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Ecuador Local Usage
July 25, 1865

This cover had a very short journey.
It went into the mail in Riobamba in the mountains of Ecuador about 140 km northeast of Quayaquil.
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Riobamba is near the volcano Chimborazo.
The cover was bound for Guaranda which was only 50 km west.

The cover has two CDS and the stamps are also cancelled with three squares of dots.

The cover is franked with a strip of three 1865 1r. green imperfs (Scott 5).
This has to be a very early use of this stamp.


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