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Jubilee of King Sisavang Vong Reign - 1954
Designer: Marc Leguay, Engraver: Jean Pheulpin

In 1954, King Sisavang Vong celebrated jubilee of his reign. The stamps depicting three different Lao temples, one from each former Lao Kingdoms: Vientiane, Luang Prabang and Champasak. The temples represent the unification of these three Lao Kingdoms to the Kingdom of Laos under King Sisavang Vong reign.





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The Phra Lak Phra Ram (Ramayana) Royal Ballet - 1955
Designer: Marc Leguay, Engraver: Jean Pheulpin

The Ramayana is an Hindu and Buddhist Epic. It tells about god Rama, his wife, Sita, and Hanuman monkey-god and their war against Ravana, King of the demons, the symbol of evil. The Phra Lak Phra Ram is the Lao version of the Ramayana. This set depicts the Royal Ballet dancers of the Phra Lak Phra Ram Epic show:

Ravana, King of the demons (Lao: Thotsakan):

Hanuman, the Monkey-god, servant of god Rama:

Ninh Lapath, the black monkey:


god Rama and his wife Sita (Lao: Phra Ram and Nang Sida):

Luci and friend:

god Rama, hero of the Ramayana epic (Lao: Phra Ram):


The complete set on a cover sent registered to Italy:

Sunken die proof in monochrome of the stamp shows Hanuman, signed by the engraver Jean Pheulpin:

Painting by Marc Leguay shows Phra Ram (Lord Rama) and Thotsakan (Ravana) used as a model to design the above two stamps:

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2500th Anniversary of the Creation of the Buddhism - 1956
Designer: Marc Leguay, Engraver: Jean Pheulpin

To commemorate the 2500th anniversary of the complete Nirvana of the Buddha (Mahaparinirvana) which considered as the point of the Buddhism creation, Laos released this set of stamps depicting former Lao Buddha statue from 14th century in Wat Mahathat, Savankhalok, Thailand and monks receiving alms (Takbaat).








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First Anniversary of Laos Admission to the UN - 1956
Designer: Marc Leguay, Engraver: Jean Pheulpin

Laos was admitted to the UN on December 14, 1955. To commemorate the first anniversary of the admission, Laos issued these stamps depicting Garuda, a Mythical bird and a Lao mythical creature holding the UN emblem.




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Traditional Musical Instruments - 1957 (I)
Designer: Marc Leguay, Engraver: Jean Pheulpin

Khouy - Flute:


Khene - Pipes:

Leguay's son, Daniel, playing Khene, was used as a model to design the stamp:

Row Nat - Xylophone:


Leguay's son, Phoun Savath, playing Raw-Nat (Xylophone), was used as a model to design the stamp:

Photos were taken by an American journalist and were published in LIFE magazine Nov 1959.
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Traditional Musical Instruments - 1957 (II)
Designer: Marc Leguay, Engraver: Jean Pheulpin

Khong Wong - Bells:

So - Violin:

Leguay's son, Henri, playing So, was used as a model to design the stamp (LIFE magazine, Nov 1959):

Kong Thab - Drum:

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Definitive: Rice Cultivation - 1957
Designer: Marc Leguay, Engraver: Jean Pheulpin

Harvesting, Cooking, Winnowing and Polishing;




Color Proofs:

First Day cover:

Color Proof of one of the stamps in high resolution:
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Buddhism Elements - 1957
Designer: Marc Leguay, Engraver: Jean Pheulpin

The main religion in Laos is the Theravada Buddhism. This set of stamps depicts four elements of the Buddhism:

The Offertory (Dâna) – In Buddhism, alms giving is the respect given by a lay Buddhist to a Buddhist monk. It is a symbolic connection to the spiritual and to show humbleness and respect in the presence of normal society. In Theravada Buddhism monks go on a daily alms round (Takbat) to collect food as depicted in the stamp:

Meditation (Bhâvanâ) – Buddhist meditation encompasses a variety of meditation techniques that develop mindfulness, concentration, tranquility and insight.

Serenity (Passaddhi) – In Buddhism, Passaddhi refers to tranquility of the body, speech, thoughts and consciousness on the path to enlightenment.
The stamp depicting smiling Buddha Statue from the 16th century located in Wat Phya Vat, Vientiane, Laos.

Renunciation (Nekkhamma) – In Buddhism, Nekkhamma refers to renunciation of worldly pleasures or the virtue of selflessness, which is opposed to attachment, selfishness and possessiveness.
The stamp depicting Nang Thorani, mother of earth, in a scene from a Buddhist legend.


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The Asian Elephant - 1958
Designer: Chamnane Prisayane, Engraver: Jean Pheulpin

The Asian Elephant (Elephas maximus) is one of the three living species of elephant, and the only living species of the genus Elephas. Laos was populated in the past by herds of elephants living wild in the forest. Hence, the older name of Laos was "Lane Xang" meaning "Land of million elephants". The Asian elephant has a prominent role in the Laotian culture and tradition. The Lao Kingdom emblem was the three headed elephant (god Erawan), representing the unification of the three former Laotian Kingdoms: Vientiane, Luang-Prabang and Champasak. Laotian Kings, since King Fa Ngum, used to keep a rare albino elephants because their sacred power and as representatives of war god.

The first prize for best French philatelic art in 1958 (Grand prix de l'Art Philatélique Français) was given to the engraver of this set, Jean Pheulpin, for excellent engraving work of one of the stamps from this set.






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Color Assays of the Stamps:

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I have always admired this set, particularly the .20 value. The attention to detail in the engraving, the beautiful colors, and the exotic subject matter (not many elephants where I live) really appeal to me. I've never seen the color assays before they encourage more study of the engraving.

Thank you for posting these.
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Laos stamps in the early 1960's with the elephants I think reached their zenith in terms of artistic deals and blending of colors
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Thanks RXC and funcitypapa!! Glad you like the Kingdom of Laos stamps.

3rd Anniversary of the Lao Red Cross Movement - 1958
Designer: Marc Leguay, Engraver: Jean Pheulpin

The Lao Red Cross (LRC) movement was established on January 1, 1955. Several health activities and programs were carried out by the LRC movement. Among them were children Immunization, water and sanitation health programs, training village volunteers and youth in basic first-aid and provide relief assistance to villagers affecting by disasters. The LRC also participated in some flood relief operations.




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