Prepared by Thomas Lera, Winton M. Blount Research Chair and Joe Hahn, El Salvador Philatelic Society.
This finding aid was prepared with the assistance of James O’Donnell, NPM Museum Specialist, and Joe Hahn, well known collector of El Salvador and member of The El Salvador Philatelic Society – ACES.
In January 1940, the El Salvador Philatelic Society (Sociedad Filatélica de El Salvador) was founded in San Salvador, El Salvador. In 1975, the Associated Collectors of El Salvador (ACES) was founded in the United States.
In 2004, both societies joined their efforts and created an on-line Philatelic Society devoted to the study of the Stamps and Postal History of El Salvador, the El Salvador Philatelic Society – ACES. The aims of the society are to promote, improve and divulge the study of Philately in general and in particular of El Salvador and to strengthen the relations of collectors of El Salvador with members of all other countries.
The society has a quarterly on-line journal, El Salvador Filatélico On-line, at least two auctions of material for members and a new issues service as well as other benefits.
In March of 2000, a group of philatelists specializing in El Salvador joined efforts to draft the first Philatelic Handbook of El Salvador. The handbook will cover all periods from the Colonial era to the year 2000. It will include pre-philately, stamp issues and postal stationery. So far nine chapters have been drafted, which cover the period from 1780 to the end of the Seebeck issues. The society plans to publish the first section of the handbook, which will cover the Colonial period through the issues of 1889 within the next year. The following year they plan to publish the Seebeck period issues.
Additional information is available at their website http://www.elsalvadorphilately.org.
Images are from the Charles S. Hamilton and the John M. Taylor Specialized Collection of El Salvador, and the A. Eugene Michel Postal Stationery of the World Collection at the Smithsonian National Postal Museum.