“A Handbook of Panama Postal Markings thru 1950”

The Colombia/Panama Philatelic Study Group (COPAPHIL) announces the sale of “A Handbook of Panama Postal Markings thru 1950” edited by Jim Cross, editor of its quarterly journal, COPACARTA. Publication is planned for November 2003 in conjunction with the celebration of the centenniel of Panama’s independence. The handbook will contain actual size drawings of over 1300 postal markings, including approximately 470 town postmarks, 520 ancillary post office markings, 90 first flight markings, 75 markings of forwarding agents that operated in Panama, 90 paquebot markings found on mail from Panama and 30 markings of foreign consular agencies in Panama and markings of private transportation companies and the French Canal company.

There is also an appendix with detailed maps of Panama and a list of known and possible Panama post offices. The chapter on First Flight Markings includes details of all first flights from Panama thru 1950. Only six first day markings were used in Panama prior to 1950. These are illustrated. The chapter on First Day Markings also includes a list of Panama stamps issued thru 1950 with an indication of which have been recorded on first day covers.  The earliest recorded date on cover is shown for those not recorded on a first day cover. The chapter on registration markings also includes a table with the estimated annual volume of registered covers from the four Panama towns which originated the largest volume of registered mail. The handbook contains approximately 200 pages spiral bound with a soft cover. Copies are available for $30.00 in the United States, $35.00 in Canada and $40.00 to other foreign destinations. Prices include airmail postage. Send orders accompanied by a check or money order payable to :

P.O. Box 2245
El Cajon CA 92021

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