Postage stamps and postal history of Paraguay

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

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

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.

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