China Post is to issue a set of 2 commemorative stamps entitled Friedrich Engels' 200th Birth Anniversary on November 28, 2020. The stamps are respectively named Young Friedrich Engels and Friedrich Engels at Work.
Friedrich Engels (November 28, 1820 - August 5, 1895), a German thinker, philosopher, revolutionist, educator and military theorist, was one of the founders of Marxism, a mentor of revolution for the proletariat, and the confidant of Karl Marx. At the end of August 1844, Engels, on his way back to his motherland from England, visited Karl Marx in Paris. From then on, they formed a great friendship and began to fight side by side for the liberation of the proletariat and all mankind till the end of their lives. After Marx's death, Engels undertook the task of collating and publishing Marx's literature legacy and continually leading the International Workers' Movement. Meanwhile, he also wrote many important works, and completed the second and third volumes of Capital.
This set of stamps is presented with sketch technique. The design of the first stamp shows the bust of young Engels with his former residence as the background, while the design of the second stamp depicts the elderly Engels in the middle of his work, with the covers of the Chinese versions of The Communist Manifesto and Capital bearing the head portraits of Marx and Engels as the background.
To make the contents of the stamps fuller and richer, China Post will release their digital contents through the WeChat mini program “the Encyclopedia of China Philately and Stamps”, so that the viewers can watch the short videos related to the stamps by scanning the designs with the AR function of the mini program.