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

  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.

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

  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.

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

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

  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:

    Nice FDC!

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


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