Monday, March 21, 2011

Mexico -Postal history and stamps from my collection

Mexico is a country located between the north and south Americas, bordering USA in the north, Guatemala, Belize, and the Caribbean Sea in the southeast, and the Pacific Ocean in the south. Spread over an area of some two million square kilometres, Mexico is the 5th largest country in the Americas (by land mass) and 14th largest independent nation in the world. Going by the population, with some 111 million Mexicans, it is world’s 11th most populous country.

The postal history of Mexico dates back to 18th century, when Spain established a postal system in Mexico when it conquered areas under present Mexico. Mexico issued its first adhesive stamp in 1856 with distinct overprints, which is considered as a unique feature to avert theft of postage stamps. Today Mexico ranks very popular amongst stamp lovers for its innovative and classic stamps. The stamps of Mexico of the period of Mexican Revolution (1910-20) and modern Exporta issue (1975-83) are very popular owing to their size, paper used, watermarks and perforations. Owing to the popularity of Mexican stamps of the era of 1856, 1861 and 1867, many forged stamps have been found in the market.

The stamps of Mexico in my collection figure out of a period after the 1950. Prominent are the definitive stamps issued between 1950-1975, specially the "Architecture and Archaeology" series (second column from the left above). Many of the stamps from this series were re-printed time and again with differences in perforations, paper and colour.


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