domingo, 12 de marzo de 2017


Opinions of the memebers of the Ecuador Philatelic Study Group,
Thank you friends


I have not much knowledge about the revenue paper. Revenue paper are seen used with or without postmarks. The first sealed paper (6 reales value) is postmarked red Quito Franca. As you see the first three sealed papers (postmarked Quito, Latacunga and Riobamba) seen to has been sent from Quito. On arrival the postmark was applied the sealed paper. Could it be the same reason as I writes below.

On first and second issue, postage was glued on afterwards on the revenue papel. Cut from the wrappers was glued to the revenue paper to prove such act of mailing. The revenue paper had no validity if it was not sent through the mail (Leo Harris).


"Sealed" Revenue paper is not a term I have ever seen in relation to "Stamped" revenue paper. Or is this a google translation of the Spanish? Is this the case in England also or is this peculiar to Australia.


It seems to me that the observation of Bernie Beston is correct. The best translation of "papel sellado" is “Revenue stamped paper", not "sealed". 

If I understand well what exposed by the Mr. Eivind, documents with hand stamps of Quito, Latacunga and Riobamba began in Quito and subsequently upon arrival at these cities were applied. I do not think it is correct this assessment. The fact that the seal of revalidation say QUITO, does not mean that they were initiated in this city. Revenue stamped paper revalidated for Ecuador with Quito seal was used in almost all its territory. Please look closely at the top right edge of the document of Latacunga. It was written with different font indicating the value of postal payment: 2 reales, meaning it’s went through the post office. On the others this data is not displayed. 

I am enclosing some documents similar to those presented by Georg, extracted from my book "Recovering our pre-philately in the light of the Colombians historical archives". In the document of Roldanillo Franca is seen on the right of the red handstamp, the indication of 1 real as payment of the corresponding rate; Buga Franca in 1796, also notes an indication of payment of mailing costs. 

All these documents with indication of having passed through the mails were located only in the provinces of Popayan and Ecuador, covering the entire colonial period from 1772 until 1809 or a bit later. Why only in this region? We do not know. I have reviewed thousands and thousands of documents in the Colombian national archives and I have never found revenue stamped paper with similar postmarks in different areas  than Popayán and Ecuador.

So concluding, in my opinion all these documents were sent by judicial authorities with the different processes through the mail and not as a sign of authority as suggested by Georg.

Buga Franca 1795

Buga Franca 1795

Buga Franca 1796

Cali Franca 1796

Quito Franca 1787

Quito Franca 1787

Roldanillo Franca 1787

Roldanillo Franca 1809

Roldanillo Franca 1809

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