Central and South American Stamps

The Stamps and Postal History

From the Mexican border downwards (and yes, we can argue that Central America begins at the Guatemalan border) to Chile, Tierra Del Fuego and Cape Horn the so-called ‘Latin American’ countries offer stamps collectors almost every type of philately, each with its own flavour. Perhaps you will think of the Colombian Airmails or the stamps of its early States, Brazil with her “Bullseyes” the world’s second oldest stamp, maybe smaller El Salvador, Costa Rica, Honduras and others will bring to mind the attractive 1890–1900 ‘Seebeck’ issues which allowed these little places new designs every year, or perhaps Venezuela with its complicated reliance on overprinting. Political turbulence and border wars, the reliance on air posts to cross mountain ranges, and a Canal with its own stamp–issuing zone?