Some Lighter Material

In the May 1990 issue of Michel Rundschau1, there appeared an announcement that the Peoples' Democratic Republic of North Korea would be issuing a set of 4 stamps and 1 souvenir sheet in July of that year to celebrate Sir Isaac Newton's 350th birthday.2 Anyone familiar with North Korea's other scientific offerings— the Madame Curie, Kepler, Mendeleev, or Halley's Comet issues—looked forward to seeing their commemoration of Newton. The wait was a bit longer than anticipated, but perhaps not longer than should have been expected, as Isaac Newton's 350th birthday did not come round until 1993, when the stamps finally appeared. They were well worth the wait.


Nobel Prize Title Page Light Material White Marble Postage Stamp 
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