Stamps from Vietnam. Images of Disability. Outside Centre Themed Philately Collection of Postage Stamps
Vietnam Postage Stamp 1997 Disabled People and Sport
Features Tennis, tennis racket, tennis ball, rifle, shooting, disabled people, wheel chair,
logo Thể thao người khuyết tật Việt Nam (VSAD) Vietnam Sports for Disabled People.
The 2 stamps above were included in the Evidence of Payment A Postage Stamp Exhibition. Postage stamp artwork from the collection of Dr Paul Darke 29 August to 3rd October - Bounce! - Arts Festival 2014, A Digital Disability and Arts Disability Forum (University of Aytypical) Exhibition & Event September 2014
The stamp below is another Vietnam stamp depicting sport and Disability, issued in 1991 celebrating The Golden Heart Charity for Disabled People " Help us to Help Them"
The pictogram image shows an active figure with tennis racket in a wheelchair, a line drawn shadow behind is a figure in a wheelchair.
A second stamp in the same issue:
1991 Golden Heart Charity for Disabled People
" Help us to Help Them" refers to sight impairment shows a pictogram illustration of an eye, hands clasped together and sticks implying a figure with white cane.
Many of the Vietnam stamps in our collection reflect a history of conflicts,
images of veterans and civilians maimed by war are used to promote rehabilitation.
Soldiers are welcomed home, injured, broken, proud and victorious...
stamps issued showing disabled veterans include this 1973 issue 'Returning Home' with
children welcoming an injured (arm in a sling) veteran with flowers.
The 1976 issue shows a Disabled veteran with with a prosthetic arm operating a drill
in this 1971 issue the Disabled soldier supporting himself on a crutch holds a small child on his shoulder.
The 1987 stamp shows a Disabled veteran in a wheelchair with a crutch by his side, a child presents him with flowers, the background are images of soldiers with rifles as a reminder of a previous life.
The 1961 Vietnam (National Front for the Liberation of Souhth Vietnam) stamp
celebrates the 101st Anniversary of Proposal for international Red Cross
showing a veteran learning to use crutches supported by a nurse.
This 1959 stamp is labelled in the catelogue as 'Invalids in rice field',
these were issued to veterans working on in agriculture, to use for private correspondence.
Việt Nam Dân chủ Cộng hòa. Democratic Republic of Vietnam
(State and Government Precedent State of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam in the North of Vietnam from 1954 to 1976).
The image shows the rehabilitation of the war wounded, two men both amputees yet, working together they can operate the irrigation pump. Promoting rehabilitation and the ingenuity to adapt the agricultural work environment. But it looks like hardwork!