Monday, 1 July 2013

COLOMBATI, Mario

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

Mario Colombati was born in Rome in 1912. He worked for the Italian Government Printing Works from 1929 to 1970. He was responsible for quite a few definitives, such as the 1946 high value of the Democratica series and the two large-format Siracusana definitives of the 1950s.

Among his finest work is the 1954 Marco Polo set, which bears his name in tiny letters on the base of the column supporting the dragon.

STAMPS BY YEAR

1940
Vatican City, Coronation of Pope 5c (1)

1945
Vatican City, Definitives, Arms design (1)

1946
Italy, Definitive (together with Mario Baiardi)

1948
Ecuador, Columbus memorial lighthouse

1949
Vatican City, UPU

1951
Italy, Verdi 60l
San Marino, Red cross
Vatican City, Council of Chalcedon

1952
Italy, Leonardo da Vinci 80l
Italy, Mission to Ethiopia
San Marino, Christopher Columbus

1953
Vatican City, St. Peter's basilica

1954
Italy, Siracusana definitives
Italy, Marco Polo
Italy, Amerigo Vespucci

1956
Italy, Siracusana definitives
Vatican City, Air
Vatican City, Swiss guard
Vatican City, Madonna of Czestochowa

1957
Italy, St. George definitives
Italy, Antonio Canova
Italy, Giosué Carducci
Italy, Giuseppe Garibaldi
Vatican City, St. Domenico Savio

1958
Italy, Irrigation scheme
Italy, First Naples stamps
Italy, WW1 victory
Italy, Eleonora Duse
Vatican City, Antonio Canova

1959
Italy, Siracusana definitives
Italy, Byron monument 
Italy, War of Independence
San Marino, Lincoln
Vatican City, Christmas

1960
Italy, Olympics
Italy, Michaelangelo Mersi da Caravaggio
Vatican City, Transfer of relics

1961
Italy, Michelangelo definitives 500l
Italy, Giandomenico Romagnosi

1962
Italy, St. Catherine of Siena
Libya, First anniversary of death of Ahmed Rafik el Mehdawi
Vatican City, Air
Vatican City, Ecumenical council

1963
Vatican City, Coronation of Paul VI

1964
Vatican City, Nicholas Cues

1965
San Marino, Dante degli Alighieri
Vatican City, Ugandan Martyrs
Vatican City, Christmas

1966
Vatican City, Poland's millennium

1967
San Marino, Cathedrals

1968
Italy, Siracusana definitives
Italy, Philosophers
Vatican City, Christmas

1969
San Marino, Christmas

1970
Vatican City, First council

Notes:
(1) The Essay-Proof Journal No. 72

REFERENCES

- Le grandi emissioni d'Italia - Michelangelo - Un affresco postale, Danilo Bogoni (Poste Italiane 1989)

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