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Is this File:Albanian stamp 13.jpg an overprint?

Dori 23:03, Oct 26, 2003 (UTC)

Should discuss subject of private overprints, or mention and link to a new article in which this can be more extensively discussed. Private overprints, while generally making stamps invalid for postage (when not they have been used as control marks by businesses, etc.), have been used for commemorative and propaganda purposes by private individuals. Mention should, for example, be made of the woman who, during the Vietnam war, precancelled her stamps with "Pray for War" and the resulting brouhaha. --Daniel C. Boyer 15:26, 5 Dec 2003 (UTC)

Overprint colors in publishing[edit]

Why is this article totally concentrated on postal stamps and banknotes? The term "overprint" also concerns ink superposition in publishing technologies. 13:35, 26 September 2007 (UTC)

Look at "what links here", seems like the most common expectation of the term is philatelic. Feel free to create overprint (publishing) and link to it from here, however. Stan 14:39, 26 September 2007 (UTC)
I was looking for overprinting in desktop publishing... anyone? —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 01:42, 21 December 2007 (UTC)
I moved the discussion relating to printing processes to a new article Overprinting.Ecphora (talk) 00:47, 1 March 2009 (UTC)


I'm about to add an extensive revision which includes some new references and links as well as a good number of representative images. It still lacks sources in many places so I'm afraid it's probably still a Start, but I hope it's an improvement. SteveStrummer (talk) 05:09, 4 September 2011 (UTC)

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Colonial section[edit]

The text: 'Overprints were often used by nations to establish the first stage of postal service in a new territorial possession or colony. If preparations had not been made.' Is only partly true. Nations overprinted stamps for use in their colonies often with the same reasons as for their domestic use. Due to poor planning or supply problems they ran out of stamps, postal rates changed faster then anticipated, and had to meet the demand. Overprints were made in all stages. Arno-nl (talk) 09:48, 28 March 2014 (UTC)

Agreed. I think the current wording is just a summary of the main reason they did it. Why don't you add your additions comments? Philafrenzy (talk) 12:43, 28 March 2014 (UTC)

Overprints that change(d) the stamp purpose[edit]

Overprints have been applied on regular stamps to change and limit their purpose: official, airmail, postage due, newspaper, express, late fee, special delivery etc etc. This has not been addressed. What would be a well put name for this new section (or new sections)?Arno-nl (talk) 20:18, 29 March 2014 (UTC)

Just "Change of purpose overprints" I think. You can change it anytime after all. Philafrenzy (talk) 00:37, 30 March 2014 (UTC)

Nicaragua - Zelaya[edit]

An interesting case is the value differentiation overprint in the Nicaraguan province of Zelaya (aka Bluefields). Special stamps were needed because for a short period of time two currencies which differed materially in value were in use in Nicaragua. Silver money was used in Zelaya and Cabo Gracias a Dios, while the rest of Nicaragua used paper money. Later the money was unified on a gold basis. From 1904-1912 regular issues of Nicaragua were overprinted (initially ' B Dpto. Zelaya.') for use in all places where the currency was on a silver basis.

I think this should be mentioned, but how to put this in? Arno-nl (talk) 11:19, 29 June 2014 (UTC)

Was this an overprint only scenario or a general Nicaraguan issue? If so, are there any stamps that show the difference? I presume you have some philatelic references for it. ww2censor (talk) 14:13, 29 June 2014 (UTC)
Only overprints, mostly in black but also in red, green, violet and blue. For Zelaya regular stamps of Nicaragua were overprinted from 1904-1912, Scott 1L1-1L123 and 1LO1-1LO3 (Official stamps). For Cabo Gracias a Dios regular stamps of Nicaragua were overprinted 'CABO', 'C', 'Costa Atlantica C.', from 1904-1907, Scott 2L1-2L72 and 2LO1-2LO4. See Scott catalogue 2009 Volume 4 pages 1448-1450. For Cabo Scott states: 'A cape and seaport town in the extreme northeast of Nicaragua. The name was coined by Spanish explorers who had great difficulty finding a landing place along the Nicaraguan coast and when eventually locating this harbor expressed their relief by designating the point “Cape Thanks to God.” Special postage stamps came into use for the same reasons as the Zelaya issues. See Zelaya.' Many multiple overprints and surcharges exist for this area. For example: 1910, for Zelaya a Nicaraguan overprinted telegraph stamp (10c lake) was issued that had a green surcharge and carmine blackouts on the black Zelaya overprint (Scott 1L92), 3 consecutive overprints, nice.

We could create an article on local stamps of Nicaragua and put small portions of here or refer to it. Other thoughts? Arno-nl (talk) 07:38, 1 July 2014 (UTC)