"TOO LATE" STAMPS.
September 1st 1932
Only one "too late" stamp has been issued in the British Empire. This appeared in
Victoria in 1855, and was issued to pay the excess rate of 6d. charged on late letters.
see the woodblock issues including the "FALSCH" forgery here:http://www.stampsofvictoria.com/wood.php
It was a rather crude stamp, engraved on wood blocks, and was issued imperforate. The
design shows the head of Queen Victoria and the words "Victoria, Postage stamp," all
printed in lilac, with the addtion of the words "Too late" and "Sixpence" printed in green.
It is a scarce stamp, and at present is catalogued at £4/10/-.
In the Central American Republic of Columbia special stamps inscribed "Retardo" (too
late) have been in use from 1886 to date. From 1886 to 1902 these stamps were of 2.5c centavos value. In 1902 a 5 centavos stamp was introduced, in 1914 a 2c. one, and in
1921 stamps of 3c. and lOc. The total number of varieties to date is 17. Since 1903 the
Republic of Panama has also issued too late stamps, inscribed "Retardo." The values
are:—1903, 5c.; 1904, 2|c.; 1916, Ic.
Note: this is not to be confused with "Too late" as an auxilliary marking (rubber stamp) on cover.
This would suggest the cover was too late for inclusion in certain mails.
SGL0129 (1899) TL40 2.5c too late gen cordova
columbia opt panama (not mine)