Portugal on stamps

The definition of folklore includes a range of popular culture customs, events, music and dances, stories, and material artefacts. This issue depicts four examples of Portuguese folklore, from the continent and the islands. Interestingly, contrary to almost any other Portuguese Europa issue, there is no uniform graphic style, due to the different designers employed.

The stamps were designed by Thomaz de Mello (mainland), José Cândido (Azores) and Luís Felipe de Abreu (Madeira), lithographed on enamelled paper sheets of 5×10 stamps with a phosphor band, and circulated from 11 May 1981 to 31 August 1989. The mainland stamps have perforation 13¼ and were printed by Litografia Maia; the other stamps have perforation 12×11¾ and were printed by the Mint.

Stamp Print run Afinsa Gibbons Michel Scott Yvert
22.00 1,300,000 1519 1840 1531 1506 1509
48.00 850,000 1520 1841 1532 1507 1510
Azores 1,500,000 1521 425 342 322 331
Madeira 1,500,000 1522 178 70 74 75

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