5 ago. 2016

Postcrossing Incoming! Russia - Harley-Davidson

Another beautiful card from Zhenia in Krasnoyarsk! This Harley-Davidson from 1939, gouache on paper by Bychvok Aleksei Leonidovich (his VK here), an artist also from Krasnoyark.
And oh, the stamps! So wonderful, and new to me. On the left: князь Владимир, Vladimir the Great, Prince of Novgorod and Grand Prince of Kiev from 960 to 1015. He was baptized into the Christian (Orthodox) faith, and later forced the population of Kiev to be baptized too, all this is the theme of the stamp. He is a very important figure in Russia and Ukraine. 

I'm probably going to far with the following speculation, since I know too little about the history of Russia. But, could this stamp, issued in 2015, a way from Russia to portray as Russian a historical figure that is also revered in the Ukraine? And since that is so, why not consider Ukraine a part of Russia, anyway? 

The second stamp on the right is another one of those very elegant issues celebrating the bicentennials of old companies. I've received a couple before, but not this one, with Златоустовская оружейная фабрикаZlatoust Arms Factory, in the city of the same name, Chelyabinsk Oblast.

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