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Posted 08/08/2017   6:35 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add rod222 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
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La Guaira (La Wayra?)

La Guaira is the capital city of the Venezuelan state of Vargas and the country's main port. It was founded in 1577 as an outlet for Caracas, 30 kilometres (19 mi) to the southeast

The Caracas–La Guaira highway is a highway that connects Caracas, the capital of Venezuela, to its principal port city of La Guaira, capital of the Vargas state.

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Posted 08/08/2017   7:31 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Rob Roy to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Does it mean that the steam boat mail service was part of the Venezuelan postal service? Or that the company's HQ was only located here, but sailed under another country?
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There's lots of info on this in the SG South America catalogue.

This service started in 1863 when Captain Robert Todd acquired the right from the Venezuelan government to carry mail between Caracas, La Guiara, Puerto Cabello and St Thomas.

He sold this concession and his ship to Blohm, Nolting & Co. of Curacao. They carried on the service and issued the first few sets of stamps starting in 1864.

In 1866 they in turn sold the concession to another Curacao company, J. A. Jesurun en Zoon. At first they used the same stock of stamps but then issued stamps in the final design which has their JAJ&Z initials in the centre.

The concession was sold again in 1870 to Cameron, Macauley & Co. of St Thomas but no new stamps were issued.

The service ended in 1873 because of competition from the British Post Offices in Venezuela.

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Posted 08/08/2017   9:11 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Rob Roy to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Thank you for the enlighting info.
So, that's why SG listed these stamps under Venezuela.
I understand that I'm holding 2 stamps from J.A.Jesurun and two from Blohm & Nolting.
Fascinating story.
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Posted 08/08/2017   10:27 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add rod222 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Thank you here too, Great Information.

The name is similar to the Spanish "La Aguera" a settlement off Mauritania.
I had them mixed when I first took up collecting.


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Posted 03/09/2018   9:58 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add tazzmann30 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
So maybe I missed it but did Scott Catalog have a listing for the 1/2 and 2 value?
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There's a nice article on Robert Todd's service and the stamps here:

http://www.mostlyclassics.net/phila...alStamps.pdf

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Wow, this forum has everything!

I found these 2 in a small group of Venezuelan stamps I just received. My googling led me straight back to this thread in this forum, and then to the article linked by Bobby De La Rue,

Interesting stuff. I'm suspicious of the red, medio real stamp however.

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Jay Smiths website also has some good examples, for reference, for most of these issues.
http://www.jaysmith.com/Lists/Danis...Cabello.html
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