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USSR Russia Antarctica 5 covers 1950-60s

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By September of 1856 most of western Europe had adopted a postal stamp system; it was at this point that Russia decided to follow the other countries' example, and introduce postage stamps as a method of paying for letters to be transported. Russia's transport manager Charukovsky was sent to western Europe in 1851 to study how stamps worked, and to make notes as to whether they could be used in Russia or not. By 1874 Russia was one of the 22 countries to form the General Post Union, and in 1913 the first set of commemorative stamps were issued - the 17 individual stamps depicted Russian Tsars and famous landmarks such as the Kremlin. Konstantin Tsiolkovsky is considered to be the father of theoretical astronautics - his work contributed heavily towards the Soviet Space Program in the first half of the 20th century. The Space Race of the 1960s against the US is just one fascinating part of Russia's history, a part they were very proud of at the time - for that reason a great deal of stamp sets exist with a space theme. There are many Russia-themed collectables that can be found for purchase online, including stamp books, photo albums, posters and guide books. Stamps from Russia are much sought-after items by collectors, with many sets containing their own themes, such as space travel, or Russian landmarks. Old Russian documents can also be bought online, as well as entire postal letters from the past - Russia's intriguing political history makes collecting stamps and documents an enticing prospect for some.