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

I am indebted to Brian Moorhouse for providing me 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, produced with a view to commemorating the Quito-Ibarra Railway. Below the proposed stamp are various different value inscriptions for consideration.

Ecuador-Quito-Ibarra-Railway Proposed Stamp

The following information is written in pencil on the back of the photographic record : 16752 - 3/20/29 , these 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 extracted from the ABN Company archive is therefore, almost certainly, the only remaining image in existence of this rejected design.

Ecuador Briefmarken Eisenbahn Quito Ibarra

Above: The stamp itself, enlarged version from the archive photograph shown higher up. It would have been a splendid stamp.

In the unlikely event that anyone else knows anything more about this proposed stamp issue, do please contact me. And what about the railway itself? Can anyone provide a short history of the railway, please?


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