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History of Stamp Issue in DPRK
Pyongyang, March 12 (KCNA) -- It has been 70 years after the first stamp was issued in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

Two kinds of stamps were issued for the first time in the country on March 12, Juche 35 (1946), on an advice of President Kim Il Sung that it would be good to make stamps reflecting the reality of liberated Korea and sentiments of its people.

Since then, more than 6,000 kinds of stamps have been published in the country. And it has become a tradition to issue sheets or stamps celebrating the greatest national holidays every year.

They include the first stamp carrying the image of the President, issued to mark the first anniversary of Korea's liberation, and stamps praising the immortal feats of the peerlessly great persons of Mt. Paektu.

There are also stamps issued in the period of building a new country to show the process of socio-economic changes and tens of kinds of stamps published during the 1950-1953 Fatherland Liberation War to encourage the army and people to the victory in the war.

Many stamps came out even in the period of Arduous March, forced march, to show the launch of earth satellite Kwangmyongsong-1 and other historic events that took place in the DPRK under the guidance of leader Kim Jong Il.

In recent years, too, a number of stamps have been issued to show the achievements made in building a thriving socialist nation and a highly-civilized nation under the guidance of supreme leader Kim Jong Un as well as the national flower, bird, tree and dog.

There are some stamps issued jointly with other countries to promote friendship among nations.

The DPRK's stamps won great popularity at international stamp shows held in 60-odd countries, including "Riccione 90" and "Riccione 91" in Italy.

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