Uruguay

Uruguay is located along the Atlantic coast on the southeastern part of South America. It shares borders with Argentina to the west and Brazil to the north. Two different types of official seals were used in Uruguay, one kind for mail and the other for telegrams.



Catalog: Ciardi CO3, Drummond OS3

Date issued: 1926, EKU September 7, 1933

Printing: Green embossed

Perforation: Die cut

Inscription: "CORREOS DE LA REPUBLICA ORIENTAL DEL URUGUAY / CIERRE OFICIAL" ("POST OFFICE OF THE EASTERN REPUBLIC OF URUGUAY / OFFICIAL SEAL") inside oval frame with caduceus in center flanked by two fleurons

Control Number: None

Description: Censored 1940 cover from Manchester, England to Montevideo, Uruguay repaired with three Uruguayan mail seals. "RECIBIDA EN MAL ESTADO" ("Received in bad condition") handstamp on back. All seals tied by 3 December Montevideo datestamps.

Two other similar looking mail seals exist. The first, issued in 1923, lacks the fleuron symbols in the center. A second nearly identical type as the example shown here, has finer dots between the two white outer frame lines, and the "U" of the word "REPUBLICA" is not accented.



Catalog: Ciardi COT1, Drummond OST1

Date issued: 1902

Printing: Milky blue

Perforation: 11

Inscription: "CORREOS Y TELEGRAFOS DEL / URUGUAY / RECIBIDA CON EL CIERRE / EN MAL ESTADO" ("POST AND TELEGRAPH OF URUGUAY / RECEIVED WITH THE SEAL IN BAD CONDITION") inside fancy frame with Uruguayan coat of arms at left

Control Number: None

Description: 1902 issue telegraph seal, block of four with double horizontal row of perforations on the top pair.

There are at least a dozen different types of telegraph seals. This is the earliest, and one of only two having the "received in bad condition" wording. Although technically a "telegraph seal," this label was occasionally used on regular mail.

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