On March 5, China Post is to issue commemorative stamps entitled The 60th Anniversary of the Publication of Mao Zedong’s Inscription “Learn from Comrade Lei Feng”.
Lei Feng, a Communist soldier and a role model of serving the people wholeheartedly, was born in Hunan province on December 18, 1940. Throughout his lifetime, he studied hard, and worked selflessly for the public interest. In addition to completing his own work, he often helped others, and fulfilled his promise of "devoting the limited life into limitless service for the people". Lei Feng died in the line of duty on August 15, 1962. On March 5, 1963, the People's Daily published Mao Zedong's inscription, calling on the whole country to "learn from comrade Lei Feng". Since then, activities of learning from Lei Feng have widely spread throughout China. This year marks the 60th anniversary since revolutionaries of the older generation, including Mao Zedong, wrote inscriptions for comrade Lei Feng.
This set of stamps consists of two pieces, named respectively Comrade Mao Zedong's Inscription and “Lei Feng” Statue. The first stamp shows the inscription written by Mao Zedong, symbolizing that the Lei Feng spirit is passed on from generation to generation and will never fade. The second stamp features the bronze sculpture “Lei Feng” created by Wu Weishan, which depicts the moment when Lei Feng walked in the spring breeze with a smile on his face, symbolizing the spirit of Lei Feng is brought to the new era, full of vigor and vitality.
This set of stamps is designed by Wu Weishan and Shi Yuan and printed by Beijing Stamp Printing House Company Limited through offset intaglio and photogravure technologies respectively according to their different designs. The denomination is 2.40 yuan a set, with a planned circulation of 7.5 million sets.