Prior to Bangladesh’s independence, eight postage stamps
were released with different motifs by the then Revolutionary Government of
Bangladesh on July 29, 1971 simultaneously from the Mujibnagar Mission located
in Calcutta and London.
Mr. Biman Mallick, a Philatelist and stamp designer of
international repute made the designs of these stamps. They were printed by
Format International Security Printing Press, London.
A British politician and
MP, John Stonehouse actively worked for printing and auctioning the stamps from
London. Since Bangladesh was not yet liberated at that time, these stamps were
referred to as propaganda issues. But later, after liberation they became the
first issues of Bangladesh postage stamps.
In an interview with Voice of America’s Bangla service,
Mr. Biman Mallick reminisced about that period.