THE WONDERLAND OF VIETNAMESE STAMPS '99
Tran Xuan Soan (1849 - 1999) is a patriot who led the Can Vuong movement against French aggressors in late 19th century.
Tran Xuan Soan came from a poor farmer's family in Tho Hac village, Dong Son district, Thanh Hoa province. To support his family, he joined the army, replacing a wealthy family's son. In the army, he got a lot of feat of arms and was promoted to Real-admiral.
In 1885, when the city fell, Ton That Thuyet & he took King Ham Nghi to Son Phong (Ha Tinh province) and then promulgated Can Vuong imperial order to call upon people to raise up for the King and against French aggressors. In 1886, coming back to Thanh Hoa, he himself commanded the army of volunteers in Anti - French resistance war on a large scale, and kept in touch with army of volunteers in other regions. Therefore, the resistance war in Thanh Hoa well developed throughout the province, most remarkably the Ba Dinh uprising. When the situation got worse, Ba Dinh, Ma Cao strong-points were lost, resistance forces went up to mid-land to join Hung Linh army of the volunteers. In 1892, when the Hung Linh uprising was defeated and the Can Vuong movement in Thanh Hoa was down, he came to Longzhou (China) to meet Ton That Thuyet, discussing the way of taking groups to border area. French aggressors dug his ancestor's grave to burn down for the purpose of shaking his will to force him to surrender, but he was still undaunted. His younger brother - Tran Xuan Huan laid down his life for the country in the resistance war. In 1923, he passed away in Long Chau at the age of 74.
In order to memorise Tran Xuan Soan, the Department General of Posts & Telecommunications (DGPT) issues the stampset "150th Birth Anniversary of Tran Xuan Soan (1849-1999)" with one value of VND400.
On the stamp is the portrait of Tran Xuan Soan, a patriot and the leader of the Can Vuong movement against French aggressors in late 19th century and the image of his arm of volunteers with vigorous impetus under the Can Vuong flag in Thanh Hoa mountain and forest.
Designer : Ms. Hoang Thuy Lieu (COTEVINA)
Stamp size : 43 x 32 (mm)
Perforation : 13
Sheet composition : 20 stamps
Printing process : offset
Colour : multi-coloured
Paper : standard paper (both gummed and ungummed)
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