Portugal on stamps

This issue commemorates the start of a public transport system in Porto on 15 May 1872, with a service between Rua dos Ingleses (now Rua D. Infante Henrique) and Foz. Transportation was done by so-called ‘american cars’, pulled by mules or horses along tracks in the road. Traction by steam started in 1878 and by electricity in 1895. Trolley cars were introduced in 1959. The initially private transportation companies became a municipal service in 1946.

I like very much the varied ‘retro’ designs of this set and their striking use of colour. Unfortunately, the scanning process doesn’t capture the shine of the enamelled paper and hence doesn’t do these and other stamps justice.

The stamps were designed by Armando Alves, lithographed by Litografia Maia on enamelled paper sheets of 5×10 stamps, and circulated from 7 November 1973 to 31 December 1983. The 7$50 stamps have perforation 12¾ and the other two values have perforation 13½.

Stamp Print run Afinsa Gibbons Michel Scott Yvert
1.00 9,000,000 1198 1516 1220 1187 1200
3.50 1,000,000 1199 1517 1221 1188 1201
7.50 1,000,000 1200 1518 1222 1189 1202

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