Medio real
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.

The following consignments were made according to Chapman:
  Day Month Year Invoice # Medio Un Dos Cuatro Ocho
Sent 18 4 1861 97 1252 1323 3070 1860 1280
Sent 14 6 1861 181 16000 10000 2000 660 660
Sent 23 2 1864 36   3000 3800 600 300
Total Sent       3 17252 14323 8870 3120 2240
Returned         0 -2273 -1075 -320 -126
Total Used 42011     3 17252 12050 7795 2800 2114
Distribution         41.07% 28.68% 18.55% 6.66% 5.03%
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 approximately
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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