Saturday, 25 September 2010

La Lira Popular, Chile

Something a little different now.. This cool card arrived from a swap with Noelia in Chile. She told me that usually you can only find viewcards in Chile, so this was a nice change for her. I really like it, too, although I don't mind viewcards, either. :)

La Lira Popular means 'popular lyre' or 'cord literature': Lists where popular poets published their poetry in stanzas of then octosyllabic lines illustrating them with rustic engravings. Its origin goes back to the beginning of the XV century in Spain and in Chile it was very popular between 1860 and 1930.

The stamps are from a set of 10 stamps issued in 2008, depicting Typical Chilean Characters. These here show Road Sweeper, Knife Sharpener and a One Man Band.

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