Peru



Catalog: Bustamante #17 (Type L), Yvert and Tellier 11

Date issued: 1923, EKU unknown

Printing: Black on lead gray

Perforation: 12

Inscription: "CORREOS DEL PERU / CIERRE OFICIAL / Adherido por haberse / recibido en mal estado." with "SELLO" in circle at center in fancy frame with "fans" in corners

Control Number: None

Description: Another rather generous use of Peruvian seals, this on a circa 1925 (postmark illegible) mourning cover from Madrid, Spain to Lima. All seals tied by undated violet "ADMINISTRACION DE CORREOS / INSPECCIÓN / DE / CARTEROS / LIMA" (undated) handstamps.

Notice that the lower right fan ornament is reversed on all seals. This is the normal design type. No examples having a properly positioned lower right fan are known.



Catalog: Bustamante #21 (Type Ñ)

Date issued: 1930, EKU February 20, 1931

Printing: Black on off-white with silk fibers

Perforation: Imperforate

Inscription: "CORREOS / DEL PERU / CIERRE OFICIAL / Adherido por haberse / recibido en mal estado" with "SELLO" in circle at center in lined frame with fancy corner ornaments

Control Number: None

Description: Domestic 1931 stampless "Servico" ("official") inscribed cover to Callao opened by the "Correos de Buzones, Lima" (office for collection of mail from post boxes) to check that it was indeed official correspondence entitled to be mailed without postage. Official mail is normally sent in preprinted government stationery, so this letter probably looked suspicious.




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