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Ecuador to France
This cover is
interesting not only for the
origin and destination but also for the franking.
In addition to the 5c of the 1907 presidents series (Josť M.
Urvino in lilac rose and black - Scott 169)
it also has three 2c revenue stamps.
Similar stamps had been surcharged for postal use before (1903-06)
but the revenues were higher denominations.
I don't really know but I would expect that the use of revenue stamps
was an economy measure
and it was probably easier (and cheaper) to just let the low values be
used as is. (See Note)
I cannot interpret the departure CDS. Anyone else? (See Note)
The cover arrived at the Paris Distribution station on January 20.
Note also the 'Via New York' routing.
There is probably a New York transit mark on the back of this cover.
All in all, a nice postal history item.
Note: I received a note from K.
Zwart from the
Netherlands who informed me
that this letter was sent from the town of Ambato
in the Andes about 110 km SSW of Quito and 200 km NE of Guayaquil.
Postage stamp shortages were chronic and often they resorted
to the use of revenue stamps.
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