Sunday, 19 June 2011

Sunday Stamps


This French FDC dated 26 May 1973 commemorates the centenary of the birth of the aviator Alberto Santos Dumont (July 20 1873 - July 23 1932).  Here's the wiki page about him.  The stamp was issued as one of a set of 7 for the Red Cross Fund - Celebrities' Anniversaries.

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9 comments:

  1. Thank you for participating!! Great to see a first day of issue from another country.

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  2. I did happen to be in Dover on the anniversary of Blériot's flight a couple of years ago, and I think until now he's the only French aviator I've ever heard of.

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  3. How nice is it to have a cancellation mark with one's image on it?

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  4. I have never heard of this gentleman but love his portrait on the FDC and stamp. Why are subjects of portraits so serious? The postmarks look neat, too.

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  5. That is interesting. I never heard of him before. the cover has an especially nice cancellation.

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  6. I find the early aviators fascinating people, he must be the only one to wear a hat like that:-) Nice FDC.

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  7. Great aviator and balloonist!
    He was to the first to show a controlled take-off, flight from pre-established point A to point B, and safe landing.
    But Traian Vuia (Romania) was the first to take off with an self-powered airplane, not catapulted like the Wright Brothers'!
    Read more: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Traian_Vuia

    Nice FDC!

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  8. Thank you all very much for the comments;
    Dorincard, thank you for the link, I'll check it out.

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