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"Via Andes" on Chilean cover.

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Billy Broadland26/03/2019 16:05:31
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Can anyone explain what "Via Andes" refers to on this Chilean cover.

I know the Andes are a range of mountains in South America but can't see the significance of this on the cover.

Any suggestions would be appreciated.

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Trevor Bishop 127/03/2019 08:07:34
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Hi Billy ,

I presume it’s by air ? Over the mountains to Chile first ??

Not really sure .


Alex29/03/2019 07:24:01
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There were two main postal routes out of Chile; north towards Peru and Columbia for Asian / North American mail and east across the Andes to Brazil for European mail. The 'Via Andes' cachet denoted the route to be taken, that is by rail to Brazil and then across the Atlantic. These cachets were first used in the late 19th century. The first airmail service started in 1919 and by the 1920s mail could be flown from Chile all the way to Europe, though the rail / ship route continued for regular mail.

Billy Broadland01/04/2019 15:32:10
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Thanks Alex.

That makes sense, what confused me at first is that Valparaiso is on the coast so why go over the Andes? But it's a long trip across the Pacific then across Asia and Europe.


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