Chalco

Chalco, medio real.
Cancel Sz 110.

Chalco is located in the state of Mexico. It was the 32nd largest postal district, based on the number of stamps used, and 34th by total value of all stamps used. The average cost of the stamps used was 1.04 reales, due to the relatively large number of medio and un real stamps sent. Chalco (de Díaz Covarrubias) had about 3,500 inhabitants in 1900.

Chalco had 13 sub-offices: Amecameca, Ayotla, Cuautla de Morelos, Ozumba, Papalotla, Tepetlaxtoc, Tezcoco (Texcoco), Tlalmanalco, Tlaltizapan, Tlayacopan, Totolopan, Xonacatepec (Jonacatepec) and Yautepec.

The following consignments were made according to Chapman:
  Day Month Year Invoice # Medio Un Dos Cuatro Ocho
Sent 29 8 1856 11 12300 11400 2220 300 840
Returned 21 6 1859   -780 -1200 -30 -20 -120
Returned 14 7 1859   -180 -720   -20 -120
Sent 22 2 1861 56 2400 800   100  
Total sent       2 13740 10280 2190 360 600
Returned         -2319 -1308 -70 -93 -75
Returned         -186 -166   -5 -12
Returned         -120 -14   -7 -8
Total Used 22787 2 11115 8792 2120 255 505
Distribution         48.78% 38.58% 9.30% 1.12% 2.22%
Distribution vs. all stamps         1.46% 0.63% 0.13% 0.17% 0.54%

It is impossible to say for sure how many of the un real stamps from the wide setting plates (I / II) were actually used. However, since only 800 (four sheets) of the narrow setting plates (III / IV) were sent, it is reasonable to assume that copies of those stamps are scarce to rare on the market today. Therefore, large margins are to be expected on the un real stamps.

All the dos reales stamps sent were from plate I, most likely all in the emerald shade.

The Chalco overprint is approximately 12 by 2 mm. It's generally nicely struck.

On average, the stamps have normal margins for the issue.

Forgeries from Chalco exist. A MEPSI certificate is recommended.
Forged cancels from Morelos, Cuautla and Yautepec exist.

 

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