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Album: Rare Stamps

Postage Stamp - Tierra del Fuego - 10 oro

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Postage Stamp - Tierra del Fuego - 10 oro
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This is the only local stamp created by the almost indepentent territory of Tierra del Fuego, used to send mails to Chile and Argentina.
The postal stamp is red and pictures mining tools, the hammer and pick, symbols of industrial workers and miners.
The letter "P" in the middle of the stamps is for the name of Julius Popper, the european adventurer, explorer and mining engineer who created this stamp in 1891. He was born in Romania (Iuliu Popper). This stamp is also known as Poppers Post.

10 Oro means 0.10 grams of gold.

This stamp was never officialy recognized by the Chile and Argentina.

Stamp catalog number: Popper's local postal service stamp, Michel #1 and Gibbons #1. "Complete country", since it was the only stamp issued in the region.

Color print proof of Tierra del Fuego Stamps (block of four):

Pruebas en color de las primeras estampillas de la Tierra del Fuego, grabadas e impresas por:
Kidd y Co. Limitada: año 1891, Buenos Aires.

Complete sheet of 100 stamps (10x10):

(image from Harmers auction)

Posted with Postbit by The Stamp Collection Postbit at 2012-01-24 17:16

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