North Vietnam, Dean of Norman R. Morrison, November 22nd, 1965, Michel Nr. 411; Morrison was a Quaker best known for his self-immolation to protest the American War in Vietnam. Morrison doused himself with kerosene and set himself on fire below the window of Robert McNamara (Secretary of Defense) in the Pentagon. Morrison was survived by his wife, two daughters and a son (Wikipedia). One stamp with the nominal of 12 xu was issued in perforation 11.0.

This is the mint stamp.

Postally used stamp.

This stamp was not officially released imperforate however a small number of imperforate trial proofs have come to market. Here is one of them.

Rare single franking of the stamp on a letter to Paris, France. The back-flap of the envelope was left open for postal inspection so this mailing most likely represents a printed matter tariff.

Xunhasaba mailing from November 1965 featuring the 50xu Geneva Convention stamp plus two of the 12xu Morrison stamps for an overall postage of 74xu.

Rare express mail letter mailed to Klewitz in February 1970. It holds one of the Morris stamps. The letter was franked with 1.58 Dong wich was 2 xu shy of the correct tariff of 1.60 but apparently this was not noticed by the postal clerk. Numerical arrival cancel from Fulda on the reverse.

Rare express mail letter sent to Klewitz in March of 1977. It features the stamp plus some im-perforated reptile series stamps. Im-perforated stamps on postally used cover are very rare. The overall postage of the letter amounted to 1.66 Dong which appears to be below the prevailing tariff at the time (1.00 Dong base rate, 60 xu international registration charge, 50 xu express mail charge and 40 xu air mail fee for 5 grams), however it was transported without charging any postage due. Fulda arrival cancel on the reverse.

Mixed franking of the 12xu Morrison stamp together with the 6xu Downed Aircraft stamp and the 12xu Birds stamp for a total postage of 30xu on a letter to West Germany. The required tariff to Western countries was 50xu fora standard 20g letter so this one is actually under-franked. Nevertheless, no postage due remarks were added.

Registration Nr. 101210

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