Monday 30 March 2020

45th Aniversary of the Founding of the Chinese Communist Party (North Vietnam, 1966)

Stamps are issued by national authorities and national authorities have things that they want to say, promote or celebrate. No stamp exists without context, not even the relatively mundane monarch’s-head-in-profile.

This one (and its sister stamp sitting next to it in the book) kind of blew me away: a Vietnamese stamp from 1966, in the midsts of war, honouring the creation of a political party in another country. It’s a statement of political fealty and a message to the humble recipient of a letter that the nation has strong friends on its side. I wonder if there’s a South Vietnamese equivalent somewhere in this book…

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