Thursday, January 03, 2008

Cover from Chile

After my first cover from Kazakhstan that I showed yesterday, here is my first cover from Chile, received through the CCCC.

Let’s start by the blue stamp, located on the right part. It’s rather easy to find out that this is a Christmas issue of 2000 (Navidad 2000). In fact, this stamp was issued on the 25th of November 2000. What was less obvious is that it belongs to a set of ten stamps, issued as a souvenir sheet that pictures quite well the spirit of Christmas. Here is the complete sheet.

The second stamp belongs to a set of two stamps, issued on the 29th of June 2007. This set celebrates (multi) centenary churches of Chile. The stamp on the cover pictures the church of Parinacota. This church which is now a national monument was built in the 17th century and was reconstructed in stone and whitened in 1789. What is interesting is that while looking for some information about this church, I found this website. If you look attentively you will see that the photography on this webpage looks exactly as the stamp ! As if the stamp was designed from this photography…
As I said the full set contains two stamps. The second stamp of the set pictures the church of San Pedro de Atacama. The stamps have been issued in a sheet with printed margins. Here is the full sheet.

Another interesting thing to notice about the cover is the postmark. It is hard to read on the scan but I tried to make a zoom on it and to enhance the contrast. You can see that the three letters DIC for “Diciembre” seem to be swapped compared to the rest of the cancel…

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