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.