South Vietnam, Moral Arming of the Youth, October 26th, 1961, Michel Nr. SVN 251-254; Four stamps in nominals of 50c, 1D, 3D and 8D were issued in perforation 13.

Here is the mint set

and here the postally used set

These stamps were not officially released imperforate, however, a small number of imperforate trial proofs have come to market. Here is the imperforate set in pairs.

Enpreuves de Luxe; “Atelier de Production des Timbres-Poste, Paris” inscription at bottom right.

Color Trials; prior to authorizing the final printing run for stamps the Vietnamese Postal Authority requested a few sheets of color sheets on one particular value of a set in order to decide which final color combination would be best suited for each stamp within the set. The color sheets had the size of a standard sheet but contained alternating color options on the designated nominal value. While these sheets were only intended for internal postal use some of them came to market. Virtually all of these complete sheets were cut apart. So one mostly finds single color proofs or small strips of them. While they are actually very rare one can still obtain them for under $10 a piece (with some exceptions) as not many collectors appear to have an interest in them so far. Here are various color trials for the 0.50D value.

Very rare single franking of the 50c value on a small envelope that probably contained am printed matter invitation. Sent from Saigon to Binh Dinh in 1962. Two illegible transit cancels on the reverse.

Mixed franking of the 1D and 2D Saigon-Bien-Hoa Highway stamps together with stamps from the Children’s Day and Moral Arming of the Youth sets paying an overall postage 4.50D on an international air mail letters ent from Qui Hon to France in December of 1961.

Single franking of the 8D value on an international air mail letter sent from Saigon to France.

Single franking of the 8D value on a postcard sent from Dalat to France in January of 1966. The postcard shows the Dalat new market.

Mixed franking of the 8D Moral Arming of the Youth stamp together with the 50c “5 Years Republic” paying an overall postage of 8.50D on an international air mail letter (full contents preserved) sent from Cholon to the United States in October of 1961.

Mixed franking of the 2D Madonna stamps (2) tighter with stamps of the Air Mail, Moral Arming of Youth and WHO sets paying an overall postage of 25D on an international air mail letter sent from Saigon to the United States in October of 1966.

Mixed franking of the 50c (2) and 1D Buildings and Landscapes stamps together with stamps from the Air Mail, Railway Line, Meteorology, Moral Arming of Youth, UNESCO and Revolt against Ngô Đình Diệm sets paying an overall postage of 28D on an international air mail letter sent from Saigon to the United States in January of 1965.

Mixed franking of the 4D Relief for Vietnam stamp together with the 8D Moral Arming of Youth and 5D Day of Wandering Souls stamps paying an overall postage of 17D on an international air mail letter sent to France in December of 1967.

Registration Nr. 200300

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