TOPICAL PHILIPPINES

1947 Pictorials

Postal History featuring the 1947 PICTORIAL COLONNADE OF PALM TREES (50c)

International Covers Featuring the 1947 Pictorial

to Countries other than USA

 

 

 

 

Air Mail: MANILA to SWITZERLAND, 19 June 1948

Business Corner Card FLEMING & WILLIAMSON

 to SWITZERLAND (1p38c) ?

Fleming & Williamson was a British accountancy firm based in Manila. At the time company was the second largest accountancy firm in the Philippines until 1958 when it was assumed by SyCip Gorres Velayo and Company.

 

Air Mail: MANILA to AUSTRIA, 10 February 1954

Business Corner Card IRVING CRYDE

 to AUSTRIA (1p10c)

Irving Cryde was an Austrian Jew refuge who lived in the Philippines (possibly arriving in the Philippines with many other Jews between 1935 and 1941 escaping Europe. After 1945 Irving Cryde was one of the few refugees who remained in Manila acting as an Austrian trade delegate.  

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 ENGLAND, 20 September 1954

Business Cover COMMONWEALTH COMMERCIAL CO., INC

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

Air Mail: MANILA to ENGLAND, 22 September 1954

Business Cover FRED WILSON & CO., INC

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

Air Mail: BACOLOD CITY, Occidental Negros to ENGLAND, 15 December 1954

Business Cover VICTORIAS MILLING COMPANY

Single Air Mail rate to GREAT BRITAIN : 70c for each 15grams

The Victorias Milling Company, Inc (VMC) is a Philippine-based enterprise engaged primarily in sugar manufacturing and was founded in 1919.

Air Mail: MANILA to GERMANY, 13 February 1955

Business Cover BUNNING & CO., INC

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

Air Mail: MANILA to ENGLAND, 23 November 1954

Business Cover NATIONAL MERCHANDISING CORPORATION

Double Air Mail rate Direct Service to GREAT BRITAIN : 70c for each 15grams (1p 40c for 30g)

Air Mail: MANILA to ENGLAND, 5 FEBRUARY 1954

Business Cover PHILIPPINE REFINING COMPANY INC

Air Mail rate Direct Service to GREAT BRITAIN : 70c for each 15grams

Philippine Refining Company was established in 1927 as an oil milling business which at its peak produced nearly 100,000 tons of coconut oil annually. The company has introduced new technologies into the Philippines since the early days of its existence: margarine production in the 1930s, non-soap detergents, shampoos and toothpaste in the 1960s and 1970s. The company was renamed Unilever Philippines PRC in 1993 and Unilever Philippines, Inc. in 1997. Today the company is a manufacturer of laundry detergents and soaps, shampoos and hair conditioners, toothpastes, deodorants, skin care products, household cleaners, and toilet soaps.

Air Mail: BAGUIO CITY to COSTA RICA, 22 April 1958

with air letter catchet related to 1957 FDCs mourning death of President Ramon Magsaysay

Single Air Mail rate via USA to Costa Rica : 75c for each 15grams

Domestic Covers Featuring the 1947 Pictorial

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

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

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

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, 3 Feb 1948

Double Air Mail rate to USA : 80c for 15grams plus 30c for additonal 15grams plus 30c registration fee (1p 30c - underpaid by 10c) ??

Air Mail: CAPIZ, CAPIZ to USA, 20 March 1948

Four times Air Mail rate to USA : 80c for 15grams plus 90c for additonal 45grams (1p 70c - underpaid by 10c)

 

Air Mail: OLANGAPO, ZAMBALES to USA, 12 June 1948

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

Air Mail: MANILA to USA, 24 December 1948

Business Corner Cover 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.

 

 

Registered Air Mail: ILOILO CITY to USA, 24 March 1949

recieving back stamps on rear - Manila Post office Registry Section 24 March, New York Registry Division 28 March, New York RAOIO CITY Stattion 29 March.

Four times Air Mail rate to USA : 80c for 15grams plus 90c for additonal 45grams plus 30c registration fee (1p 90c - underpaid by 10c) ??

 

Registered Air Mail: MANILA to USA, 20 April 1949

Business Cover ALEMAR'S

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

(overpaid with 4c on rear as seal, and back stamped San Francisco 24 Apr 1949)

Alemar's Bookstore was established by Jose Agaton Sibal, it was one of the three popular bookstores of that time and was located on Avenida Rizal with branches. His father Dr Enesto Sibal also established Centralbooks Supply at about the same time in 1945 which specialised in law books. Alemar's also sold school and office supplies, toys, men's ladies' and children's wear, home accessories and magazines. Altohugh Centralbooks sill operates, unfortunately agressive competion from National Bookstore and with heirs leaving for the US, Alemar's started closing its shops in the 1980s.

Alemar's bookstore around 1948

Air Mail: BACOLOD to USA, 25 August 1950

Business Cover 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, 6 December 1950

Business Cover MANILA HOTEL

Double Air Mail rate to USA : 90c for 15grams plus 30c for additonal 15grams (1p 20c)

?? over paid prior to introduction of the new rate

Air Mail: MANILA to USA, 24 January 1951

Business Cover J.P. HEILBRONN CO.

Double Air Mail rate to USA : 90c for 15grams plus 30c for additonal 15grams (1p 20c)

Joseph Heilbronn was born in Bavaria, Germany in 1868. He lived in Japan and later moved to the Philippines. Joseph served in the Phillipines during the Spanish American war. His family in Germany were already in the paper business. He started the Heilbronn Paper Co. in Manila. During WWII the Japanese used the Heilbronn home in Manila as their headquarters. Joseph and his wife Charlotte were staunch supporters of the American School, now the American International School, in Manila and donated money to build Heilbronn Hall, which is now part of Arellano Law School in Manila. Later in life the couple lived in California.

Air Mail: MANILA to USA, 27 January 1951

Business Cover J.P. HEILBRONN CO.

Six times Air Mail rate to USA : 90c for 15grams plus 1p 50c for additonal 75grams (2p 40c)

Air Mail: MANILA to USA, 28 Nov 1951

Business Cover MACONDRAY & CO INC

Double Air Mail rate to USA : 90c for 15grams plus 30c for additonal 15grams (1p 20c)

Macondray & Co Inc traces its beginnings to a company initially established as the Philippine branch of an American-owned shipping firm based in San Francisco, in the United States.

Macondray's history dates as far back as 1848, when Captain Frederick William Macondray, a retired clipper ship captain moved from New England to California and founded a commission house bearing his name. Macondray started as a commission house that received merchandise shipped from Boston to San Francisco and imported tea from China. The business continued to flourish in trading and expand into banking and other concerns, eventually passing from the founder to his son and grandson, Frederick William and Atherton, and their business partner Barry Baldwin. In 1898, when the Americans colonized the Philippines, Macondray was chosen among the companies to supply provisions to the US fleet in the new colony. Baldwin accompanied and oversaw the delivery in Manila where, as supply requests became more frequent, a local branch of Macondray was established.

Today, Macondray continues its heritage through Macondray Philippines Co., Inc. (MPCI) a private, Filipino-owned investment holding group.

Air Mail: MANILA to USA, 26 June 1952 (recieved in New York 1 July 1952)

Business Cover MANILA ELECTRIC COMPANY

with postal slogan cancel #BPS-159 - First Pan Asian Philatelic Exhibition (used 16 June to 16 July 1952)

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

The Manila Electric Company (also known as Meralco after the companies name up to 1919 of 'Manila Electric Railroad And Light COmpany') is the Philippines' largest distributor of electrical power. It is Metro Manila's only electric power distributor.

Electricity came to Manila in 1892 with the founding of La Electricista, which began providing electricity to residential customers. In 1903, the young government of the Philippines began accepting bids to operate Manila's electric tramway, as well as providing electricity to the city and its suburbs. The only bidder proved to be Charles M. Swift, a Detroit-based businessman, who founded a new company, The Manila Electric Railroad and Light Company, or Meralco, in 1903. Construction on the tramway began that same year. The following year, Meralco added its first electrical power operations by acquiring La Electricista. Meralco built up a strong public transportation business in the decades leading up to World War II, yet the company's electric service grew even more strongly, overtaking its public transportation operations in terms of revenues by 1915. The company changed its official name to Manila Electric Company in 1919.

The Japanese occupation of the Philippines placed Meralco under the control of the Taiwan Electric Company. By the end of the war, however, most of the former Meralco operations had been destroyed, along with the rest of Manila. Meralco remained under American control through the 1950s. In the meantime, as the newly independent Philippines began reconstructing after the war, Meralco quickly worked to restore electric service, and by 1947 had already topped its prewar capacity. By the beginning of the 1950s the company had fully restored service to its former metro Manila network, which included some 39 towns and cities. Demand for electricity grew strongly in the postwar era. By the early 1950s the company boasted more than 200,000 customers. The company also benefited from the rapid industrialization of Manila in the postwar era, and by 1958, the industrial market had become its largest source of revenues.

Air Mail: MANILA to USA, 9 Nov 1952

Business Cover KING FEATURES SYNDICATE

Four times Air Mail rate to USA : 90c for 15grams plus 90c for additonal 45grams

King Features Syndicate, Inc. is a United States based print syndication company that currently distributes about 150 comic strips, cartoons, newspaper columns, editroial cartoons, puzzles and games to nearly 5,000 newspapers worldwide. Many Philippine newspapers use comic strips provided by King Features Sydicate.

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. ??

Air Mail: ILOILO to USA, 6 Jan 1955

Business Cover MIGUEL LEDESMA

Air Mail rate to USA : 50c ????

 


 

 

 

 

 

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