Hughesovka

Hughesovka is a Ukrainian city on the banks of the River Don, founded in the Nineteenth Century by the Welsh industrialist John Hughes.  Many have heard of the city, few believe it exists claiming it is purely from the literary invention of Malcolm Pryce (featuring in his excellent book From Aberystwyth With Love).

These stamps were issued in 1981 and show the growth and development of Hughesovka at the start of each decade in the 20th Century. Because the citizen’s favourite pastime is denouncement you occasionally find used examples of the 20k stamps overprinted Денонсации возмещение or Denouncement Indemnity to prevent unauthorised opening of the post looking for evidence of anti-government sympathies. There’s always a police informer lurking ready to denounce someone, and you should be able to spot him on the images.

Most copies of this issue were destroyed by the authorities when it was discovered that the dimensions of the stamps were measured in pre-revolutionary imperialistic units

75 75 76 76

77 77 78 78

79 79 80 80

81 81 82 82

Hughesovka

SK NumberTypeDescription
1057520 kopek Ploschchad John Hughes 1901 Steppe Brown
105a20 kopek Ploschchad John Hughes overprinted Денонсации возмещение in Proletariat Red (used on cover only)
1067620 kopek Bale Hughesovka 1911 Steppe Brown
106a20 kopek Bale Hughesovka Hughesovka is a Ukrainian city on the banks of the River Don, founded in the Nineteenth Century by the Welsh industrialist John Hughes in Proletariat Red (used on cover only
106s105 and 106 se tenant in sheet of 16
1077740 kopek Vulitsya Kreschchatyk 1921 Evergreen
1087840 kopek Railway Station 1931 Evergreen
108s107 and 108 se tenant in sheet of 16
1097980 kopek Museum of Our Forefather’s Suffering 1941 Tundra Blue
1108080 kopek John Hughes Mausoleum 1951 Tundra Blue
110s109 and 110 se tenant in sheet of 16
111811 Rouble Prospekt Bakunina 1961 Gulag Grey
112821 Rouble Merthyr Tydfil Naberezhnaya 1971 Gulag Grey
112s111 and 112 se tenant in sheet of 16

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