Sunday, 20 October 2013

Uruguay Postal Services

To celebrate the 185th anniversary of the Uruguay National Post Office in 2012 this souvenir sheet, designed by Daniel Pereyra, was issued on the very day it started all those years ago (21st December 1827).  I love how it could resemble a writing desks shelves or even perhaps letter  pigeon holes. Let me take you on a journey through the sheet, the stamp itself of course is in the upper middle and the artist has used the 185 as a letter holder and an outline of Uruguay and below is what it is all about, post being delivered.

To the left of the stamp are PO boxes and parcel post being transported, to the right of the stamp someone is collecting their old age pension from the post office and a blue post office van setting out on its journey below.

The lower half of the sheet features a globe with South America centre stage and Uruguay marked,  below that are all the accoutrements needed for philately.  But look at the man posting a letter, here is a little bit of Britain in Uruguay, a Penfold hexagonal Postbox. Designed by the architect John Penfold in the 1860s and (depending on which source read),  it was either exported after the 1878 Paris Universal Exposition or the result of an direct export order in 1869.  Whichever it was it was an instant success and today there are still six extant in Uruguay, one of which is in Montevideo, but differing from UK ones in that they are  painted blue and black. 

Lastly on the bottom right is something that spans the eras, that is a hand holding a pen to make a signature as it would have done in 1827 and facing it a hand holding a key which signifies cryptography and the use of digital signatures using special hardware and software, very much the 21st century.   There is a more in depth look at this sheet with lots more Uruguayan knowledge than me on DJBM's Philatelic blog

An entry to Viridian Postcard's Sunday Stamps


Maria Kristina Maano said...

Great design and great write-up too, Joy! Very informative.

viridian said...

I like the deep or forced perspective in all the cubbyholes. Great choice!
Thank you for participating.

Lisa B said...

What a wonderful minisheet and well worth looking at in detail. I didn't know that about the letter boxes, I'm pleased to hear some are still in use.

Postcardy said...

That's my favorite theme. I would like the sheet even more if some of the other pigeon holes had been made into stamps too.

VioletSky said...

I agree with Postcardy - it would be neat if the pigeonholes all held stamps!.
I've seen very few South American stamps.
Going to check out that link now.

jared's mum said...

wow! that is just a lot of interesting bits of information in one stamp sheet! i am really enjoying this stamp meme, i am learning a lot each week I join!

Bob Scotney said...

A stamp sheet to be envious of. Thanks for giving us the detail too.