Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Tibet History in Stamps 1934 The Snow Lion - Dalai Lama of Today modeling peace.

I am thinking of the visit of the Dalai Lama to the Twin Cities this Sunday that I will be sharing at the U of Minnesota with my Zhongguo Pengyou Tian. She has taught me about Tian, as a name for sky and heaven in Hanyu, or Putonghau, the common language of the Han People. I have always been interested in Chinese philosophy especially that of Laotze and the Tao de Ching.

For more info check out. http://www.dalailama.umn.edu/

Thinking of the meaning of Tian a men. The gate into the heavenly place or city in the Northern Capital Beijing. I have put up these stamps that my parents collected as a tribute to world peace and the teachings of the Buddha, Laotze, and Confucius. I am reminded of the art of the Three Vinegar Tasters I have up on my bedroom wall as well.

To read more about these three philosophers that I see as a foundation of ancestral philosophy of Zhongguo, see

The Tibetan Stamps my parents collected, looks like 1934 from my fathers earlier collection.

From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Postage_stamps_and_postal_history_of_Tibet

The first adhesive stamps issued for use in Tibet were typewritten overprints on Indian postage stamps [1] through the 1903 period, during which the Tibetan Frontier Commission, led by Sir Francis Younghusband, arrived in Khamba Jong on July 7, 1903. [2] Soon after, as no progress was made in diplomatically settling issues of the Tibetan border with Sikkim, this became a military expedition. One result of the treaty signed September 7, 1904 was the establishment of Indian Postal Agencies at Gartok, in Western Tibet, and Gyantse, Pharijong and Yatung, along the Indian trade route to Lhasa [2]. Chinese forces occupied Tibet in 1909, when the Dalai Lama fled into Sikkim and India. However, there were Chinese communities in Tibet well before this, as shown by a registered letter from Wen Tsung-yao at Lhasa, January 9, 1909. Thereafter, Chinese stamps and special Chinese date stamps were used at Chabdo, Gyantse, Lhasa, Pharijong, Shigatse and Yatung. Postal communications of this period are scarce and eagerly sought after by both Chinese and Tibetan specialists [2].
First stamps of Tibet
Tibet began issuing postage stamps at the beginning of the 20th century. The first stamps were issued in Lhasa in 1912. Other series of stamps were issued in 1914, 1933, and through the end of the 1950s.
Tibetan stamps had a figure of a snowlion, the national emblem of Tibet. The stamps were marked in Tibetan characters meaning "Tibet Government" and in English by "Tibet" [3].

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