Cancelled Aug. 14, 1861
Cuatro reales, blue overprint
Cancelled May(?) 2, 1861
Guadalajara is located in the state of Jalisco. It was the 14th largest postal district, based on the number of stamps used, and 15th by total value of all stamps used. The average cost of the stamps used was 1.53 reales. Guadalajara had about 70,000 inhabitants in 1861.
Guadalajara had 30 sub-offices: Acaponeta, Ahualulco, Ameca, Arandas, Atenguilo, Autlan, Barca (La Barca), Ciudad Guzman, Cocula, Cuquio, Etzatlan, Ferreria de Tula, Guachinango (Huauchinango), Ixtlahuacan del Rio, Mascota, Mazamitla, Mesticatan, Nochistlan, Puerto de Ipala (Ipala), San Sebastian, Sayula, Tapalapa, Tecolotlan, Tepic, Tequila, Teuchitan, Tonyla (Tonila), Union de Tula, Ystlan de Rio (Ixtlan del Rio) and Zacoalco.
|Distribution vs. all stamps||8.90%||1.48%||0.84%||2.69%||3.36%|
The use of stamps in Guadalajara during the 1861 issue is very skewed toward the lowest and highest denominations. Second only to Mexico in the use of medio real stamps, but way down on the list when it comes to un and dos reales. The dos reales from Guadalajara in this period is almost scarce.
According to Roberto Liera (Mexicana, April 1996, "The High Value Stamps of
the 1861 Issue"), the distribution of the cuatro and ocho reales stamps was
2,520 cuatro reales black on yellow
280 cuatro reales dull rose on yellow
1,940 ocho reales black on brown
174 ocho reales green on brown
The Guadalajara overprint is approximately 20 by 2 mm, with trailing dot. It's found in blue as well as the common black color. It's generally nicely struck.
According to Odfjell the blue overprint was only used for 10 days in May 1861. However, dates of May 2, 5, 9, 16, 19, 25 and 28 are known to me, while I have heard of May 3 and 12 as well. An 8R stamp with blue name but black cancel is known cancelled June 2, 1861. It seems to me that the 10 days is more like four weeks to a month.
On average, the stamps have normal margins for the issue.
Forgeries from Guadalajara exist. A MEPSI certificate is recommended.
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