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COLONIAL MAIL PERIOD
1757-Nov 27, 1821
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Entire folded letter endorsed for pre-payment "Franca a la mano", mailed from
Panamá to Guayaquil, Ecuador and struck with superb strike of contracted
PANAMÁ handstamp in brown. The entire thanks the addressee for the
receipt of 5'000 pesos and urges the prompt payment of the rest of the debt.
The first Spanish Period postmark of Panama. This is the oldest Colonial Period
letter from Panama.

Last Known Location Fritt-Water Lannge Collection
Feb 19, 1777

Santiago Nuñez
Guayaquil
Galeria Filatelica of Barcelona
29 June 2004
lot 1033

CORINPHILA
Sep 27, 2013
lot 430211000¬+17%
Stamps of PANAMA
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REGISTRO DE EMBARQUE del Paquebot Nuestra Sra. de los Dolores circulado
desde PANAMA a GUAYAQUIL. Marcas en el frente PANAMÁ y FRANCA y
firma manuscrita del Administrador de Correos de Panamá ´Bernabe´,
indicando que había cobrado el porte de ´18´ reales. Defectos habituales en
la envuelta. PIEZA EXCEPCIONAL, se trata del Registro de Embarque mas
antiguo conocido de America Central y del Sur y uno de los poquisimos
conocidos durante el periodo Colonial Español. Ship's register envelope of the
packet boat "Nuestra Señora de los Dolores", following the maritime route
from Panama to Guayaquil, very attractively handstamped by Italic "Panamá."
& "Franca." postmarks in red, rated "18" reales in manuscript which were
paid by the sender, as per postal rules for this document, and postal clerk's
signature in centre. Small portions of back flaps lacking, some wrinkles and
closed vertical tear, of no significance for this, the only ship's register cover
recorded emanating from Panama
1798

Guayaquil
Soler y Llach

Feb 15, 1995
lot1237

May 28, 2004
Lot 1237

May 17, 2017
Spink Lot 202



Undated folded letter with black "PANAMÁ" postmark, to Cartagena, Colombia".
Same marking as that of 1777 dated letter.
ca, 1777

Lorenzo Maxin
Cartagena
Soler & Llach

19 Jun 1991
lot 4418
$3335+15%



Red straigh Line h.s. PANAMÁ on folded letter 1788ca entire to Camilo Torres,
Santa Fe (Bogota) m.s. "16 ½" rate, entire restored in center, FINE strike, in
1978 DeVoss believed it was the earliest recorded until recently when the
1777 letters were found. Earliest recorded with this straight marking.
Mar 7, 1788

Camilo Torres
Santa Fe
Sotheby Parke Bernet
Oct 25, 1978
lot 2149

Soler y Llach
Nov 8, 2004
lot 230



Lettersheet with traces of vinager which was used to desinfect it. Ex-
Londoño With a red "PANAMÁ FRANCA" to Buenaventura.
1792

Buenaventura
Corinphila
3-5 Oct 2001
lot 6617



Envuelta de PANAMA a CADIZ. Marca lineal PANAMÁ.
ca 1800

Juan Josse de La Presilla

Cadiz
Soler y Llach

Nov 8, 2004
lot 232



FRONTAL con parte del dorso circulada de VENEZUELA a GUATEMALA.
Marca estampada en tránsito PANAMÁ, indicación manuscrita ´Del Capitan
General de Maracaibo y tasa manuscrita "7 1/2" reales.
ca 1800

Cabildo de la Ciudad, Guatemala
Soler y Llach

Mar 10, 1998
Lot 2034

Nov 8, 2004
Lot 231



Red Straight Line h.s. PANAMÁ FRANCA on folded letter to Camilo de la
Torre, Santa Fe, 30 Agosto 1807.
Ago 30, 1807

Camilo de la Torre
Santa Fe
Soler y Llach

May 8, 2000
Lot 2764
 
Red Straight Line h.s. PANAMÁ on folded letter to Tomas Mosquera, Bogota,
28 Junio 1808.  Ex-Santa Maria
Jun 28, 1808

Tomas Mosquera
Bogota
Soler y Llach

Oct 20, 1992
Lot 240




PANAMA a SANTA FE. Carta completa con texto. Marcas PANAMÁ y VYVA
FERNANDO 7 Marca patriotica. Carta excepcional y extraordinariamente rara.
Rata doble por ¾ de onza "5" reales a mano. NOTA: En 1809 as Tropas
Francesas invadieron EspaHa, el Rey D. Fernando VII fue capturado y
encerrado en prision. Muchas de las entonces colonias de America
estamparon en las cartas fracesas patrioticas de apoyo al Rey de Espana.
1809 June 30.
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PANAMA to SANTA FE. Entire letter. PANAMÁ and VYVA FERNANDO 7
patriotic. Very rare. Rated "5" reales in manuscript for a double letter under ¾
ounce in weight. NOTE: In 1809 Spain was invaded by French Army and King
Fernando VII imprisoned. In several former Spanish colonies of America,
patriotic marks were handstamped on thefront of the letters to support the
King.
Jun 30, 1809

Camilo Torres
Santa Fe
Soler y Llach

12 Oct 2000
lot 249

CORINPHILA
Feb 27, 2013
lot 4265
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Red Straight Line h.s. PANAMÁ on folded letter to Señor Don Miguel Pizano,
Lima (Peru) m.s. "4 1/2" rate, FINE strike, June 19, 1811, delivered by
"Paquebot Carmen".
Jun 19, 1811

Señor Don Miguel Pizano, Lima
eBay

8 Sep 2003
lot 2949157672
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London, England to Lima, Peru. Via Panamá and Guayaquil, Ecuador.  Red
Straight Line h.s. PANAMÁ on folded letter to Señor Don Santiago Rodriguez
y Martinez m.s. "4 1/2" rate, FINE strike, November 19, 1811
Nov 19, 1811

Señor Don Santiago Rodriguez y
Martínez
Lima
Soler y Llach
Feb 4, 1999
Lot 2592
Nov 8, 2004
Lot 233
Oct 24, 2005
1 Jul, 2008
Lot 819



London, England to Lima, Peru. Via Panamá, Straight Line PORTVLO of
Portovelo (COLON). One of 2 covers known with this marking during the
colonial period, this one being the one with the most clear marking.
Nov 19, 1811

Don Señor Santiago Rodriguez y
Martínez
Lima
Soler y Llach
Feb 4, 1999
Lot 2593
May 28, 2004
Lot 1238
In 1713, the Viceroyalty of New Granada (northern South America) was created in response to other Europeans trying to take Spanish territory in the Caribbean region. The Isthmus of Panama was placed under its jurisdiction. But the remoteness of New Granada's capitol Santa Fe de Bogotá proved a greater obstacle than the Spanish crown anticipated as the authority of the new Viceroyalty was contested by the seniority, closer proximity, previous ties to the Viceroyalty of Peru in Lima and even Panama's own initiative. This uneasy relationship between Panama and Bogotá would persist for a century and lasted until November 28, 1821 when Panama got independece from Spain and joined to the Republic of Colombia.

Not many folded letters/covers for this period have survived. Four classes of mail service were offered, paid letters, unpaid letters and official mail. The earliest colonial markings were hand stamps for the town name usually a port name
PANAMÁ or PORTVLO, FRANCO or FRANCA (paid). There is one known private mail from Chagres, Panama.

Via Panamá: Three known covers two through Panama and one through Portovelo two of them to Lima seem to come from the same sender and on the same date 19 Nov, 1811 also one to Cadiz from Lima.
From Panama to Bogota 1, Buenaventura 1, Cartagena 1,  Fuenterravia 1, Santa Fe 4, Lima 5, Cadiz 2, Madrid 2, Guayaquil 2, Guatemala 2 and Havana 1. By country Colombia 8, Peru 5, Spain 4, Ecuador 2, Guatemala 2 and Cuba 1.
From Colon to Panama 1
From Chagres to Nicaragua 1 privately

There are probably others hidden in an attic or in someone's collection that have not surface to the public.




Red Straight Line h.s. PANAMÁ on 22 May, 1813. It is two sheets of paper
folded together. You can see the address and also the docketing by the
sender which includes the date. The PANAMA strike is rather faint - it was
done in red. There is a slight hole and tear in the back of the outer sheet,
which does not affect the contents. Otherwise it is in quite good condition for
its age. It is the only colonial Panama cover sent to Havana. Ex-DeVoss
May 22, 1813

Clemente y Charo
Havana
DeVoss
23 Oct 1978
lot 2150

COPAPHIL
Feb. 2006
Lot 167



PORTOVELO (Later COLON) to PANAMA. Entire letter with red PORTVLO.
Originated from Portovelo
Feb 16, 1816

Ignacio Perez de Soto
Panama
Afinsa

Oct 12, 2000
Lot 250



Dated folded letter with straight line PANAMÁ in red, postmark used from
1807 to the late 1820’s. With manuscript “4” (reales) rating.
Nov 19, 1816

Pedro Villa y Juan Suero
Lima
Soler y Llach

Oct 12, 2000
Lot 250



Panama to Lima.  Letter with a very interesting context about the gold
extraction rights in this province.  Straight Line PANAMÁ dessinfected, spots
produced by the vinager used for the desinfectation.  With manuscript “4”
(reales) rating.
Sep 7, 1816

Mario de Guisasola
Lima
Soler & Llach

8 May 2000
lot 2765



Red Straight Line h.s. PANAMÁ on folded letter to Jose Antonio Errea, Lima
(Peru) m.s. "4" (reales) rate, FINE strike, January (Enero) 12, 1818.
Jan 12, 1818

Antonio Errea
Lima
eBay

8 Sep 2003
lot 2949157712



Entire letter from Lima to Cadiz, Via Panamá, sent by ship to Panamá and
thence across the isthmus and mailed with superb strike of PANAMÁ in red,
thence on to Cadiz (normally the route was via Cuba at this date). Handstruck
1o.R.” (Reales) charge marking applied on arrival in Spain in red.
Sep 9, 1819

Pedro Buliente
Cadiz
Soler y Llach
Feb 15, 1995
Lot 1936

Galeria Filatelica of Barcelona
29 June 2004
lot 1035

CORINPHILA
Feb 27, 2013
Lot 4304



Prestamp: E.L. from Panama to Lima endorsed "Bergn. Pelican" with fine
straight line PANAMÁ in red m.s. "4" (reales) rate. Endorsed as sent on 17
August and received on 6 October.
Aug 17, 1819

Manuel Ignacio de Santiago
Lima
Brian Moorhouse

April 2012
lot PA/16866/C



Panama to Madrid, Spain.  PANAMÁ straight line postmark on entire folded
letter, rated “7R” (Reales) upon arrival in Spain.
Mar 6, 1820

Ignacio Perez de Soto
Madrid
Soler & Llach

8 May 2000
lot 2766
 
Red Straight Line h.s. PANAMÁ FRANCA on folded letter to Camilo
Torres, Santa Fe, 2 Diciembre 1808.
Dec 2, 1808

Camilo Torres
Santa Fe
Soler y Llach

Jun 19, 1991
Lot 4420

Mar 10, 1998
Lot 2035



Red Straight Line h.s. PANAMÁ on 30 Octubre, 1812.
Al Muy Ilustre Cabildo y Regimiento de la ciudad de Guatemala. Manuscrito 17
reales
Oct 30, 1812

Al Muy Ilustre Cabildo y Regimiento
de la ciudad de Guatemala
Unknown
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Earliest known letter from Chagres, Panama.
Entire letter written from Chagres near Panamá, addressed to Robert Hodgson
"if he should stop at Corn Islands" (off the Nicaraguan coast). Without postal
markings, but interesting letter in English: "Dear Bob, If this finds you at Corn
Islands you will of course see what I write to Capt. Rose or any other Captain
that may come there on my account. I am now going to Guatemala on a very
good footing, and in a very few months shall be at the above Islands where I
think you had better stay and receive some Robinson Crusoe education till you
hear from me again. You will of course take under your care all our property,
Negroes etc., that is on the Islands...The negro woman Nancy will show you
two papers she has got and will tell you the characters of anybody almost
that comes her way. You may be sure of better days...Chagres Dec 1, 1790".
An extraordinary entire and the earliest known from Chagres.
Eventhough it does not have any Post Office markings it is a letter that was
written in Chagres and sent by private mail  to Corn Island located off the
coast of Nicaragua, near Bluefields.
Nov 29, 1790

Corn Island
CORINPHILA
Feb 27, 2013
lot 4303
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Panama to Madrid, Spain.  PANAMÁ straight line postmark on entire folded
letter, manuscript 7R (Reales) rate upon arrival in Spain.
8 Mar 1820

Blas de Lamola
Madrid
Afinsa

8 May 2000
Lot 2766

Dec 17, 2001
Lot 2869
 
Cover from Panama to Bogota the forward to Popayan with straightline
PANAMÁ  handstamp. manuscript 4 (Reales) rate upon arrival in Bogota then
crossed out for 5 Reales to Popayan.
ca 1820

Coronel T.C. Mosquera
Bogota Popayan
Soler & Llach

19 Jun 1991
lot 4419
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Red Straight Line h.s. PANAMÁ FRANCA on folded letter to Licensiado Dr
Gabriel, Fuenterravia, 1805.
1805

Licenciado Dr Gabriel
Fuenterravia
 
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