Friday, 30 March 2012

Portuguese Stamps IV-1910 Revolution

An illustration celebrating the newly proclaimed Republic.

On the 5th October 1910 a revolution broke out in Lisbon. By the end of it Portugal would be an, arguably, democratic Republic. At first older stamps were used with the word 'REPUBLICA', meaning obviously Republic, overprinted. These issues lasted until February 1912 when the 'Ceres' issues first appeared.

D. Manuel II stamps with REPUBLICA overprint

Commemorative stamp issued to celebrate the 400th Anniversary 
of the Discovery of the Maritine route to India by Vasco da Gama
also overprinted 'REPUBLICA'

Postage Due stamp from 1898, overprinted 'REPUBLICA' and issued
for use as an average stamp, as can be seen by the omitted 'MULTA'
 which was at the top of the stamp.

Wednesday, 28 March 2012

Portuguese Stamps III- Monarchy Years (New Additions)

In the last few years since my last post I have gathered a few more stamps and my collection has grown exponentially. So here are my latest acquisitions, to the Portuguese Monarchical Period.

From 1892: The first issue of stamps from the reign of D. Carlos I. I have acquired the orange 5 reis.

1892 Stamp

From 1894: A stamp which was part of the celebrations of the 500 years of the birth of prince D. Henrique, the Navigator. This was the first commemorative series ever issued by Portugal. Only the sold stamps remain in existence, since all of the leftovers were burnt in March 1897.
1894 Portuguese Commemorative Stamp of the 5th Birth of Prince Henrique
The Navigator, showing the Prince surrounded by imagery from the Portuguese
Discovery period. Inscribed '1394-1894' along with the Prince's motto:
'Talent de Bien Faire' which translates to: 'Talent to do well'. 
Most of these stamps were obliterated by the following special Postmark: