DPRK highlights friendship with China through new stamps

KCNA posted some new commemorative stamps today highlighting the friendship felt between fraternal socialist leaders (click images to see larger versions):

Kim Il-sung with Mao Zedong (L) and Deng Xiaopeng (R)


Kim Jong-il with Jiang Zemen (L) and Hu Jintao (R)


Chairman Mao as a youth

According to KCNA:

Pyongyang, November 7 (KCNA) — The DPRK State Stamp Bureau has published four sheetlets and an individual stamp to mark the anniversaries of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the DPRK and China and the entry of the Chinese People’s Volunteers into the Korea front.

Printed in the sheetlets are Korean and Chinese letters “DPRK-China Friendship” and “DPRK-China Friendship Is Everlasting”, as well as flags of two countries.

Seen in the sheetlets are portraits of President Kim Il Sung and leader Kim Jong Il and photos of Chinese leaders Mao Zedong, Deng Xiaoping, Jiang Zemin and Hu Jintao.

The stamps also carry pictures of Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il meeting with Chinese leaders.

The individual stamp contains an oil painting portraying Chairman Mao Zedong.


2 Responses to “DPRK highlights friendship with China through new stamps”

  1. Danabrem says:

    I can’t help but wonder who these stamps are created for, who gets them, how many are printed, etc. Will people actually buy and use them? What’s the state of the DPRK postal service? Or are they merely propaganda/collector pieces for the elite?