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Catalonia's cinderellas

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    Posted: 28 July 2017 at 16:39

Following the indications of Bruce and Michael, I open this new thread on the cinderellas issued in Catalonia.

Catalonia, is an old and small country in SW Europe (32.000 sqkm, 7.5 mio people). By now, politicaly belonging to the kingdom of Spain, but currently strugling to break free.

On the last 120 years, as we don't have "proper stamps", a number of cinderellas have been issued, to let the world know about us and our fight for freedom. In some cases, the quality of them is quite outstanding, as our artists are (Miró, Dalí, Tàpies, Picasso...).

I'll begin by showing a small (24 x 34 mm) cinderella, printed in Barcelona (capital of Catalonia) in 1921. It was issued by the Association of Catalan Language Teaching to raise money (hence, the 5 cents of pesseta face value), as Spanish governements have always tried to erase our language. The original work was a poster by the Catalan artist Josep Obiols. I remember this poster hanging (somewhat hiden) on the walls of my school in Barcelona, during the long night of franco's genocide regime (1939/1976).

 

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Barcelona, 1916, war stamps exhibition.


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Was this an actual Exhibition for stamps depicting War Scenes ? It sounds rather specialist and macabre !!
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These are wonderful Joan!  I have never seen these beautiful old cinderellas before.  It is fortunate that they have survived down the years after all the turbulence in Catalonia since then.
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Well, Micheal, putting aside the fact that war itself is an evil thing; by 1916, stamps were not showing explícit war scenes. So, I guess, stamps shown, just depicted weapons, uniforms, occupation issues and the like. Nothing macabre at all.

Anyway, cinderellas issued for the exhibition were nice:


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Thank you very much Panterra for your nice words. It also surprises me the huge amount of cinderellas that have survived our turbulent history. But, tucked away by old collectors, they keep on apearing on our Barcelona Sunday stamp market.

Like this one, issued in 1937 (during the 1936/39 war), by Barcelona's Baker's Industry Workers Unions, to raise money for war front-line hospitals. I picked it, just a week ago. 

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