P pale blue

Again, the quantity and issue date are unknown to me. The first reference I find for this stamp appears in the July 1924 issue of The Stamp Lover.

The only variety I record is an imperf pair.

1 Peso on 1.50P yellow brown

As with the other two value of this issue the date of issue and quantity are unknown. The first reference I have for this stamp is in the July 1924 issue of The Stamp Lover.

The only variety known is an imperf pair.

Issues of 1924-26

50c red

Issued on 29 September 1925. The quantity was 2,000,000. The standard perforation is 11½. This was first announced in the December 1925 issue of The Stamp Lover.

The only varieties I know are: perf 12, perf 12½, perf 12 x 12½, imperf pair.

1 Peso dark blue

The issue date was 19 September 1924. The quantity issued was 500,000. The first notice of this stamp I could find was in the December 1924 issue of The Stamp Lover.

I do not know of any varieties.

1 Peso dark blue

This stamp is Scott L8 or Gibbons 272. I have not found any information on the date of issue or quantity. Further, I have not found any notice in the philatelic press about it being issued. It probably was issued sometime in 1925. The standard perf is 11½.

The following varieties exist: perf 12, Imperf pair, pair without horizontal perfs.

1 Peso blue

This is Scott L9 or Gibbons 274B. The first reference to this stamp I have found is in the October 1925 issue of The Stamp Lover. I have no information on the date of issue nor of the quantity.

I do not record any varieties for this stamp.

1 Peso emerald

The first reference for this stamp that I have found is in the November 1926 issue of The Stamp Lover. I do not have any information on the date of issue or of the quantity issued. The standard perforation for this stamp is 12.

I record the following varieties: Overprint double (first reported in the Jan 1927 issue of The Stamp Lover); Overprint triple; pair, with and without overprint; pair - one with double ovpt, one without ovpt; pair - one with double ovpt, one with normal ovpt; Imperf pair; Imperf pair, double overprint; Imperf pair, one with and one without overprint.

Issues of 1927-39

50c ultramarine, red ovpt.

The earliest mention I have found of this stamp is in the 15 October 1927 issue of the Illustriertes Briefmarken Journal. I do not know the date of issue nor the quantity issued. The standard perforation is 12.

The following varieties are known to me: Watermarked Vencedor Bond, black overprint

50c dull red

I do not know the date of issue nor the quantity issued. There is a rose shade of this stamp.

I know of the following varieties: Watermarked Gloria Bond; pair - one with and one without overprint; Inverted overprint (on the rose shade); Inverted overprint, watermarked Gloria Bond; Imperf pair (rose shade); Imperf pair, watermarked Gloria Bond.

50c orange

At the time of this writing I have no information, nor do I know of any varieties of this stamp.

50c light blue

I do not know the date of issue nor the quantity issued for this stamp.

I record only one variety - Imperf pair.

50c gray

Again, I have no information on date of issue or quantity issued.

The following varieties are reported: Overprint double, imperf pair

50c bluish-green

Another stamp on which I have no information nor for which I record any varieties.

50c violet

The earliest reference to this stamp I have found is in the 27 October 1934 issue of Linns. The quantity issued was 1,500,000. I do not know the date of issue.

I do not record any varieties of this stamp.

1 Peso emerald

I have no information on the date of issue nor of the quantity issued.

The only variety I record is: Watermarked Gloria Bond.

1 Peso orange-red

I do not know the date of issue nor do I know the quantity issued.

I record the following variety: Pair, imperf horizontally

1 Peso lilac-brown

Again, no information on the quantity or date of issue.

The only variety I record is a double overprint.

1 Peso dark blue

And still again, no information on quantity or date of issue.

The only variety known to me is a double overprint.

1 Peso brown-violet

I have no information on the date of issue nor of the quantity issued.

The following varieties are known to me: perf 11½, perf 11. (Remember the standard perf is 12)

1.50 P brown

The earliest reference to this stamp I have found is in the 15 October 1927 issue of the Illustriertes Briefmarken Journal. I do not know the date of issue nor the quantity issued.

The following varieties are known: Double overprint (noted in Stanley Gibbons Monthly Nov 1928); Watermarked Gloria Bond; pair, imperf horizontally.

1.50 P lilac

I record that 2,000,000 copies of this stamp were issued, but I do not know the date of issue.

The only variety I record is a vertical pair, imperf horizontally of which two sheets were found. Thus only 200 pair can exist.

1.50 P dull blue

Another stamp of which I have no information. Further, I do not record any varieties of this stamp.

2.50 P bistre

I do not have any information on the date of issue nor of the quantity issued.

The only variety I record is a Gloria Bond watermark.

2.50 P violet

The earliest record I have found for this stamp is in the October 27, 1934 issue of Linn's. I do not know the issue date. The quantity issued was 750,000.

The only variety I record is a perf 11. (The standard is perf 12).

3 Pesos gray

Date of Issue and Quantity are not known to me.

I record the following varieties: Watermarked Gloria Bond; Watermarked Vencedor Bond; Overprint double.

3P rose red

I have no information on the quantity issued nor of the date of issue.

I know of the following varieties: Pair, imperf horizontally; pair, imperf vertically; perf 11½; perf 11; Perf 11 pair, imperf horizontally; perf 11 pair, imperf vertically; perf 11 x 12; Imperf pair.

5 Pesos violet

I have no information on this value nor do I record any varieties.

10 Pesos gray-brown

The earliest mention of this stamp I have found, is in the June 1936 issue of The Stamp Lover. I do not know the issue date nor the quantity.

I do not record any varieties of this stamp.

Issues of 1931-36

1 Peso light red

The earliest references I have found for this stamp are (1) Stamp Lover issue of October 1931 and (2) October 31, 1931 issue of Linn's. I do not have information on actual date of issue nor of quantity issued. The perforation is 12.

I record the following varieties: Star in circle at top left is incomplete; Imperf pair; Imperf pair with star in circle at top left incomplete.

1.50 Pesos deep blue

The earliest record I have found for this stamp is in the June 27, 1931 issue of Linn's. I do not know the date of issue nor the quantity issued.

I record the following varieties: CANON RO; Imperf pair; Imperf pair with CANON RO.

1.50 Pesos bistre-brown

The earliest mention I have found is in the 17 September 1932 issue of the Illustriertes Briefmarken Journal. The date of issue and quantity issued are unknown to me.

I note the following varieties: "c" inverted; "c" double.

1.50 Pesos green

Issued on August 27, 1934 the earliest reference I find for this stamp is in the October 6, 1934 issue of Stamp Collecting. I do not have a record of the quantity issued.

The only variety I record is a "c" inverted.

1.50 Pesos blue

I do not know the date of issue and the earliest reference I have found is in the April 1936 issue of the Stamp Lover. The quantity issued is also unknown to me.

I record the following varieties: "c" double; pair, imperf horizontally; pair, imperf vertically; perf 11; perf 11 pair, imperf horizontally; perf 11 pair, imperf vertically; perf 11 x 12; Imperf pair (the standard perf is 12).

10 Pesos vermilion

I do not know the quantity issued nor the date of issue.

I record only the following variety - Watermarked Indian Bond.


Local Provisionals

Issues of the colony of Carlos Pfannl

In late October 1945 Paraguay ran totally out of stamps. The government permitted a marking of "FRANQUEO-PAGADO" or "PAGADO" to be used in lieu of stamps. However, in District No. 4 (Villa Rica) circular #87 of 26 October advised postmaster to use the following "Remitado sin franqueo por carencia momemtaria de estampillas" (Sent without payment because of the momentary lack of stamps). At the colony of Carlos Pfannl, Sr. Juan Tischendorf used a typewriter to make up labels with the aforementioned words which were used like stamps. There are two "printings" of these locals. The first, in a quantity of 36, was issued on 4 November. The second, in a quantity of 42 were used during the 16th and 17th of November. A small quantity of the second issue which were not used were saved before destruction.

First Issue

White paper with blue lines on back, perf 10½
Horizontal lines
Vertical lines

Second Issue

On smooth paper, greenish-blue, with pale cream back
On white paper with vertical blue rays on back 1