Last modified: 2014-06-14 by Zachary Harden
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(The original design)image by António Martins, 21 December 1999
In a sheet of 8 eight (2 rows × 4 columns) post stamps labeled:
EAST TIMORthe second stamp in the first row, with a face value of 1000 is the East Timor flag, with some “adaptations”:
The currency of the face value is probably
the Portuguese escudo — so, 5 euros…
As for the star, it is pointing to the right
hand of the viewer, supposedly to the top of
the flag if it were upright. This is OK according
to the usual design of the flag.
These stamps, by the way, might not be new but
issued some years ago (by the Portuguese post?).
Maybe they are unofficial “Cinderella” stamps? —
"para Timor" means "for Timor", so these
might be only “donation marks” or something…
In that case, the yellow arrowpoint
on black and red flag (instead of any supposed
new flag) is only natural.
António Martins, 20 December 1999
A home made variation of the flag, cause by insufficient
textile skills and/or by lack of vexillological reference (and it is
upside down!). This is one among a lot of such variations, given the
difficulties of producing accurate versions of this banned flag during the
25 years of Indonesian occupation. (I have a scanned photo of this flag
used on a demonstration in Díli some years ago.)
António Martins, 22 Feb 2000
The often referred variation with dark blue instead of black.
António Martins, 22 February 2000