Monday, April 14, 2008

Damaged mail from Philippines

Two weeks ago I had the surprise to received a nice cover from Philippines, a country from which I did not get so much mail so far. For any reason, this mail got damaged during the transport, so I had the surprise to receive it wrapped in a plastic bag. Here is a scan of the plastic bag.

In reality the plastic bag is transparent, only the yellow part is opaque and printed on one side only so that you can see the cover inside. The blue border on the picture is in fact a side effect of the scanning. This part is transparent. Here is a tentative translation of the test written on the yellow part :

Customer service
Doing everything so that your mail reaches you, whatever happens.

Our commitment is to do our best to distribute your mail. Whenever it gets damaged during the process, it is our priority to have it distributed to you in the best possible conditions.

This is the reason why, today, you receive this mail in this special envelop, designed to protect your mail damaged or altered by our own service.

We invite you to contact your post office or to connect on our website to get answers to your questions and to collect your suggestion.

This is the first time I receive an item in such a plastic bag. And effectively, the mail it contained had been torn opened on the right side. I wonder how it could happen, by the way.
Now let me show you the cover.

It is a cover coming from Philippines, sent by Ray, a reader of my blog. Thank you very much Ray for the cover and for your very nice letter.
As you see the cover is stamped with an impressive number of stamps.
The butterflies stamps are definitive stamps issued in 2007. They are in fact a re-print of stamps issued in 2005 with a different face value. The stamps picture butterflies that could be found in Philippines (and on which I could hardly find information…) : Delias schoenigi hemeli, Moduza urdaneta aynii, Papilio xuthus benguetanus.
To be noticed that the two 7p stamps belong to a set of ten stamps (issued in the form of a small sheet), each of them having a face value of 7p but picturing a different butterfly. This strange to have so many different designs for the same denomination on a definitive stamp, no ?

The two birds stamps have also been issued in 2007. They picture respectively :

- a black-naped Oriole (Oriolus chinensis), a bird that can be found in South Asia. It belongs to the Orioles family, a family of passerine birds. It takes its name from the broad black eye stripe continuing on the nape. Like other birds from the same family they feed on insects and fruit.
- a barn swallow (Hirundo rustica), which is the most widespread species of swallow in the world. It is a distinctive passerine bird with blue upperparts, a long, deeply forked tail and curved, pointed wings. It is found in Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas. The Barn Swallow is the national bird of Estonia. The Barn Swallow is an attractive bird which has been tolerated by humans when it shares their buildings for nesting. As one of the earlier migrants, this species is also seen as an early sign of summer's approach

I have now two reasons to keep this cover in my collection : this is a very nice cover from Philippines, and this is an example of damaged mail ! Two in one !

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