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Special 69 Chinese Folk Tale Postage Stamps (1970)

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Stamp SN D069
Stamp Name Special 69 Chinese Folk Tale Postage Stamps (1970)
Stamp Cat Standard Special Stamps
Stamp Cat Tales, Mammals
Issue date 1970-07-10
Suspersion date
Dimension of stamps(mm.) 29x37
Size of souvenir Sheet (mm.)
Printer China Engraving & Printing Works, R.O.C.
Designer Liao Wei-lin
Creative Director
Sheet composition 10×10
Print color
Process Deep etch offset
Paper 76-1b〝郵〞(post) watermarked paper with red-blue fiber

Perforation 14

  The set of stamps features eight of the twenty-four famous folk tales of filial piety in China. The stories described on the stamps are as follows:

0.10  Old Lai-tsu of the Eastern Chou dynasty (770-256 B.C.), in order to show his old parents that 70 was not old, amused them by dressing like a child and stumbling with his water buckets.

0.10  A young man named Yien-tsu of the Chou dynasty, disguised himself as a deer by wearing a deer-skin in order to get milk from a flock of deer to feed his ill mother. When caught by hunters, the man explained his plan to them, and was then highly rewarded by the bandits.

0.10  A nine-year old boy named Hwang Hsiang of the Han dynasty (206 B.C.-8 A.D.) used a fan to cool the bed for his widower father during summer and warmed it with his own body in winter.

0.10  Wang Shiang of the Tsin dynasty (265-316 A.D.) showed filial piety to his stepmother by breaking the ice to catch two fish for her diet during an illness.

0.10  Chu Hsiu-chang of the Sung dynasty (960-1279 A.D.)was the son of a concubine who was forced by his father's wife to marry another man when he was only seven. He was unable to get his mother out of his mind, so at 57 he abandoned his job as a high official and started a long journey to find her. Fortunately, when she was more than 70, he found her, and they were reunited as he welcomed her into his own home.

0.50  Emperor Wen (reigned 179-163 B.C.) of the Han dynasty attended personally to his mother's illness for three years, refusing to let anyone else do it forhim. He tasted every medicine himself before giving to his mother.

1.00  When six years old, Lu Chi of the Eastern Han dynasty (25-220 A.D.)followed his uncle to see a high official named Yuan Shu. He saved two oranges from those offered him for refreshment, hiding them in his sleeves so that he could take them to his mother who was very fond of oranges. When departing, the two oranges dropped to the floor. Questioned, the boy explained his purpose. The host, valuing his virtue of filial piety, praised him lavishly.

1.00  At fourteen years of age, Yang Hsiang of Tsin dynasty usually worked with his father in the wheat field. One day, suddenly a tiger caught his father. Yang Hsiang was so anxious to rescue his father that, forgotting his own danger, he jumped on the beast's back and desperately squeezed its neck with his two hands.Whereupon, the tiger released the father and ran away.