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Rest in Peace
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Posted 05/06/2011   11:19 am  Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add Scouter to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Why are there so many air mail stamps from several of the South American and Central American countries? They seem greatly disproportionate in numbers from other parts of the World?
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Posted 05/06/2011   4:23 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add philb to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Scouter, You may notice that much of the mail from the Central and South American countries is to Large companies in the U.S.,Canada, Germany etc...they needed letters to arrive on a timely basis..if they went by boat it could take months for mail to arrive...much of the mail service from those areas is still spotty !!
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APS 070059 Life Member International Society of Guatemala Collectors I.S.G.C. #853
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Posted 06/05/2011   06:21 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add jbcev80 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Hi philb,

Spotty is an understatement.

We send Christmas cards in September to make sure they get to Colombia in time. It seems mail to Colombia was quicker in the 20's and 30,s (so I am told) and that went by steamship to probably Barranquilla, plane down the Magdalena River and probably burro up to Bogota. It was also cheaper.

Jerry B
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Posted 02/09/2012   07:07 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add desertfox to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Mail to/from Colombia is notorious..., I would never ship anything of value by mail to Colombia. And indeed, in the 20th with SCADTA/Lansa and later on Avianca it had been much faster and more reliable as today.
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Posted 02/09/2012   09:22 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add philb to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
i remember shortly after I joinned the Guatemala stamp society..Guatemala hired Canada Post to straighten out their mail problem...it was said piles of mail would sit for months at the Guatemala City post office !!
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