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.

Click here for a site-map.

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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. Contributions
Brit. Commonwlth Canadian French German Spanish Portuguese Netherlands U.S.A. the rest Contributions


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 start adding them for other countries.

There is a book 'TELEGRAPH and TELEPHONE Stamps of the World, a Priced and Annotated Catalogue' by S.E.R Hiscocks (1982)
that I have used for information and catalogue designations, copies are in short supply.
If you want it, try the link above and if none are available at a reasonable price, try the link
"Tell the Publisher! I’d like to read this book on Kindle"
if enough people do it might be made available electronically.

There is in addition another book by Hiscocks.
In his 1982 book, on page 365, Hiscocks showed examples of Telegraph Seals and expressed the wish to create a catalogue of them.
In 2007, Hiscocks self-published (in Woking) just such a catalogue ISBN 0950830135 (0-9508301-3-5).
Copies of this book appear to be in very short supply. However you can see it here: Telegraph Seals: A World Catalogue.

Updates to it are in progress.

Please note that the prices given in the Hiscocks tables was initially 1982 prices in GB Pounds Sterling.
I have been steadily bringing them up to day at enabling other currencies.

The Hiscocks 1982 book is long out-of-print and copies are hard to get at reasonable prices.

John Barefoot has produced "TELEGRAPH STAMPS of the WORLD", an update to Hiscock's book. Price: £30.00 + postage.
He says:
"In the catalogue, virtually all items are illustrated in full colour, some sections much expanded since Hiscocks,
with up-to-date pricing for mint and for used. 140 pages. ISBN 0-906845-70-X. Just published!"

Telegraph Stamps of the World

I have now obtained a copy and here are some points about it:

  Note 1. This is not an update of Hiscocks book, it is intended as a simplified up to date replacement for Hiscocks book.
Note 2. A few typos., as with most first editions. The pictures are full size colour. The updated prices are very helpful.
Note 3. Being simplified, there is a lot left out. However it does include a lot that Hiscocks did not and with a bit wider lattitude.
Note 4. Arrived very quickly, mine came from city-collectables which saved me money on postage being outside the UK.
Note 5. Considering the mammoth undertaking, very good value for money. It is hard to get a copy of Hiscocks book for this price and with
                colour illustrations and updated prices, it can quickly pay for itself if you are seriously interested in acquiring a Telegraph collection.

Alternatively there is the Stanley Gibbons "2013 COMMONWEALTH & BRITISH EMPIRE STAMP CATALOGUE", now £56 + postage.
which includes postage stamps and now Government Telegraph stamps.

Books however have many shortcomings:

1Books are expensive, especially if they have limited appeal.
2Books have illustrations in Halftone so you cannot see details.
3Books have most illustrations in glorious monochrome.
4Books are frozen in time, they do not update.
5Books cannot use online translation.

I would like to dynamically update information, using the power of the internet.
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.

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 Honduras, Nicaragua and Puerto Rico.  
Portuguese Some images to replace, mostly for the Colonies. Price updates done.
Netherlands Fairly complete. Prices updated.
U.S.A. A few images need replacing, plus quite a few telephone stamps. Price updates to do.  
the rest Fairly complete. Price updates done except for Japan and Scandinavia.

Telephone stamps are included.

There is a useful resource at Wikimedia Commons


Latest changes.

SeptemberChecklists - I started creating checklists, initially for myself, but others might find them useful. Feedback appreciated.
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 28th'Spanish influenced' - I have extended price updates to several other countries and plan to continue.
June 16thColombia - I have updated the prices, added currency selection and re-sequenced them.
May 24thIndia - Further updates and images to the telephone section.
May 24thIran - Further updates and many more images.
Jan. 19thEl Salvador - Information added on counterfeit 1874 type handstamps.
Mar. 27thBulgaria - I have added this due to obligatory tax stamps on telegraphs as well as mail.
Feb. 16thPhilippines - Additional images added, a couple of colour desciptions changed.
Feb. 4thMexico - Newly added due to Telegram cards.
Feb. 1stPuerto Rico - Additional images added.
Jan. 18thCuba - Later section improved and a few images added.
Jan. 15thEl Salvador - Completely rearranged and a some new images added.
Dec. 4thU.S.A. - Major updates to Telegraph stamps + re-numbering, but a few images still needed.
Oct. 8thItaly - A new image added.
Oct. 8thHonduras - Update on undated type.
Feb. 9thAlbania - added. These were telegraph franks used by occupying Italian forces in WWI.
Jan. 20thNatal - Two new images including a correction to H10.
Jan. 20thGerman - Bavaria now nearly complete, thanks Andrew. Links added for telegram seals.
Jan. 19thFrench - Now nearly complete, thanks Andrew. Links added for telegram seals.
Aug. 9thArgentina - Major updates with many new images added.
July 25thEcuador - Major update including corrections and new images added.
July 21stPortuguese - Many new images added.
July 11thBurma - A new set added with images.
Jun 22ndThis page - Updates to information about other books available.
Jun 15thBolivia - Extensive telegraph seal information added.
May 29thBrazil - Major update, new images added.
May 20thI have now finished re-creating Hiscocks' book online, including telephone stamps. Quite a few additions have been made.
Many old halftone images still need replacing and new material is welcome.
May 18thCanadian - Telephone stamps added.
May 4thSite Map. - Added to simplify navigation and provide an overview.
Apr. 27thNicaragua - Significant updates, still a lot to do though.


If you have new information, or would like to correct errors in either of these books,
please contact me with supporting scans (300dpi+) where relevant.


Further information is 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.

Contact:     Emale

Please include the word 'Telegraphs' in the subject.


Alternatively Yahoo Group Yahoo-Group is a forum.


Last updated 28th. Sept. 2016

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