Stamps of the Arabian Nights, Part 13

Expo 1970 was held in Osaka, Japan.  The fair’s theme was “Progress and Harmony for Mankind” and the objective was to showcase how technology could be used to create a good life and promote peace and harmony throughout the world.  It was the first Expo to be held in Japan.  A total of 77 countries attended the event.

Mongolia is a land locked country bordered by China and Russia.  During the 13th century, Mongolia was the center of a massive empire stretching from the Pacific ocean all the way west to Europe.  It was the largest land-based empire in the history of mankind.  Mongolia has been subject to Russian and Chinese influence or domination through pretty much all of its history.  In the 1970’s the soviets were in the ascendent and Mongolia was a communist state known as the Mongolian People’s Republic.

The Mongolian pavilion was know as the Sumitomo Fairy Tale Pavilion.  It was designed to resemble mushrooms and it presented 50 of the world’s fairy tales to the visitors.  It’s theme was “Beauty, Love and Hope.”

Sumitomo Pavilion

Sumitomo Pavilion

The actual stamp shows an artists conception of the Sumitomo Pavilion.  Before researching it I thought it was a depiction of some sort of industrial complex, like an oil refinery.  I couldn’t figure out why it had an Aladdin stamp attached to it.  A fairy tale pavilion makes a lot more sense.  I can safely assume that the story of Aladdin was one of the tale presented in the pavilion.

Aladdin

Aladdin

 

This stamp was one of a series issued, each showing the pavilion and a different fairy tale illustration attached.  Other fairy tales depicted in stamp form include Red Riding Hood, Cinderella, Pinocchio, The Little Mermaid, Alice in Wonderland, Gulliver and others.  There are 20 stamps in the series.

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