Brazil 1890 – Southern Cross (newspaper stamps)
As their name implies, newspaper stamps were used for posting newspapers – what we would today call printed papers rate. This set of three shares the same Southern Cross theme as the Brazilian letter post stamps of this era but they are somewhat larger in size. Sugar-loaf mountain is depicted in the lower part of the stamp beneath the word ‘Jornaes’. As with the other stamps of this era these were evidently hand-perforated and consequently are somewhat irregular in size.
Surcharged versions of these stamps were issued for normal postage in 1898.