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Portugal on stamps

This second set includes regional costumes worn for folk dances and for work.

The dances of the pauliteiros (‘little stick players’) from the Mirando do Douro region, which has its own official ancient local language, are still popular and performed regularly. This online video shows the three traditional dance phases, with sticks, castanets and a jump over a human pyramid, the ‘castle assault’.

The Azorean woman is wearing a capote e capelo (cape and cap). The exact form and fabric of the costume differed among islands. The cap used on Faial was especially large (follow the references below for images) and was supported by a whale bone. The costume stopped being used in the 1930s. Similar head covers were worn by women throughout the mainland until the late 19th century.

The design of the stamps is quite striking and modern for the period: the use of a large plain white background is rare among Portuguese stamps, especially against a monochromatic image.

The stamps were designed by Maria de Lourdes de Mello e Castro, printed in photogravure by Courvoisier S.A., in Switzerland, on chalk-surfaced paper with coloured silk threads, on sheets of 10×10 stamps with perforation 11½, and circulated from 1 March 1947 to 8 August 1950. The stamps from the miniature sheet don’t have the designer’s and printer’s imprint.

Value Print run Afinsa Gibbons Michel Scott Yvert
0.10 5,000,000 677 1002 706 675 688
0.30 2,000,000 678 1003 707 676 689
0.35 1,000,000 679 1004 708 677 690
0.50 4,000,000 680 1005 709 678 691
1.00 2,000,000 681 1006 710 679 692
1.75 2,000,000 682 1007 711 680 693
2.00 1,000,000 683 1008 712 681 694
3.50 1,000,000 684 1009 713 682 695

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