Tuesday, July 28, 2009

4 down, 5 to go!

Today, I fulfilled another wish in my Philatelic wishlist! I received my set of rare stamps entitled "Poems of Chairman Mao" which I won on the eBay. This was issued on 1st October 1967, during the Chinese Cultural Revolution era! Chairman Mao Zedong (毛泽东) (26 December 1893 – 9 September 1976) was a Chinese Communist leader. Mao led the Communist Party of China to victory against the Kuomingtang in the Chinese Civil War, and was the leader of the People's Republic of China (PRC) from its establishment in 1949 until his death in 1976. Chairman Mao has been regarded as one of the most important figures in modern world history, and named by Time Magazine as one of the 100 most influential people of the 20th century. He is officially held in high regard in China where he is known as a great revolutionary, political strategist, and military mastermind.

Additionally, Mao is considered one of modern China's most influential literary figures, and was an avid poet. Many of Mao's poems are still popular in China and a few are taught as a mandatory part of the elementary school curriculum. Some of his most well-known poems are: Changsha, The Double Ninth, Loushan Pass, The Long March, Snow, The PLA Captures Nanjing, Reply to Li Shuyi, and Ode to the Plum Blossom.

This set of stamps features 13 of his most popular poems.

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