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Sao Paulo 400 years

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    Posted: 15 November 2018 at 04:35
Appropriately following on from last weekend's Brazilian F1 Grand Prix (Hammy was gifted that win!) which took place just outside the city is this set of 12 stamps urging people to visit Sao Paulo on the 400th anniversary of its foundation.
The Portuguese village of São Paulo dos Campos de Piratininga was marked by the founding of the Colégio de São Paulo de Piratininga on January 25, 1554. The Jesuit college of twelve priests included Manuel da Nóbrega and Spanish priest José de Anchieta. They built a mission on top of a steep hill between the Anhangabaú and Tamanduateí rivers. This is just 62 years after Columbus's first new world landfall.



There 12 stamps which seems to be a nice round number for a full set. They show many of the major buildings in the city at the time. The paper they are printed on is a bit unusual. The printed side is semi-glossy, but despite being typical thickness the stamps are semi-transparent in the paler areas.
More unusual is the separation of the stamps from the sheet. They are not perforated at all, but edged by a fine frilly edge which must have been quite complicated deckle scissors. You can actually match some of the cuts over a pair of stamps demonstrating that this is how they were cut out, probably by hand.



Each stamp has some writing on the reverse. Most have variations with the initials F.M.R. with or without and additional Z. The others say 'Miss You', 'Cheers', 'Love' and 'Memories'.

Obviously they were a gift to someone special. In a couple of stamps an initial was partly chopped off suggesting the fancy cutting was done after the handwriting. Thus the original sheet was possibly imperforate and you were expected to cut them out. Whoever did these was careful and precise.
{I bet someone will now say that all examples were like this and done by machine).

I have no idea what the yellow edging on two stamps is, but it is applied on top of the paper and was applied before the cutting.

Both Portugal and Brazil issued regular stamps to mark the same anniversary, but being authorised postage stamps they re boring in comparison to these Cinderellas.
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