TOPICAL PHILIPPINES

1947 Pictorials

Postal History featuring the 1947 PICTORIAL BONIFACIO MONUMENT (10c)

International Covers Featuring the 1947 Pictorial

to Countries other than USA

 

Air Mail: MANILA to Kurzdorf, SWITZERLAND, 3 April 1947

 to Switzeralnd (2p 56c) 

Air Mail: MANILA to COPENHAGEN, DENMARK, 5 August 1947

Business Corner Card Cover: COLGATE-PALMOLIVE-PEET COMPANY

with postal slogan cancel #BPS-084 - Help Raise Funds Against TB (used 14 July to 31 August 1947)

 to Denmark (1p34c) 

The Colgate-Palmolive-Peet Company was an American company known for the production, distribution and provision of household, health care and personal care products. The Palmolive Company, Philippines was established in 1926 with an office in the Binondo district of Manila. Products sold included Pompela cosmetics, Octagon laundry powder and Crystal White laundry bar. The company merged with Peet Brothers in 1927 and in 1928 bought the Colgare company. In 1949 the compnay was incorporated as Colgate-Palmolive Philippines, Inc. Oringally importng goods from the USA the growing demands for its brands led to the opening of a manufacturing plant in Makati in 1951. (In 1953 "Peet" was dropped from the title of the parent company leaving only 'Colgate-Palmolive Company').

 

Air Mail: MANILA to BANGKOK, THAILAND, 29 March 1948

Business Corner Card Cover: SAN MIGUEL BREWERY

with postal slogan cancel #BPS-091 - Contribute to United Nations Appeal for Children, Give one Day

(used 16 March to 15 April 1948)

 to Thailand (42c) 

San Miguel Brewery, Inc. was founded as 'La Fábrica de Cerveza San Miguel' in 1890 by Enrique María Barreto under a Spanish Royal Charter that officially permitted the brewing of beer in the Philippines. It was incorporated as San Miguel Brewery, Inc. in 1913. The company is the Philippines largest brewery, dominating the market share. In 1963 the company was renamed San Miguel Corporation. The present day San Miguel Brewery Inc. was incorporated in 2007 as a subsidiary of the San Miguel Corporation representing the domestic beer business.

Air Mail: MANILA to ENGLAND, 1 November 1948

Business Corner Card Cover: MANILA RAILROAD COMPANY

 to UK (1p00c) 

The Manila Railroad Company was the state owned railway company which was formed Novmeber 1892. It was originally known as Ferrocarril de Manila-Dagupan during the Spanish Period and was renamed the Manila Railroad Company during the American period. It was later renamed in 1964 as the Philippine national Railway (PNR). The PNT used to operate over 1100km of track from La Union up to Bicol. However due to a decline in maintenace it currently operates one commuter rail service in Metro manila and local services between Sipocot, Naga City and Leazpi City.

 

Quadruple Rate Air Mail: MANILA to SOUTH AFRICA, 12 Sept 1951

Corner Card F.E. ZUELLIG, INC

 to SOUTH AFRICA (90c plus 3 x 30c for each extra 15g - 1p80c) 

Frederick E Zuellig first arrived in Manila in 1901 to start a business career in international trading. and became a partner in the trading firm Lutz & Co. a firm owned by a Swiss family who started to trade in the Philippine Islands in the 1850s, which he later bought and re-named F. E. Zuellig Inc in 1922. In its early years, F. E. Zuellig, Inc. operated as a general merchant, agent, distributor, manufacturer, exporter and importer in diverse fields, such as textiles, insurance, shipping and transport, consumer goods, healthcare products, household appliances, commodities, industrial chemicals and machinery. Though World War II almost destroyed much of the business, his sons Stephen and the late Gilbert rebuilt, diversified, and expanded the firm internationally.   Frederick went on to create the Zueillig Group which today holds and manages long-term interests in market-leading companies, with a strategic focus on selected business areas: healthcare and pharmaceuticals, specialized distribution services, agricultural equipment, industrial supplies and solutions, insurance, and property.

Air Mail: MANILA to FRANCE, 27 May 1952

with postal slogan cancel #BPS-157 - Invest & Save / in R & D Bonds / For a Strong Philippines (used 1 May to 31 May 1952)

 to FRANCE (1p10c) ?

Air Mail: MANILA to SWITZERLAND, 30 July 1952

with postal slogan cancel #BPS-160 - Participate in the PANAPEX (used 16 July to 15 August 1952)

 to SWITZERLAND (1p10c) 

The single air mail rate was revised from 1 July 1954, the rate for 15grams varied for according to the destination country

 

Air Mail: MANILA to GERMANY, 24 November 1954

Business Corner Card BUNNING & CO., INC

Single Air Mail rate Direct Service to GERMANY : 70c for each 15grams

 

Air Mail: MANILA to GERMANY, 24 November 1954

Business Corner Card BUNNING & CO., INC

Single Air Mail rate Direct Service to GERMANY : 70c for each 15grams

Air Mail: PHILIPPINE NAVY, MANILA to AUSTRIA, 14 December 1954

Business Corner Card : HEADQUARTERS PHILIPPINE NAVY

Air Mail rate via Rome to AUSTRIA : 70c for each 15grams (1p 10c - underpaid double rate ?)

Air Mail: MANILA to SWITZERLAND, 26 April 1955

Business Corner Card SWISS ORIENTAL COMMERCIAL CO

Tripple Air Mail rate Direct Service to SWITZERLAND : 70c for each 15grams (2p 10c)

 

 

 

Domestic Covers Featuring the 1947 Pictorial

The domestic air mail rate effective from 5 March 1948 was 20c for 15grams

Air Mail: Baguio City to Manila, 16 August 1948

 Air Mail rate (24c)

 

The domestic air mail rate effective from ???  (in) 1949 was 28c for 20grams

Covers Featuring the 1947 Pictorial to USA

The single air mail rate to USA effective from 5 Jan 1947 was 80c for 15grams

Air Mail: MANILA to USA, 25 May 1947

Business Corner Card WILLIAMS EQUIPMENT CO., LTD

Air Mail rate to USA : 80c for 15grams

Air Mail: MANILA to USA, 13 June 1947

Business Corner Card WEST COAST LIFE INSURANCE COMPANY

Double Air Mail rate to USA : 80c for 15grams (1p60c)

Air Mail: MANILA to USA, 10 August 1947

Business Corner Card DY BUNCIO & CO. INC

with postal slogan cancel #BPS-083 - JOIN THE 1947 ANTI-TB DRIVE (used 14 July to 31 August 1947)

Single Air Mail rate to USA : 80c for 15grams

Dy Buncio was one of China's 'grand old men' in the Philippines. He was born in approx 1873 and arrived in the Philippines in 1887. In 1898 he established his own business, Dy Buncio & Co Inc with a capital of less than P3,000 which grew in to a million-peso firm within 20 years. By 1930 the company was one the the largest importing and exporting houses in the Philippines with branches in Cebu, Iloilo, Legaspi and Tabaco, Albay. In 1948 his son, Guillermo Dy Buncio, was the president of Dy Buncio & Co., Inc.

Dy Buncio and Guillermo Dy Buncio (approx 1930)

 

The single air mail rate to USA effective from 1 September 1947 was 50c for 20grams

Registered Surface Mail: MANILA to USA, 30 January 1948 with back stamps for arrival in San Francisco on 1 March and Chicago on 4 March

Business Cover BUREAU OF POSTS

Double Second Class surface mail rate to USA : 6c for 110grams maximum weight, plus 30c Registry Fee

 

Registered Air Mail: VICTORIAS, NEGROS to USA, 23 Feb 1948

Single Air Mail rate to USA : 50c for 20grams, plus 30c Registry Fee - Overpaid ??

 

The single air mail rate to USA effective from 5 March 1948 was 80c for 15grams (via Philippines Air Lines only). For surface mail the rate was 12c.

The single air mail rate to USA effective from 16 March 1948 was 80c for 15grams plus 30c for each additional 15grams, plus 30c for Registration fee if required

Surface Mail: MANILA to USA, 24 March 1948

Business Corner Card FRANCISCO ORTIGAS Jr.

with postal slogan cancel #BPS-091 - CONTRIBUTE TO UNITED NATIONS APPEAL FOR CHILDREN (used 16 March to 15 April 1948)

Surface Mail rate to USA : 12c for 15grams, underpaid ??

Francisco Ortigas Jr

Surface Mail: MANILA to USA, 26 April 1948

Business Corner Card PACIFIC EXCHANGE CORPORATION

with postal slogan cancel #BPS-092 - COLLECT STAMPS ORAGNISE A STAMP CLUB IN YOUR COMMUNITY (used 16 April to 15 May 1948)

Surface Mail rate to USA : 12c for 15grams, underpaid ??

Air Mail: MANILA to USA, 4 May 1948

Business Corner Card ACOJE MINING CO., INC.

with postal slogan cancel #BPS-092 - COLLECT STAMPS ORAGNISE A STAMP CLUB IN YOUR COMMUNITY (used 16 March to 15 April 1948)

Single Air Mail rate to USA : 80c for 15grams

ACOJE MINING CO. INC. was organized in 1935 to take over and operate the group of claims, located in the municipality of Santa Cruz, Province of Zambales Philippines Islands. The name of the company was made up from the names of three ladies who largely financed the original venture – A from Mrs. Aurora Quezon, CO from Mrs. Consuelo Cuyugan and JE from Mrs. Jesusa Arroyo.

Registered Air Mail: MANILA to USA, 24 July 1948

Single Air Mail rate to USA : 80c for 15grams, plus 30c Registry Fee

Air Mail: MANILA to USA, 25 November 1948

Business Corner Card for BOTICA DE SANTA CRUZ.

Single Air Mail rate to USA : 80c for 15grams

Surface Mail: MANILA to USA, 29 October 1948

Business Corner Card FAR EASTERN UNIVERSITY

Surface Mail rate to USA : 12c for 15grams, underpaid ??

The Far Eastern University became a University in 1933

Air Mail: MANILA to USA, 24 December 1948

Business Corner Card for BOTICA DE SANTA CRUZ.

Single Air Mail rate to USA : 80c for 15grams

The Pharmedic Corporation (Botica de Santa Cruz) is one of the oldest existing companies in the Philippines established in 1861 by Agustin Westernhagen, a German pharmacist. In the 19th Century, Germans were almost exclusively the only pharmacists in the Philippines. Botica de Santa Cruz is the second oldest drug company still in business today in the Philippines.

Botica de Santa Cruz was purchased by Friedrich Steck the owner of a rival drug store (Botica Boie). Steck became a famous figure in Manila during the latter years of the Spanish era. Steck was well known for extracting the essence of ilang-ilang and sampaguita flowers and distilling it for commercial use. His enterprise won the gold medal and highest awards at the expositions of Madrid in 1887 and St. Louis in 1904, under the trademark of "Pablo Sartorius". When Steck decided to return to Germany, he sold Botica Sta. Cruz to another pharmacist named Westernhagen (who was married to Isabela Gonzales Tuasson a daughter of one of the wealthiest families in Manila in the 19th century).

During World War II,although Germany and Japan were considered allies, relations between the two communities in Manila were never harmonious. Food supplies and medicine dwindled as the occupation entered its third year.  Walter Kuehne who worked for the company reported, “Our office and store, the Botica de Santa Cruz, located on Plaza Goiti at the foot of Sta. Cruz Bridge, was kept open on a limited schedule right up to the entry of the American forces. Our pharmacy was the only major drugstore still in operation and even as our own stock diminished, we were still able to dispense medical supplies to the ailing public.”  

Toribio Teodoro, the founder of Ang Tibay Shoes, bought the company from then owner Carlos Jahrling after WWII in 1945. The company is now known as The Pharmedic Corporation-Botica de Santa Cruz, its main business is in the medical field although it also is a retailer of other imported products.

 

 

Air Mail: MANILA to USA, 26 May 1949

Business Corner Card: ARMY and NAVY CLUB of MANILA

Single Air Mail rate to USA : 80c for 15grams

Army and Navy Club of Manila...

Air Mail: MANILA to USA, 4 June 1949

Business Corner Card THE METHODIST CHURCH, JOSE L VALENCIA

Air Mail rate to USA : 80c for 15grams

 Jose Valencia was the Methodist Bishop of Manila

Registered Air Mail: MANILA to USA, 1 February 1950

Business Cover ERLANGER & GALINGER INC.

Single Air Mail rate to USA : 80c for 15grams plus 30c for registration (1p10c)

 

Air Mail: BACOLOD to USA, 25 August 1950

Business Corner Card EPIFANIO R. TUPAS

Double Air Mail rate to USA : 80c for 15grams, plus 30c for additional 15grams (1p 10c) overpaid by 10c 

It appears that Epifanio Tupas had a number of enterprises. He maintained a private law office in Bacolod; an import and export business and was justice of the peace of Sagay, Negros Occidental.

Epifanio Tupas was removed from his post as justice of the peace in 1952 due to a number of irregularities, including neglect of official duties, serious misconduct and vindictiveness (as detailed in Administrative Order 181).

 

The single air mail rate to USA effective from ??? 1951 was 90c for 15grams plus 30c for each additional 15grams

Air Mail: MANILA to USA, 16 July 1951

Busines Corner Card Cover: Philippines FREE PRESS

with postal slogan cancel #BPS-144 - Invest in Peasce/ Peace Fund Drive/July 4 - August 4 (used 4 July to 4 August 1951)

Double Air Mail Rate to USA : 90c Air Mail rate for 15grams, plus 30c per 15grams increment (1p 20c)

The Philippines Free Press was established in 1908 and is the oldest newsweekly in the Philippines.

Air Mail: MANILA to USA, 19 Nov 1952

Business Corner Card MATMAR HANDICRAFT

Single Air Mail rate to USA : 90c for 15grams

Air Mail: SAN JOSE, MINDORO to USA, 9 Feb 1953

Business Corner Card PHILIPPINE MILLING COMPANY

Single Air Mail rate to USA : 90c for 15grams

Air Mail: MANILA to USA, 2(x) January 1953

Business Corner Card E.E. ELSER, INC.

Four times Air Mail Rate to USA : 90c Air Mail rate for 15grams, plus 30c per 15grams increment (1p 80c)

EDWIN EMIL ELSER (21 Feb 1867 to 17 Jul 1962): Arrived in Manila in 1901 as an agent of E.C. McCullough & Co. Became the leader in the Philippine insurance business, and an officer in some 20 companies and the American Chamber of Commerce of the Philippine Islands.

He was a Founding member of the Rotary Club of Manila in 1919 and President during 1922–1923. As Rotary Club of Manila President in 1922, Elser wrote to the BSA regarding the possibility of organizing a Boy Scout Council in Manila. This resulted in the establishment of the Boy Scouts of America Philippine Islands Council No. 545.

Air Mail: MANILA to USA, 3 June 1953

Business Corner Card: HALL, PICORNELL, ORTIGAS & CO.

Single Air Mail rate to USA : 90c for 15grams

 

The single (direct service) air mail rate to USA effective from 1 July 1954 was 50c for 15grams plus 50c for each additional 15grams

The single air mail rate to USA effective from 16 September 1954 was 70c for 15grams plus 30c for each additional 15grams ?? For surface mail the rate was 18c. ??

Registered Air Mail: MANILA to USA, 4 October 1954

Business Corner Card ST JOHN'S LODGE No. 9, F. & A.M. Scottish Rite Temple.

Single Air Mail Rate to USA : 70c Air Mail rate for 15grams, plus 30c for registration (1p) - underpaid by 20c?

 

The single air mail rate to USA effective from 1 January 1955 was 80c for 15grams plus 30c for each additional 15grams ?? For surface mail the rate was 20c. ??

Air Mail: MANILA to USA, 20 March 1955

Business Corner Card: NASIPIT LUMBER COMPNAY, INC.

with postal slogan cancel #BPS-227 - Philippine National Red Cross /  Serves at All Times / 1955 Fund Campaign / February 14 - March 31 (used 14 Feb to 15 Mar 1955)

Air Mail Rate to USA : 50c ?

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

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1947 Covers

4c Jose Rizal Monument

10c Andres Bonifcio Monument

12c Jones Bridge

16c Santa Lucia Gate

20c Mayon Volcano

50c Colonnade of Palm Trees

1p Colonade of Palm Trees

First Day Covers