Preview of stamps to be issued in January 2015

The Federal State Unitary Enterprise “Marka” Publishing and Trading Centre supervised by the Federal Communications Agency has prepared the following products to be issued:

January, 13 an envelope with a commemorative stamp is to be released into circulation dedicated to the 125th birth anniversary of Karel Čapek (1890–1938), writer and dramatist, in the “World Cultural Celebrities” series

Karel Capek was a most famous Czech writer of the 20th century, a novelist, dramatist and science fiction writer.
He graduated from the Faculty of Philosophy of the Prague University in 1915. His books first came in 1907 года. Most of the early stories were included in Shining Deeps written together with his brother Josef Capek, as well as The Garden of Krakonos. 
Karel Capek is world-known for his social and science fiction writings: the plays R.U.R. and The Makropulos Affair and the novels The Absolute at Large and Krakatit.
Karel Capek’s novel War with the Newts is considered the apex of his writing career. The novel combines the traits of mystifying science fiction, zoological paroemia and social utopia.

The envelope with a commemorative stamp depicts symbols of different areas of art: the lyre, palette, book, pen, column and theater curtain; Karel Capek’s portrait and a set of illustrations for his writings (War with the Newts, The Man Who Could Fly, R.U.R.).

Design: F. Soukhinin.
Artwork: A. Yakovlev 
Face value: letter “A”.
Circulation: 1 million

January, 16 a EUROPA stamp issue “Toys” is to be released into circulation

Dymkovo toys are one of the old Russian folk art clay handicrafts. The little figures are moulded piece by piece, fastened together and then dried and tempered, whitewashed with chalk diluted in milk and painted yellow, blue, green and scarlet, which makes the toys exceptionally vivid and colourful. The motifs include young people, skomorokhs (wandering actors and minstrels), barynyas (landladies), cavaliers, nyanki (nannies with babies), vodonoski (female water carriers), sheep with golden horns, turkeys, roosters, deers.

The matryoshka doll refers to a Russian wooden toy which is a set of painted dolls of a decreasing size nested inside each other. There are usually three to twelve smaller dolls inside. They are egg-shaped with a flat base and have two halves: the top and the bottom. Traditionally the outer layer is a woman dressed in a sarafan, apron and headscarf.

The postage stamp depicts a Carrousel Dymkovo toy and matryoshka dolls.

An illustrated cover has been prepared for the release with cancelled FDCs (Moscow, Saint Petersburg) inside.

Design: V. Beltyukov.
Face value: 23 RUB.
Size stamp: 37×50 mm, size of sheet: 168×170 mm.
Form of issue: a sheet of 12 (4×3) stamps with illustrated margins.
Circulation: 420 thousand stamps (35 thousand sheets).

January 22, a postcard with a commemorative stamp “100th Birth Anniversary of B.F. Andreyev (1915–1982), Theatre and Cinema Actor” is to be released into circulation

Boris Fyodorovich Andreyev (1915–1982) was an actor and Peoples’ Artist of the USSR (1962).

He was born in Saratov into a family of workers. His childhood and youth years were spent in Atkarsk, Saratov Governorate. He successfully graduated from the I.A. Slonov Theatre School in 1936.

Boris Andreyev played on the Saratov Drama Theatre’s stage for a while and then at the Cinema Actor Studio Theatre in Moscow.

His first film role was Nazar Duma in Tractor Drivers (1939) directed by Ivan Pyryev, which secured him the image of a strong and seemingly rough man in cinema. The role of the miner Khariton Balun in A Great Life (1939, continued in 1946) brought him wide popularity.

The postcard with a commemorative stamp depicts the actor’s portrait and a fragment of A Great Life (Kiev Motion Picture Studio, 1939).

Design: R. Komsa.
Face value: letter “B”.
Circulation: 12 thousand.

January 22, a souvenir sheet “150th Birth Anniversary of V.A. Serov (1865–1911), Artist” is to be released into circulation

Valentin Alexandrovich Serov (1865–1911) was a Russian painter and prominent portrait and graphic artist.

The painter’s works are characterized by diversity: he produced landscape paintings, created historical and mythological compositions, theatre billboards, sketches for theatre plays and book illustrations.

All his works are marked by the search for a new artistic language. Valentin Serov’s strong sense of time and intolerance of any falsehood make his paintings a source of knowledge about living in Russia at the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries.

The postage stamp depicts Valentin Serov’s painting October. Domotkanovo (1895, State Tretyakov Gallery) with his portrait in the margins.

An illustrated cover has been prepared for the release with cancelled FDCs (Moscow, Saint Petersburg) inside

Designer: O. Ivanova.
Face value: 50 RUB.
Size of souvenir sheet: 107×76 mm, size of stamp in the sheet: 42×30 mm.
Circulation: 70 thousand.

January 27, a new Postcrossing postage stamp is to be released into circulation

Postcrossing is a project that allows its members to send and receive postcards from all over the world. The project has originated under the influence of bookcrossing – the practice of leaving a book in a public place to be picked up and read by others, who then do likewise.
The aim of postcrossing is to enable people to receive postcards from all over the world, for free. The exchange of postcards rests on a common database of all the project members and on а random address principle intended to minimize the difference between the postcards sent and received by each member. Postcrossing uses an indirect swap so that a member sends a postcard to another  postcrosser and receives a postcard back from a random member.
The project is extremely popular in Europe, the USA, China and Russia
The postage stamp depicts an envelope with the inscription “I love postcrossing” against symbols of world cities in the background.

FDCs with cancellation (Moscow, Novosibirsk, Tyumen) have been prepared for the release.

Design: O. Shushlebina.
Face value: 23 RUB
Size of stamp: 37 × 37 mm, size of sheet: 152,4 × 152,4 mm.
Product: sheet with illustrated margins with 9 (3 × 3) stamps.
Circulation: 297 thousand stamps (33 thousand sheets).

January 27, an envelope with original stamp “125th Birth Anniversary of Boris L. Pasternak (1890-1960), writer, poet, Nobelist” is to be released into circulation

Boris Leonidovich Pasternak (1890-1960) - poet, writer and translator. He was born in a creative family in Moscow. He graduated from the historical-philological faculty of Moscow University. The first Pasternak’s publication was in 1913 in the “Lirika” almanac. In the 1910s the poet met N. Aseev and S. Bobrov, joined with them the futuristic group “Centrifuga”.
Starting from the 1920s, and especially in 1930-40-ies Pasternak translated a lot of classical texts: H. von Kleist, Rilke, Goethe.
In 1945, Boris Leonidovich began to work on the novel “Doctor Zhivago”, which became the main novel in writer’s life. “Doctor Zhivago” was finished in 1955.
In 1957, the novel was published abroad. October 23, 1958, Boris Pasternak was awarded the Nobel Prize “For significant achievements in modern lyric poetry, and for the continuation of the traditions of the great Russian epic novel”.

The envelope with the original stamp depicts a portrait of Boris L. Pasternak against the background of books; male and female silhouettes against a departing train; desk with manuscripts, inkwell with pen.

Design: A. Kurnyaev.
Face value: letter "A".
Circulation: 1,000,000 copies.





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