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     AP Cover March 2019   

    Member David Lindwall's article
    got Guatemala? was published in
     the March 2019 issue of
    The American Philatelist. APS members
     may read the article online here.
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   Topical Time cover

   The March/April issue of Topical Time,
   the journal of the Americal Topical
   Association, contains two articles on
   Mayan topics on stamps.
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Upcoming Events
    Upcoming Events

 


Welcome!


Thank you for visiting the International Society of Guatemala Collectors web site.  The ISGC is a non-profit organization and APS affiliate founded in 1948; membership in the Society is open to anyone interested in stamps and postal history of colonial and modern Guatemala and adjacent regions of Central America.

All memberships include a subscription to El Quetzal (EQ), published four times a year. Members also have access to the member side of the ISGC website, where you may participate in the online Forum discussions, and have access to the entire run of back issues of EQ, starting with #1, published in 1949Guatemala-1, the out-of-print Volume 1 of the Postal History and Philately of Guatemala, is also available online to members, as well as other out-of-print ISGC publications. Members may also download the ISGC Guatemala Stamp Album to print through the Document Library and participate in the Society Auctions.


To watch the video got Guatemala?, an introduction to collecting Guatemala Stamps, click the play button on the YouTube player, and enlarge to full screen.

NEW! Guatemala Stamp Chats on ZOOM

On the first Monday of each month, all society members and guests are invited to attend a live chat on Guatemala philately. Sessions will last one hour and begin with a short presentation followed by a question and answer period and time to socialize. Members from around the globe will be able to meet and chat. This is a unique opportunity to meet collectors with similar interests.

Registration is required. Just click on the links below to register. All Guatemala Chats are conducted in English. Starting time for the Chats is 9 AM U.S. Pacific time, noon U.S. East Coast time, and 5 PM Universal (London) time.

Link to recorded 2020-21 Stamp Chats

2022 Stamp Chats


January 3, 2022   Yuri Montez   The Travelling Post Offices of Guatemala - Part 1   Link to YouTube video


Monday, February 7, 2022   Yuri Montez   The Travelling Post Offices of Guatemala - Part 2   Link to YouTube video 
Yuri Montes continues with the second part of a discussion on the Ambulantes (Railway Postals) of Guatemala.
Monday, March 7, 2022   Michael Bloom   “Oldies but Goodies” Review of  Past EQ articles   Link to YouTube video
Michael Bloom takes us on a nostalgic journey into a subject based on published article in El Quetzal and other sources.
Monday, April 4, 2022   Bill Meara   The 1954 Guatemala Coup D'état    Link to YouTube video
Bill Meara is a diplomat who worked in Guatemala.  This non-philatelic presentation provides an insider's view of an unhappy interlude in Guatemala history.
Monday, May 2, 2022   Rod Haenni   ISGC Jeopardy Game   Link to YouTube video
Using the format of TV's Jeopardy show, Rod Haenni will challenge us with Guatemala stamp related answers.  The audience provides the questions.
Monday, June 6, 2022   Yuri Montez   The Travelling Post Offices of Guatemala - Part 3   Link to YouTube video
Yuri Montes continues with the third part of a discussion on the Ambulantes (Railway Postals) of Guatemala.
Monday, July 11, 2022  Dave Lindwall   Guatemala's Presidents on Stamps   Link to YouTube video
David Lindwall lived in Guatemala and served the U.S. as a diplomat there. He will discuss the presidents whose portraits appear on Guatemala's stamps.
Monday, August 1, 2022 Michael Bloom   Update on the ISGC Handbook Project   Link to YouTube video
Michael Bloom is leading the ISGC's Handbook Project. Having completed The Enhanced Reprint of G-1, G-2, G-3, he will introduce the crowd-sourcing phase of the project.


Monday, October 3, 2022   Yuri Montez   The Travelling Post Offices of Guatemala - Part 4   Register
Yuri Montes continues with the fourth part of a discussion on the Ambulantes (Railway Postals) of Guatemala.
Monday, November 7, 2022   Michael Bloom   Papel Sellado of Guatemala   Register
Papel Sellado are revenue stamped papers. Lead by Michael Bloom, we will look all the way back to the 1640's at examples of how Spain's colonies collected taxes. Papel Sellado continued into the late 20th Century.
Monday, December 5, 2022  No Stamp Chat this month. Enjoy your Holidays!

Monday, January 2, 2023   Ziomara de Leon   Correo Guatemala Today   Register

            Ziomara de Leon is the Director General of the Philatelic Section of Correo Guatemala
     

Monday, February 6, 2023  David Reitsema   Early 20th Century Postal Stationery and Postal Cards   Register
Dave Reitsema addresses this under-researched area with examples of scarce stationary and postcards.
Monday, March 13, 2023   Alfredo Frohlich   The Provisional Issue of 1922   Register
Alfredo Frohlich has prepared a wonderful multi-frame exhibit on the unusual 1922 overprints. Different positions on sheets of these stamps used different fonts, some of which are rare.

After you register, you will receive an email from Zoom with a link to join the Chat. Questions? Contact info@GuatemalaStamps.com     
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ISGC Benefit Auction 2021: Results

The ISGC 2nd Annual Benefit Auction is finished. There were 32 lots up for bid, including stamps, essays, postal history, revenues, literature, overprint errors, and more. There were 23 bidders, with 13 of the bidders able to secure at least one lot. the total of the winning bids came to $1,360 USD.

All lots were donated by your fellow ISGC members, with the net proceeds going directly to the benefit of our society. Donors for the auction include: The Estate of David Fine, Barbara Vignola, James Hildreth, Jonathan Topper, David Lindwall, David Libby, the Estate of Harry Philip Edwards, and Alfredo Frohlich.

Thank you to all the donors and all the bidders who made this auction a success.

Auction Manager, Jonathan Topper at: jonathan@topperstamps.com


2021 ISGC Auction Results

 2021 ISGC Auction Lot Images

Auction Manager:

Jonathan Topper
Topper Stamps & Postal History
10480 Grant Road, Suite 117
Houston, TX 77070
email: jonathan@topperstamps.com


Guatemala Fakes and Forgeries

Collecting the stamps of Guatemala is an interesting and potentially complex challenge, and collectors of the country are helped by a large body of available information. El Quetzal editor and former International Society of Guatemala Collectors (ISGC) president David Reitsema has added to this information by writing these articles to assist ISGC members and other ISGC website visitors distinguish between genuine stamps and fakes.

More articles in this series about Guatemala Fakes and Forgeries will continue to be posted periodically on the website.

  To watch the video Guatemala - Forged Stamps and the ISGC, click the play button on the YouTube player, and enlarge to full screen.

     
     

Guatemala Fakes and Forgeries, Scott 1-4
Guatemala Fakes and Forgeries, Scott 5-6
Guatemala Fakes and Forgeries, Scott 7-10
Guatemala Fakes and Forgeries, Scott 11-14
Guatemala Fakes and Forgeries, Scott 17-20
Guatemala Fakes and Forgeries, Scott 21-25

Guatemala Fakes and Forgeries, Scott 60-74
Guatemala Fakes and Forgeries, Scott 75-85
Guatemala Fakes and Forgeries, Scott 86-87
Guatemala Fakes and Forgeries, Scott 88-96
Guatemala Fakes and Forgeries, Scott 98
Guatemala Fakes and Forgeries, Scott 108-110
Guatemala Fakes and Forgeries, Scott 111-112

Guatemala Fakes and Forgeries, Scott 124-130
Guatemala Fakes and Forgeries, Scott 133-135
Guatemala Fakes and Forgeries, Scott 136-139

Guatemala Fakes and Forgeries, Scott 143
Guatemala Fakes and Forgeries, Scott 144-145
Guatemala Fakes and Forgeries, Scott 147-149
Guatemala Fakes and Forgeries, Scott 151-153
Guatemala Fakes and Forgeries, Scott 154-157
Guatemala Fakes and Forgeries, Scott 192-201
Guatemala Fakes and Forgeries, Scott 252-254
Guatemala Fakes and Forgeries, Scott O1-5


Jonza Documents Available for Member Download

Long-time ISGC member Jack Jonza has collected nearly 150 articles and clippings that have information of interest to Guatemala collectors. The articles come from many sources, including magazines that have not been published in many years. These have now been scanned and indexed, and may currently be viewed and downloaded in the Document Library (Non-ISGC Articles in the Non-ISGC Publications folder) by members after logging in. The first PDF in the folder (Jonza Documents Contents) was prepared from a spreadsheet containing information on the documents, including author, publication, publication date, catalog numbers, etc. Download it, then use the links in the titles to go to the individual documents that interest you. 

El Quetzal

Rod Haenni assumed duties as the editor of El Quetzal, starting with issue #387. A PDF of the entire March 2017 issue has been made accessible on-line to the public to serve as an example of what is available to members.
The cover of the current issue of El Quetzal, #391, September, 2022, including the table of contents, is available for viewing. Members may sign in to view the entire issue online in the Library section of this website. All past issues are also available to members.

News

Mazepa's "Colonial Central America" Crowned Champion of Champions

8/26/2017   James P. Mazepa's "Colonial Central America", depicting the development of the postal system in the Kingdom of Guatemala, was crowned Champion of Champions at the APS Stampshow in Richmond, Virginia.   Read>>

A Note on PayPal Payments

Please use the email address listed on the Join/Renew ISGC Button on the Menu to make dues payments via PayPal. The email address for the Treasurer on the Contact Us area is for communication with the Treasurer, not for payments.

Exhibits

Exhibits now available for viewing:  The Quetzal Airmails (Jaime Marckwordt), A Selection of Guatemalan Postmarks, 1871-1902 (Cécile Gruson), Collecting Guatemala (David Jickling, coordinator), Guatemalan Auxiliary Markings, 1898-1967 (David Fine), and Guatemala Airmail 1924-1945 (Dr. Andrew Cheung). Also available:  PDF file of the Perforation Gauge Presentation from Washington 2006.

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