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I have decided that I would like to create a thread devoted to communist stamps.

I am currently putting all my used/CTO Hungarian into a stockbook. I have all of these stamps in MNH in another stockbook.

Below is the first lot put in for storage. I will be posting more pictures tomorrow as I go.

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Hungarian stamps from communist era
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I love communist stamps for their colour, design and history.
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That is a pretty wide area of collection and, of course, there are many threads here on individual Countries/ themes from this period! However do show us your collection- always something new!
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I would like to get a mixture to sort through, any tips on good places to buy?
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Kilowarekid wrote: 31 Jul 2022 13:07 I have decided that I would like to create a thread devoted to communist stamps.
A good idea.

Perhaps you could define what you include / exclude, for instance...

- All countries with a communist regime
- Only Eastern European / Warsaw Pact communist countries
- Stamps with a communist theme from anywhere
- Stamps featuring famous communist/socialist people
- Anything else I can't think of?

Look forward to seeing some interesting stamps - and history. :idea:
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drh wrote: 31 Jul 2022 21:59 I would like to get a mixture to sort through, any tips on good places to buy?
Hi drh, what I am doing here is basically bringing all my used/cto Hungarian stamps that I have obtained over 40 years of collecting and bringing them all under one roof in a stockbook.
Many of these are from the kiddie packets that were around when I was a child. I also obtained a lot from my local stamp dealer who had 6 huge plastic tubs of all world stamps and I got a lot of eastern bloc stamps from there.
The best place that I could recommend to you is ebay, you will find plenty of used lots but beware, some of the prices are crazy. Remember this stuff is cheap, for example only last week I purchased 40 flower stamps from Hungary, used, at a cost of £1.40 which is fair.

I also remember buying on ebay a few months ago, a lot containing 1000 different stamps from Hungary, from the 1960s/1970s at a price of 30 euro which was fine. So basically give a good trawl through ebay before you purchase.

Delcampe is also another good source.

Hope that helps.

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I love communist stamps for their colour, design and history.
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gavin-h wrote: 01 Aug 2022 00:32
Kilowarekid wrote: 31 Jul 2022 13:07 I have decided that I would like to create a thread devoted to communist stamps.
A good idea.

Perhaps you could define what you include / exclude, for instance...

- All countries with a communist regime
- Only Eastern European / Warsaw Pact communist countries
- Stamps with a communist theme from anywhere
- Stamps featuring famous communist/socialist people
- Anything else I can't think of?

Look forward to seeing some interesting stamps - and history. :idea:
I am not really restricting it, basically anything to do with stamps to do with communism, which would include countries which are today still communist ( China and North Korea) and also stamps from the communist era of those countries that are no longer communist, for example Eastern European. The theme of the stamps also does not matter once they are, or were, produced by a communist regime.

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As far as acquiring stamps from these countries, I think buying any large lot of off-paper stamps should yield a good percentage of them, as many collectors regarded them as close to junk.

Kiloware (on paper) would not be a good source, as lots of these stamps were sold CTO to dealers in the West to use for making up kiddies packets -- so another good source is old kiddie albums.

Many of them are still regarded as being close to worthless -- such as a lot of those Hungary stamps -- but some of them are now highly sought after -- eg. China stamps from the Cultural Revolution period.
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Not specifically communist stamps, but I do collect PRC, which is communist by happenstance. I don't collect them because they are though.
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Cephus wrote: 01 Aug 2022 06:46 Not specifically communist stamps, but I do collect PRC, which is communist by happenstance. I don't collect them because they are though.
Me too, I collect Laos stamps which is still a communist country. Beside I have a lot of DDR stamps from the time I collected this country in addition to stamps from Hungary and Czechoslovakia which I keep in my collection of art engraved stamps. Here are FDC's from DDR with stamps about Communism, show Friedrich Engels and postmark applied in Karl Marx Stadt:
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Hi Eli, those stamps are from a very nice set and unless I'm mistaken, they have a good catalogue value.

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Now for some more pictures of Hungarian stamps from the communist era that I'm gathering together in a stockbook.
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Hope you like the above pictures. Stay tuned for my next offering which I will put together in the next day or so.

This will focus on a philatelic history of the dictator Ceausescu and the Romanian communist party.

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Kilowarekid wrote: 01 Aug 2022 09:29 Hope you like the above pictures. Stay tuned for my next offering which I will put together in the next day or so.

This will focus on a philatelic history of the dictator Ceausescu and the Romanian communist party.

KK
Great collection, KK, and thanks for sharing! Hungary issued very colorful and attractive stamps like the flower stamps you posted in the flowers thread. Looking forward to see the history of the dictator Ceausescu and the Romanian communist party on stamps. Regards
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Just yesterday I was given a large lot of stamps from a distant relative who had lived in the old DDR.

In amongst all the usual CTO 'junk' were some nice selections--

North Korea from early 1950s, postally used

North Vietnam, postally used

PRC from 50s and 60s, including postally used

Russia, all periods

I was especially interested by the North Vietnam, as I don't think I previously had any that were postally used.
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Eli wrote: 01 Aug 2022 07:24
Cephus wrote: 01 Aug 2022 06:46 Not specifically communist stamps, but I do collect PRC, which is communist by happenstance. I don't collect them because they are though.
Me too, I collect Laos stamps which is still a communist country. Beside I have a lot of DDR stamps from the time I collected this country in addition to stamps from Hungary and Czechoslovakia which I keep in my collection of art engraved stamps. Here are FDC's from DDR with stamps about Communism, show Friedrich Engels and postmark applied in Karl Marx Stadt:
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As mentioned, most of the DDR issues are very inexpensive with one or two exceptions- for instance the FDCs above have cat. values (Michel 2004/5) of €14 (quite high!) and €2.50 respectively but the Block values at €75 mint.
Similarly the 1953 Blocks featuring Marx, Stalin etc. value at €110 each MNH.
DDR Block Mi13 (1956)
DDR Block Mi13 (1956)
DDR Blocks 8,9 (1953)
DDR Blocks 8,9 (1953)
If you look on Delcampe and eBay.de there are many on offer- most at high prices. You wonder how these values can be sustained with this availability!
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Old Duffer showed a nice miniature sheet of the D.D.R. 70th anniversary Karl Marx death.
Here is a little red book of the same issue ,published 1953,with stamp impression and quotes from various communists. Favour cancelled with a Berlin C2 mark.
Ironically 1953 was the year there was an uprising in East Germany against the communist regime and brutally put down.
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Nice one, 60366!

The wit and wisdom of Wilhelm Pieck! :lol:

Seem to have this block, for some reason!
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D.D.R. 1950 issue “peace propaganda”
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D.D.R. 1951 Third World Youth and Student Festival
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D.D.R. 1951 issue Soviet-German “Friendship”
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East German Cover: 12pf State President Wilhelm Pieck (1876-1960) & 1952, Friedrich Engels, 12 Pfennig stamps.

East German Cover: 12pf  State President Wilhelm Pieck (1876-1960) &  1952, Friedrich Engels, 12 Pfennig stamps.
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1957 East German Cover: 5pf International Long-distance Cycling.

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East German Cover: 10pf 20 years DDR stamp exposition - National Stamp Exhibition, Magdeburg.

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Little from the East:

The Kingdom of Laos regime (1952-75) was pro-western supported by USA. Only two identical stamps show Lenin were issued by the Kingdom:
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The communist regime that replaced the Kingdom and established the Lao PDR (1976-present), issued many stamps about communism: Lenin, Marx, Communist party, October revolution, Russian motifs, etc. Here is a SS shows Lenin:
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A set from 1987 celebrating October Revolution shows Soviet paintings:
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Well done to 60366,oldduffer,eli, and revred. Really excellent DDR and Lao DPR stuff.

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Hi KK

I remember when I started collecting as a kid that there seemed to be a lot of Romania and Hungary stamps in the packs we used to get. Now I know why :D

Over the last year or so I’ve started collecting Russia/Soviet Union. If I can get my act together I’ll start scanning my CCCP pages and upload them.

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Hi Kilowarekid,

I am a worldwide collector so, I do collect stamps issued by communist countries.

But, even if you are a single country collector and your focus is on one of the Eastern European countries that was under Soviet occupation you will collect stamps issued by a communist country. For example, Poland before WWI was under Russian, German and Austro-Hungarian control (Poland did not exist). After the war, Poland became a independent nation that would issue postage stamps. This would last until 1945 when the Soviets took control and it would end in 1989. So, if you are a collector of stamps from Poland you will be subjected to stamps from different regimes.
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Do I collect Communist stamps? Yes, as a matter of fact I do. Here are some from the old Soviet Union, the first of the communist countries.

USSR 1970 Lenin birth centenary stamp, 20 k. MS, sculpture by Kolesnikov, Mi. Block 63.
USSR 1970 Lenin birth centenary stamp, 20 k. MS, sculpture by Kolesnikov, Mi. Block 63.

The U.S.S.R. encouraged philately as a wholesome activity for the liberated masses, along with other things like sport and folk dancing. Stamps were also used for Marxist-Leninist education, agitation, and propaganda.

USSR 1970 Anniversary of October Revolution stamp, 30 k. MS, Mi. Block 65.
USSR 1970 Anniversary of October Revolution stamp, 30 k. MS, Mi. Block 65.

Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels had been closely studied by the Russian, Vladimir Lenin, who saw how their ‘scientific socialism’ could be put into practice.

USSR 1973 Paintings stamp, 50 k. MS, Lenin addressing Youth Congress, Mi. Block 90.
USSR 1973 Paintings stamp, 50 k. MS, Lenin addressing Youth Congress, Mi. Block 90.

The Revolution in 1917 was due to Lenin’s insights, and accordingly he had almost divine status in the U.S.S.R. The numerous Lenin stamps tend to reflect this. Cheers, Tod. :)
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Lovely thread idea and some superb contributions so far. I was always intrigued as a lad by these stamps as they celebrated the achievements of the common man (and woman).
Whereas the issues of capitalist regimes, royalist fiefdoms and racist empires would feature so-called kings, queens, bankers, oligarchs and other unworthy idols, the stamps of socialist states administered by communist parties would feature examples of working people, drivers, builders, engineers and nurses, liberators of oppressed nations would be commemorated in solidarity with other countries, and whereas the capitalist entities celebrated wars of imperial aggression and conquest, the socialist people's democracies would celebrate peace and unity for all.

Lovely stuff and I'm going on eBay now. Thanks @Kilowarekid
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I'm going to try and concentrate on one state at a time, so i can keep focused. Question is - which?

The Hungarian Peoples' Republic, 20th August 1949 to 23rd October 1989, led for 33 years by János Kádár. On the borders of the NATO empire, this state managed to survive incessant propaganda broadcast in by the American "Radio Free Europe" station, as well as counter-revolutionary and nationalist émigré movements. Kádár started working at an early age and helped his foster-uncle take care of his sick wife. Kádár years later recalled how his early experiences moved him towards Marxist-Leninism. Kádár left school at the age of fourteen in 1926. In 1927, he became a typewriter mechanic, a trade which had a high standing among the working class, there were only 160 of them in the country. A 2020 poll carried out by policy solutions found that 54 percent of people believe that most had a better life under Kádár, as opposed to 31 percent who disagree. Kádár died three months before the handover of power from the working class to the middle class.

The German Democratic Republic, 7th October 1949 to 3rd October 1990, led mainly by Walter Ulbricht (1950s-60s) and Erich Honecker (1970s-80s). Ulbricht was a German revolutionary communist who led a soldiers' soviet in 1918 during the German Revolution, and campaigned against the capitalists and Nazis as a fighting member of the KPD. After Ernst Thalmann was arrested and imprisoned in a concentration camp (where he would later die) by the Nazis, Ulbricht led the communist opposition to the Hitlerite regime. Ulbricht and Wilhelm Pieck, the GDR's first leader, coordinated a German communist movement from exile in Paris, London and Moscow, ready to liberate Germans from fascist rule. Honecker spent 1937 to 1945 in prison doing hard labour for treason by the Nazis. During the "Cold War" era of American encirclement or the socialist states, the GDR could claim to be the state with the highest standard of living. After the peaceful handover to the middle class capitalists, many highly educated Ossis (East Germans) had to emigrate to the west as their industries and workplaces were bought up and closed by capitalists. Engineers from Dresden would flip burgers in Hamburg. Scientists from Karl-Marx-Stadt went to wash cars in Stuttgart. For the people who stayed in East Germany, a majority of them (57%) defend the GDR, with 49% of those polled saying that "The GDR had more good sides than bad sides. There were some problems, but life was good there", while 8% oppose all criticism of East Germany and say that "The GDR had, for the most part, good sides. Life there was happier and better than in reunified Germany today". Honecker stated in a speech at his wife's funeral in 1993, "Socialism is the opposite of what we have now in Germany. For that I would like to say that our beautiful memories of the German Democratic Republic are testimony of a new and just society. And we want to always remain loyal to these things".

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Not only Marx, Engels and Lenin, but one could show different events. Here stamps about Spain civil war, Paris Commune and Spartakus Group:
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Many stamps show solidarity with other people and different international symbols:
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Eli, you have just swayed me towards the German Democratic Republic! There is some fantastic history on display on those pages, thank you for taking the time to scan them and upload them!
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drh wrote: 02 Aug 2022 19:35 I'm going to try and concentrate on one state at a time, so i can keep focused. Question is - which?

The Hungarian Peoples' Republic, 20th August 1949 to 23rd October 1989, led for 33 years by János Kádár. On the borders of the NATO empire, this state managed to survive incessant propaganda broadcast in by the American "Radio Free Europe" station, as well as counter-revolutionary and nationalist émigré movements. Kádár started working at an early age and helped his foster-uncle take care of his sick wife. Kádár years later recalled how his early experiences moved him towards Marxist-Leninism. Kádár left school at the age of fourteen in 1926. In 1927, he became a typewriter mechanic, a trade which had a high standing among the working class, there were only 160 of them in the country. A 2020 poll carried out by policy solutions found that 54 percent of people believe that most had a better life under Kádár, as opposed to 31 percent who disagree. Kádár died three months before the handover of power from the working class to the middle class.

The German Democratic Republic, 7th October 1949 to 3rd October 1990, led mainly by Walter Ulbricht (1950s-60s) and Erich Honecker (1970s-80s). Ulbricht was a German revolutionary communist who led a soldiers' soviet in 1918 during the German Revolution, and campaigned against the capitalists and Nazis as a fighting member of the KPD. After Ernst Thalmann was arrested and imprisoned in a concentration camp (where he would later die) by the Nazis, Ulbricht led the communist opposition to the Hitlerite regime. Ulbricht and Wilhelm Pieck, the GDR's first leader, coordinated a German communist movement from exile in Paris, London and Moscow, ready to liberate Germans from fascist rule. Honecker spent 1937 to 1945 in prison doing hard labour for treason by the Nazis. During the "Cold War" era of American encirclement or the socialist states, the GDR could claim to be the state with the highest standard of living. After the peaceful handover to the middle class capitalists, many highly educated Ossis (East Germans) had to emigrate to the west as their industries and workplaces were bought up and closed by capitalists. Engineers from Dresden would flip burgers in Hamburg. Scientists from Karl-Marx-Stadt went to wash cars in Stuttgart. For the people who stayed in East Germany, a majority of them (57%) defend the GDR, with 49% of those polled saying that "The GDR had more good sides than bad sides. There were some problems, but life was good there", while 8% oppose all criticism of East Germany and say that "The GDR had, for the most part, good sides. Life there was happier and better than in reunified Germany today". Honecker stated in a speech at his wife's funeral in 1993, "Socialism is the opposite of what we have now in Germany. For that I would like to say that our beautiful memories of the German Democratic Republic are testimony of a new and just society. And we want to always remain loyal to these things".

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Sources of above? (Not that I disagree with all of it- sounds a bit "one sided"!) Perhaps we should not get into politics on this thread! (Remember "Get him to Bautzen"*- the not so nice side of the DDR).

*"Bautzen was infamous throughout East Germany for its two penitentiaries. "Bautzen I" was used as an official prison, soon to be nicknamed Gelbes Elend ("Yellow Misery") due to its outer colour, whereas the more secretive "Bautzen II" was used as a facility to hold political prisoners, dissidents and prisoners of conscience. Today, Bautzen I is known as the Bautzen Correctional Institution and is used to hold prisoners who are awaiting trial. Bautzen II which was also operated by the GDR's Ministry for State Security, has served as an open memorial since 1993, operated by the Saxon Memorials Foundation. It is accessible to the public. Guided tours are provided and occasionally, films are screened. A permanent exhibition depicts the misery suffered by occupants; visitors may tour detention cells, the isolation area and the yards where prisoners were allowed to exercise."
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D.D.R. 1951 Friendship with China issue.
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Certainly these Mao stamps are unusual for DDR issues in having quite a high cat. value.
My Michel gives around €30-50 depending on whether "Used" or "CTO". MNH a lot more.
(These look to be postally used)
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OldDuffer1 wrote: 02 Aug 2022 20:07 A permanent exhibition depicts the misery suffered by occupants; visitors may tour detention cells, the isolation area and the yards where prisoners were allowed to exercise."
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I visited Alcatraz Island, pretty grim there too. Not as bad as the modern industrial prisons in America of course! https://www.history101.com/five-most-brutal-prisons-u-s/
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steevh wrote: 01 Aug 2022 06:27 As far as acquiring stamps from these countries, I think buying any large lot of off-paper stamps should yield a good percentage of them, as many collectors regarded them as close to junk.

Kiloware (on paper) would not be a good source, as lots of these stamps were sold CTO to dealers in the West to use for making up kiddies packets -- so another good source is old kiddie albums.

Many of them are still regarded as being close to worthless -- such as a lot of those Hungary stamps -- but some of them are now highly sought after -- eg. China stamps from the Cultural Revolution period.


When collecting anything that isn't "front and centre" in terms of popularity, then extreme bargains are to be in "any mixed lot" that could be described as "remaindered".

Whether its "old" ....

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Approvals books

Junior collection stamp albums

Off paper kiloware (usually consisting of remaindered kiddies albums)

or even dealers packet stocks ....

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An awful lot of sheet(s)

As long as its old (1940-1990's), its going to contain "a healthy proportion, of the variety you seek".


Your competition is art students, and collage makers, who buy this stuff "by the envelope full" to make mosaics to sell on Etsy (etc...). Remember all the CTO usually has full gum, so sticking them in formation "is trivial".

Its a very inexpensive way to get a lot of face different stamps quickly, (but it can be "quite frustrating" when its been remaindered by a thematic collector, who usually removes "just one value from the set"!!!).

At a general (non stamp) weekly auction, six stock books full rarely make £20 (£27 with prems)....

I've been known to bid a tenner "just for the stockbooks" :D

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Then, of course, we have the disappearing Stalin stamps of the USSR!

1954 stamp:
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Original painting:

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Later (1987) stamp:

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Centenary of "Das Kapital" by Karl Marx, USSR, 1967:
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Now it's time for a little philatelic history of Nicole Ceausescu and the Romanian communist party.
Ceausescu ruled Romania with an iron fist from 1965 to 1989. Here is a number of stamps depicting his rule.
12th Congress of the Romanian communist party. 1979
12th Congress of the Romanian communist party. 1979
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60th anniversary of the founding of the Romanian communist party. 1981
60th anniversary of the founding of the Romanian communist party. 1981
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Promotion of collective farming. 1982
Promotion of collective farming. 1982
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Conference of the Romanian communist party. 1982
Conference of the Romanian communist party. 1982
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45th anniversary of the anti-fascist demonstration attended by Nicolae and Elena Ceausescu. 1984
45th anniversary of the anti-fascist demonstration attended by Nicolae and Elena Ceausescu. 1984
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40th anniversary of the fall of fascism. 1984
40th anniversary of the fall of fascism. 1984
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13th Congress of the Romanian communist party. 1984
13th Congress of the Romanian communist party. 1984
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40th anniversary of the communist youth association. UTC. 1985
40th anniversary of the communist youth association. UTC. 1985
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Nicolae and Elena Ceausescu at the opening of the Danube-black sea canal. 1985
Nicolae and Elena Ceausescu at the opening of the Danube-black sea canal. 1985
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20th anniversary of the socialist Republic. 1985
20th anniversary of the socialist Republic. 1985
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65th anniversary of the Romanian communist party. Ceausescu. 1986
65th anniversary of the Romanian communist party. Ceausescu. 1986
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65th anniversary of the communist youth association. UTC. 1987
65th anniversary of the communist youth association. UTC. 1987
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70th anniversary of the birth of Nicolae Ceausescu. 1987
70th anniversary of the birth of Nicolae Ceausescu. 1987
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70th anniversary of uniting all Romanians in one state. 1987
70th anniversary of uniting all Romanians in one state. 1987
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50th anniversary of the anti-fascist May declaration. 1989
50th anniversary of the anti-fascist May declaration. 1989
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50th anniversary of the anti-fascist May declaration attended by Nicolae and Elena Ceausescu. 1989
50th anniversary of the anti-fascist May declaration attended by Nicolae and Elena Ceausescu. 1989
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45th anniversary of liberty. 1989
45th anniversary of liberty. 1989
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14th Congress of the Romanian communist party. 1989
14th Congress of the Romanian communist party. 1989
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14th Congress of the Romanian communist party. 1989
14th Congress of the Romanian communist party. 1989
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I love communist stamps for their colour, design and history.
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Hope you like the above pictures. Of course it all ended for Nicolae and Elena Ceausescu at Christmas 1989 when they were deposed in a popular uprising and executed by firing squad.

I will stay with the topic of communist Romania for my next post in a few days, where I will look at stamps depicting society under Communist Romania.

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OldDuffer1 wrote: 02 Aug 2022 22:50 Then, of course, we have the disappearing Stalin stamps of the USSR!

1954 stamp:
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Hi oldduffer, you have beaten me to it uploading that Lenin stamp from 1954. Anyone who thinks that the communist stamps are tacky should look at it. Produced in 1954, it is full of interesting detail, and this at a time when most countries were producing monochrome stamps.

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Very interesting collection about Communism in Romania. I like it very much and thanks for sharing it. Looking forward to see your society under Communist Romania collection.

Here are covers from Vietnam and Laos, all about Communism:

Centenary birth of Lenin, Vietnam, 1980:
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60th anniversary of October Revolution, Laos, 1977:
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26th Congress of Soviet Communist Party, Laos, 1981:
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Thanks Eli for your kind words, glad you liked the Romanian communist party pictures on stamps.

Your stamps from Laos are very interesting, given that it's actually a country that I haven't focused much on even though it is communist.
I have some stamps from Laos in my all world childhood collection but your post has sparked my interest in this country.

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Apparently Lao PDR has more unexploded ordnance on its territory than anywhere else on earth.
"From 1964 to 1973, the United States dropped over 2.5 million tons of ordnance over Laos during 580,000 bombing missions — equal to a planeload of bombs every 8 minutes, 24 hours a day for 9 straight years. This earned Laos the unwanted title of being the most bombed country per capita in history."
All aimed at hampering supplies from the north of Viet Nam to the south.
Source: https://responsiblestatecraft.org/2022/02/07/when-will-biden ... ne-policy/
A tragic backdrop to this country's spirited existence.
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Kilowarekid wrote: 05 Aug 2022 04:29 Thanks Eli for your kind words, glad you liked the Romanian communist party pictures on stamps.

Your stamps from Laos are very interesting, given that it's actually a country that I haven't focused much on even though it is communist.
I have some stamps from Laos in my all world childhood collection but your post has sparked my interest in this country.

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Thanks, KK! I don't collect stamps about Communism and all I post here in this thread are stamps I have in my different collections, mainly in my Laos and Vietnam collections. I just want to emphasis one thing: In contrary to the East European countries that issued stamps about their own Communist parties, leaders, symbols and events (like your wonderful Romania collection), countries like Laos issued stamps about Communism in USSR. The reason for that is that most of the Laos "Communist" stamps were designed and printed in the USSR and show Soviet subjects. There are maybe one or two Lao stamps about Communism in Laos.

Here for instance a stamp about Lenin but with a connection to the country issued the stamp. It is a stamp from 1985 from Czechoslovakia shows a painting of Lenin stands on Charles Bridge, Prague (Karlův most), by Martin Sladký (1920-2015), exhibited in Lenin museum, Prague:
Lenin on Karlův most, Prague, Czechoslovakia, 1985
Lenin on Karlův most, Prague, Czechoslovakia, 1985
A collection of Lenin stamps from Laos you can see here and here. Looking forward to see more from your collection.

Thank you, drh, for your information. Of course, there are stamps about this tragic event which I posted in the Lao thread.
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steevh wrote: 01 Aug 2022 17:12 Just yesterday I was given a large lot of stamps from a distant relative who had lived in the old DDR.

In amongst all the usual CTO 'junk' were some nice selections--

North Korea from early 1950s, postally used

North Vietnam, postally used

PRC from 50s and 60s, including postally used

Russia, all periods

I was especially interested by the North Vietnam, as I don't think I previously had any that were postally used.
The postally used North Korea from the early 1950s sound interesting. Almost all material I’ve seen from that era are CTO. Are any on cover?
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Rockyman44 wrote: 05 Aug 2022 20:35
steevh wrote: 01 Aug 2022 17:12 Just yesterday I was given a large lot of stamps from a distant relative who had lived in the old DDR.

In amongst all the usual CTO 'junk' were some nice selections--

North Korea from early 1950s, postally used

North Vietnam, postally used

PRC from 50s and 60s, including postally used

Russia, all periods

I was especially interested by the North Vietnam, as I don't think I previously had any that were postally used.
The postally used North Korea from the early 1950s sound interesting. Almost all material I’ve seen from that era are CTO. Are any on cover?
None on cover, sadly.
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Some Chinese communist stamps...
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