Sunday, 28 June 2015

PORTUGAL - AZORES ( Região Autónoma dos Açores )

Officially the Autonomous Region of the Azores (Região Autónoma dos Açores), is one of the two autonomous regions of Portugal, composed of nine volcanic islands situated in the North Atlantic Ocean about 1,360 km (850 mi) west of continental Portugal, about 880 km (550 mi) northwest of Madeira, about 1,925 km (1,196 mi) southeast of Newfoundland, and about 6,392 km (3,972 mi) northeast of Brazil. Its main industries are agriculture, dairy farming (for cheese and butter products primarily), livestock ranchingfishing, and tourism, which is becoming the major service activity in the region. In addition to this, the government of the Azores employs a large percentage of the population directly or indirectly in many aspects of the service and tertiary sectors. The main settlement of the Azores is Ponta Delgada.
This is my first airmail cover from Azores Islands. The letter sent on June 10,2015 and received on June 26,2015. My good friend Maria  offered these beautiful stamps, And specially demanded  for a clear postmark on the cover. The right side four stamps are not valid now because they are in old currencies. Still we can get postmarked if we affix enough stamps along with them in current currency- Euro. Many years back Azores had issued stamps independently, later they stopped. Thank You very much Maria for this great cover.

This is another nice cover sent by Maria, but the postmark was not clear. and letter reached as damaged too. Another example of irresponsibility of postal staff.  Somehow I managed by keeping the cover between two big books. Thanks again Maria for the nice stamps and cover.

This is another cover sent by Maria, sadly received in a very pathetic condition. Another best example of irresponsible postal system. The stamps were gifted by Renato two years back , But could not find a good friend from Azores to send my covers. Thanks again Maria and Renato for the stamps and cover.

This is my first airmail cover from Azores, arranged by my good friend Holger. 

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