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1947 Pictorials

1947 PICTORIALS

In 1947 the Philiipine Bureau of Posts issued 7 pictorial issues across a range of dates. The stamps were printed by the American Bank Note Company. As values of the 1945 Victory overprints sold out, these new definitives were released on three seperate dates.

The central designs depict historical and scenic landmarks in the Philippines. The stamps underwent several printings and were extensively used until the late 1950s.

A number of printings and plates were released for each issue. Plate numbers are depicted on "Specimen" sheets. On the printed sheets of 400 stamps, a second number ocurs on the left selvage which depicts the Order COntrol Number.

4c Jose Rizal Monument

 

Printing Dates Number Plates
1st printing issued 1 August 1947 70 million F12362
Overprinted  issued 1 May 1948  ~15million  Overprinted "O.B." (14,988,500 stamps)
2nd printing delivered August 1950 50 million F12866
3rd printing delivered February 1953 20 million  F13833 
Surcharged issued 1 December 1959 2.5million  Surcharged 1c "One"

10c Andres Bonifacio Monument

Printing Dates Number Plates
1st printing issued 23 March 1947 10 million F12362
2nd printing delivered February 1948 5 million F12649
Overprinted issued 1 May 1948 ~8.5million Overprinted "O.B" (8,499,500 stamps)
3rd printing delivered September 1950 10 million F12847, F12848, F13286, F13457
4th printing delivered October 1953 5 million F13574
Surcharged issued 6 Spetember 1954 1.5million Surcharged to 5c for the Manila Peace Conference

The overprint "O. B." occurs as two types: Type 1 measures 12.5mm and was applied in New York; Type 2 measures 13mm which was applied in Manila

Many stamps were damaged during the 1948-1949 typhoon flooding of Manila and the Bureau of Posts basement vaults

12c Jones Bridge

Printing Dates Number Plates
1st printing issued 19 June 1947 8 million F12362
2nd printing delivered April 1949 4 million F12649

16c Santa Lucia Gate

The stamp is labelled 'Santa Lucia Gate'; however, the scene depicted is the Puerto Real, another gate located in the old walled city of Intramuros in Manila. The stamp was eventually withdrawn from sale although the numbers withdrawn are not known. In addition a large quantity of the 9 million remaining after overprinting were destroyed when flood waters entered the Bureau of Posts' basement vault in November 1948. Consequently, examples of commerical covers are less common than other values in the series.

Puerta de Santa Lucia was built in 1603 and was a favored as an entry point to Malecon Dirve (now Bonifacio Drive). The gate was destroyed during the Battle of Manila in 1945 to allow the entry of American tanks into the city. The entire gate was demolished when road access to the city from the southern side was needed. The chambers were restored in 1968 and the gate was reconstructed in 1982.

 The original Puerto Real (Royal Gate) was built in 1663 at the end of Calle Real de Palacio (now General Luna Street) and was used exclusively by the Governor-General for state occasions. It was located west of Baluarte de San Andres and faced the old village of Bagumbayan. It was destroyed during the British invasion of 1762. The Puerta Real was rebuilt in 1780 and moved further west to its present location as part of the new defense plan for Intramuros. During the Battle of Manila, the gate was damaged. It was restored in 1969 with additional work made in 1989.

 

Santa Lucia (left) and Puerto Real (right)

 

Printing Dates Number Plates
1st printing issued 19 June 1947 10 million F12362 and F12649
Overprinted issued 28 March 1948 1 million overprinted "O.B."
Withdrawn withdrawn 26 July 1950 ? withdrawn from sale

20c Mayon Volcano

Printing Dates Number Plates
1st printing issued 23 March 1947 10 million F12362
2nd printing delivered February 1948 5 million F12649
3rd printing delivered October 1949 5 million F12847 and F12948
Overprinted issued 4 July 1949 400,000 overprinted "O.B."
Surcharged issued 6 September 1949 300,000 Surcharged 18c for Manila Peace Conference
4th printing delivered September 1950 10 million F13286, F13457 and F13574

Specimen from the first printing, blue diagonal overprint on sans serif characters (15.75 x 2.25mm)

50c Colonnade of Palm Trees

Based on a 1940s photograph of the palms of the former Malecon Drive (now Bonafacio Drive). In Spanish times it was known simple as Malecon, literally 'watefront esplanande' which the road was prior to the reclamation of South Harbor (Port Area) during the American Commonwealth period.

 

Printing Dates Number Plates
1st printing issued 19 June 1947 6 million F12362
Overprinted issued 23 January 1949 400,000 overprinted "O.B."
2nd printing delivered October 1952 4 million F12847 and F13286
Surcharged issued 23 April 1954 300,000 Surcharged 18c for First National Boy Scouts Jamboree

1p Colonnade of Palm Trees

Printing Dates Number Plates
1st printing issued 1 August 1947 3 million F12362
2nd printing delivered August 1950 2 million F12866 and F13612

 

 

 

1947 Covers

2c Jose Rizal Monumnet

10c Andres Bonifcio Monument

12c Jones Bridge

16c Santa Lucia Gate

20c Mayon Volcano

50c Colonnade of Palm Trees

1p Colonade of Palm Trees