Saturday, November 21, 2009

My first cover from Uruguay

(I'm currently writing this post from Ottawa airport. I'm waiting for my flight to Montreal and then to Paris. This is a pitty that during last week spent in Chicago and Ottawa I could not find any time to visit a post office in order to buy some stamps ! May be next time...)

As an echo to my yesterday post showing stamps from Uruguay, I'm glad today to share with you my first cover received from this country ! This cover was used by an Ebay seller to send me some stamps that I purchased and it is franked with three full souvenir sheets.

The souvenir sheet used on the cover was issued on the 10th of July 2008 to commemorate the International Polar Year. A lot of countries have issued stamps or souvenir sheets at this occasion. Uruguay has chosen to illustrate the issue with fauna and flora from the Antarctic region.
The stamp located in the top right corner of the sheet pictures a pair of Brown sjuas (Catharacta lonnbergii) while the other stamp pictured a pair of Antarctic fur seals (Arctocephalus gazella). This seal takes its scientific name from the German vessel SMS Gazelle which collected the first specimen from Kerguelen island. This species of seal is also knwon as Kerguelen Fur Seals and is a protected species.
The rest of the souvenir shete pictures local fauna and an iceberg.
The sheets are cancelled with a black rectangular cancel, a shape which seems rather common for South American postal administrations!

My collection of covers from the world is increasing with one additional country !

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