Can you ID this stamp? Looks like Russian(?) on the front
January 12, 2015 4:11 PM   Subscribe

Can anyone identify this stamp or tell me what the caption says?

That's really it. My dad had this sitting in an old stamp collection. He couldn't remember where he got it from. Looks like some kind of memorabilia printing? The whole piece is about 4.5in high by 3in wide. Thanks!
posted by nanhey to Media & Arts (6 answers total)
It's a quote from Khrushchev: " 'Disarmament' -- the way to consolidating the world and ensuring friendship among peoples." From the USSR, but looks like it was canceled in 1961.

I'm not (at all) a native Russian speaker so maybe someone with better skills can provide a better translation.
posted by The Giant Rat of Sumatra at 4:25 PM on January 12, 2015

The image is of Let Us Beat Swords Into Ploughshares, a sculpture donated to the UN in 1959 by the Soviet Union. So, a commemorative stamp for that donation?

It says "Riga" on it, so possibly mailed from Latvia?
posted by LobsterMitten at 4:28 PM on January 12, 2015

Best answer: Here we go - the stamp is listed on this page - scroll down for this info:
Let us beat swords into ploughshares
date: 8 March 1960
designer: I. Levin
printer: State Printing Works, Moscow, USSR
perforated: 12:12½
sheet: 25 (5 x 5)

16 40 k. statue 'Let us beat swords into ploughshares' by Evgeny Vuchetich, text
yellow, bistre-brown, greenish blue
(cat. Michel 2326/SG 2423/Yvert 2265)
Doesn't say anything about the postcard or mounting, though.
posted by LobsterMitten at 4:34 PM on January 12, 2015

The text at the top of the stamp is "pochta SSSR" == postage USSR. 40 K is 40 kopecks.
posted by Bruce H. at 5:02 PM on January 12, 2015

My husband says the text on the postcard can be translated as: Disarmament is the path towards the strengthening of peace and ensuring friendship between nations. -- N. S. Khrushchev.
posted by peacheater at 5:18 PM on January 12, 2015

Response by poster: Thanks for the all the answers! They led us to this page with the listing for the souvenir sheet. Mystery solved!
posted by nanhey at 6:22 PM on January 12, 2015

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