Portugal on stamps

This propaganda issue commemorates the 10th anniversary of the Portuguese Anti-Alcoholic Society, founded in 1967 by a group of doctors, and supports its campaign, carried out during February 1977, to alert and educate the population about the issues around alcoholism.

Portugal has always been among the world’s largest producers and consumers of wine per capita, and although wine consumption has decreased in recent years, other drinks (notably beer) have gained in popularity. Excessive drinking remains an important cause of health problems and traffic and work accidents.

I like very much the design of these stamps. Their various elements — the distorted human figures, the bottle as a tie around one’s neck, the sun behind prison bars, the recurring broken bottle — convey very well alcohol dependence and how it can shatter one’s life.

The stamps were designed by António Garcia, lithographed by the Mint on enamelled paper sheets of 5×10 stamps with perforation 13½, and circulated from 4 February 1977 to 31 December 1983. The stamps have one phosphor band, except for the 15$00 stamp.

Stamp Print run Afinsa Gibbons Michel Scott Yvert
3.00 5,000,000 1320 1643 1350 1322 1330
5.00 2,000,000 1321 1644 1351 1323 1331
15.00 500,000 1322 1645 1352 1324 1332


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