Postage stamps and postal history of Paraguay

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An airmail stamp of Paraguay.
1892 Telegraph stamps of Paraguay with two (bottom right) surcharged for postal use in 1900.

Paraguay gained independence from Spain in 1811.

Pre-stamp era[edit]

Paraguay operated an internal postal service from 1769 to 1811. Mail travelled from Buenos Aires via Santa Fe and Corrientes to Candelaria and Asuncion.[1]

First stamps[edit]

1 real first issue 1870, pink, litho, cancelled at Asuncion.

The republic of Paraguay issued its first stamps (1, 2, and 3 Reales) on 1 August 1870,[2] featuring a standing lion raising a republican hat, lithographed by R. Lange (Buenos Aires).[3]


  1. ^ Stamp Atlas.
  2. ^ Michel Südamerika 1984/85 catalog, page 575.
  3. ^ Stamps of the World Volume 3. Stanley Gibbons. 2004. p. 787.