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Sunday, 29 March 2020

Postcards from Portugal

During our visit to Lisbon’s Museu Militar last month (was it really only six weeks ago that we were in Spain and Portugal?), I bought two packs of postcards. The first was a set that showed Portuguese uniforms that were worn during the Guerra Peninsular (Peninsular War) 1807 to 1814.

From the top left going clockwise: Cavalry trooper of Cavalry Regiment 11 (1806); Infantryman of Infantry Regiment 9 (1806); Gunner of Artillery Regiment 2 (1806); Officer of the Loyal Lusitanian Legion (1807-1808).
From the top left going clockwise: Infantryman of the Loyal Lusitanian Legion (1808); Infantryman of the 4th Battalion of the Beira Cazadores (1808); Cavalry trooper of the Royal Guard of Police Lisbon (1808); Infantryman of the Royal Guard of Police Lisbon (1808).
From the top left going clockwise: Cavalry trooper of the Portuguese Legion (1808-1813); Infantryman of the Portuguese Legion (1808-1813); Corporal of Infantry Regiment 24 (1813); Soldier of Cazadores Regiment 6 (1811).
The original pictures were a set of watercolours painted by General Bartolomeu Sezinando Ribeiro Arthur (1851-1910).

The second set showed Portuguese soldiers in the uniforms worn during the Campanhas Ultramarina (The Overseas Campaigns) 1961 to 1974.

From the top left going clockwise: Everyday bush uniforms; Brigadier in field uniform No.2, m/960; Flechas (Angola), Captain in field uniform m/964; African soldier wearing uniform m/934.
From the top left going clockwise: Walking out uniform No.2, m/964 shorts, long socks, and m/964 shoes; Sapper First Corporal wearing working uniform No.3 m/964 with m/964 boots; General wearing white m/966 uniform; Campaign uniform m/964.
The originals of these pictures were painted by Carlos Alberto Santos.

8 comments:

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    1. Steve J.,

      Cheers! I thought the the Napoleonic images has a somewhat ethereal look about them.

      All the best,

      Bob

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  2. Lovely looking cards Bob. This style reminds me a bit of books like the old Blandford guides or the Funckens.

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    1. Nundanket,

      Cheers! I know what you mean about the style of the images. In particular, the Napoleonic images look very much like some of the Funcken watercolours I have seen.

      All the best,

      Bob

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  3. Super looking uniform cards! To me, the passage of time seems to have slowed considerably in the last two months.

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    1. Jonathan Freitag,

      I always look out for such gems when visiting museums.

      It is amazing to realise that the UK only went into lockdown last Tuesday. It seems like weeks ago.

      All the best,

      Bob

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  4. Portuguese (unlike Spanish) museums often have some wonderful items available - I have some fascinating pieces which would doubtless be even more fascinating if I spoke/read Portuguese!

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    1. Jeremy Ramsey,

      Funnily enough, I’ve found some great stuff in both Portuguese and Spanish museum shops ...and I can’t read either language without having a dictionary handy.

      All the best,

      Bob

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