Museum Fest ◆ Story told by postage stamps

Date: 21 May 2019 – 10 Sep. 2019

Museum: Museum of Georgia

Under the joint initiative of Georgian National Museum and Georgian Post, the exhibition – “Story told by postage stamps”, dedicated to the 100 year anniversary of the first Georgian stamp will be presented from May 21 in the outline of Georgian National Museum Festival.

Visitors, during the exhibitors, will see Georgian stamps which introduce the rest of the world meaningful events, public figures, artists, writers and other important facts of our country.

At the exposition, you will get acquainted the first Georgian, national and Soviet stamps from Georgian National Museum collections and philatelic featured samples of Georgian Post. Various documents, correspondences with the first national heraldic stamps will be showcased from National Archives of Georgia.

On 26 May, 1919 the government of the Democratic Republic of Georgia marked the anniversary of the country’s independence with a significant fact – the first Georgian post stamp was released. The post stamps contained nine nominal and differed in color and visual appearance. The stamps depicted the state emblem of the Democratic Republic of Georgia, as well as images of White Saint George and a Georgian woman, who is named as Queen Tamar in the philatelic catalogues.

The issuance of a post mark encouraged the propaganda of independence of the country. The stamp is the equal symbol of the independent state, likewise of national flag, emblem, anthem and currency. Therefore, by issuing this post stamp, the Georgian government raised legitimization of country’s independence. However, the stamp, like the independent Georgia itself, did not have a long life. Already in 1922 Georgia issued Soviet post stamps. Since then, till the collapse of the Soviet Union, all stamps, were marked with “USSR Post” in Russian language, without any mention of Georgia, as a state, even in the case when the stamps depicted Georgian themes or images of Georgian public figures.

In 1991, after the restoration of independence of Georgia, the national post stamps became the

subject of consideration again, since the national post stamp is one of the proofs of independence and sovereignty of the country. On July 31 of 1993, for the first time after almost 70-year time interval, Georgian Post issued the national post stamps under the series of “Georgia - UN Member”, for the occasion of the first anniversary of Georgia’s adhesion to the United Nations Organization. This moment marked the beginning of the newest history of Georgian post stamps.

Exhibition duration: May 20 - September 10, 2019  

Venue: Simon Janashia Museum of Georgia, 3 Shota Rustaveli Ave. Tbilisi, Georgia.

◆ Working Hours: Tuesday - Sunday, 10 am - 5:30 pm