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Sunday, 21 June 2020 07:14

New Stamps from Spain

The Treasury Orphans School is a non-profit organisation whose essential purpose is to protect its members’ children in the event of decease or permanent disability.

Issue Date:29.05.2020 Process:Offset Colours:4 Colours Size:40,9 x 28,8 mm

Minerals : Jet

The famous Asturian jet is an organic gemstone, highly valued for its excellent cutting qualities, and attaining a typical shine and intense black colour after polishing. Specialist studies determine that the woody material , which becomes a humic carbon, peri hydrogenated during the Kimmeridgian age (Late Jurassic) around 155 million years ago, underwent particular circumstances while it formed, such as impregnation with hydrocarbons, which gives it some of its unique features and exceptional stability for use in jewellery making.

Issue Date:29.05.2020 Process:Offset Colours:4 Colours Size:35 x 24.5 mm

12 Months, 12 Stamps : Ciudad Real

Nature, gastronomy, art and literature are just some of the treasures in Ciudad Real province and which form the design for the stamp for May in the “12 months, 12 stamps” series.Nature is represented by the Las Tablas de Daimiel National Park, the last example of the tablas fluviales ecosystem, which is currently one of the most prominent wetlands in Europe.

Modeling the province’s initials, gastronomy is depicted in the form of Manchego cheese and a wine glass, representing the various denominations of origin in the province, such as DO La Mancha, Valdepeñas, Pago Casa del Blanco, Dehesa del Carrizal and Pago Florentino.

The typical sacred and secular architecture of the region is represented by the dome atop the tower of Santa María del Prado de Ciudad Real cathedral and a windmill in Campo de Criptana.

Ciudad Real cathedral, built on a 13th century chapel of which the Puerta del Perdón (Forgiveness Door) and a rose window are all that is left, has held the title of priory for the military orders of Calatrava, Montesa, Alcántara and Santiago since 1875 , granted by the papal bull from Pius IX.

The windmills adorning the landscape in Campo de Criptana are one of the icons of Castile-La Mancha in Spain, and even for Spain in the world, because of the brilliant work by Miguel de Cervantes locating Don Quixote’s famous tilting at the giants there.

Next to the second initial, Don Quixote de la Mancha’s famous helmet appears – the barber’s basin where the ingenious knight believed he saw the enchanted Mambrino Helmet and that Cervantes himself, in the voice of Sancho Panza, called the baciyelmo.

The province’s literary facet moves on from Cervantes’ work and acquires scenic touches in the town of Almagro, represented by one of the glassed-in galleries in its main square. Its 17th century open air theater is the oldest in Europe and is still in use four hundred years after it opened.

The stripe at the bottom embodies the color of the provincial flag.

Issue Date:29.05.2020 Process:Offset Colours:4 Colours Size:35 x 24.5 mm

Source: philamirror.info

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Saturday, 06 April 2019 05:49

12 Months, 12 Stamps. Ourense

April showers bring May flowers” is perhaps the most appropriate proverb for this instalment of the 12 months, 12 stamps, 12 provinces series dedicated to Ourense, a province shaped by water: its rivers and streams, the rain, the fountains in the Old Town and especially its medicinal mineral waters.

 To illustrate this stamp, based on the letters OU and the colour blue, the colour of the province, in the lower portion of the stamp, several elements have been included to build up a picture of Ourense province.

 A fragment of the window of the tower of Ourense Cathedral Basilica, also known as San Martiño Cathedral, a monumental feature of the city which the historical centre is built around.

 A must at any celebration is Galician octopus. Despite being an inland province, Ourense is known for its pulpeiras, local women that cook octopus, which is a practice that dates back to the Middle Ages. At that time, the Cistercian order of Oseira, 20 kilometres from the city, held territory that extended to the Ría de Marín. In order to work this land, the peasants from the cast had to pay tribute to the monastery (whose bell tower is depicted on the stamp), which they paid in the form of octopus. Thus began the tradition of importing it, and a technique was developed to dry it while preserving its flavour and properties at a time when transport was slow, creating the traditional recipe for “polbo à feira” or fair-style octopus which was cooked at pilgrimages and markets in the interior of the province.

 The hot springs at As Burgas are one of the most emblematic and popular places in the city, and are strongly linked to its origins. This is the source of the Aquis Aurienses (“golden waters”), a Roman site built around these medicinal mineral springs which continue to flow at a temperature of more than 60° in the heart of the Historic Centre.

A still for distilling orujo, a brandy made by distilling grape pomace, the solid remains of grapes left over after grapes are pressed into wine, and which belongs to the same group as French marcs, Italian grappas, Portuguese bagaçeiras and Greek tsipouros.

The impressive Sil and Miño Canyons, with imposing landscapes (500-metre-deep canyons and diminutive vineyards clinging to sheer cliffs, requiring a monumental effort to look after) and breathtaking monasteries. The climate allows typically Mediterranean species to find refuge here such as cork oaks and strawberry trees which blend in alongside indigenous oak and chestnut woodland. Birds of prey like the golden eagle and peregrine falcon can also be found among the most difficult-to-access rocks.

In A Trabe in Ourense province, there are many chestnut woods (“soutos” in Galician). Until the arrival of New World crops, chestnuts were a vital staple in rural Galician cooking, especially in mountainous areas. Centuries later, they are now becoming more and more valued as an indigenous gastronomic product.

Source: correos.es

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With the issue of this stamp, Correos pays a well-deserved tribute to the Rioja native Cosme García Sáez – one of Spain’s many forgotten geniuses. He was born in Logroño on 27 September 1818, to a humble family. Self-taught and with an inquiring mind, from an early age he showed great talent for mechanics and technical subjects, which years later would lead to the creation of inventions relating to weapons, printing, mail, and sailing.

He moved to Madrid at the start of the Progressive Biennium, and two years later, in 1856, presented his first three inventions: a breech-loading rifle, a portable printing press, and a mechanism “for all types of ink stamps”. This last invention was adopted in 1857 by Correos to mark letters with the dispatch date on the front and the arrival date on the back, hence its name: 1857 or Type II dater, replacing the 1854 or Type I model. Made abroad of high-quality steel, it left a mark of two concentric circles with diameters of 19.5 and 11 millimetres. In the centre the date appears, showing the day, the first three letters of the month slanted to the left, and the last two numbers of the year. At the top of the circles, the name of the town, and below, the provincial capital are shown, and in the case of a main Post Office Administration, its rank number appears at the bottom. This type of dater was used until the late 1870s.

The sale and maintenance of around 600 dater machines from 1857 to 1861 gave Cosme García the capital he needed to continue his career as an inventor. On his visit to the main Post Office Administration of Barcelona he discovered the sea for the first time, and immediately began to develop his most famous patent: a submarine. His first model was tested in the sea off Barcelona in 1858, one year before the Ictíneo I of Narciso Monturiol.

It is only fitting that Correos should introduce an innovation in a stamp honouring an inventor; rubber is used instead of paper, and the design is in relief: the silhouette of Cosme García, a sketch of the submersible under the sea, the text and the imprint of the 1857 dater, which stands out at the right side of the effect.

Source: correos.es

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