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What’s so special about these stamps?

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Red Cross stamps Denmark closeup

Danish Red Cross stampIssued in 1966 by Denmark as Red Cross and Red Crescent charity stamps, they have the title in Latin “PER HUMANITATEM AD PACEM” (Through Humanity Towards Peace), the motto of the organisation, which was founded in 1919. Nowadays the slogan “Protecting Human Dignity” has been adopted and is more commonly used.

But the unique fact about the stamps is that they are inscribed with the name of the organisation in 32 tongues – the most languages ever printed on a postage stamp.

Red Cross stamps Denmark closeup

They are, in order of appearance: Danish, French, Icelandic, Dutch, Hindi, Malay, Russian, Magyar, Amharic, Greek, Armenian, Ukrainian, Japanese, Romanian, Thai, Czech, Albanian, Farsi, Polish, Finnish, (if you are still with me, congratulations), Arabic, Serbo-Croat, Turkish, Chinese, Spanish, Portuguese, Gaelic, Punjabi, German, English, Italian and Swedish.

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  1. The 7th language is NOT Russian, it is SURELY Bulgarian.
    The 11th language is NOT Armenian, it seems to be Corean.
    The 12th language is NOT Ukrainian, it is SURELY Russian.

  2. Hello all my freinds in here,
    I have been talking to the postmaster from Danish Post and Telegraph museum
    and the language is the following, notis that Red Cross is spelled in same way in Danish and Norwigen, so there are 33 different language many said there are 32
    .Here they com in order

    dansk – norsk
    fransk
    islandsk
    hollandsk
    hindi
    indonesisk
    bulgarsk
    ungarsk
    ethiopisk
    græsk
    koreansk
    sovjetrussisk
    kinesisk
    rumænsk
    thailandsk
    chechoslovakisk
    albansk
    pasto (det afghanske sprog)
    polsk
    finsk
    , arabisk
    serbo-kroatisk
    tyrkisk
    japansk
    spansk
    portugisisk
    irsk
    iransk
    tysk
    engelsk
    italiensk

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