Panterra wrote:In 1942, despairing of any more help from Russia which was by now embroiled in a war with Germany, Tuva began printing its own stamps.
After failing to get a set for their 20th anniversary (as explained earlier in this thread), the Government asked for a set to celebrate the 21st anniversary of independence, and so the local printer carefully engraved a set of five stamps. But only three were finally issued.
Samuel Blekhman wrote:These stamps were designed by the artist V. Dyomin, who worked for the newspaper Тувинская Правда Tuvinskaia Pravda (Tuvinian Truth) in Kyzyl. The stamps were printed at this newspaper's printing works with a single cliché on slices of paper trimmed from the bottom of newspapers. Because of this, the distances between stamps are often different and one stamp is often out of position in relation to another.
The stamps of this series were found in normal postal use and were not on sale in the philatelic shops of the Soviet Union. Almost all of the print run of the stamps was exhausted for postal needs, and only an insignificant quantity of mint stamps, imported by collectors visiting Tuva in 1944-45, came into the hands of collectors.
V. Dyomin subsequently reprinted these stamps using the original clichés at the request of collectors on more than one occasion, sometimes in their normal colours, sometimes in other colours -- none of which were ever used for postage.
Tuva 1942 21st Anniversary of Independence, Tuvan woman, reprint in unissued RED colour.
Not listed in Backman or Mirr catalogues.