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Thank you visiting the International Society of Guatemala Collectors web site.  The ISGC is a non-profit organization and APS affiliate founded in 1948; membership in the Society is open to anyone interested in stamps and postal history of colonial and modern Guatemala and adjacent regions of Central America.
All memberships include a subscription to El Quetzal (EQ), published four times a year. Members also have access to the member side of the ISGC website, where you may participate in the online Forum discussions, and have access to the entire run of back issues of EQ, starting with #1, published in 1949. Guatemala-1, the out-of-print Volume 1 of the Postal History and Philately of Guatemala, is also available online to members, and plans are in the works to add other out-of-print ISGC publications.
Join the ISGC, or renew your membership. An online only membership is now available at a reduced rate.

ISGC 2018 Election of Officers and Directors

The tri-annual election of Officers and Directors will be held at the Society's meeting at the WESTPEX Stamp Show on April 28, 2018. The nominees for Officer and for Director with biographical information are included in the March issue of El Quetzal. All members of the Society are eligible to vote in the election either by mailing a ballot to the Secretary or attending the meeting in person. If you have any questions, contact a current Officer or Director.

A ballot for voting and instructions for mailing are available here.

Spring ISGC Auction March 15 - May 15, 2018

The Spring 2018 ISGC Auction will include a total of 72 excellent lots featuring the first part of the James C. Andrews estate made available to ISGC members by his son Robert Andrews and featuring Guatemala related publications, Waterlow Proofs, and the first installment of the excellent Papel Sellado collection. The auction also features items from other ISGC members and includes classic postal stationery, a beautiful 1886 Official New Year's Greeting Card (rare), and early mint blocks of the 1886 lithograph issue. Something for everybody!

Scans of all of the auction lots will be added to our society website by March 15th, which is the first day bids will be accepted. The auction closes on May 15th.

The auction is open to current ISGC members only, which is another excellent reason to get your dues in now, if you have not already paid.

Papel Sellado Seals examples

View or download PDF files concerning the auction:

2018 ISGC Auction Listing
2018 ISGC Auction Rules and Bid Sheet
2018 ISGC Auction Lots Images

Higher resolution images of individual lots are available on request.

Send any questions to the Auction Manager:

Jonathan Topper
Topper Stamps & Postal History
10480 Grant Road, Suite 117
Houston, TX 77070

or via email:

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 March 2017 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, #373, March, 2018, 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.


Mazepa's "Colonial Central America" Crowned Champion of Champions

8/26/2017   James P. Mazepa's "Colonial Central America", depicting the development of the postal system in the Kingdom of Guatemala, was crowned Champion of Champions at the APS Stampshow in Richmond, Virginia.   Read>>

ISGC Guatemala Stamp Album Download Now Available at No Cost to Members

2/5/2016    The ISGC is proud to announce that the ISGC Guatemala Stamp Album is now available for members to download at no cost.   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


A Note on PayPal Payments

Please use the email address listed on the Join/Renew ISGC Button on the Menu to make dues payments via PayPal. The email address for the Treasurer on the Contact Us area is for communication with the Treasurer, not for payments.


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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