Ecuador Sellos Stamps : Unadopted Essay :
Ferrocarril Quito - Ibarra Railway (1929)

We are indebted to the late Brian Moorhouse for providing us with the scan below. It shows a photograph of the artwork from the American Bank Note Company's photographic archive of an unadopted 10c stamp, an essay produced with a view to commemorating the Quito-Ibarra Railway. Below the proposed stamp are various value tablets for consideration. Note that 'IBARRA' is misspelt 'IRARRA' on the essay.

Ecuador-Quito-Ibarra-Railway Proposed Stamp

The following reference is written in pencil on the back of the photographic record : 16752 - 3/20/29 , this representing the ledger reference for the artwork and a date, March 20th 1929. We understand that the entry in the ledger also stated that the essay was destroyed and it seems likely that the date given is that of its destruction. This unique photograph discovered in the ABN Company archive is therefore, almost certainly, the only remaining original image in existence of this unadopted design.

Ecuador Briefmarken Eisenbahn Quito Ibarra

Above: An enlarged detail from the archive photograph shown higher up.


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