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Posted 04/01/2011   8:32 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add Cjd to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
A few interesting British Guiana postmarks...

The first is Berbice Railway, a Traveling Post Office on the first railway in South America.



The second is H.M.P.S. which stands for His Majesty's Penal Settlement:



This is from the Essequibo Steamer, which ran until 1965:



I'm no expert on these, so all of this is subject to correction.
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Posted 04/01/2011   9:54 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add jhlovell to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
collin I got the railway in the first one but how did you identify which one?
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Posted 04/01/2011   10:02 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Cjd to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
My other choices were E.C., Demerara or R Georgetown. Had to end in "E" as far as I can tell...
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Posted 04/01/2011   10:48 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add jhlovell to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
If those are the only other choices then I got, cause it does end in E, thanks
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Posted 07/03/2022   2:13 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Trainwreck to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I'll give this thread a bump.

Here is British Guiana 4c definitive (Scott 232, S.G. 310b) with an E.C. (East Coast) Railway postmark.

Robert
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Posted 07/03/2022   5:17 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Bobby De La Rue to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I do know that 19th century British Guiana postmarks is a vast field.

I can only imagine how big the field is from the first half of the 20th century.

A fascinating area from a fascinating country!
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Posted 07/04/2022   12:59 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add rascal to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I found this stamp over 30 years ago In an old approval book. I was a member of the British Caribbean philatelic Society at the time and this postmark turned out to be the earliest known date of use. I assume by now someone is come up with an earlier date . The E C signifies East Coast the name given to the coast east of Georgetown generally referred to as the East Coast Demerara. The 5 indicates that it was used at Mahaica.
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Posted 07/04/2022   5:30 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add rod222 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Great find !
That's a first for me.
I'll try and look that one up in Billigs

Is the Month slug inserted incorrectly (October)

Have you tried Postmaster's reveal, for the red impression?
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Posted 07/04/2022   5:58 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Bobby De La Rue to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Hi rascal,

The information I have says this is still the earliest date.

That said, I'm not sure how up to date my information is!
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Posted 07/04/2022   6:57 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Just_fella to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Tumatumari,BG?
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Posted 07/04/2022   7:12 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Just_fella to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Mahaica,BG?
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Posted 07/04/2022   7:43 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add rod222 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Detail : 110 Miles POTARO


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Posted 07/04/2022   9:17 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add rod222 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply

Billigs
British Guiana and or Guyana, is not listed in the Bibliographic overview records.

Any members what Volume it would be in, if my records are not exhaustive?

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Posted 07/04/2022   10:59 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add 22crows to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
There are several early British Guiana postmarks shown in this exhibit:

http://www.bcpsg.com/exhibits/QV%20...0exhibit.pdf
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Posted 07/04/2022   11:24 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Bobby De La Rue to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Hi Rod,

Nothing in Billigs by the looks of it.

The two reference books I'm aware of are Proud's Postal History book and Townsend & Howe's Stamps & Postal History book.
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Posted 07/05/2022   12:04 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add rod222 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Thanks Jill, Bobby,
I guess Proud is always a good reference catalogue.
Surprised not mentioned in Billigs.

The pdf solved one of mine ENMORE

I was musing over the entymology of MORAWHANNA
being reminded of a lovely lass in DOC MARTIN Morwenna (Welsh" Waves of the Sea")

Extrapolated Postmarks found on British Guiana

Anna Regina
Arkaka
Belfield
Bourda-Georgetown
Buxton
Clonbrook
Demara Railway
E R (Essequibo River)
Enmore
Eversham
Fort Wellington
Georgetown
Good Success
Grove
Hackney
Mahaica
Mailboat Demara
Massarumi Steamer
Morawhanna
New Amsterdam
Nigg
Parcel Post Boxed Handstruck
Potaro
Providence
Railway EC
Registration GPO
Relience-canje
Skeldon
Sparta
Stabroek-Georgetown
Suddie
Tumatumari
Tuschen
Vreed-en-hoop
Wales
Wismar
110 MLS Potaro
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