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~ Stamp No. 119: Republika e Shqiperise (Albania) ~
Scott Catalogue No. Pending

The wonderful Albrecht Durer piper again, in the same format as North Korean stamp #93, which is interesting since during the Cold War these two countries were an odd-couple of sorts. Here the super-paranoid Albanian Stalinists maintained their maniacal fetish for secrecy by erasing Durer's famous monogram from the stamp, thus thwarting, they probably thought, at least three coup plots. The North Koreans restored the monogram in their version and even included English (gasp!) text on the stamp (probably because there is no word for "bagpipe" in Korean, whereas the Albanians have, or had, a piping tradition).



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