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Colombia Airmail Stamps Not Catalogued As "Back Of Book"

 
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Posted 12/15/2021   11:47 am  Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add moneil to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
There may be a broader question that belongs in the "Main Stamp Collecting Forum", but my question fits here for now.

I checked out from my local library the Scott Standard Postage Stamp Catalogue 2022, Volume 2A C-Cur and have been identifying stamps from Colombia. Two of the stamps marked as "Aereo" I could not find in the airmail section of the Scott catalog:
Bicentennial of the Birth of Francisco Santander, Colombia $190, and
500th Anniversary of the Discovery of America, Colombia $230.

I knew that Colombia issues particular commemorate stamps or set in both regular postage and airmail forms, and the main part of the Scott catalog will reference the number(s) of the airmail version(s). Extrapolating the probable year of issue from the theme of the stamps I went back to the main section of the catalog, and behold:

Bicentennial of the Birth of Francisco Santander, Colombia $190, issued 4/2/1992 Scott #1047, with the note that Nos. 1047-1047A are airmail.

Discovery of America, 500th Anniversary, Colombia $230, issued 10/05/1992 Scott #1062, with the note that Nos. 1061-1063 are airmail.

Why were these airmail stamps not listed in the "BOB" airmail section with a C before the catalog number?

I also noticed that there are no recent Colombian airmail stamps listed "BOB", C907 11/27/98 being the last entry in the 2022 catalog. Perhaps some countries are no longer issuing separate air mail stamps as most "first class" regular postage will often or usually travel by air, but the two examples I gave from 1992 pre date the 1998 last airmail catalog entry.
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Posted 12/15/2021   1:36 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Trainwreck to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
My guess: Scott wanted to keep the set together in one place.

Robert
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Posted 12/15/2021   1:40 pm  Show Profile Check GeoffHa's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add GeoffHa to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
If you look in the web, you'll find that these are listed in other catalogues - Gibbons, Yvert etc.
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I have noticed this with a number of Latin American countries - starting in the 1970s, it seems Scott decided to assign regular numbers to air mail stamps that were part of a larger set, without the "C" prefix.
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Posted 12/16/2021   02:32 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add jbcev80 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Hi

gmot is right.

If a set contains Regular Issue and Air Mail, Scott started to list the Air Mails along with the Regular Issues. In the 2022 catalog there are no listed Air Mails after 1998 (Scott C907).

I looked on the 4-72 (Colombia Postal Site) and a cursory look showed no airmails. It will take a little more research to determine if Colombia is issuing Air Mails.

Jerry B



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