This South Korean postage stamp was one of a series released in 2003, “Traditional Korean Culture, which demonstrated and recognized Korean cultural and aesthetic heritage. Each stamp depicted an item of everyday life in ancestral Korea. This stamp, worth 190 won (the South Korean currency) is an example of the footwear sub-series; other sub-series included traditional headwear, furniture, and tools. Illustrated here is a pair of unhye shoes, which were traditional slippers for Korean women of royalty, the court, and the upper class, until the end of the Joseon Period. The outside of the shoe was typically silken or covered in cotton flannel, while the soles were cobbled from leather and the toes and heels embroidered. In terms of philatelic history, these stamps are remarkable as well as beautifully designed; for the first half of the 20th century, Japan controlled the Korean administration, including its postage, and after 1946, the American military administration took over the issue of Korean stamps for several years. The 2003 series embodies not only the rich history of the Republic of Korea, but national pride and a celebration of independence.
Lebanon has always been a touristic country. Some refer to it as the Paris of the Middle East. Post stamps from Lebanon illustrate many of Lebanon’s most beautiful and fascinating places. The images range in depicting different locations throughout Lebanon. One of the most popular images is the roman ruin of the Beqaa valley, Baalbek, dating back to the first century AD. The temples were excavated by a German archaeologist and have since become a major tourist attraction. Other images include a Crusader sea base built on water in the port city of Sidon, the fishing town of Byblos north of Beirut, the natural rock formation off the shores of Beirut, and an old Ottoman Palace that belonged to one of the Ottoman warlords before World War One. Before the civil war, Lebanon survived on a touristic-banking economy. These images were used to attract tourists from neighboring Arab countries and distant European countries . Lebanon has now been rebuilt to its glory of the 60′s and 70′s. Its downtown streets bustle with tourists from around the world. Lebanon showed its finest touristic locations as a means of alluring the recipient of a stamp to visit Lebanon.
It’s no surprise to find the face of the Father of India cover the stamps of the country. Gandhi’s involvement in India’s quest for independence not only gives him the legacy as one of the most influential people to ever live, but also set a precedent of civil disobedience and nonviolent action that set a standard for some of the world’s most revered leaders. That being said, it is to nobody’s surprise that the face of Gandhi paints not just the stamps of the nation, but the currency as well. Following India’s independence from the British in 1947, the nation has worn her independence on her sleeve. Gandhi, the leader of India’s search for freedom, essentially became the face of the nation, giving way to his presence on national products.