Monday, 22 April 2013

T9 - Rural Woman Teachers

In 1910, the second International Conference of Socialist Women decided to instate March 8 as International Women's Day according to Clara Zatkin's suggestion to commemorate Chicago Women's Strike of America in 1909 and unite women all over the world.

China's women celebrated the first March 8 Women's Day in 1924 at Guangzhou. 

The constitution of People's Republic of China stipulates that Women in China enjoy equal rights with men in all spheres of life, such as in political, economic, cultural, social and family life.

On December 23,1949, the Central Government State Council of PRC stipulated March 8 as Women Day, on which day women take a holiday of half day.

To commend women's deeds and call on the whole nation to care for education in rural areas, the set of special stamps -- Rural Woman Teachers was released on March 8,1975 (International Women's Day).

(4-1) 8 fen, Conscientious reading and study  认真看书学习
(4-2) 8 fen, A touring teacher  巡回教学
(4-3) 8 fen, Open-air schooling  开门办学
(4-4) 8 fen, A primary school on boat  水上小学

(4-1)【Conscientious reading and study】The stamp depicted a women teacher studying hard in a rural village, so that she can transfer her knowledge to the young students in the village.  The stamp showed her with a copy of "People's Post" newspaper on the desk and the big letters propaganda on the wall "Be loyal to the Party's Education Career" (忠诚党的教育事业).

(4-2)【A touring teacher】The background of the stamp design is a vast grassland, Mongolian gers, meandering river, electricity transmission tower and a rural woman teacher horse riding to reach and teach children of the shepherding communities.

(4-3)【Open-air schooling】The stamp depicted a happy open-air school scene in a village.  The women teacher is looking after a group of pupils with abacuses.  The background of the stamp showed a weighing scale and a bumper harvest.

(4-4)【A primary school on boat】The stamp depicted a women teacher teaching a group of young students on a boat.  "Education Revolution" (教育要革命) was written on the blackboard.   Background of the stamp showed some fishing boats parked at the shore. 

T9 – Rural Woman Teachers  乡村女教师
Issue Date: 1975.3.8
Serial Number:T9
Scott No.:1218-1221
Michel No.:1228-1231
Number of stamps in Set:4
Denomination:8 fen for stamp 1, 2, 3, 4
Quantity of Issue:5,000,000 for stamp 1, 2, 3, 4
Perforation:P11 X 11½
Sheet Composition:50 (5 X 10) for stamp 1, 2, 3, 4
Size of stamps:40 X 30 mm for stamp 1, 2, 3, 4
Designer:Wan Weisheng  万维生
Printing Process:Photogravure
Printing House:Beijing Postage Stamp Printing Works

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