Saturday 22 August 2020

Peace (Soviet Union, 1966)

Today’s word is “definitives”. Definitives are the basic set of postage stamps that are in circulation at any one time. In the Soviet Union, these tended to be issued as a set based around consistent themes over the years: workers; engineers; youth; science and peace, for example.

1966 saw the production of the 11th set of definitives for the Soviet postal system. This one conveys the notion of peace – the three letter Cyrillic word that looks like MNP translates as either “world” or “peace” and the dove is a widely recognised peace symbol. Soviet use of the dove as a peave symbol was met with justified cynicism by the US and its allies.

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