Puebla

Puebla, medio real plate 1, pos. 60.
Characteristicly curved right frameline.
Puebla, un real pair. Puebla, dos reales plate 1 emerald.

Puebla is the capital of the state of Puebla. It was the 4th largest postal district, based on the number of stamps used, and 4th by total value of all stamps used. The average cost of the stamps used was 1.37 reales. Puebla (de Los Angeles, de Zaragoza) had about 64,600 inhabitants in 1850.

Puebla had 34 sub-offices: Acacingo (Acatzingo), Acatlan, Amozoc, Atlixco (Atlyxco), Cozcatlan, Chalchicomula, Chiautla, Chietla, Cholula, Coxcatlan, Huajuapan (Huaxapa), Huamantla, Huejotzingo (Huexotsingo), Molcajac (1861), Nopalucan, Quecholac, San Agustin del Palmar, San Martin Huaquechula (1861), San Martin Texmelucan, San Salvador el Seco, San Salvador el Verde, Tecali, Tecamachalco, Tehuacan, Tepeaca, Tepexi de la Seda (Tepeji)Tepeyahualco (Tepeyagualco), Tetela de Ocampo, Tlacotepec, Tlaxcala, Tochimilco, Yzucar de Matamoros (Izucar de Matamoros, Ciudad de Matamoros), Zacatlan and Zapotitlan.

The following consignments were made according to Chapman:
  Day Month Year Invoice # Medio Un Dos Cuatro Ocho
Sent 29 8 1856 7 24660 22860 4440 600 840
Sent 26 11 1856 84 2400 1200 600    
Sent 3 12 1856 87 600 600      
Sent 7 2 1857 29     6000 1500  
Sent 21 3 1857 57   1000 9500    
Sent 4 5 1857 86 3000 4000 2660    
Sent 1 6 1857 107     3800    
Sent 6 6 1857 116   5000      
Sent 1 7 1857 125   5000 4750    
Sent 3 8 1857 153   2400 4750    
Sent 31 8 1857 172     3800    
Sent 23 9 1857 190   4000 4750    
Sent 6 11 1857 220 3000 12000      
Sent 21 12 1857 258   4000 4750 300 300
Sent 6 2 1858 22   10000      
Sent 5 3 1858 34 900 2000 2850    
Sent 5 4 1858 44   600 1900    
Sent 10 4 1858 48 600 2000 2850   600
Sent 10 5 1858 64   4000 3800    
Sent 25 6 1858 87 600 2000 1900 300 300
Sent 15 7 1858 102     1900    
Sent 20 7 1858 105 1200 1000      
Sent 27 7 1858 108   2000 1900    
Sent 16 8 1858 124   2400 2280    
Sent 4 9 1858 138   4000 3800    
Sent 5 10 1858 154   5000 4750    
Sent 12 11 1858 173   6000 5700    
Sent 7 2 1859 21 900 3000 2850 900  
Sent 16 3 1859 42   4000 3800    
Sent 17 6 1859 65   400 190    
Sent 7 7 1859 71   600 570    
Sent 3 8 1859 80   800 760    
Sent 5 9 1859 91   1200 1140 120  
Sent 8 11 1859 112   2000   120  
Sent 6 12 1859 121 1800   760 120  
Sent 4 1 1860 2 1200 200 950 240  
Sent 16 2 1860 22   800 760 120  
Sent 30 3 1860 36   1000 950    
Sent 25 5 1860 50   1000 1140 300  
Sent 31 7 1860 74 120 1000 1140 120 60
Sent 27 10 1860 94 600 1000 950 180 60
Sent 4 2 1861 21 2000 2000 2000 400 200
Sent 16 2 1861 48 9200 3000 3000    
Sent 26 3 1861 77 6000        
Total sent       44 58780 125060 104390 5320 2360
Returned         -1950 -1255 -277 -213 -99
Total Used 292116 44 56830 123805 104113 5107 2261
Distribution         19.45% 42.38% 35.64% 1.75% 0.77%
Distribution vs. all stamps         7.46% 8.94% 6.48% 3.35% 2.42%

Puebla used at least three overprints:
14 by 2 mm with leading and trailing dots.
12½ by 2¼ mm without dots.
13 by 2¾ mm without dots.
They are generally unevenly struck.

On average, the stamps have normal margins for the issue. However, some post masters have been nick-named "Scissor Hands" as you may understand from looking at this stamp:

Puebla dos reales plate 3.
Cancelled with Sz 1235 in Tehuacan
Very closely cut by "Post Master Scissor Hands"

Forgeries from Puebla are uncommon.

 

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