2000 Planes shot down

29 March 2018 - 15:42

Poster from Laos, produced by the Editions du Neo Lao Haksat (Lao Patriotic Front) to celebrate the 2000th U.S. plane shot down over Laos, in the period from 1964 until 1971.

An interesting feat in this poster is that apparently there were mistakes in the original design (the poster is silkscreened) If you look closely between the t and the s in crafts you can see that an ‘ has been painted over, and worse even with the word SHOT, where the T is painted in, left of the T you can see the blue background painted over and right of the T is the original T (?) painted over with white (the paint has crackled) Was it originally SHOOT? I hope for the printers they didn’t make a large print run and had to correct all by hand ...

Where the Democratic Republic of North Vietnam between 1965 and 1973 published a series of stamps to commemorate the number of U.S. planes shot down (1965 -500, 1966 – 1000 & 1500, 1967 – 2000 & 2500, 1972 – 3500 & 4000, 1973 – 4181), the Neo Lao Haksat/Pathet Lao (without their own state apparatus to back them up) only produced one stamp (in a series out of 7 on the Pathet Lao from 1974, printed in China)

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