These stamps here are perfect examples of Soviet stamps being meant to be sent and seen outside of the Union. These are architecture projects in Moscow, that to me smack of modernness, and more importantly exhibiting what they had done for the olympics three years prior.
The entire series was issued on December 15, 1983.
This are the first ones I have catalogued and written about that are printed in relief. The basic idea is that the image is etched out of the plate and when the object is printed, the ink fills in the spaces that were etched out. It makes for incredibly beautiful and detailed stamps. They are some of my favorites, and I often have to fight the urge to touch them to feel the printing.
At the end there will be more photos.
This is the Natalya Sats Musical theater, formally known as Moscow State Academic Children’s Music Theater Named After Natalya Sats. All infomation cited as (Wikipedia) can be found here.
Details: Issued 12-15-1983, face value 3 Kopeks-it would have sent a postcard.
Natalya Sats was the director of this institution in 1921, long before this building was opened in 1979. Sats and her institution were part of Lenin’s wife wanting children’s art education to resume. Sats had a break in her directorship due to the purges, but resumed until she died in 1993 at the age of 90. (Wikipedia). It is very interesting, and if you have time you should read more about this fascinating institution for children.
The Central House of Tourists
Value: 4 Kopeks, postcard or domestic letter
The hotel is now called the Astras, and it is still in use today. Thirty-three floors, 537 rooms, opened 1980. What I find interesting is the tiny silohouettes of people in the windows, all the way down the hotel.
Russian Soviet Federation House
Value: 6 Kopeks, post card, domestic letter, small registered item. I believe registered to cover international as well.
As of 1981 this was the seat of Soviet government, and it is still in use for that purpose today. It is listed as the Russian White House, it reads to me more similarly to 10 Downing Street in London, home of the government and Prime Minister. It replaced the Grand Kremlin Palace, which to me is funny. It would seem that Bolsheviks would have wanted something clean and modern, unassociated with the czars and aristocracy, so this coming so very close to the end of the Soviet Union surprises me. Of course, they did not know it was going to end in a decade.
I love this one. Just look at it. It makes stamps today look cheap by comparison.
Value: 20 Kopeks, Postcard, but in five kopeks it will be more than a post card ever was, domestic letter, registered item.
Opened in 1979, this is actually a hotel complex consisting of four separate hotels. It was built, in keeping with the theme, because there were not enough hotel rooms for the coming olympics in 1980, that were to be hosted in 1980. These are still in operation today, ranging from 3-4 stars. Interestingly this was the world’s largest hotel until 1993, when another was opened in Moscow. It was beaten by the expansion of the MGM Grand in Vegas (Wikipedia).
1980 Olympic Press Center
This one, I admit, gave me some issues. I had a hard time with the fact that the words in this case are printed in cursive. I turned to soviet-postcards.com, and it just came back as “News Publishing Agency.” I looked at buildings added to Moscow in the time frame, and found the part about it being for the olympics.
Value: 45 Kopeks, this would only have been used to send a registered item, and I speculate internationally. Stamps were meant to show off to the world, and historaical rates say that no domestic letter needed more than 40 Kopeks. Registered was between 6 Kopeks and 1 Ruble (100 kopeks to the ruble). I figure this to be where all the press conferences, maybe the ceremonies and such were held for the olympics in 1980. Now it is simply noted as being used as office space. That is a step up from all the abandoned spaces created for the Olympics.