The theme for Sunday Stamps this week is Old or vintage stamps from your own country. I thought I wasn't able to participate, because I hadn't any old Spanish stamp here. But suddenly I received this old stamp among many others from different countries, as a gift.
I don't know if the sender looked closely at this stamp. It was issued on 24 April 1956, and belongs to the basic series and shows Franco, dictator of Spain from 1939 to 1975. So I am not specially happy with giving it a place among so beautiful and positive snail mail... I remember this stamp was still in use when I was a child, even if dictatorship has finished. I guess there were a transition period also in mail matters.
That lead me to another question. Sometimes foreign people ask me if we have a stamp of famous people like Rafa Nadal. The answer is that Correos (official Spanish post service) don't issue stamps featuring living people. I would like have stamps of some people I admire. But, at the same time, maybe I wouldn't feel comfortable using stamps of certain people I dislike.
This stamp was issued on 15th November 2013. It features Adolfo Suárez, Spain's first democratically elected prime minister after Francoism, in 1976. The stamp, which includes the image of a living person (but Suárez passed away last month), was permitted under the exceptions contemplated in Royal Decree 1637/2011.
Does the postal service in your country issue stamps of living people?