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Brazil 1894 – Sugar-loaf mountain and star

Only the fifth entry on the list and already we have to ask: does this deserve to be categorized as an astro stamp? The Gibbons catalogue describes the subject simply as Sugar-loaf Mountain, but there is undoubtedly a brilliant star in the sky above. Is this perhaps Venus in one of its morning or evening appearances, or is it a more symbolic depiction of the Christmas Star? Either way, I have included this largely because it is such an early example.

SG number
Face value
Colour
124
10 r
Blue and red
125
20 r
Blue and orange
126
50 r
Blue
232
50 r
Green
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