In the year that we celebrate the candidature of Fado Intangible Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO, the post of Portugal to mark the event a stamp issue featuring fado as a symbol identifier of Lisbon and cultural history of the country
The fado singer Carlos do Carmo, one of the major instigators of this candidacy appears to play in a Euro stamp issuing six stamps, launched on Monday 3 October.
This first series of stamps dedicated to Fado pays homage to some of the great interpreters of the twentieth century, as Alfredo Marceneiro, Carlos Ramos, Herminia Silva, Maria Teresa de Noronha, Amalia Rodrigues and Carlos do Carmo.
The images of the stamps of 0.32, 0.47 and 0.57 euros are part of the Museum of Fado, while the singer Maria Teresa Noronha reproduced on the stampsl of 0.68 euros is a photo of the Valentim de Carvalho. In turn, the stamp that plays Amalia Rodrigues of the image is 0.80 euros Foundation Amalia Rodrigues and finally a photograph of Carlos do Carmo is written by Fernando Bento.
The block of the issue, which includes a 2.50 euro stamp reproduces the Portuguese guitar playing an oil in canvas by José Malhoa with the title 'Fado' from the Museum of the City of Lisbon.
Since yesterday, more than one million stamps will spread throughout the world the unique Portuguese musical expression which turns into a world heritage site.
Date of Issue: 3 March 2011
Values: stamps of €0,32, €0,47, €0,68, €0,80 and €1.00 and one souvenir sheet with one stamp of €2,50
Designer: Atelier Acácio Santos / Elizabete Fonseca
Printer: Joh. Enschedé
Process: 4-colour offset lithography
Size: stamps 40.0 mm x 30.6 mm
souvenir sheet 125 x 95 mm
Perforation: Cross of Christ 13 x 13
Paper: White TR CPST331 110g/m2
Sheet: sheets of 50 stamps