Friday, July 04, 2008

Let's dance

In my previous post I have shown a souvenir sheet from Brazil. Today I have selected a cover from the same country, franked with an interesting mixture of stamps. Among them, two are part of a joint stamp issue and, if you regularly read my blog, you know my interest for such item. But let’s show the cover first.

The two stamps located on the right top corner have been issued on the 16th of August 2005. This set is a joint issue between Brazil and Cuba. The stamps issued by Cuba re-use exactly the same design.
The subject of the set is : typical dances. Two dances are pictured : the son, typical of Cuba, and the samba, typical of Brazil.
The Cuban son is a style of music that became popular in the second half of the 19th century. It is originated from rural areas and combines African rhythms with European influences. The origin of the Samba is an Afro-American couple dance. It became a distinctive style of music at the beginning of the 20th century. It is widely known as a symbol of Brazil and of its carnival.
Each stamp of the set pictures a couple of dancers together with the flag of the associated country and a cartoon bird playing an instrument typical of each style of music.

The long stamp located below has been issued on the 24th of March 2000 to commemorate the centenary of the birth of Gilberto Freyre. Gilberto Freyre (1900–1987) was a Brazilian sociologist, cultural anthropologist, historian, journalist and congressman. His best-known work is a sociological treatise named Casa-Grande & Senzala (that could be translated as The Masters and the Slaves) that tells about the development of Brazilian society from the influence of the Portuguese, Indians and African slaves. In the 1930's, Gilberto Freyre introduced the controversial idea of a "Brazilian racial democracy", in which he argued that the racial mixing that was looked down upon in Brazil was enriching the culture.
He was the Brazilian writer who received the greatest distinctions, the highest recognition of universities and Brazilian and foreign institutions. He received the title of Doctor “honoris causa” from the Universities of Columbia, Baylor, Oxford, Sorbonne, Munich, Salamanca, and tributes from the United States, France, England, Portugal, Spain, among others. He was nominated Knight of the British Empire, by Queen Elizabeth II of England !
The stamp pictures a portrait of Gilberto Freyre, a picture of his bookcase and his house. I was not able to identify the symbol that is pictured in the middle of the stamp. A sort of coat of arms ? If anybody can help me...

The last stamp of the cover is a part of a definitive series about professions. This stamp was issued on the 19th of December 2005 within a group of three dedicated to professions that belong more and more to the past. The stamp pictures a couturier. The two other stamps issued at the same time picture a shoemaker and a shoe black. Here is a picture of the three stamps. A rather colourful set as you can see.

The postmark on the stamps is a bit hard to read on the scan but is the one from the philatelic agency of Curibita, which is the capital of the Brazilian state of Parana, located in the south of the country.

1 comment:

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