Narodna bibliotek Srbije – 140th anniversary in 1972

May 11, 2006

The stamp I want to introduce today takes us to the place where not only Danube and Save merge, viz Београд or Belgrade. Right there the National Library of Serbia was founded in 1832 short after Serboa became an autonoumos prinicpality within the Ottoman Empire. (more on the library’s history can be found here). In 1972 the Yugoslavian post administration issued a postage stamp honoring the 140th anniversary of this presumably oldest serbian cultural institution. The reason for not waiting to the 150th anniversary in 1982 was the then anon coming of the new library building by Ivo Kurtovic located at the Vračarski plato, that was officially openend april 6th  1973.

The stamp itself comes rather plain at the first view and contains some stripes-pattern which did not really gain beauty by means of digitization. However I think the image is still giving a good impression what it is about. Issue date was november 25th 1972. The face value is 0.50 dinar. The German Michel-Catalogue lists the issue as No. 1486 and counts a stamp quantity of 1996108. In the Scott’s list it runs under No. 1119. Color is said to be chocolate.

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