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Revolutionary New Stamp Album for Guatemala Collectors

9/14/2014   A new Guatemala stamp album has been created in both print and digital forms.   See images from the album here    Read >>

2014 ISGC Auction a Success!

8/23/2014   Jonathan Topper, ISGC Auction Manager, announces the 2014 ISGC Auction results.  Read >>

Domestic Airmail Service in Guatemala

9/28/2013   Article written by Dr. Andrew Cheung posted to the website.   Read >>

David Reitsema article "Introduction to Guatemala Philately" posted to website

An article written by David Reitsema entitled Introduction to Guatemala Philately was published recently in the Journal of the Hong Kong Philatelic Society.    Read >>

David Fine Exhibit "Guatemalan Auxiliary Markings" update posted to website

Dr. Andrew Cheung Exhibit "Guatemala Airmail 1924-1945" posted to website



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Exhibits now available for viewing:  The Quetzal Airmails (Jaime Marckwordt), A Selection of Guatemalan Postmarks, 1871-1902 (Cécile Gruson), Collecting Guatemala (David Jickling, coordinator), Guatemalan Auxiliary Markings, 1898-1967 (David Fine), and Guatemala Airmail 1924-1945 (Dr. Andrew Cheung). Also available:  PDF file of the Perforation Gauge Presentation from Washington 2006.

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Harry Edwards   1916-2015

Harry Edwards

 Guatemala Postal Markings

Exhibit Book Available

Edited by David Reitsema, this book reproducing Gruson’s exhibit is a valuable companion volume to her Postal Markings of Guatemala published in 2007. 


There are three sections in the book.  The first section is pre-stamp markings 1768-1875 which include markings from the colonial, State and Republic periods, and diligencias.  There are nearly 100 items pictured, including many exceptional rarities. 


The second section illustrates town postmarks 1851-1900.  These include single, duplex and non-standard postmarks on a wide range of rare stamped and stampless covers.  Covers pictured include the 1871 and 1873 regular issues, Liberty head, Indian woman, quetzals, railbond, and the 1886 provisional issues. 


The third section consists of a wide variety of postal markings such as those for specific uses (registry, ambulante, etc.), instructional markings (franco, postage due, etc.) and cancellers including numerals, stars and corks. 


There is an addendum with various experts’ certificates and notes including provenance of certain items.  The book concludes with a four page index. 


30 copies of this 148 page full color softcover book were printed.  It is available to order until July 30 unless all are sold before that date; thereafter, remaining unsold copies will be donated to philatelic organizations. The book is priced at US$27 per copy.  Postage is US$8 (US addresses) and US$25 for non-US addresses.  Registration is an additional US$11 if necessary. 


The book can be ordered from David Reitsema.  Payments are to be checks drawn in US$ drawn on US banks sent to David Reitsema, 8085 S. Willow Ct., Centennial, CO 80112 USA.  Payment may also be made by PayPal using the email address  You may use that email address for any inquiries you have.

2014 ISGC Auction Completed

ISGC Auction manager Jonathan Topper has announced the results of the 2014 ISGC Auction.

Scans of all 198 lots: 2014 Auction Lots.  

The above documents and images may be viewed by members and non-members alike. Participation in the auction was open only to ISGC members in good standing. Fill out and send in the ISGC Membership Application to join the ISGC.

El Quetzal

David Reitsema is the current editor of El Quetzal . Reitsema is one of the Directors of the ISGC and has previously served as its President.  He has authored numerous articles in El Quetzal over the years.  EQ has an entirely new format commencing with the December 2012 issue, and the printing quality has been dramatically improved. A PDF of the entire December 2014 issue has been made accessible on-line to the public to serve as an example of what is available to members.

The cover of the current issue of El Quetzal, #363, September, 2015, including the table of contents, is available for viewing. Members may sign in to view the entire issue online in the Library section of this website. Past issues are also available.