Good quality philatelic resources regarding the multitude “stamps” issued during the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939) are either expensive or compartmentalized in scope. So when two new tomes arrived at my doorstep, I was anxious to inspect.
Catalogo de Los Sellos “Locales” Emitodos Durant La Guerra Civil Espanola 1936 -1939 was published in 1995 by the Federacion Espanola de Sociedades Filatelicas (FESOFI) in Madrid. It is a softcover book measuring c 6.5 x 9.5 inches. 370 pages. Two-column format. Black and white illustrations. Pricing info. Supporting comments regarding many of the entries such as dimensions, perforations, surcharges, paper type, printer, etc.
My copy includes an 8-page “errata” entitled “Indice alfabetico de poblaciónes” correlating individual municipalities/towns with their respective province, along with the page within the catalogue.
Although the cover features color depictions of several SCW issues, the book’s contents is solely black and white. Index of issuing provinces at the book rear.
Prior to the catalogue listings is a two-page “Breve Historia de Este Catalogo” by renown SCW philatelist Luis Almany Indarte. This is followed by an 18-page Introduction. Although I have only completed a cursory review (limited by my work-place Spanish), the contents appear quite intriguing. (Stay tuned. Have submitted the Introduction for full translation by a work colleague.)
The second item is Local Tax Stamps of the Spanish Civil War by prolific philatelic author Paulo Barata. Published in July 1990 in Lisbon. This slim volume is 44 pages in length and features black and white hand-drawn illustrations of the subject material. Softcover. Approx 6 x 8.5 inches.
According to the author, “The Fiscal Philatelist will naturally be interested in all the postal tax issues, but will also want to know which from the latter group were documentary issues as opposed to voluntary charities. That is the main purpose of this catalogue; putting together in one simple straight forward listing all the Local Tax Stamps of the SCW, either postal tax or documentary. We have only left out the voluntary charity issues. Some of these were actually semi-compulsory, due to political pressure, common sense, and survival instinct. In this category there are several issues from Bilbao, Fuente de Piedra, Huevar, Isla Cristina, Segovia, and Talfalla.”
The “stamps” are presented in alpha order by name of the issuing entity.