Monday, October 29, 2012

1947 Special Delivery Stamp

A 20c special delivery stamp engraved by the American Bank Note Co. was issued on December 22, 1947.

The stamp shows a mail messenger riding on a bicycle with the Manila Post Office in the background.

First Day Cover

Sunday, October 28, 2012

1947 NAPEX

The Philippine Philatelic Club sponsored the National Philatelic Exhibition (NAPEX) held in Manila November 28-30, 1947. An imperforate souvenir sheet showing a block of four 1c Manuel Quezon stamps was issued on November 28, 1947.


 First Day of Issue

Post Office Cachet


First Day Cancellations 

Two first day cancellations were available for this issue: the Manila Post Office cancel and the Exhibition Hall cancel.

Manila Post Office


Exhibition Hall Postal Station


First Day Covers

Overseas Mailers


1947 ECAFE

The United Nations Economic Commission for Asia and the Far East (ECAFE) was established in 1947 to facilitate action for the economic reconstruction of Asia and the Far East countries devastated by war. The second session of ECAFE was held from November 24 to December 6, 1947, in Baguio, Philippines.

The Philippine Bureau of Printing produced a set of three stamps to mark the Commission's Baguio session. Issued on November 24, 1947, the stamps were available perforated and imperforated .




First Day of Issue

Official First Day Cachet

First Day Covers

Manila Postmark

Baguio City Postmark

Baguio City and "The Mansion"

Baguio City is located at an altitude of 1500m in the cool Luzon tropical pine forests. The second session of ECAFE was held at the newly reconstructed "Mansion House" in Baguio City. Built in 1908 by American authorities and the official summer residence of U.S. Governor-Generals, the Mansion was damaged during WWII and rebuilt in 1947. Since then the Mansion has served as the holiday home and working office for each President of the Philippines during his or her visits to Baguio.

Since 1947, The Mansion has served as the holiday home and working office for each President of the Philippines  during his or her visits to Baguio.

Friday, October 26, 2012

1947 Quezon-Roosevelt Airmails

On August 19, 1947, the Republic of the Philippines issued a set of air mail stamps which featured portraits of Presidents Manuel Quezon and Franklin D. Roosevelt.

The issue, engraved by the American Bank Note Co., consisted of three denominations: 6c, 40c, and 80c.


Quezon and Roosevelt

The Path to Philippine Independence 

In 1934, at the urging of Manuel Quezon,  the U.S. passed the Philippine Independence Act which provided for self-government of the Philippines (Commonwealth of the Philippines) and full independence (Republic of the Philippines) following the 10th anniversary of the establishment of the Commonwealth. The Constitution of the Republic of the Philippines was approved by U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt on March 23, 1935

 Roosevelt signing the Constitution of the Republic of the Philippines, March 23, 1935.
Manuel Quezon at Roosevelt's side.

Quezon was elected president of the Commonwealth in 1935.

Quezon Exile in Washington : 1942-1944

When Japan occupied the Philippines in 1942, President Quezon fled to the United States to lead the Commonwealth Government-in-exile. Quezon suffered from tuberculosis and died at Sarancac Lake, New York on August 1, 1944.

 File:Quezon Roosevelt.jpg
 President Quezon, with some of his family members welcomed in Washington, D.C.
by President Roosevelt

First Day of Issue

The stamps were issued on August 19, 1947, the anniversary of Manuel Quezon's birth.

Post Office First Day Cachet


Commercial First Day Covers


(Not in author's collection)

1947 World Peace Day


 On August 6th, 1945, an American bomber dropped the world's first atomic bomb over Hiroshima City. The entire city was devastated by the heat and shock waves of the blast, producing numerous civilian casualties.

In 1947,  Hiroshima held a Peace Festival to promote lasting peace to people around the world. 

World Peace Day Philippines Cover

A "World Peace Day" cachet was  applied to the above cover cancelled at Manila on August 6, 1947. I do not know if the cachet was produced by the Philippines Bureau of Posts. 

Thursday, October 25, 2012

1947 Definitives Part 3

The third and final installment of the pictorial definitive stamp series was issued on August 1, 1947, consisting of a 4c value featuring the Rizal Monument and a 1p stamp with the "Colonnade of Palms" image used on the 50c value issued earlier in the year.

4c Rizal Monument

Rizal monument

In 1901, construction of  a monument to honour Jose Rizal was approved by the United States Philippine Commission. Unveiled in 1913, the Rizal Monument in Luneta Park, Manila, consists of a standing bronze sculpture of Rizal, with an obelisk as a backdrop, set on a pedestal upon which his remains are interred.

1p Colonnade of Palm Trees

The 50c stamp with the same design was discussed in an earlier post.

First Day Cover

The 4c and 1p stamps were issued on August1, 1947, the third anniversary of Manuel Quezon's death.

1947 First Anniversary of Independence

On July 4, 1947, The Bureau of Posts issued a set of three stamps (4c, 6c, 16c) to commemorate the first anniversary of the Republic of the Philippines. The stamps, produced locally by the Philippine Bureau of Printing, depict the swearing-in of Manual Roxas, first President of the Republic, on July 4, 1946.

 Photograph of the swearing-in ceremony 

Artistic licence was taken by the stamp designer.

Official First Day of Issue Cachet

First Day Covers