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 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 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

 Williams Equipment Co. Ltd was ...

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

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, 24 December 1948

Business Corner Card 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, 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

 

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, 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 GERMANY, 26 January 1955

Business Corner Card BUNNING & CO., INC

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

 

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. ??

 

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. ??

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

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