"THE GLORY ISSUE OF GREECE (1945)"
This exhibit is part of
Panayotis D. Cangelaris Greek and New Territories stamps collection.
collecting these stamps in the early '60s, just
after his family settled permanently in Greece. Since 1966, parts
of this collection were presented to the
public at national, international and world philatelic
exhibitions (competitive or not) at which he showed the following
Charity Stamps (1966) in one frame at the youth
philately class, Greek
Issues of Thrace 1920
(since 1966) in (three to) five frames at the youth and traditional
philately classes, Varieties
on Greek Stamps (since 1977) in five (to eight) frames at
the traditional philately class, this one (since 2007) and The Western Thrace
Autonomous Government "Muhtariyet" Issue (1913) (since 2009)
in one frame each at the traditional philately class (one frame).
Glory Issue of Greece (1945) was printed and circulated on March 1,
1945 to honour the liberation of Greece from the Axis Forces at the end
of World War II. It comprises of a
eight stamps (values of 1, 3, 5, 10, 20, 50, 100 and 200 drachmas) of
which the last three values were issued on August 10, 1945.
All values depict the same
representation, namely the allegoric figure of Glory painted by the
renown Greek artist Nicholas Gysis (1842-1901). This
figure was first depicted on the stamp of the 25 drachmas, value of the
Historical Issue of Greece (1937). Printed
by lithography on white glossy paper with the Crown watermark, bears a
12 ½ X 13 ½
perforation. It has a clear
symbolic meaning: The original
painting represents Glory lightly
walking on the ruins of the newly independent Greece (1830) after four
centuries of Ottoman occupation. Here,
stamp allegorically places her on the ruins of liberated Greece after
almost four years of Axis occupation.
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