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Tuesday, August 16, 2011

New stamp in 'Prominent Hungarians' series

Magyar Posta is celebrating the 100th anniversary of the birth of Istvan Bibo - a Hungarian lawyer, civil servant, politician and political theorist - by issuing a special stamp.

In the foreground you can see Bibo at work and in the background his legendary sentence: "Before everything else being a democrat means to be not afraid" can be read, there are also important dates from his life (1956, -58 and –63), you can also see a silhouette of the Houses of Parliament.

The first day cover belonging to the stamp includes an excerpt from his study: "The misery of the small Eastern European states" (1946). Under this is a symbolic graphic composition referring to his work and the age: the tangled-up letter arms of a typewriter referring to the stormy years of his life, while the arranged letter arms - summarising his name and the years of his birth and death – symbolise his eternally valid lifework.

The graphic design on the special cancellation stamp contains a stylised drawing of a portrait of Bibo