South American Stamps, Thematic Stamps

People On Stamps Joseph of Anchieta 1934 Brazil Set

People On Stamps Joseph of Anchieta 1934 Brazil Set

People On Stamps Thematics

One of the side benefits of stamp collecting is that you get to expand your general knowledge and in this instance learn about someone you probably know very little about. In this instance the set below honours one of Brazil’s most important individuals and one that is still venerated today.

Jose de Anchieta

Joseph of Anchieta was one of the most influential missionaries sent to Brazil in the 16th Century. He arrived in Brazil in 1553, surviving a shipwreck and going on to be part of the Mission that is credited with forming modern-day Sao Paolo. Despite having impaired health he would go on to be one of the era’s great anthropologists and naturalists. He was also a prolific writer and an accomplished Physician. He is venerated to this day being a Saint of the Roman Catholic Church and there is a Shrine in Brazil located in the Town now named after him.

The Stamp Set

Brazil 1934 Jose de Anchieta Set

This set of four stamps was issued on 8th November 1934 to commemorate the 400th Anniversary of his birth. They all depict the same image and are printed on watermarked paper.  The perforation type varies being either perf 11-1/4 0r 12.

Brazil 1934 200R

200R Yellowish Brown

Brazil 1934 Stamp

300R Violet

1934 Brazil Stamp

700R Blue

1000R Green Brazil Stamp

1000R Green

They have a classic design and are a set worthy of a place in any Famous People Thematic Collection. An odd value is also an interesting addition to any junior collection where some research into the person’s history could be encouraged.


Finding postally used examples on cover is a bit of a challenge.  Further, although some must exist we have never seen a set on FDC. The example below is a Zeppelin Flown cover obviously philatelic in nature but still a lovely display piece.

Brazil Zeppelin Cover

Thinking of buying a Set

The set is relatively affordable either mint or used, however, UM sets are quite hard to find. It is unlikely that they will ever be considered investment-worthy, however, covers such as the one above will always find a buyer.

If you collect Thematics then please check out some of our other articles or why not try some of our stamps-themed quizzes.


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