Monday, March 28, 2011

Vintage postage stamps of Brazil

I don’t have many stamps of Brazil, but the few that I have date back to late 50s and early 60s. The stamps above were printed and put to sale between 1954-1963, bearing photos of some of the legends of Brazil.

The first stamp on the left is that of Luís Alves de Lima e Silva, the Duke of Caxias (August 25, 1803 – May 7, 1880) who was a Brazilian military leader and statesman. He was a leader of the Conservative Party and on more than one occasion served as Prime Minister of the Brazilian Empire.

The remaining four stamps are that of Ruy Barbosa de Oliveira (November 5, 1849 — March 1, 1923), who was a Brazilian writer, jurist, and politician. Ruy Barbosa was also a federal representative, senator, Minister of Finance and diplomat. For his distinguished participation in the Hague Peace Conference of 1907, he earned the nickname "Eagle of the Hague".

These stamps are a part of a long series bearing heads of some of the famous people that are being remembered as legends even today.

I may add here for the information of philatelists that the first stamp of Brazil was issued in 1843 known as the Bull’s Eye.