CORREOS issues two stamps dedicated to Agricultural Engineers and to Civil Engineers
As part of the postage stamps which CORREOS is issuing about professional categories within the Public Administration, today are presented those dedicated to the Corps of Civil Engineers, and to the Agricultural Engineers. The stamps reproduce the coat-of-arms of each Corps of the Public Administration, with a painted background of corn harvests, in the case of the Agricultural Engineers, and of bridges, in the case of the Civil Engineers, respectively.
The presentation of the stamps which pay homage to both Engineers Corps, which took place at 11:00 am at the Public Works Ministry, was made by the Minister of Public Works, Ms. Ana Pastor Julián and her colleague from Agriculture, Ms. Isabel García Tejerina, and by CORREOS’ Chairman, Mr. Javier Cuesta Nuin.
The origin of the Corps of Road Engineers goes back to the middle of the Eighteenth Century, when the Count of Floridablanca, then Deputy Secretary and in charge of CORREOS, set up the General Directorate of Roads. Public works needed a great impetus in Spain, and it was required the establishment of a professional studies school, which opened its doors at the Palacio del Buen Retiro, Madrid, on November 19th, 1802. The school’s promoter and founder was Agustín de Betancourt, regarded as the father of public works engineering. The school stayed at the Palacio del Buen Retiro until the Napoleonic invasion in 1808.
After a number of openings and closings, the school was opened at a new location, in 1834, an the Syllabus was greatly expanded. Two years later the Regulations of the Corps of Road Engineers was published, which included that for the school, regulating its working, the studies’ duration and the strict discipline to which its students had to subject themselves.
For eleven years, Juan Subescase was the Headmaster and it was he who really reorganized the School of Road Engineers, providing it with the high quality training level which it has enjoyed up to this day.
The Corps of Agricultural Engineers can trace back its origins to a Royal Decree on 1855, during the reign of Isabel II and with Manuel Alonso Martínez as the Minister of Public Works, by which the Central School of Agriculture was established at the estate “La Flamenca”, which belonged to the Real Heredamiento de Aranjuez (Madrid). The Syllabus was organized in two parts: one of a scientific nature, for the engineers, and another technological, for agricultural experts.
In 1866 a new department was added for the training of agricultural foremen. Two years latter it was decreed to abolish the initial school and its relocation to Madrid, which would take place in 1869 at the estate La Florida or la Moncloa.
A Royal Order in 1876 set up a new admission system, and the institution was renamed School of Agricultural Engineers, while at the same time the School for Agricultural Experts was set up. Along the years different Syllabus and agricultural special areas have been introduced into the training, and research is seen as one of the activities which are characteristic of the School of Agricultural Engineers.Stamps on the State Administration
CORREOS has issued around 70 postage stamps directly or indirectly related to the categories which make up the Corps in the State Administration. Among them we can highlight those dedicated to the State Lawyers, Technical Engineers of Public Works, and the Corps of State Comptrollers and Auditors.
Mention must also be made to the State Security Corps and to three categories which are closely linked to this company: the Telegraphic Corps, set up in 1856; the Corps of Employees of CORREOS, from 1899, and the Corps of Postmen, with a history which goes back more than 250 years.
Technical characteristics of the stamp
The stamps dedicated to the Corps of Civil Engineers and of Agricultural Engineers are in offset printing on gummed paper. The stamps have a 40.9 x 28.8 mm size, on souvenir sheets with 25 stamps each. Each has a 250,000 copies issue, with a postal value of 0.54 €.
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