Sunday, 1 May 2016

Workers of the World

1951: May Day
There was a certain lack of May Day stamps in my collection but I did find this Hungarian one.  Designed by Sándor Légrád (1906-1983) who produced propaganda posters in World War II of a heroic and monumental nature and seems to have continued in the same vein in this view of workers.  
1968: British Anniversaries
A gathering of workers took place in Manchester when 34 delegates representing 118,000 members formed the Trade Union Congress in 1868.  The stamp is designed by the inventive David Gentleman.  I thought it would be interesting to compare how a similar concept would be presented   
1983: 10th National Trade Unions Congress.  Designer: Liu Shuoren
and this stamp for the Tenth National Congress of Chinese Trade Unions accentuates the result of manufacturing (and a nice use of the hammer and cog) rather than Gentleman's focus on the workers.

Lastly here are a couple of people working the streets of a city. Perhaps it is Stockholm.
2013: Europa - Postman's Van.
The stamps depict two environmentally friendly modes of transport, the bicycle and an electric car (the Club Car).  The Graphic Designer is Gustav Mårtensson and the Polish engraver Piotr Naszarkowksi who has lived in Sweden for many years. The strap line on the right says "Mail on the Way".  

An entry to Sunday Stamps II theme - May Day or People at Work - here at 'See It On A Postcard'


Bob Scotney said...

Good choices; I can only match the TUC stamp.

FinnBadger said...

Great selection today - fantastic mail carrier stamps.

VioletSky said...

Thank you - I wasn't sure there were any May Day stamps (I have a few postcards only)
The Swedish sheet is brilliantly designed.

Heleen said...

How nice to see 1st of May stamps!

And of course mail related stamps attract my attention hughely, the Swedish stamp sheet is beautiful!