Thursday, September 16, 2010

First cover from Ecuador and new frog stamps

I’m happy to share with my first cover received from Ecuador. I received it recently from a seller on Ebay where I bought some new stamps that I will also share with you.
But let’s start first by the cover.

This is a registered cover from the city of Guayaquil. The large stamp is part of a joint issue between Ecuador and Venezuela picturing a portrait of Manuela Saenz. The stamp from Ecuador has been issued on the 24th of May 2010.
Doña Manuela Saenz (1797-1856) was a revolutionary hero of South America, who became the mistress of the well know Simon Bolivar. Here role was generally overlooked until the twentieth century. On the 5th of July 2010 she was given a full state burial in Venezula. The joint issue between Ecuador and Venezuela has been issued to celebrate this event.
The stamp from Venezuela reuses the same design than the one from Ecuador, which is in fact a portrait of Manuela Saenz painted by Salome Lalama entitled Buena y bella Manuela.
Here is a sheet of the stamp from Venezuela.

What is not very visible on the scan of the cover is that the portrait is surrounded by a golden border.

The second stamp is part of a set of eight stamps issued on the 28th of April 2009 celebrating the diversity of Ecuadro. Each stamp pictures a different province of the country. The stamp on the cover is dedicated to the province of Esmeraldas where is located the city bearing the same name, Esmeraldas, the major seaport of northwestern Ecuador.

What is to be noticed on the cover is the postmark that I found very interesting as it is bicolor. Here is a picture of the full postmark that was also present on the other side of the cover. I guess that this postmark is one used in a philatelic office.

As I said in the beginning, the cover was sent by an Ebay seller who used it to send me stamps that I bought. Here is the se-tenant band of three stamps that I bought.

The set has been issued on the 1st of July 2010 to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the province of Tungurahua. This province gets its name from a volcano located in the Cordillera Central of Ecuador. The volcanic activity of this volcano has restarted in 1999 and is on going so far, with major eruptions in August 2006, February 2008 and May 2010. The Tungurahua volcano is also known as the black giant.

The stamp on the left pictures a species of toad which is endemic to this region of the world, Athelopus ignescens. Yes, you understood that this is the reason why I bought this set!
The second stamp pictures the volcano and the surrounding national park named Parque de la Familia (the family park).
The last stamp pictures a museum located in this area, the Casa del portal.

Here is the FDC of this set that I also got from Ebay. A nice postmark picturing a volcano is used on it.

1 comment:

treskeidecamania said...

Great job eric..i admire you, until now you keep posting on your blogs. keep up the good work. hope i have the enthusiasm to continue what i have started on my philippine philately and numismatic blog.