January 22, a postage stamp was put into circulation dedicated to the actor Vladimir Zeldin as part of the “Full Cavalier of the Order “For Merit to the Fatherland” series

Vladimir Mikhailovich Zeldin (1915−2016) was a Russian actor, People’s Artist of the USSR.

Vladimir Zeldin was born on 28 January 1915 in the town of Kozlov, Tambov Governorate in a musician’s family. Zeldin became an all-Union celebrity in 1941 starring in the comedy Svinarka i Pastukh (They Met in Moscow). His next films were The Ballad of Siberia, The Dancing Master, The Carnival Night.

Vladimir Zeldin became an actor of the Soviet Army Theatre (the Russian Army Theatre at present) in 1945 where he played a number of sparkling roles among which were the leading roles in Man of La Mancha, Invitation to the Castle, A Long Time Ago, Uncle’s Dream.

His most famous works as a film actor includes The Taming of the Shrew (1961), Uncle Vanya (1970), With or Without You (1973), The Woman in White (1981), Ten Little Niggers (1987) and many others.

Vladimir Zeldin was awarded three Orders of the Red Banner of Labour, the Order of Friendship, many medals and prizes. For his outstanding achievements in the development of performing art and longstanding creative activities, fruitful labour and extensive public activities, Vladimir Zeldin was awarded the Order “For Merit to the Fatherland ”, all classes.

The postage depicts Vladimir Zeldin’s portrait and an Order “For Merit to the Fatherland”.

In addition to the stamp, JSC “Marka” has released a FDC and a first-day postmark for Moscow.

Design: R. Komsa.
Face value: 27 RUB.
Size of stamp: 42×30 mm, size of sheet: 146×170 mm.
Form of issue: sheet with illustrated margins of 14 (3×5) stamps and a coupon.
Circulation: 280 thousand stamps (20 thousand sheets).


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