History of Spain – Gallego & Rey – XX Century


Spain – From 2000 to 2002, Correos issued in the series Epistolary School Correspondence, four mini sheets dedicated to the History of Spain, illustrated by Gallego & Rey.

The protagonists were historical figures and landmarks, from the man of Atapuerca to the first Bourbons, passing by the Catholic Kings or the painter Diego de Velázquez.

This year, two new block sheets dedicated to the 19th and 20th century respectively are issued. Each one consists of 12 vignettes and a stamp.

XIX century. Each of the vignettes is dedicated to a character or historical moment. The Battle of Trafalgar, the War of Independence, the Constitution of Cadiz, Ferdinand VII, American Independence, the reign of Isabel II, the Carlist Wars, the Barcelona-Mataró Railway, Amadeo I, the First Republic, Alfonso XII and Son Alfonso XIII. The stamp includes an illustration where you can see characters from the previous times, some protagonists of the Epistolary School Correspondence series, about to sink.

Twentieth century. In this case, the vignettes recall the Generation of 28, the loss of the colonies, Ramón y Cajal, the Barcelona Tragic Week, the Annual disaster, the Primo de Rivera dictatorship, the Generation of 27, the Second Republic, the Revolution of Asturias, Civil War, the dictatorship of Francisco Franco and the reign of Juan Carlos I. The stamp shows a drawing of King Juan Carlos I, with an olive branch, playing in the Chinese shadows simulating a dove of peace.

José Gallego and Julio Rey were born in Madrid in 1955. In 1980 they met in the newsroom of Diario 16, where a year later their first joint work appeared. Between 1983 and 1989 they published in this newspaper a daily strip on the political actuality.

Since then, they have become an essential of the graphic humor of our country, displaying a well-managed satirical humor, which despite reproducing sometimes the most harsh reality, they manage to draw a smile on their followers.

Issue Date: 16.05.2017
Process: Offset
Size: Stamp: 57.6 x 40.9 mm, Sheet: 260 x 166 mm
Values: 3 €