Monday, January 17, 2011

MLK Stamps

Stamps honoring Martin Luther King, Jr. have been issued worldwide over the years. More stamps have been issued in Dr. King's honor than of any other African American. The King stamps issued by the U.S. Postal Service are really nothing to write home about (sorry), but here are some from elsewhere, that are.

I found many of these stamps, including this one from Tuva, on the website of The Ebony Society of Philatelic Events and Reflections (ESPER). Its mission is to promote "the collecting of African Americans on stamps and the collecting of stamps by African Americans.” There you can view the close to 200 stamps on which King has appeared.

The Republic of Tuva is located in the Tannu Mountains on the Siberian border in northwestern Mongolia. It is famous for its throat singing tradition and its exotic stamps (can't wait to see these, and I promise to share if they are as great this set).

Dr. King often appears on one stamp in a series of notables, and sometimes with others on the same stamp. Then there are countries that have issued MLK stamps in various denominations. I’ve posted a small selection.

Ras Al Khaima, an emirate of the UAE was the first
to honor Dr. King with a stamp on May 25, 1968.

Sources: Aside from ESPER, these stamps are from eBay and various stamp-collecting sites.

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