First day cover stamps are a type of stamp collecting that involves collecting stamps on the day of their issuance. These stamps, which often feature special designs or themes, are usually affixed to special envelopes, known as first day covers, that are postmarked with the date of the stamp's release.
Above: First day cover stamp: 1970, CCCP / USSR, 100 Years since the birth of Lenin
First day covers stamps from the Soviet Union and Eastern Bloc countries
First day covers from the Soviet Union and Eastern Bloc countries are a popular area of study among stamp collectors. These stamps, which were issued during the era of the Soviet Union and Eastern Bloc countries, offer a unique glimpse into the history, culture, and politics of these regions.
Above: Postcard, "Happy Victory Day!", USSR (CCCP), 1960s
Propaganda style artwork
One of the key features of first day cover stamps from the Soviet Union and Eastern Bloc countries is their propaganda-style artwork. Some of the common themes that can be found on the Soviet Union's stamps from that era include, but not limited to, achievements of the communist society, industry, agriculture, education and culture. Many of these stamps feature images Vladimir Lenin, as well as images of Soviet-era symbols (hammer, sickle, stars, grain, rockets, workers) and slogans.
Soviet Union and Eastern Bloc postmarks in Cyrillic script
In addition to their artwork, Soviet Union and Eastern Bloc countries first day cover stamps also have unique postmarks. These postmarks, which are often in Cyrillic script, add an extra layer of historical and cultural significance to these stamps.
First day covers from the Soviet Union and Eastern Bloc countries are also notable for their rarity. Many of these stamps were only issued in small numbers, making them highly sought after by collectors. Additionally, the postal service in the Soviet Union and Eastern Bloc countries were less developed than in the West, which means that these stamps are not as well preserved as their Western counterparts.
First day cover stamp collection
Collecting first day cover stamps from the Soviet Union and Eastern Bloc countries can be a rewarding hobby. Due to the historical and cultural significance of these stamps, they can offer a unique insight into the history and culture of these regions. The rarity and unique features of these stamps make them cool additions to stamp collections.
And, of course, we have some first day covers, postcards and stamps in our collection. Take a look at our Soviet / Eastern Bloc stamps / philately / postcards collection.
Discount on second item
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