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Les Plus Beaux Timbres Authentiques ... Seriously Philatelic Postcards

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Publisher Ch Barrillot, Editeur, Paris 16th Arrondissement, brings us the earliest, most aggressively philatelic, commercially published postcard that I have ever held in my hands.

Les plus beaux Timbres Authentiques => Very Beautiful Authentic Postage Stamps

Sadly, unused and, therefor, sans postmark.

Perhaps the best stamp in the "set" is that very red 1901 definitive honoring Colonel Luis Vargas Torres (1855-1887) [who] was an Ecuadorian revolutionary and national hero and martyr in the cause of liberalism.

Country: Ecuador
Series: Definitives of 1901
Catalog codes:
Michel EC 124
Stamp Number EC 145
Yvert et Tellier EC 127
Stanley Gibbons EC 205
Issued on: 1901
Perforation: varies from 12.5 to 16
Printing: Recess
Colors: Black | Scarlet
Face value: 1 ¢ - Ecuadorian centavo
Watermark: None
Perforation varies from 12.5 to 16.

I read that postmark as 1902060(6) on the GUAYAQUIL & QUITO Rxxx, which I'm hoping means the G&Q railway:

... The Ferrocarriles del Ecuador Empresa Publica (FE EP) (Ecuadorian Railways Company) is the national railway of Ecuador. The railway system was devised to connect the Pacific coast with the Andean highlands. After many decades of service the railway was severely damaged by heavy rainfall during the El Niño in 1997 and 1998 and from general neglect as the Pan-American Highway siphoned off passengers. In 2008 the president Rafael Correa named the railroad a "national cultural patrimony" and indicated that it would be restored. The government of Ecuador started to rehabilitate the railway and service was restored between Guayaquil and Quito by 2013 ...

Q/ Any thoughts as to the word at the bottom of that postmark?

Also of interest is the perfin'd ("T.6") 30-centimo stamp bearing a baby portrait of King-from-Birth Alfonso XIII.

Country: Spain
Series: King Alfonso XIII
Catalog codes:
Michel ES 195
Stamp Number ES 264
Yvert et Tellier ES 205
Stanley Gibbons ES 282
Edifil ES 222
Issued on: 1889-10-01
Perforation: comb 14
Printing: Typography
Colors: Grey olive
Face value: 30 Spanish centimo
Description: Alfonso XIII as a baby

Missing the telegraph punch (see Edifil ES 222T), but perfin'd T.6

Q/ Anybody got a similarly 'philatelic' postcard?


/s/ ikeyPikey
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