Ancestor of Vietnamese stamps

Nowadays, Vietnamese postage stamps are no longer as popular as before and have almost all been replaced by electronic mail, many collectors are still on the hunt for rare and precious tangible "assets". Even in stamp communities, there are always young faces who are paying more interest and attention to this "nostalgic" item.

So do you know who is the “Ancestor" of Vietnamese stamps? On the occasion of the Independence Day holiday, let's find out with VAN•HOA about this famous artist!

 

If in the previous article, we had the opportunity to learn together about the person who actually designed the Vietnam National Emblem, the late painter Bui Trang Chuoc, then few people know that he was also the first Vietnamese to draw stamps about Indochina.

Bui Trang Chuoc in younger days.


From the first Indochinese stamps to the Doi Moi era with revolutionary themes, Bui Trang Chuoc has produced more than 60 sets of postage stamps! Later, besides famous painters such as Nguyen Sang, Tran Luong, Tran The Vinh,... he still quietly continued to contribute his artistic talent to the Postal Industry. Among them are historical stamps such as "President Ho Chi Minh reads the Declaration of Independence" (1945), "Victory of Dien Bien Phu" (1954), national hero "Mac Thi Buoi" (1956),…

Postage stamp "President Ho Chi Minh reads the Declaration of Independence"


The stamp sets of the late artist are designed meticulously, carefully and with high aesthetic value. Through each period, he tried to portray Vietnamese historical and cultural events in the clearest and most thorough way, encapsulated in small stamps. Because of that, he is always highly appreciated by the art world and has given many compliments to this "artist with deep patriotism imbued with Vietnamese identity".

Through each period, he tried to portray Vietnamese historical and cultural events in the clearest and most thorough way, encapsulated in small stamps.

Let's take a look at some of the original Vietnamese postage stamp designs by the late painter Bui Trang Chuoc below!


*Photo source: family of the late artist provided

Period 1936 - 1945

During this period, he drew and was issued 29 sets of stamps with 57 samples circulating throughout Indochina.


After the successful August Revolution, he continued to paint revolutionary postage stamps.


After 20 years of this period, he painted and issued 37 sets, 46 patterns and more than 100 stamps.


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