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While scanning a cover from Madagascar for other thread, I noticed this stamp issued in 1980 commemorates 100th birth anniversary of Lenin:
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A lot of African countries have gone through leftist phases where they aligned with the Soviet Union. If not communist per se, they were keen to exhibit their leftist credentials by issuing Lenin stamps.
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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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Incidentally bumped into this thread and couldn't resist the temptation to peep in. Then, while looking it through, I found a minor slip (might mislead those who unaware), though the topicstarter, Kilowarekid, found that too and mentioned the major character in the stamp: "Lenin"

The stamp in question shows Lenin and the caption runs: Lenin is proclaiming the Soviet power. It does not directly mention Stalin, who can still be visible behind Lenin (I'm not sure Stalin was there at the moment, but it was part of the mythology then). The dates 1924-1954 equal 30 years since Lenin's death, though Stalin himself had passed away in 1953.
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StampLearner wrote: 16 Aug 2022 07:30
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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Incidentally bumped into this thread and couldn't resist the temptation to peep in. Then, while looking it through, I found a minor slip (might mislead those who unaware), though the topicstarter, Kilowarekid, found that too and mentioned the major character in the stamp: "Lenin"

The stamp in question shows Lenin and the caption runs: Lenin is proclaiming the Soviet power. It does not directly mention Stalin, who can still be visible behind Lenin (I'm not sure Stalin was there at the moment, but it was part of the mythology then). The dates 1924-1954 equal 30 years since Lenin's death, though Stalin himself had passed away in 1953.
Not quite sure what "slip" you are referring to?

Here is a 1967 USSR stamp where Stalin has been painted out (SG3528):

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Here is the original painting:

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I note that in the Madagascar stamp Stalin is also omitted!
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I also do not know what is the supposed 'slip'.

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OK, I agree, The word 'slip' is wrong. I just used it only to make it sound milder. In fact, it was simply your mistake, and that's why I gave you full translation of what is written on the stamp of 1954, and also mentioned that Stalin, unlike what you’ve said, is there (see more below). Hope you have read it.
OldDuffer1 wrote: 02 Aug 2022 22:50 Then, of course, we have the disappearing Stalin stamps of the USSR!
The original picture by Vladimir Serov (not to be confused with the great Russian artist Valetin Serov) was painted in 1947 when Stalin was to be shown almost everywhere. The picture was reproduced in the 1954 stamp issued as part of a 5 stamp set marking 30 years since Lenin's death. At that time Stalin was dead but not yet publically blamed for the personality cult, though things for many people went easier, that is why he was depicted there, but only second after Lenin - their eternal Soviet icon (Stalin being first person behind Lenin).

In 1955 Vladimir Serov must have produced an altered version, entitled "Lenin's speech at the 2nd Congress of Soviets". This time the painter who must have sensed the newer trends shifted Stalin deeper (he is fourth being not as conspicuous), while other political leaders of Lenin's time (most Russians know them well) are better lit and more visible.

As historically it is the same room and the same speech (but named differently) a superfluous glance does not immediately help notice the difference, yet look at the crowd in the foreground, at the wall, at the lights, also at the viewpoint. The style is similar, as it is the same author and the same manner of execution. This very version is shown in the Madagascar print.

Here is your second mistake, no more slips: Stalin is not omitted, and easily recognised, if you look properly.
Here is a 1967 USSR stamp where Stalin has been painted out (SG3528)
The 1967 stamp relies, as far as I have read, on the author's 3rd version of 1962. At that time Stalin was seldom mentioned, unless negatively. Many of the old Lenin's associates are gone. Instead ‒ abstract but very determined workers and peasants, while rather few changes occur in the general mass of people in front of the stage. The problem though is that the caption under the picture states it reproduces the 1955 picture (this was the manner of the period), and it misleads.

Now, I believe, things should be clearer.
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Yes that definitely clears it all up.
God bless your eyesight!!

Thanks for your contribution on this most iconic of stamps.

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StampLearner wrote: 17 Aug 2022 07:54 to OldDuffer1

OK, I agree, The word 'slip' is wrong. I just used it only to make it sound milder. In fact, it was simply your mistake, and that's why I gave you full translation of what is written on the stamp of 1954, and also mentioned that Stalin, unlike what you’ve said, is there (see more below). Hope you have read it.
OldDuffer1 wrote: 02 Aug 2022 22:50 Then, of course, we have the disappearing Stalin stamps of the USSR!
The original picture by Vladimir Serov (not to be confused with the great Russian artist Valetin Serov) was painted in 1947 when Stalin was to be shown almost everywhere. The picture was reproduced in the 1954 stamp issued as part of a 5 stamp set marking 30 years since Lenin's death. At that time Stalin was dead but not yet publically blamed for the personality cult, though things for many people went easier, that is why he was depicted there, but only second after Lenin - their eternal Soviet icon (Stalin being first person behind Lenin).

In 1955 Vladimir Serov must have produced an altered version, entitled "Lenin's speech at the 2nd Congress of Soviets". This time the painter who must have sensed the newer trends shifted Stalin deeper (he is fourth being not as conspicuous), while other political leaders of Lenin's time (most Russians know them well) are better lit and more visible.

As historically it is the same room and the same speech (but named differently) a superfluous glance does not immediately help notice the difference, yet look at the crowd in the foreground, at the wall, at the lights, also at the viewpoint. The style is similar, as it is the same author and the same manner of execution. This very version is shown in the Madagascar print.

Here is your second mistake, no more slips: Stalin is not omitted, and easily recognised, if you look properly.
Here is a 1967 USSR stamp where Stalin has been painted out (SG3528)
The 1967 stamp relies, as far as I have read, on the author's 3rd version of 1962. At that time Stalin was seldom mentioned, unless negatively. Many of the old Lenin's associates are gone. Instead ‒ abstract but very determined workers and peasants, while rather few changes occur in the general mass of people in front of the stage. The problem though is that the caption under the picture states it reproduces the 1955 picture (this was the manner of the period), and it misleads.

Now, I believe, things should be clearer.
Sorry- that was the whole point I was trying to make that Stalin was in the earlier versions but not the later! Whether these were based on different paintings is surely irrelevant since they are supposed to be representing the same historical event!
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Kilowarekid wrote: 17 Aug 2022 09:23 Yes that definitely clears it all up.
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Thank you for appreciating my attempts to provide explanations, and understanding is what I was aiming at.

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Hello everybody. Interesting discussion of the airbrushing of Comrade Stalin from certain images. Here is a more detailed scan of the 1967 stamp, from the Series commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Great October Socialist Revolution.

USSR 1967 commemorative stamp. 4k. Lenin at Second Congress, Mi. 3410.
USSR 1967 commemorative stamp. 4k. Lenin at Second Congress, Mi. 3410.

This is the next stamp in the same series, also showing Lenin addressing a room. Definitely no Stalin in this one, which is about the push to electrify the country. Lenin is famous for the slogan ‘Communism is Soviet Power + Electrification of the Whole Country’, which is from 1920, and clearly relates to the image on the stamp. Stalin was responsible for completing that task, under the slogan ‘Socialism in One Country’.

USSR 1967 commemorative stamp. 4k. Lenin and Electrification Plan, Mi. 3411.
USSR 1967 commemorative stamp. 4k. Lenin and Electrification Plan, Mi. 3411.

There is no shortage of Soviet stamps based on paintings of Lenin. Here are five artistic images, reproduced in a Mini Sheet from 1987. The offset printing is very low quality, and you cannot really see the faces of those present. No Stalin one assumes, but how would you know?

USSR 1987 commemorative stamps. 10k. Lenin’s birthday MS, various artists. Mi. Block 191.
USSR 1987 commemorative stamps. 10k. Lenin’s birthday MS, various artists. Mi. Block 191.

Finally, here is the stamp issued in 1989 to mark the Centenary of the celebration of the Workers’ Day, usually referred to as May Day. I think the rainbow is a nice touch. Cheers, Tod. :)
USSR 1989 commemorative stamp. 30k. May Day centenary MS. Mi Block 206.
USSR 1989 commemorative stamp. 30k. May Day centenary MS. Mi Block 206.
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I usually knock Communist stamps for their dated and cheapo design and their repellant themes (I still stand by the permise, communism after Nazi Fascism is the worst ever system of government to be used in the world).

But I find their stamps interesting. I only really collect East Germany as their stuff was much higher quality than the other places (Except Czechoslovakia which had some beautiful engraved stamps), and I find their stamps plentiful and cheap.

I just brough 3 albums of an old dealers stock last week for $90 and are adding to my collection of DDR (In an old Davo album going to 1970) and will likely "Steinerise the rest" as it goes to 1990 and includes some of the earlier "Sowetscje Zone" stamps. Yet what I find interesting is most sets in this collection are missing one or more stamps.

Was this deliberate? or just bad luck in the collection. The stamps showing happy people under communism are funny - but my guess is some really did like the communism as it gave them jobs, money and home - things that have been lost under a so called "Democratic revolution". Even today the eastern part of Germany suffers from poverty, unemployment and other issues less encountered in the Western part.

I think one factor that turns people off communist stamps was the sheer volume of them. Places like Hungary, USSR, Poland, Vietnam issued dozens of these thematic stamps and many dealers sold them and palmed them off in kiddie packets. Also many were CTOed and postally used ones can be hard to find outside the definitive sets.

Plus some of the most notorious packet material sets are communist like the worthless Hungarian Postage Dues of 1954 (The red curtain ones) and those hilariously tacky 1961 CCCP Bantam stamps.

Still without the communist CTO stuff, many of us may have never started philately at all and we owe our communist buddies a debt of gratitude.
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Princestamps --

The reason you'll find a stamp missing from a lot of DDR sets is that these are the 'blocked values'.
The DDR postal authorities would provide full sets to its regular new issue subscribers, but the stamps sent for sale at PO counters, or sold to packet makers abroad, were usually missing the 'blocked' value.

So if you buy a DDR collection, always look to get one with full sets, otherwise you'll have to spend a lot more money to do the whole thing over again.
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Steevh beat me to the reply!

Here’s the note in SG about these “blocked values” for DDR:
DDR Blocked value stamps SG note
DDR Blocked value stamps SG note
Poland also had a similar policy, but fortunately only for a much more limited period, from 1951 to 1963. After that time, the top value in any given set is hardest to find, as much fewer were printed.

I started my East Europe communist era collections as a teenager, with big packets of 500 or 1000 different. So I ended up with most sets missing the blocked value or the top value! Often I had to buy the full set later to get those!

So I have a lot of duplicates of these countries, but not many of the restricted values....
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As an example, here is the 1961 DDR set of six stamps celebrating the second Russia manned space flight.

The blocked value is the 15pf, rather garishly coloured stamp showing Titov in his space suit.

If you’re missing one stamp from this set, that’s probably that one! It’s also catalogued much higher than the other 5 combined.
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Thanks - you are right. I am missing the 15 in that set. Only filled my collection up to 1962 early so far. Other values I have missing. Are any of these the Blocked ones?

1959 Nature - 40pf both sets
1959 Artists - 40pf
1959 Sportsfest - 40pf
1959 Schiller - 10pf
1960 Ancient art - 25pf
1960 Summer Olympics - 5pf
1960 Flowers - 40pf
1960 Ships - 25pf
1960 Leipzig Autumn Fair - 25pf
1960 Meissen - 15pf
1960 Chess Olympiad - 25pf
1960 Berlin University - 40pf
1960 Medicine - 25pf
1960 Trains - 25pf
1961 Personalities 1st set - 5pf Werner Kube
1961 Halle - 10pf
1959 Bird drawings - 15pf
1958 Rostock - 25pf
1958 Great Prize (Horses) - 5pf

Sorry about bad translation, album is in German and has no drawings of some values.
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Any stamp in a set with a higher catalogue value is a blocked value.

A useful rule of thumb is that the one stamp you have missing in the set is the blocked value!
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Princestamps wrote: 18 Aug 2022 19:55 Thanks - you are right. I am missing the 15 in that set. Only filled my collection up to 1962 early so far. Other values I have missing. Are any of these the Blocked ones?

1959 Nature - 40pf both sets
1959 Artists - 40pf
1959 Sportsfest - 40pf
1959 Schiller - 10pf
1960 Ancient art - 25pf
1960 Summer Olympics - 5pf
1960 Flowers - 40pf
1960 Ships - 25pf
1960 Leipzig Autumn Fair - 25pf
1960 Meissen - 15pf
1960 Chess Olympiad - 25pf
1960 Berlin University - 40pf
1960 Medicine - 25pf
1960 Trains - 25pf
1961 Personalities 1st set - 5pf Werner Kube
1961 Halle - 10pf
1959 Bird drawings - 15pf
1958 Rostock - 25pf
1958 Great Prize (Horses) - 5pf

Sorry about bad translation, album is in German and has no drawings of some values.
Scanning through your list it looks like all the above are the highest catalogue values in SG, and so are the blocked values. Sometimes a set of just two still has one blocked value, like the 10pf of the 1959 Schiller pair!

I’m not aware of any definitive list of DDR blocked values, probably one exists on a German site or maybe the Michel specialised catalogue?
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Here’s a good link to the stamps of Germany, which has information and illustrations of DDR issues from 1949 to 1969 inclusive:

http://www.pvoller.net/new_stamps/germany/1958_ddr.php

The most elusive of the 1958 issues is the 20pf November revolution 40th anniversary, which is catalogued at £20 used in SG, I presume it had a limited printing...
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I have an old Michel Germany catalogue from 1998 or so -- that denotes the blocked values, with an asterisk, I think.

Also, they give issuance figures, from which you could deduce the blocked values.
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Thanks for that info.

I had a couple of complete sets, due to some earlier stamp buying from circuit books, have the 1950 Music set, 1949 Wereltpost thing with bird, the 1956 Racial Equality set and the 1953 Karl Marx set in stamps along with all the 5 year plan ones and that dienstmark compass thing (Sorry I don't speak German so can't translate it).

Reading about Wilhelm Peick was interesting, over 80 years old, fat and very sick - no wonder the commies were out of touch, the man lived in the 1900s. Watched a few nostalgia videos on Youtube - what a bland life - made up burgers called grillettas, vita cola, steak with ragout which was watered down sauce and pork like steak and some cheap champagne called Poparokka or something.

Not forgetting the trabants and stasi.

Then again, our government is close to communism, state control in covid, banning demonstrations, making teachers learn Maori, state centralisation of water resources, health services, schools and the Polytechs and now stories of "Politruks" going out in the community to spread the party line. However unlike East Germany or the Soviet Union, they will be gone next year.
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Princestamps wrote: 19 Aug 2022 06:15
Reading about Wilhelm Peick was interesting, over 80 years old, fat and very sick - no wonder the commies were out of touch, the man lived in the 1900s. Watched a few nostalgia videos on Youtube - what a bland life - made up burgers called grillettas, vita cola, steak with ragout which was watered down sauce and pork like steak and some cheap champagne called Poparokka or something.

Not forgetting the trabants and stasi.
I really used to love visiting the DDR. If you changed your money before you went, you got about 10 Ostmarks for every Deutschmark -- but the prices in DDR were lower (in marks) than the West, which meant everything was close to free.

The food may not have been up to McDs and KFC's high standards, but you could get a good solid meal and the beer was excellent. And for once in my life I could order triples at the disco and not worry about the tab. The only problem was to get back over the border by midnight (like Cinderella) -- not always easy after drinking so much.

Its just a shame it didnt occur to me to visit the stamp dealers back then.
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steevh wrote: 19 Aug 2022 06:26
I really used to love visiting the DDR. If you changed your money before you went, you got about 10 Ostmarks for every Deutschmark -- but the prices in DDR were lower (in marks) than the West, which meant everything was close to free.

The food may not have been up to McDs and KFC's high standards, but you could get a good solid meal and the beer was excellent. And for once in my life I could order triples at the disco and not worry about the tab. The only problem was to get back over the border by midnight (like Cinderella) -- not always easy after drinking so much.

Its just a shame it didnt occur to me to visit the stamp dealers back then.
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Princestamps wrote: 19 Aug 2022 06:15
Then again, our government is close to communism, state control in covid, banning demonstrations, making teachers learn Maori, state centralisation of water resources, health services, schools and the Polytechs and now stories of "Politruks" going out in the community to spread the party line. However unlike East Germany or the Soviet Union, they will be gone next year.
The once lovely NZ way of life is rapidly being turned into an inverse-apartheid state and I, like most 'thinking' Kiwis, am appalled at the state of the nation.

I think this subject needs a separate header as there are many Kiwis on this board who, doubtless, will have plenty to say on the subject.

Good luck to us!
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Good to hear the stories, I love the allure of the East German stamps, in amongst all my polished and bourgeois coin and stamp collection of the British Commonwealth and Britain, I have this album of DDR so tatty, I made a cover for it out of cardboard and this afternoon will continue to update my pages from 1962 onwards. When done I will show some of the stamps.

Samoanz - do agree and as Maori I feel embarassed as a lot of us don't like the enforced tokenism of Te Reo and 3 waters and all the stuff as we are becoming targets. I get it a lot at my stamp clubs as the members are 99% white, rich, conservative, over 60 and all their knowledge of Maoris comes from me and the right wing media.

Imagine the brouhaha if western countries did blocked values, the funny about them was they were not high values. The biggest I have seen so far are 5M Pieck definitive (One in the early 50s) and a 5M Airmail one of the 70s/80s. Most commem sets top out at 40 or 70 Pf and many of the sets started at 5 or 10PF. The 5 year plans and Dienstmarke stop at 84pf. The highest Ulbricht I can see is 2M although there may be higher ones after the 60s.

Although when I hit the 80s, the 1 Mark level may be breached.
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Really enjoy the discussions here, especially about Stalin on stamps and paintings. :)

Two sets about local Communist parties:

The 11th Czech Communist Party Congress and 15th Anniversary of Czech-Soviet Friendship Treaty, issued by Czechoslovakia on May 26, 1958:
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The 8th Congress of the Socialist Unity Party of Germany (Sozialistische Einheitspartei Deutschlands, SED), issued by the DDR on June 9, 1971:
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Reading the first post by Kilowarekid, I believe that the first intention of "Communist Stamps" is stamps from Communist countries, not stamps about Communism. If I am correct, so Kilowarekid, please, show your stamp collections from Communist countries no matter their subjects.

In an attempt to revive this thread, here Marx from DDR:
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That's exactly correct Eli, it can be any theme as long as it's from a communist country.

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Also Eli, there are lovely DDR stamps in your posts particularly that set from 1971, I love the yellows and reds.
More to follow from me soon, sticking with the philately of communist Romania.

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Re: Does anyone else here collect stamps from Communist countries?

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Kilowarekid wrote: 28 Aug 2022 00:07 Also Eli, there are lovely DDR stamps in your posts particularly that set from 1971, I love the yellows and reds.
More to follow from me soon, sticking with the philately of communist Romania.

KK
Thanks KK! :) Waiting to see your Communist Romania stamps. During 1970's, Romania Communist party leaded by Nicolae Ceaușescu signed contract with Israel, agreed to allow Romanian Jews to immigrate to Israel. Rumor tell that Ceaușescu received $10,000 for each person immigrated to israel.

Here stamps, FDC and commercial cover about Friedrich Engels, issued by DDR in 1970 commemorating the 150th anniversary of his birth:
DDR 1970 Engels com.jpg
DDR 1970 Engels BD 1.jpg
DDR 1970 Engels BD 2.jpg
DDR 1970 Engels BD 2a.jpg
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