Unified Vietnam, World Nutritional Day, January 28th, 1982, Michel Nr. 1197-1199; Three stamps in the nominals of 30 xu, 50 xu and 2 Dong were issued in perforation 11.0.

This issue shows significant color and in case of the 30 xu stamp paper variations. Below are two mint 30 xu stamps. The first one shows a “light-green” color and is printed on white paper. The second one is of “yellow-green” color and is printed on yellowish paper.

Here are two mint 50 xu stamps. The first one is of “grey-green” color while the second one shows a “blue-green” color:

Mint pairs of the 2 Dong value. The first one shows a “lightbrown-ochre” color while the second pair is of “yellow-brown” color. Both pairs also show a re-occuring plate error “deformed inscription on top”.

Detail of the plate error: 

Again, detail of the plate error:

The entire set is subject to a number of production errors or flaws. Here is a pair of the mint 30 xu value (light-green on white paper) that shows a de-formed right edge with green color spilling over. The right stamps also shows the re-occuring plate error “dot in emblem circle”.

Detailed scan of the affected area:

Mint pair of the 30 xu value (yellow-green on yellowish paper). The left stamp shows the re-occuring plate error of “holes in the woman’s hat” (Field 29) and obscured “VIET” in “Vietnam”.

Detailed scans of the affected areas:

Mint block of ten of the 30 xu stamp “light-green on white paper) from the upper left of the sheet. The first stamp shows the re-occuring plate error of “notch at the woman’s shoulder” (Field 1). The third stamp show the re-occuring plate error of “button on the sleeve” (Field 3).

Detailed scan of the affected areas:

Mint strip pf three 30 xu stamps (light-green on white paper). The middle stamp shows a re-occuring plate error of “distorted F in FAO”:

Detailed scan of the affected area:

Mint strip of three 30 xi stamps (light-green on white paper) that shows the re-occuring plate error of “dot at F in FAO” (Field 34).

Detailed scan of the affected area:

Mint unit of twenty-five 50 xu stamps from the bottom left of the sheet. The first stamp shows a printing flaw “blister next to Buu” and the re-occuring plate errors “open B in Buu”  and “distorted A in FAO” 

Detailed scan of the affected area:

Mint block of four f the 50 xu stamp The top left stamp shows a re-occuring plate error of “white dot next to women’s hat” (Field 81).

Detailed scan of the affected area:

Mint pair of the 50 xu stamp the shows the re-occuring plate error on the left stamp of “slash next to the woman’s hat”. The right stamp shows a printing flaw with green color smeared in the woman’s face.

Detailed scan of the affected area:

Mint block of four of the 50 xu stamp. The top right stamp shows a printing flaw “blister under Chinh”:

Detailed scan of the affected area:

Mint block of four of the 50 xu stamp. The bottom right stamp shows a printing flaw of “blister partially obscuring 5”.

Detailed scan of the affected area:

Mint strip of three 2 Dong stamps. The top stamp shows a printing flaw of “blister next to d”. The middle stamp shows a re-occuring plate error of “dot in circle edge”.

Detailed scan of the affected area:

Mint block of ten 2 Dong stamps. The second stamp on the top left shows a re-occuring plate error of “distorted d” (Field 19). The third stamp from the top right shows a re-occuring plate error of “P instead of O in FAO” (Field 30). The bottom left shows a re-occuring plate error “half-moon in emblem” (Field 39). The piece also shows double horizontal perforation strikes in two rows in-between stamps.

Detailed scan of the affected area:

Mint strip of three 2 Dong stamps. The bottom stamp shows a printing flaw of two blisters at the top and bottom”.

Detailed scan of the affected area:

Mint block of four 2 Dong stamps that shows the re-occuring plate error of “distorted inscription at the top” (Field 2).

Detailed scan of the affected area:

Mint piece of six stamps that, again, shows the plate error “distorted inscription at the top” (Field 2) plus horizontal double perforation strikes in-between two rows of stamps.

Detailed scan of the affected area:

Mint piece of eight stamps on which the entire left vertical column shows obscured inscriptions due to too heavy inking while the right vertical column is normal.

This set was not officially issued im-perforated but a few im-perforated trial proofs have come to market. Here is a very rare strip of five im-perforated 30 xu stamps that was specifically produced for presentation reasons (one can tell by the the wide selvage margins o the left and right).

Here is a single mint 30xu stamp that was inadvertently left imperforate on the bottom.

Im-perforated trial proof from the right margin of the 50 xu value. Note the passer cross on the selvage.

Im-perforated trial proof from the top margin.

Exceedingly rare local letter sent from Nguyen Trai to Quan 5 (Cholon) that shows a im-perforated trial proof used on a local cover. Im-perforated trial proofs on postally used cover are basically unheard from because few of these proofs were released and virtually none were used as postage. Quan 5 arrival cancel (June 21st) on the reverse.

Registered letter sent from Nguyen Trai to Klewitz in September of 1983. The letter carries a block of six of the 2 Dong value. Three of the stamps show the plate errors “distorted d” (Field 19), “P instead of O in FAO” (Field 30) and “half-moon in emblem” (Field 39). Plate errors on postally used cover are very rare. The overall postage amounted to 14.16 Dong (including the red free frank of 4.16 Dong). Green Fulda custom cachet on front.

Registered letter sent from Quan 5 (Cholon) to Klewitz in July of 1982. The letter carries one of the 2 Dong Nutritional Day stamps plus two of the 2 Dong Total Liberation stamps that sho a very significant shift of the yellow printing phase. The letter also carries the rare post master perforations 14 and 15 of the 12 xu Lotus stamp. Error stamps and Post Master Perforations on postally used cover are very rare.The total postage amounted to 11.6 Dong (including the rare red free frank for 2.3 Dong created by DA3.1. Pitney Bowes-GB “6300”).

Registered letter sent from Nguyen Trai in March of 1983 to Klewitz. The letter carries the different color shades of the 30 xu and 50 xu stamps. There are also two military free franks issued in 1981. Military free-franks were not valid for international postage due to their missing nominal value but nevertheless were accepted by the postal clerk.  The overall postage of the letter (including the free franks which were worth 12 xu each) amounted to 10.24 Dong (including the red free frank of 50 xu). Green Fulda custom cachet on the reverse.

Registered letter sent from Quan 5 (Cholon) to Klewitz in April of 1982. The letter carries the entire Nutritional Day set plus other NVN stamps for an overall postage of 7.50 Dong. The top 30 xu stamp shows a plate error “line on O of FAO”.  Interesting manuscript  R-label. Green Fulda custom cachet on front.

Registered letter sent from Nguyen Trai to Klewitz in April of 1982. The letter carries three of the 2 Dong Nutrition Day stamps with the top left stamp showing the plate error “half-moon in emblem”. Plate errors on postally used cover are very rare. The overall postage amounted to 8.29 Dong. Green Fulda custom cachet on front.

Rare registered express mail letter sent from Nguyen Trao to Klewitz in March of 1982. The letter shows the entire Nutritonal Day set. The strip of three 2 Dong values shows a horizontal double perforation in-between stamps. The top left stamp of the block of four of the 50 xu value shows the plate error “slash at woman’s hat”. The 30 xu stamp is the rarer “yellow-green on yellowish paper”. Error stamps on postally used cover are very rare. Frankfurt transit and Fulda arrival cancel on the reverse. The overall postage amounted to 8.80 Dong. Green Fulda custom cachet on font.

Registered letter sent from Quan 5 (Cholon) to Klewitz in April of 1982. The letter features the entire Nutritional Day set. The 2 Dong stamps features both color variations. The overall postage amounted to 9.78 Dong. Green Fulda custom cachet on front.

Registered letter sent from Ho Chi Minh City to Klewitz in April of 1982. The letter carris two each of the 50 xu and 2 Dong value of the Nutritional Day set plus other NVN stamps for an overall postage of 8.20 Dong. Green Fulda custom cachet on front.

Registered letter sent from Nguyen Trai to Klewitz in May of 1982. The letter carries three of the 2 Dong value of the Nutritional Day set. The bottom left stamp shows the plate error “deformed d”. The overall postage amounted to 8.22 Dong.  Green Fulda custom cachet on front.

Registered letter sent from Quan 5 to Klewitz in October of 1982. The letter features the entire Nutritional Day set plus the 2 Dong Total Liberation stamp that shows a very significant passer-shift of the yellow printing color. There is also a pair of the 12 xu Lots stamp with the rare Post Master Perforation 15. Error stamps on postally used cover are very rare. The overall postage amounted to 11.66 Dong. Green Fulda custom cachet on front.

Registered letter sent from Ho Chi Minh City to Klewitz in June of 1982. The letter carries two of the 2 Dong Nutritional Day stamps which both show significant distortion of all inscriptions. Error stamps on postally used cover are very rare. Both color versions of the Independence stamps. Pigeon set on the reverse. The overall postage amounted to 8.34 Dong. The zero money red free frank was required to produce the R.label as bot items came out of the same machine. Green Fulda custom cachet on front. Unusual red cancel.

Registered letter sent from Ho Chi Minh City to Klewitz in April of 1983. The letter carries the World Congress set plus a red advertisement slogan for the World Communication Year 1983 on the back.  Pair of the 2 Dong World Nutritional Day stamps also on the back. Unusual red cancel. The zero money free rank was required to produce the R-label s it came out of the same machine. The overall postage amounted to 15.8 Dong. Green Fulda custom cachet on front.

Registered letter sent from Nguyen Trai to Klewitz in March of 1983. The letter carries varieties of the 50 xu World Congress set plus a pair of the 30 xu Reforestation that shows a double perforation strike in-between stamps. Error stamps on postally used cover are very rare. 2 Dong Nutritional Day stamp on the reverse. The overall postage amounted to 6.75 Dong. Fula arrival and green Fulda custom cachet on the reverse.

Registered letter sent from Nguyen Trai to Klewitz in April of 1982. Th letter carries a pair of the  green Communist Party stamp with the top stamp showing the plate error “Vietnam in dark brown”. The reverse carries a large block of twenty-four Flower stamps with a red color error. Error stamps are very rare on postally used cover. Block of four of the 2 Dong World Food Day stamps front. The overall postage amounted to 11 Dong. Green Fulda custom cachet on front.

Very large registered letter sent from Nguyen Rai to Klewitz in June of 1982.  It carries a block of six of the red 30 xu stamp with horizontal double perforation of the lilac-red color variety and a pair of the same stamps in orange-red with the right stamp showing the “glass-eye” plate error on the right stamp. Error stamps on postally used cover are very rare. World Fodd Day stamps on the reverse. The overall postage amounted to 12.84 Dong. Faint green Fulda custom cachet on front.

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Registered letter sent from Nguyen Trai to Klewitz in June of 1982. The letter carries all the perforated high values of the Football set. There are also four of the rare Post Master Perforation (15) of the Lots stamp on the reverse. Post Master Perforations on postally used cover are very rare. 2 Dong Nutritional Day stamp on the reverse. The overall postage amounted to 8.38 Dong . Green Fulda custom cachet on front.

Registered letter sent from Nguyen Trai to Klewitz in May of 1982. It features a pair of the Militia stamps in the Post Master Perforations 9.5  (stamps on the left side) that shows the woman looking towards her right. The right pair in perforation 11 shows the woman looking straight ahead. The letter also carries four of the military free frank issued in 1976. Military free franks were not valid for international postage due to their lacking nominal value, however it appears that the postal clerk was not familiar with this regulation. Two 2 Dong World Food Day stamps on the reverse. The over-all postage amounted to 8.72 Dong. Green Fulda custom cachet on front.

Registered letter sent from Nguyen Trai to Klewitz in November of 1983. The letter carries a number of the Bulgaria stamp plus two blocks of four of the HCM Communist Party stamps in two color versions. The top right stamps in each block show the plate error of “left exe of HCM covered” and “right eye of HCM missing”. World Food Day stamps on the reverse. The overall postage of the letter amounted to 13.5 Dong (including the red free frank for 4.9 Dong). Fulda arrival cancel on the reverse. Green Fulda custom cachet on front.

Very rare air mail letter sent from Ho Chi Minh City to Klewitz in May of 1983. The letter carries half of the im-perforated Harmful Insects set plus other NVN stamps for an overall postage of 5.2 Dong. Im-perforated stamps on postally used cover are very rare. 2 Dong World Food Day stamp in front.

Registration Nr. 103120

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