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Laos

13th November 1951

Asia 16

laos1
  1951 Sc1 SG1 xxx

laos1
Lao11
Lao13
design #1, River Mekong
#2, King Sisavang Vong
#3, Laotian Woman
1951 Sc1 SG1 1951 Sc11 SG8 1951 Sc3 SG3

perf 13, unwmk, engraved
Printed at the Government Printing Works, Paris

Description Design Date Scott SG Mi Y&T  
10 cents dark green and emerald 1 1951 1 1      
20c dark carmine and carmine 1 1951 2 2      
30c indigo and deep ultra 1 1951 3 3      
30c indigo and purple 3 1952 4 13      
50c dark brown 1 1951 5 4      
60c red and red-orange 1 1951 6 5      
70c ultra and blue-green 1 1951 7 6      
80c bright green and dark blue-green 3 1952 8 14      
1 piaster dark purple and purple 1 1951 9 7      
1p10 dark plum and carmine 3 1952 10 15      
1p50 black-brown and violet-brown 2 1951 11 8      
1p90 indigo and deep blue 3 1952 12 16      
2p dark green and grey-green 1 1951 13 9      
3p dark carmine and red 1 1951 14 10      
3p chocolate and black-brown 3 1952 15 17      
5p indigo and deep ultra 1 1951 16 11      
10p black-brown and violet-brown 1 1951 17 12      

Scott [1] has a very simple description of Laotian postal history, "Before 1949, Laos was part of the Indo-China and used its stamps until 1951. The kingdom was replaced by the Laos Peoples Democratic Republic Dec. 2, 1975."

LaosNeut
LaosPath
Lao427
Neutralist Govt.
Pathet Lao
People's Democratic Republic
1961 Sc? SG-N1 1974 Sc? SG-N1 1976 Sc272 SG427

Gibbons [2] identifies two main phases, Kingdom (1951-1975, Sc1- 271 SG1-SG426) and People's Democratic Republic (1976+ Sc272+ SG 427+). It also mentions two other events (not found in Scott):

Gibbons goes on to note, "A peace treaty was signed in Vientiane on 19 February 1973 ending the civil war between the royal govt. (backed by Thailand and the US) and the Pathet Lao (supported by North Vietnam). On 5th April 1974 a Provisional Govt. of National Unity was formed, headed by Prince Souvanna Phouma. "


LaosN6
ICIndN49fdc
International Commission,
Laos
International Commission,
Laos and Vietnam
1954 India Sc1
SG-N6
1954 India Sc1
SG-N49 FDC

International Commission in Indo-China

India, Canada and Poland supplied troops under the International Control Commisions for Indo-China in 1954 and India organised their postal services using overprinted Indian stamps. Gibbons lists these as a separate entity in Part 21, South East Asia, Scott lists them after India, with sections for Cambodia, Laos, Laos and Vietnam, and Vietnam.

Sources: ScS [1], SGP21.

Image from David Olson, ebay.

FI ref: 639 Page credit: NB

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