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Many faces of Indonesian Suharto definitive postage stamps of 1980/1987 (or quick peek into world of various meshes and screens in photogravure printing)

Many faces of Indonesian Suharto definitive postage stamps of 1980/1987 (or quick peek into world of various meshes and screens in photogravure printing)Moving forth with the topic of Indonesian stamps, here's one of my personal favorite stamp series: the Suharto definitives of 1980/87. The reason for my liking is very much personal one. One of my uncles worked in Indonesia at the time, and postcards sent to my family usually had few of these stamps on top. So in a way these stamps were among the first worldwide stamps that I ever faced and collected. According to Michel and other (western) catalogues these stamps have very little varieties. All values were printed in photogravure, there are no perforation varieties, no paper varieties etc.  The only difference mentioned in catalogues is that some values exist with two different years printed on the left side of the stamp.  But the reality is much more complex. ...(747 words,5 images, 0 comments)

Indonesian 5-year plan (PELITA) postage stamps

Indonesian 5-year plan (PELITA) postage stampsNot sure why, but Indonesian postage stamps don't seem to get much attention from us western collectors. In my opinion one of the most interesting aspects of Indonesian stamps are so called PELITA (acronym for Pembangunan Lima Tahun) stamps, which were issued in promotion of government 5-year plans. Besides South Korea and India, Suharto's Indonesia was one of the few non-communist governments to adopt and use the 5-year economical planning method. ...(709 words,4 images, 5 comments)

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