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Argentina Newspaper Wrappers

Argentina first issued newspaper wrappers in November 1878.

Abraham Luspo created a number of excellent pages about the early wrappers from Argentina based on a Gold Medal collection of  a unnamed collector of postal stationery of Argentina. Links to these pages are shown below

1878-1880 First Issue - by Abraham Luspo

1888-1889 Issue - by Abraham Luspo

1890 Issue - by Abraham Luspo

1892 Bernardino Rivadavia Issue - by Abraham Luspo

1896 Liberty Head Issue - by Abraham Luspo

1899 Re-designed Liberty Head Issue - by Abraham Luspo

1902 Re-designed Liberty Head Issue - by Abraham Luspo

1906 Gral San Martin Issue - by Abraham Luspo

In January 1879 the National Bank Note Company, the American Bank Note Company and the Continental Bank Note Company were consolidated into one company - the American Bank Note Company. The first printing of the 1c carmine, issued in November 1878, was by the National Bank Note Company.  The second printing, issued  sometime in 1879, was by the American Bank Note Company. The two printing were done using different dies

Argentina 1878 die 1   Argentina 1879 die 2
Die 1 - most of the lines on the forehead are complete                              Die 2 - most of the lines on the forehead are broken

Scan from the reverse side of the wrapper with the indiicium set-off

Argentina 1880 4c blue with set-off

Private overprint for La Gaceta Musical , wrapper addressed to Milan Italy, taxed 2½, with 5c postage due

Argentina 1880 La Gaceta Musical

For more private overprints on newspaper wrappers from Argentina see

Private Overprints on Argentina Newspaper Wrappers
A selection  of  Argentina newspaper wrappers with private overprints

Scan from the reverse side of the wrapper with the text and indicium set-off

Argentina 1890 4c blue with set-off

The 1925 -1935  San Martin issue without a dot below c
Vasen & Riese list these wrappers as having been printed  both by Lithography and Typography.  I have examined many copies of these wrappers and have not been able to find a single copy which has been printed by typograph.

Argentina San Martin 2c  Argentina San Martin 4c
The quality of printing of these wrappers does vary considerably. They all however appear to have been printed by lithography.

I would welcome on any help on this matter.

Handbuch für Postmarken-Sammler, by Alfred Moschkau, 1885/1896
Catalogue Prix-Courant de Timbres-Postes by J B Moens, 1893
Stanley Gibbons Catalogue Part IV, Envelopes Postcards and Wrappers, 1897
Stanley Gibbons Catalogue Part IV, Envelopes Postcards and Wrappers, 1900
Bright & Son’s Catalogue Part II, Postcards Envelopes Wrappers, 1914
Grosser Ganzsachen-Katalog, by Dr Siegfried Ascher, 1928
Sellos y Otros Valores Postales y Telegraficos Argentinos Tomo II, by Antonio Deluca, 1941
Catálogo de los Sellos Postales de la República Argentina y sus Derivados by Victor Kneitschel, 1943
Higgins & Gage World Postal Stationery Catalogue, 1966/1990
Catálogo de Enteros Postales Argentinos by W Vasen & H L Riese, 1991
Argentina Stamped Wrappers 1878-1887: The National and American Bank Note Co Issues, Postal Stationery No 367 July-Aug 2009, by Ross A Towle and Wayne Menuz
(The above list only includes books and papers that I have so far been able to refer to.)

In 1893 and 1898 two books were published containing stamps and postal stationery overprinted “MUESTRA” (specimen). What was the purpose of these publications? Can anyone help?
- Valores Postales Argentinos, by C Carles, 1893 (download pdf copy of the text part of this book)
- Valores Postales Argentinos, Vol. II, by C Carles, 1898
The following description of the second book comes from an auction catalogue
[38pgs forward and 340pgs of Colleccion De Los Tipos de Valores Postales Adoptados Con Caracter Definitivo Por Resolucion de Fecha, 23 de Augosto de 1892 with 17 "Muestra" overprinted 1892-97 issue stamps (with both red and black overprint high values) and over 70 different "Muestra" postal stationery items mounted throughout.]

Are you a collector of  Argentina newspaper wrappers? Do you have any further information on this subject?

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