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ARGENTINA

This is the country which seems to show the greatest variety in its telegram seals, in that there have been a number of telegraph companies operating and using their own seals.
It is also one of the only countries for which a comprehensive listing of such seals has been published.

 

Updates. The above was written by Steve Hiscocks.
I have found an Argentinial catalogue that lists Telegram seals
It is by Victor Kneitschel and dated 1958.
I have added a column for his reference numbers (VK).
I have added the prices from the VK catalogue, but multiplied
by 3 to give reasonable current GB£ pricing.

 

TELEGRAFO NACIONAL / REPUBLICA ARGENTINA

Seals-pg-9aa Seals-pg-9ab
#1 1888 #2 1889, 30.5mm

 

Seals-pg-9ac Seals VK 4
#3 30.9mm #4 30.3mm
No Face on sun and only short rays.

 

Hisc. Type. was VK Description Mint Used On telegram
H1 1 1 1 1888 Imperf. Blue 9.00 - -
H2 2 2 2 1889 Imperf. Dark blue. 6.00 - -
H2 2 2 2 Blue. 9.00 - -
H3 3 - 3 Imperf. Milky blue 6.00 - -
H4 4 3 4 Imperf. Milky blue 6.00 - -

 

 

DIRECTIÓN GENERAL DE CORREOS Y TELÉGRAFOS / REPÚBLICA ARGENTINA

'Phrygian cap' sideways, curved horizon.

Seals-pg-9ba Curved Curved
#5 1903, 34mm, curved horizon,
small sun looking forward. 20 lines behind cap.
#6 34.3mm, curved horizon,
larger sun looking left. 22 lines behind cap.
#7 1907, 34.7mm, curved horizon,
larger cap and sun looking right. No hyphens.

 

Hisc. Type. was VK Description - curved horizon Mint Used On telegram
H5 5 4 6 1903. Die-cut circle, Black / white. Large centre, small sun. 6.00 - -
H6 6 - 5 Die-cut circle, Black / white. Large centre, medium sun looking left. 9.00 - -
H7 7 - 7 1907. Die-cut circle, Black / white. Large centre, medium sun looking right. 3.00 - -

 

'Phrygian cap' sideways, nearly flat horizon.

Seals Arg-VK-8a Arg-VK-8b

Arg-VK-8a
Seals
#8 1909, 35mm
Rounded 'C' and 'G' in 'C
ORREOS Y TELEGRAFOS'.
8a
Accent more acute over 'Ú' and mark on 'T'.
8b Characteristics of 8a, and
additional mark over 'L' of 'TELÉGRAFOS'
H8b Characteristics of 8a, and
additional mark over 'L' of 'TELÉGRAFOS'

 

Seals-pg-9bb ARGENTNIA H9c
#9 1910, 35.4mm
Straight-back to 'C' and 'G'.
#9a 'ARGENTNIA'.
*#9A (H9c), 35.9mm
No accents on 'O' or 'E'.

 

Seals-pg-9cc
#10 (H10a) 1910-12, 35.8mm
Smaller lettering away from top perimeter.

 

Hisc. Type. was VK Description - nearly flat horizon Mint Used On telegram
H8 8 - 8 1909. Die-cut circle, Black / white. Large centre, large sun. Rounded 'C' and 'G'. 3.00 - -
H8a             Accent more acute over 'Ú' and mark on 'T'. - - -
H8b             Accent more acute over 'Ú' and mark on 'T' and additional mark over 'L' of 'TELÉGRAFOS'. - - -
H9 9 5 9 1910. Die-cut circle, Black / white. Large centre, large sun. 3.00 - -
H9a     9a       'ARGENTNIA' for 'ARGENTINA'. 9.00 - -
H9b     9b       1913 Blue(shades) / white. 6.00 - -
*H9c 9A - - Date? Die-cut circle, Black / white. Large centre, large sun. Without accents over 'O' or 'E'. - - -
H10 10 9 10 1910-12 Die-cut circle, Black / white. Large centre, large sun. 'Correos' moved inwards. 6.00 - -
H10a     10a       Blue shades. 6.00 - -

* Added due to example shown.

 

'Phrygian cap' front view, flat horizon (cap flops left unless otherwise stated).

VK-11 VK-12
#11 1915. Arms and hands partially shaded.
30 lines behind cap.
#12 1916. Arms and hands totally shaded.
23 lines behind cap.

 

Arg-VK-13 Seals-pg-9bc Seals-pg-10aa
#13 1918, 34mm Only arms partially shaded
30 lines behind cap.
#14 1920, 34mm Little shading on arms.
29 lines behind cap.
#15 1920, 34.3mm Rounded 'C' in 'Correos'.
The base of the sun is simply a line. Cap flops right. (29 lines)

 

VK-16 VK-17
#16 1919, 34.7mm   Ribbon in bow at base of sun.
'TI' joined in 'Argentina'. (27 lines)
#17 1931 Thin letters, poor printing. (29 lines)

 

Seals-pg-9ca Seal of 1934 VK 19
#18 1933-5, 34.2mm (smaller wreath, 22 lines) #19 1934, 34mm leaves below sun.
(33 lines)
#20 1938 as last but finer lines and
more shading on cap. (33 lines)

 

Seals-1939 Seals-1939 Seals-1939
#21 1939, 34.4mm (22 lines) #21 1939, 34.8mm (22 lines)
These are from congratulatory telegrams all used on 29 November 1939 to the same person. The first two have a mark on the spear, the last is slightly larger. These are similar to #18 but without the stippled shading.

 

Hisc. Type. was VK Description Mint Used On telegram
H11 11 - 11 1915. Die-cut circle, Black / white. Medium centre. Arms and hands partially shaded. (30 lines) 6.00 - -
H12 12 - 12 1916. Die-cut circle, Black / white. Small centre. Arms and hands totally shaded. (23 lines) 9.00 - -
H13 13 11 13 1918. Die-cut circle, Black / white. Small centre, small sun. Only arms partially shaded. (30 lines) 6.00 - -
H14 14 6 14 1920. Die-cut circle, Black / white. Medium centre, medium sun. (29 lines) 3.00 - -
- - 8   Merged with old #10 below (indistinguishable despite different description). - - -
H15 15 10 15 1920. Die-cut circle, Black / white. Simple line at base. Cap flops right. (29 lines, VK says 28) 3.00 - -
H16 16 - 16 1919 Die-cut circle, Black / white. Ribbon in bow at base of sun. 'TI' joined in 'Argentina'. (27 lines) 6.00 - -
H17 17 - 17 1931. Die-cut circle, Black / white. Thin letters, poor printing. (29 lines) 6.00 - -
H18 18 7 18 1933-5. Die-cut circle, Black / white. Small centre, medium shaded sun. (22 lines) 6.00 - -
H19 19 - - 1934. Die-cut circle, Black / white. Small centre, medium sun. Leaves below sun. . (33 lines) - - -
H20 20 - 19 1938-41. Die-cut circle, Black / white. Small centre, medium sun. More shading. (33 lines) 3.00 - -
H21 21 - - 1939-40. Die-cut circle, Black / white. Like #18, but no stippling. (22 lines) - - -

 

 

 

REPÚBLICA ARGENTINA / MINISTERIO DEL INTERIOR / DIRECTIÓN GENERAL DE CORREOS Y TELÉGRAFOS

VK-20 VK-21 Seals-pg-10ac
#22 1942   No shading in lower half of oval. (19 lines) #23 1942-4, 33.5 mm   Shading on arms and lower oval.
1942 printing has thick lines in oval. 1944 printing has thin lines. (20 lines)
#24 1944 33mm   Post horn.

 

VK-23a VK-23b
#25 1945-9, 33mm   Accent over 'U'.   This exists in two types:
In the first the letters 'C' and 'G' are oval, the tube of the horn is long and
narrow and the hanging tassels are together.
#25 1945-52, 33mm   Accent over 'U'.   This exists in two types:
In the second, the two letters are narrow, the tube is short and wider,
with the tassels separated. The thunderbolt differences are easier to see though.

 

Seals-pg-10bbb Seals-pg-10bbc
#26 1949-50, 33.9mm   No accent on 'U' of 'REPUBLICA'.
Slightly smaller letters.
#27 1951-2, 34.5mm   Design away from perimeter.

 

REPÚBLICA ARGENTINA / MINISTERIO DE COMUNICACIONES / CORREOS Y TELCOMUNICACIONES

Seals-pg-10ba
#28 1952-4, 33.8mm

 

REPUBLICA ARGENTINA / CORREOS Y TELCOMUNICACIONES / CORREOS Y TELCOMUNICACIONES

Arg3-DB-1
#29 1960, 32mm

 

Hisc. Type. was VK Description Mint Used On telegram
H22 22 - 20 1942. Die-cut circle, Black / white. No shading in lower half of oval. (19 lines) 3.00 - -
H23 23 - 21 1942-4. Die-cut circle, Black / white. Shading on arms and lower oval. (20 lines, thick or thin) 3.00 - -
H24 24 12 22 1944. Die-cut circle, Black / white. Post horn 3.00 - -
H25 25 14 23 1945-9. Die-cut circle, Black / white. Post horn in shield. Accent on 'Ú'. Type-1. 1.00 - -
H25 25 14 23 1945-52. Die-cut circle, Black / white. Post horn in shield. Accent on 'Ú'. Type-2. 1.00 - -
H26 26 - 24 1949-50. Die-cut circle, Black / white. Post horn in shield. No accent on 'U'. 1.00 - -
H27 27 - - 1951-2. Die-cut circle, Black / white. Post horn in shield, No accent on 'U'. Smaller center. - - -
H28 28 13 25 1952-54 Die-cut circle, Black / white. Post horn in shield, Ministry of Comunications 1.00 - -
H29 29 - - 1960 Die-cut circle, Black / white. Post horn in shield, 'Correos y Telecomunicaciones' - - -

 

 

MINISTERIO DE MARINA (Admiralty)

National Armada
#M1 1910, 35.5mm
ARMADA NACIONAL

 

Hisc. Type. was VK Description Mint Used On telegram
HM1 M1 - 81 1910 Die-cut circle, Black / white. ARMADA NACIONAL 3.00 - -

 

MINISTERIO DE MARINA - ESTACION RADIOGRAFICA

VK-82 VK-83 VK-84
#M2 1910, 29.3mm(lettering)
rays of sun broken.
#M3 1913, 28.2mm(lettering)
rays of sun complete.
#M4 1914, 29mm(lettering)
rays of sun shorter. Distinctive letter 'A'.

 

VK-85 VK-86 Marina-Station
#M5 1917
large hands, distinctive lettering.
#M6 1919
small hands, distinctive lettering.
#M7 1920-31, 34.5mm(whole seal), 28mm(lettering)
larger sun, shaded hands.

 

Hisc. Type. was VK Description - ESTACION RADIOGRAFICA Mint Used On telegram
HM2 M2 - 82 1910. black on white, rays of sun broken. 3.00 - -
HM3 M3 - 83 1913. black on white, rays of sun complete. 9.00 - -
HM4 M4 - 84 1914. black on white, rays of sun shorter. Distinctive letter 'A'. 6.00 - -
HM5 M5 - 85 1917. Scalloped, black on white. Large hands, distinctive lettering. 6.00 - -
HM6 M6 - 86 1919. Scalloped, black on white. Small hands, distinctive lettering. 6.00 - -
HM7 M7 - 87 1920-31 Die-cut circle, Black / white. Larger sun, shaded hands. 6.00 - -

 

 

VK-88 Marina-Servicio Seals-pg-10bc
#M8 1924, 27mm(lettering)
Servicio Radiotelegráfico
#M9 1931-7, 34.5mm(whole seal), 27mm(lettering)
SERVICIO RADIOTELIGRÁFICO
#M10 1952[?], 34.5mm
ESTACION RADIOTELIGRAFICA

 

VK-90
#M11 1936, 26mm ?
MINISTERIO DO MARINA / Buenos Aires

 

Hisc. Type. was VK Description Mint Used On telegram
HM8 M8 - 88 1924. Die-cut circle, Black / white. Servicio Radiotelegráfico 6.00 - -
HM9 M9 - 89 1931-7. Die-cut circle, Black / white. SERVICIO RADIOTELIGRAFICO 3.00 - -
HM10 M10 15 - 1952[?] Die-cut circle, Black / white. ESTACION RADIOTELIGRAFICA - - -
HM11 M11 - 90 1936. Blue / white. MINISTERIO DO MARINA / Buenos Aires (6 sun rays) 3.00 - -
HM11a             8 sun rays. 3.00 - -

 

 

 

Public Services

Encotel-perforated Encotel-rouletted
#P1 46mm(design), 1978. Perf. 13½ #P1 43mm(design), 1982-8. Rouletted 8

Encotel-1-detail   Encotel-2-detail
Apart from colour and perforation, these two differ in the way they were printed. These 3 factors may not all have changed at the same time.
There may be other combinations between these dates, as well as other changes before and/or after these dates.
ENCoTel - "Empresa Nacional de Correos y Telégrafos" state-owned company from 1972 to 1997.

 

ENCoTel was privatised in 1997, becoming "Correo Argentino", part of Sociedad Macri (SOCMA).

Seals-pg-10ca Seals-pg-10cb
#P2 49mm #P3 48.8mm (across text)

I have a telegram of Correo Argentino sent without seal, in an envelope in 2009.
Presumably these ceased to be used before that date. This company still operates.

 

Hisc. Type. was VK Description Mint Used On telegram
HP1 P1 - - 1978 Perf. 13½ Blue on white. Encotel. - - -
HP1a             1982 Rouletted. Blue on white. - - -
HP1b             1988 Rouletted 8. Light blue on cream. - - -
HP2 P2 16 - Perf. 11. Dark blue and yellow on pale blue. - - -
HP3 P3 17 - Rouletted 9½. Blue and orange-yellow on light blue. - - -

Hiscocks added the following note:

Note. Both 16 and 17 have 'Form No 3001/02-060-0628' reading upwards at the left.

 

GENDARMIA NACIONAL (Federal law enforcement)

Seals-pg-11aa Seals-pg-11a
#1 Date ? #2 1947, 32.5mm

 

Hisc. Type. VK Description Mint Used On telegram
H1 1 - Date? Perf. Orange-red, Gendarmeria Nacional. 4.00 - -
H2 2 96 1947. Perf. 10¾ Orange-red, Gendarmeria Nacional. 3.00 - -

Victor Kneitschel illustrates only #2, but describes it as orange, suggesting that he thought they were all the same.

Hiscocks added the following note:

Note. Several radio telegrams used by the War Ministry in 1947 and sealed with this seal have lately appeared on eBay.

 

 

Regional Telegraph Company Seals

Provincia de Buenos Aires

Seals-pg-11ba Seals-pg-11bb Seals-pg-11bc Seals-pg-11bd
#1 1915-20, 25mm #2 1930-47, 27.4mm #3 1921-36, 29mm #4 1962, 18.5mm

 

Hisc. Type. VK Description Mint Used On telegram
H1 1 51 1915-20, perf. 11¼, blue. (Imprint of Taller de Impresiones Oficiales.) 3.00 - -
H2 2 54 1930-47, perf. 12 x 11, claret (shades). 3.00 - -
H2a 2 53       Perf. 12½, claret (shades). 3.00 - -
H2b 2 52       Perf. 11½, claret (shades). - - -
H2c 2 -       Perf. 10¾, claret (shades). - - -
H3 3 55 1931, perf. 11½ x 11, violet. 3.00 - -
H3a 3 -       Perf. 10¾, violet (shades). - - -
H4 3 - 1921-36, Perf. 10¾, Accent on 'E' in 'TELÉGRAFO', blue to blue-grey (shades). - - -
H5 (3) ? 1947-49 No accent on 'E' in 'TELEGRAFO', light blue.
[This may be a confusion with VK52 (2). Perf. 11½, which might just be very weak]
9.00 - -
H6 4 - 1962 perf. 11½, blue (shades) on white. - - -
H6a 4 -       Perf. 11, blue (shades) on white. - - -

Hiscocks added the following note:

Note. There are several differences between #2 and #3 but the space around the wreath is the most obvious.
                Nos. 3 and 4 seem to have been reported as different seals but I suspect they are the same.
                All the violet seals I have seen have had the accent, which is very small, over the second 'E' and the
                only seals of that design without it that I have seen have all been of the quite different light blue colour.

 

Compañía Telegráfico - Telefónica Nacional.

This company does not seem to appear in the Argentinian listing but it certainly used a well-known seal as below and its company address was in Buenos Aires,
although they seem also to have operated in Uruguay (1931). The 'TT' in a box was the logo of the company.

Seals-pg-12a Arg-gj-TT1
#1 1924-6, 38mm #2 used in Santa Fé (Answer by TT).

 

Hisc. Type. VK Description Mint Used On telegram
H1 1 - 1924-26 Perf. 10¾ Blue. - - -
H2 2 - Imperf. Date? Black on orange. (Santa Fé) - - -

 

 

Provincia de Entre Rios

Arg-Ent-Rios-1a Arg-Ent-Rios-2a
#1 1949 #2 1954, 35mm

 

Hisc. Type. VK Description Mint Used On telegram
H1 1 - 1949 Die-cut circle, Black on white. 'Telegrafos y Telefonos'. - - -
H2 2 60 1954 Die-cut circle, Red, green, yellow and black on white. 'Telecomunicaciones'. 3.00 - -

 

 

Ejercito Argentino (Army)

VK-71, 72 VK-73
#1 39.6mm   'TROPAS' (Troops) #2 39.6mm   'TROPAS' (Troops)

 

VK-74
#3   'SubSecretaria'

 

Hisc. Type. was VK Description Mint Used On telegram
H1 1 - 71 Grey-blue. Perf.11 9.00 - -
H2 1 - 72 Blue-lilac. Perf.12 9.00 - -
H3 2 - 73 Green. Perf. 11½ 9.00 - -
H4 3 - 74 Black on white. Imperf. 6.00 - -

 

 

 

Railway (FERROCARRILES) TELEGRAPH COMPANIES

Hiscocks wrote: A number of these railway company seals have been reported but not yet seen.
Details and scans would be welcome for a future edition.

 

Ferrocarriles de Buenos Aires al Pacifico

Seals-pg-12ba Seals-pg-12bb
#1 35mm #2

 

Hisc. Type. VK Description Mint Used On telegram
H1 1 101 Die-cut circle. Red. 3.00 - -
H2 2 102 Perf.13½ Dark blue. 3.00 - -

 

 

FC Central Argentino

FCCA
#1

 

Hisc. Type. was VK Description Mint Used On telegram
H1 1 - - Perf. 11½ Indigo 3.00 - -

 

 

FC la Plata a Meridiano Quinto

VK-105
#1

 

Hisc. Type. was VK Description Mint Used On telegram
H1 1 - 101 Imperf. Black 3.00 - -
H1a   -         Tête bêche pair. 6.00 - -

The sheets were printed as 4 rows of 10 stamps.
Each row was inverted relative to the row above causing tête bêche vertical pairs.

 

 

FC Sud

Arg-F.C.SUD
#1 1939, 23mm.

 

Hisc. Type. VK Description Mint Used On telegram
H1 1 106 1939. Perf. 11½ Indigo. 1.50 - -

 

 

FC General Bartolme Mitre

Arg-FNGBM Arg-FCGBM
#1 23.9mm.
FNGBM = Ferrocarril Nacional General Bartolomé Mitre
(existed 1949-1956)
#2
FCGBM = Ferrocarril General Bartolomé Mitre
(existed 1956-1971)

 

Hisc. Type. VK Description Mint Used On telegram
H1 1 110 1949? Perf. 10¾ Lilac. FNGBM 1.50 - -
H2 2 - 1956? Rouletted 14¼ Bright Lilac. FCGBM 9.00 - -

The 1958 Kneitschel,Catalogue, volume II, page 547, does not list #2.
It lists postage stamps up to 1957 so perhaps this was not issued until after 1957.

 

 

 

FC General San Martin

Arg-FCNGSM-2 Arg-FCNGSM-1
#1 #2 33mm

 

Hisc. Type. VK Description Mint Used On telegram
H1 1 115 Rouletted. Blue "MINISTERIO" 1.50 - -
H2 2 - 1956? Rouletted. Blue "SECRETARIA" - - -

 

 

FC Nacional General Roca

According to wikipedia, Ferrocarril General Roca (FCCR), named after the former Argentine president Julio Argentino Roca,
was one of the six state-owned Argentine railway companies formed after President Juan Perón's nationalisation of the railway network in 1948.

Seals-pg-13b
#1 1959, 22.3mm

This was on a telegram of 1959, but they were probably in use earlier than that.

 

Hisc. Type. VK Description Mint Used On telegram
H1 1 - 1959, perf. 10¾, black on white. - - -

 

 

FC Argentinos General Belgrano

According to wikipedia, Ferrocarril General Belgrano (General Manuel Belgrano Railway (FCGMB)), named after the Argentine politician and military leader Manuel Belgrano,
was another of the six state-owned Argentine railway companies formed after President Juan Perón's nationalisation of the railway network in 1948.

General Belgrano Line
#1 1976

For Urgent Telegrams.

 

Hisc. Type. VK Description Mint Used On telegram
H1 1 - 1976, black on white. - - -

 

 

 

Casa de Moneda   RA-Sun wmk
This is described by JalilStamps.com as a "Proof made by Casa de Moneda of Buenos Aires, preparing a telegraph seal that was not issued.
Perforation 12½, gummed paper with RA in sun watermark." This watermark was in use 1928 to 1943. Kneitschel lists this also (Vol.2,Pg756).

 

 

Steve Hiscocks included the following advert. I see no reason not to repeat it.
Guillermo was helpful to Steve in preparing the original page and has continued to be helpful to me also, with many new images.
In addition he has supplied images to help with my Argentine Telegraph stamp page.


Seals-pg-14a

 

If anyone can provide scans to help with this, I am happy to give appropriate credit.

 

 

Comments, criticisms, information or suggestions are always welcome.
Contact:   Emale
Please include the word 'Seals' in the subject.

 

Last updated 3rd. Aug. 2017

©Copyright Notice: This work was originally started by Steve Hiscocks and is being continued by myself (Steve Panting).
For simplicity, my additions are under the same conditions as the original work by Steve Hiscocks.

 

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