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THE ASOCIACION FILATELICA OF COSTA RICA HAS NEW ADDRESS
Because of our old ubication in the northern part of the city of San José,some members stopped coming to the AFCR local to buy,sell or exchange stamps.Thatīs why, we had the goal of searching for another place, that could join all the requirements that our members need.Fifteen days ago,during a board meeting we took the decision of moving to the DOWNTOWN of the city, to a very confortable office that fills all our needings.Our new address is:
DOWNTOWN SAN JOSE, diagonal to Tienda La Gloria, 5th floor, Lang Building.
We are 2 blocks away from the Post Office building and near to all the downtown San Jose events.
So,we invite everybody interested in the delightful hobby of stamp collecting,to share with us on Saturdays from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. and everyday from 3:00 to 5:00 pm for use of the library and enjoy the wonderful world of stamps
THE ASOCIACION FILATELICA OF COSTA RICA 2002 DIRECTIVE BOARD
During January of each year,as it is normal, the new directive board of the AFCR was elected.This year after the usual President,Treasurer and Fiscal inform,that were very satisfactory in all aspects,the votations took place with the following results:
President:-------------- Abraham Gelber
Vice President:------ Juan Reinoso
Treasurer:-------------- Luis Fdo. Diaz
Books Secretary: --- Mario Masis
Mail Secretary:------ Giana Wayman
Publications: -------- Alexander Meijer
Auctions: ------------- Juan Herrera
First Vocal:----------- Billy Vainer
Second Vocal: ------ Ricardo Sudasassi
Fiscal: ------------------ Enrique Bialikamien
The recent past year of 2001,was plentiful in achievements for the Costa Rica philately,which can be made when the board works as a team and not with personal impositions,passing over the other members of the board.That was an old policy, that some old philatelists used to impose, so that they can rule like dictators.Unfortunately for them,those days are over in the Costa Rica philately.
Some of the major achievements was the third Costa Rica-Spain Philatelic Exhibition,that took place during October, in the Philatelic Museum of the Post Office Building. Philatelic and socialIy, the exhibition was so successful,that itīs worth enough to mention it in this report.There was also a small exhibit during the International Week of Coffee, which was the first step to keep on showing in this event, during the next years.
Itīs also good to mention the achievements of 2 Costarrican philatelists,who are now part of the international exhibitors of our country. Doctor Manfred Amrhein who obtained 2 Gold medals in Brussels and Tokyo World Stamp Exhibitions in the Literature class and Arch.Juan Reinoso who obtained a Large Vermeil medal in the Postal Stationary class,during Tokyo World Stamp Exhibition. At this moment,Costa Rica has 17 qualified collections with vermeil medal or more,which gives to the owners of the collections, a lot of pride and the right to propose their names for FIP international juries, whenever they think itīs the best moment,in their respective class.
The goal of this board, is to keep on increasing efforts to improve our national and international achievements, for the pride of the national philately.Finally,as Mr.Ruben Otero,a very good argentinian friend of the Costa Rica philately said, we are A SMALL COUNTRY WITH BIG PHILATELY.
---- Because of our old ubication in the southern part of the city of San José,some members stopped coming to the AFCR local to buy,sell or exchange stamps.Thatīs why, we had the goal of searching for another place, that could join all the requirements that our members need.Fifteen days ago,during a board meeting we took the decision of moving to the northern part of the city, to a very confortable office that fills all our needings.Our new address is:
Tibás,from the Municipality,100 mts north, corner building,second floor
So,we invite everybody interested in the delightful hobby of stamp collecting,to share with us on Saturdays from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. a coffee or soft drink and enjoy the wonderful world of the stamps.
---- SOCORICO,(Society of Costa Rica Collectors) which is established in the USA, by costarrican and american collectors,who enjoy the passion of the Costa Rica stamps,elected as part of their board, a member of ours,Mr.Abraham Gelber who will work as vice-president for the present year.Congratulations to Mr.Gelber,of whom we are sure, will make a great job for the Costa Rica philately.
---- FIAF(Federacion Inter Americana de Filatelia) which joins and rules all the american federations,elected as part of their board a costarrican member as vocal.That person is Mr.Abraham Gelber,our president,who we are sure will represent us in the best way possible at the international forums.
AMBULANTE RAMAL DEL CAIRO CANCEL ON POSTCARD
Before we explain the postcards with these scarce cancels,itīs necessary to locate the towns that are going to be mentioned, in the Costa Rica map. We need to clear also,that the first railway that was built and finished in Costa Rica, was the Atlantic Railway,by the 1890īs. It was imperative, for the north american companies of banana plantations, to take out the fruit that was going to be shipped to the american market. Thatīs why,apart of the main railway,they had to build branches (RAMAL in spanish), that penetrated further in the mountain,so that the plantations could be bigger. In the first illustration, that is from the XIX th century,does not appear mentioned El Cairo,but itīs located between Siquirres and Jimenez, that are in the map, probably because it was a later branch that began to work by the earlies 1900īs or 1910īs.
Letīs talk now of the 1912 Costa Rica postcard with the cancel AMBULANTE RAMAL DEL CAIRO.This was a railway branch from several that passed through the banana fields, picking up the fruit of the northern part of Limon,that by the time was almost a virgin jungle,except by the banana plantations, that were at the sides of the railway.The post office used a wagon to receive mail and each branch had its own postmark.Almost all the cancels of these branches (Ramales) are very rare, because the towns were very small and the workers did not know how to write or read.Most of them were black and chinese, that were brought exclusively for the railway construction and finally ended working in the banana fields.
As you can see,the postcard is used from Buena Vista, probably a town that existed along the branch El Cairo to Las Mercedes,Linea Vieja.The usage is correct, because 2 cents was the rate for a postcard circulated inside the country.Itīs also interesting,that the sender and receiver were germans, that probably settled in the mountain in those years and this was their way to be in contact between them.
This is the FIRST "AMBULANTE RAMAL DEL CAIRO" CANCEL KNOWN ON COVER. Fragments and single cancels were known, but never a complete item.
LA VIRGEN, PROVINCIA DE HEREDIA CANCEL ON POSTCARD
Before we explain the postcard with the scarce cancel mentioned,itīs necessary to locate in the Costa Rica map,the towns that we are going to talk about. Please locate in the above map La Virgen and San Juan del Norte.
In 1913, Costa Rica in the northern part of Heredia,was almost a virgin jungle,except for the settlers that lived in the mountain by those years.La Virgen de Sarapiquí, was a transit town between the Central Valley and the port of San Juan del Norte,that was the original way out of Costa Rica to the Atlantic Ocean during the XIX th century,when Costa Rica begun its independant and commercial life.
In 1890,when the Atlantic railway itīs finished,the port of Limon becomes the important way out of Costa Rica to the Atlantic ocean.Therefore,the original way out by La Virgen and San Juan del Norte, became obsolete and stopped being an important commercial route.This explanation was important to appreciate the scarceness of this cancel.
Letīs talk now of the postcard itself. The postcard is used in 1913 from Las Animas,Turrialba (town that existed along the Limon railway) to Santo Domingo de Heredia .The usage is correct, 2 cents was the rate for a postcard circulated inside the country.Itīs also interesting,that the sender its a Industrial Company and the receiver was a german gentleman, that probably settled in the mountain in those years and was the owner of the warehouse of the zone.Even though, the postcard has an AMBULANTE A LIMON cancel, which is rare,the outstanding cancel is the LA VIRGEN PROVINCIA DE HEREDIA cancel,not only for the town, but for the type of cancel,that is the one called "ARM WITH RAYS" that it was supposed to be used in telegraphs and only in Las Juntas de Abangares, Guanacaste.I have in my collection several towns around Costa Rica and have talked with other philatelists, who said to have in their collections others with the "ARM WITH RAYS",which confirms that the cancel was used all over Costa Rica and not only in one town.
Its not out of place to remark, that this is the FIRST "LA VIRGEN PROVINCIA DE HEREDIA" CANCEL KNOWN ON COVER.
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