Postage stamps for Vietnam started after the defeat of Japan in 1945. French postal protocols existed throughout Vietnam until 1954, when two countries were carved from one. After partition, the North and South produced their own stamps. The North celebrated Ho Chi Minh and commemorated the wars of liberation. Many of these North Vietnam stamps were printed in Hanoi, while others were printed behind the iron curtain in Prague, Czechoslovakia and Budapest, Hungary. The stamps here are from the late ’80s – after reunification.
Buu Chinh means postage. And as small as these postage stamps are, they have the power of posters.
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Steven Heller is the co-chair of the SVA MFA Designer /Designer as Author + Entrepreneur program, writes frequently for Wired and Design Observer. He is also the author of over 170 books on design and visual culture. He received the 1999 AIGA Medal and is the 2011 recipient of the Smithsonian National Design Award.View all posts by Steven Heller →