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American Regime Manila Thru Postcards (Part 1)

Manila is known by travelers,expats,scholars earn accolades such as “Pearl of the Orient”, “Paris of the East”, “Milan of the East”, ” Little Vatican”, “Venice of the East ” among others.

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old Spanish watch tower, Intramuros postcard

Philippine Postcards

Postcards in the country were distributed during the mid-19th during the Spanish colonial regime and were known as tarjeta postal, even until now by old time collectors. Early postcards, bear features of Spanish monarchs and it was only in the late 1890’s when photo type postcards were printed and distributed by stores within Escolta, Binondo, Intramuros and large cities.

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old Spanish wall printed by Photo Finishing Corporation, Manila

The Spanish government produced series in various printed denominations specifically for the country. Unfortunately thru time, revolutions, tropical weather, poor quality of the paper, printing quality available during that time. A lot of the postcards printed during this era barely survived. Early collectors would just put them on book shelves or any place. Most of the Spanish era postcards are hard to come by, even in specialized local bourse or club’s auction.

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Binondo canal

I have seen a handful of these trajeta postal mostly from specialized postcard collectors and bought 2 pieces Spanish -Cuban tarjeta postal printed around 1883 which bear the portrait of King Alphonso XII /Alfonso XII (pre-stamp). Some of the tarjeta postal printed in other Spanish colonies would also circulate in the country, since there are some Filipinos who lived and worked in those countries.  The country is under the Spanish crown, postcards printed in those countries may also been used in the country and coveted by some collectors.

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Insular Ice Plant postcard

Insular ice plant is one of the major building infrastructure built by the Americans in Manila.

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Manila Central Post Office in 1930

Manila Central Post Office used to be a horse stable and post office which serves the southern part of Manila during the last decade of the Spanish regime. The building depicted at the postcard was built from 1926 to 1930 under the supervision of Pedro Siochi and Company. The triumvirate of Ralph Harrington Doane, Tomas Mapua and Juan Arellano were the architects behind this magnificent building.

Malacañang Palace

Malacañang Palace

Malacañan /Malacañang Palace is another favorite subject in postcard and even  had a commemorative stamps issued during the commonwealth time. Several bookstores like Goodwill bookstore, National bookstore featured the palace during post war period.

American Regime

The Americans started printing new postcards and were quickly bought by American military personnel or service personnel that were stationed in the country.
Since travel to the country became easier with faster steam engine vessels and larger commercial steam boats which ply the islands. More and more postcards
with different interesting topics were printed.
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Manila Cityhall
The most popular were Manila carnival queens, ethnic groups, landmarks, public executions, people in filipiñiana costume among others.
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Calle Bagumbayan postcard
Some of the postcards were printed in the Unites States during the early part of the colonial regime, while some are printed in the country.
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Bureau of Science building
Bureau of Science is the precursor of Department of Science and Technology (DOST) during the American colonial regime. The building was  designed in 1901 by the first American resident architect Edgar Bourne.
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Bureau of Science building
The colonial government needed a laboratory to study and store the colony’s rich store of minerals, forest and agricultural products as well as manufactured goods like tobacco and rope. The California Mission-style Neoclassic building graced the PGH Complex off ,Taft Avenue until the war when it was destroyed.
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University of Santo Tomas– This pre-war postcard was probably printed around 1930. This is the newly built building at the Sampaloc campus.
Postal Card
Most businesses and the general public during the commonwealth regime would prefer using postal card. It is a type of postal stationary with pre-paid stamp affixed on the card.  These were classified under postal stationary of Philippine Islands under US Administration. Printed by the US Bureau of Printing and Engraving for use in the Philippine islands.
One can write short messages on the postal card and can be send very quick.
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postal card issued during the commonwealth era with 2 centavos face value
Postal cards had a very interesting story. A lot of the postal card were hidden during the Japanese occupation and were brought out when the American or Allied forces began liberating major cities , hence there are popular cancellation and slogan  marks.
Sometimes these bear overprint cancellation marks of “V Day” ( Victory Day) postal card of 1945, marking the return to power of the commonwealth from the Japanese which occupied the country.
These became popular souvenir items by Allied forces and American troops which were stationed in the country between 1944 to 1946. Approximately 250,000 American service and Allied forces were stationed in the country during this time period.
These type of postal card is commonly used by business, personal and quite popular even until the late 1960’s.

Sources and References:

Collins English Dictionary : Postal Card

Littrell, Robert, Ed; Postal Cards of Spanish Colonial Cuba, Philippines, Puerto Rico, UPSS, 2010.

Personal interview from postcard collectors

Philippine Postcards page 130 to 137 Consuming Passions

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Presidential Landing and Pier 13 Commonwealth Postcard

This is a linen postcard showing the ‘Presidential Landing and Pier 13, Manila, Philippines.’ divided back, not postally-used, printed around 1940. This type was distributed by Philippine Educational Company Inc. (PECO) was popular souvenirs for tourists, students and collectors. This type of postcard circulated until mid-1950’s.

Pier 13 is located at the Manila south harbor, One can appreciate the clean Manila Bay and its surrounding areas during the commonwealth time. According to serious postcard collectors, PECO used to monopolize the distribution of these type of postcards until some entrepreneurs began using photo postcards and targeting schools, organizations and families. Goodwill Bookstore, G. Miranda and National Bookstore then started to issue their own postcard series.

  This one has a white border and has a serrated edge perforation

Linen Postcard

Linen postcards were printed in the United States from the 1930’s until the late 1950s. The majority of the issued postcard for the Philippines, Guam, Marianas and Puerto Rico during this time period were printed in the United States.

Unknown to many,these were not made out of linen, which is derived from flax, but they did have a high rag content, which means the paper contained a certain amount of cotton fiber. Instead, linen actually refers to the surface texture of the postcard.

This postcard was probably kept in an old photo album because of the sticky back side and some damages incurred by the previous postcard collector.

At the back, includes Genuine Curteich, Chicago “C.T. Photo Colorit” postcard US Pat. Of.

Curt Teich Company was founded in Chicago, Illinois, by Curt Teich (1877–1974) in 1898. The company printed postcards, view postcards, and advertising cards, and became the world’s largest printer of postcards.

Japanese Occupation

Importing of postcards ceases during the Japanese occupation of the Philippines ( from 1942- 1945) and very few reached the country. Most of the highly sought after postcards are on the hand of serious postcard collectors. Postcards that circulated within the country where the old stocks held by PECO or secondary retailers. Most of the interesting postcard collection just before and after the war were presumed destroyed or lost during the liberation of Manila.

What ever remained in the hands of early postcard collectors ( deltiologists), souvenir hunters or memorabilia collectors were either lost in time, eaten by termites,mishandled,thrown in garbage bin or lost in fire.

This type of postcards is quite rare or even scare even in stamp club swap meet or some collecting club’s auction.

I bought this postcard along with the Nipa Hut Muslim House Seascape postcard  and Moro Carabao Sled postcard at the recent RetoCon2019.

References and Sources:

Personal interview with postcard collectors

Muslim Nipa Hut Pre-War Postcard Feature in Mindanao

This is a postcard which feature a nipa hut house on stilts within the sea owned by a Moro or Muslim family in Mindanao island – The first postcard was printed around 1910. This was distributed by Peco ( Philippine Educational Company) printed in (Lithograph) linen.

Vintage Postcard

This topic was reprinted several times from 1910’s to late 1940’s and commonly send by US army to their families living in the United States. Tourist coming to the Philippine islands, postcard collectors and school project by elementary students before the war.

School children would paste this postcards in bond papers or photograph book. Most of the postcard available in the market is in poor condition. One can see that the obverse side of the postcard is badly worn out, sometime with traces of paste or tape.

Most of the nice quality ones are in the hand of postcard collectors in the United States and Europe.

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obverse side of the postcard

The obverse showed the recipient of the postcard is Mr. Reynaldo Larva or Lurva of 1115 Seattle, United States. The sender is Mr. and Mrs. W.L. Auger and family.  However there was no stamp nor postmark on this postcard. I presume that this might be hand carried to the recipient.

I had spotted this postcard during the last RetroCon2019 held in Lucky Chinatown Mall, Binondo, Manila.  The seller from Dekada told me that they gave a small discount for this postcard since i bought 3 postcards.

Planned to buy 2 more vintage postcards that i have seen. Cost a small fortune and the sellers did not budge to haggle down the price.

Quite happy that i have added 3 more vintage postcards in my collection.

Filipino Artists Shine at Art Mod Fair

Filipino artists shine at the first art mod fair at the Sm Megatrade Hall 2 in Mandaluyong City . There were over 100 Filipino artists involve in the fair.

organizers and exhibits of the fair

ART MÖD Fair aims to build up the world of Philippine modern art by opening its doors to a wider audience, engaging more Filipinos from all walks in life to appreciate and experience visual art in its various forms.

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Ms. Elane  Jose Bobadilla exhibit and company

a short press conference was held by the organizers of the art fair, among the invited organizers and exhibits are Mr. Joe Datuin, Migz Salazar, Boysie Villavicencio.

Don Mikel Fumar –

Don Mikel Fumar is an illustrator of artsy postcard. He had about half a dozen postcards which he sells at Php 50.00

Eidee Co

Eidee Co started painting when she was 3 years-old .

Angono Artists Association

Ang Buhay at Hugis sa Paete 

The group brought paper machie products, wall decor , carved statues and paintings.

Boysie Villavicencio 

Grupo Sining Angono 

Blanco family 

Ronnie Lim

Mr. Joe Datuin exhibit

I have known Mr. Jose Datuin artistic works from his wife Ms. Imelda Datuin , She would tell stories about his husband art works.

Bahay Sining

Guiller’s Antiques and Collectibles 

doodle art participants 

There are also art workshop

June 9 – Painting Portraits with Majenta Ocampo
June 10 – Basic Calligraphy with Arlene Javier
June 11 – Watercolor Florals with Carla Chua

Websitehttp://www.artmodfair.com/

The fair and show will run until this sunday ( June 11, 2017 ) . Entrance fee is Php 100

Interesting Items at the Chrristmas Toy Fair 2015

SM Megamall , Megatrade Hall B, Mandaluyong City -Philippines

Chrristmas Toys & Collectibles Fair 2015 (X Mas Toy Fair) from Dec. 11-13,2015 .

There are almost 100 booth and there were a lot of shoppers and buyers . For those who wanted to shop toys and collectible items for upcoming Yuletide season, This is the best time to shop .

Here are some of the interesting items , toys and collectible items .

NBA cards

National Basketball Association trading cards are always a collector’s item . I still remember that we used to collect them and trade them. These NBA trading cards are the ultimate collection starter and collection addition to have in your possession. Available signed and unsigned, NBA trading cards are a valuable investment you should stop overlooking today.

During the height of the NBA trading card collecting ( late 1980’s to late- 1990’s)  some schools had imposed guidelines to their students not to bring NBA cards during class hours ( They are subject to confiscation )  . There are also some incidents before that trading NBA cards also involves money thus are branded by some as some form of gambling.

In the Philippines, the fad of collecting NBA cards had begun to fade , but there are still a big number of collectors around.

Postcards

Postcards is always part of communication and an important  collectible items ever since. It started the mid- 19th century and gradually became important in the tourist trade .

The most popular theme are the tourist , scenic , map , flag,flora , fauna, anime ,costumes, cartoon characters and gotochi ( shaped postcards)

Though Wagon Marketing-Mr. Carlos and China Cabanlig

The couple had started their own anime -related gift items and is gaining some online fans for their creative items for sale . They created cute characters like mokatokki , binky burrow and sachiko .

Among the collectible items for sale are the button pins , note pads, key-chain holder , stuffed toy and postcards ( 9 designs) . These items are locally patented and the design will surely catch your eyes.

I gave them a few handy tips on how to improve their products and especially their postcards .

Address#108 Road 3, Project 6, Quezon City , Philippines 1100

+63 998-975-8829, +63 22964227 Landline : (02) 926 4004

Website: carlos@twmgraphics.com

Website: http://www.thoughtwagon.com/

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/ThoughtWagon/?fref=nf

Vintage Toy Raygun

Pope Francis

At the toy fair , Buyers can buy Pope Francis stand-up for ONLY Php450

Retro Toy Collection

Die-cast toy cars -Super Mario Brothers

Before leaving the toy fair, i was able to purchase some hot wheel die cast toys

I would like to ” Thank” the organizers for the invitation