Soviet period : Stamps

Mi. 1101, issued 1947, 9 February

Michel 1101

The first Soviet postage stamp with a Latvian motive, issued February 9, 1947. In the series with arms of the Union Republics, a stamp is also dedicated to the Latvian Soviet Republic. At the top is the indication Латвийская CCP, Латвийская Советская Социалистическая Республика. At the bottom is also the Latvian indication: Latvijas PSR, Latvijas Padomju Sociālistiskā Republika. In German: the Latvian SSR, the Latvian Socialist Soviet Republic.






Mi. 1494-1499, issued 1950, July-September 13
The series: Soviet Republics VII: 10 years Latvian SSR (1940-1950)

Michel 1494

The first postage stamp, mi. 1494, with the Union-building in Riga, Bruninieku straat, 29-31.
Architect Ernest Stalberg, project 1927, but partly constructed. Built in 1930-1931 by the German architects Alfred Karr and Kurt Betge.

People’s House (now LBAS) building, Riga, 29/31 Bruninieku Street (1929)



Michel 1495

Mi. 1495 with an image of the building of the Council of Ministers. Now it is used as the Palace of Justice.

Built between 1936 and 1938 as a new home for the Senate and the Ministry of Justice.







Michel 1496

Mi. 1496 with the burial monument of the Latvian poet Jānis Rainis (1865 — 1929).

During the Soviet period, high-ranking Soviet soldiers were buried around the grave of Rainis.







Michel 1497

Mi. 1497 with an image of the Latvian national opera and ballet theater in Riga, built in 1863 and restored to its full glory in the 1990s.







Michel 1498

Mi. 1498 with a picture of the University of Riga







Michel 1499

Mi. 1499 with a picture of the Academy of Sciences in Riga.

Here the old building. In 1951-1961 a new building was build in the ‘Stalinist architecture’ style.








Mi. 1776, issued 1955, June 1

Michel 1776

Latvian fair pavilion in Moscow: Vystavka Dostizheniy Narodnogo Khozyaystva (VDNKh) Russian: Выставка достижений народного хозяйства, ВДНХ. In 1935 established as Agricultural Exhibition of the Whole Union. The exhibition buildings were built in the period 1935-1939. Between 1948 and 1959 everything was renovated and in 1954 the first exhibition was held since the war. Still as an agricultural exhibition. In 1959 the park was renamed: Exhibition of achievements of the national economy ( Russian: Выставка Достижений Народного Хозяйства , Vystavka Dostizheniy Narodnovo Khozyaystva) or ВДНХ / VDNKh . In 1992 VDNKh was renemed in the new acronym VVC and in 2014 the old name returned: ВДНХ / VDNKh.

Mi. 2006, issued 1957, October 25

Michel 2006

40th Commemoration October Revolution







Mi. 2153, issued 1958, November 3

Michel 2153


A view of Riga from the river in the series Capitals of the Union Republics (I).

At the top of the indication:

ЛатвийскаяССР – Latvijas PSR, the abbreviation for:
Latvijas Padomju Sociālistiskā Republika, Latvian Socialist Soviet Republic, the Latvian SSR.
At the bottom of the postage stamp: РИГА ВИД С РЕКИ ДАУГВЫ, Riga view drom the river Daugava.

Michel 2235


Mi. 2235, issued 1959, 29 July

Series Soviet fleet: MS ‘Baltika”





Mi. 2366 C, issued 1960, July 16
C=perforation L 12 1/2

Michel 2366 C


A view of Riga from the river in the series of Union Republics (IV), 20 years of Baltic Soviet Republics and Moldovan Soviet Republic.
The indication on the postage stamp:


Г. РИГА, Город РИГА, city Riga.


Michel 2565



Mi. 2565, issued 1961, December 20

Andrejs Pumpurs (22 September [O.S. 10 September] 1841-6 July [O.S. 23 June] 1902): Latvian poet. The well-known epic  Lāčplēsis (1888) is from this poet.



Michel 2709

Mi. 2709, issued 1960, December 30

Traditional Latvia








Mi. 2734, issued 1963, March 24

Letter with Michel 2734 and commemorative stamp Riga. Postage stamp with a picture of the Latvian writer Rūdolfs Kārlis Leonīds Blaumanis (1862–1908). He is considered one of the greatest Latvian writers. See Wikipedia.

Michel 2899


Mi. 2899, issued 1964, April 10/12
F. Zander, Latvian researcher missile and space theory








Mi. 3088, issued 1965, July 16

Michel 3088

25 years Baltic Union republics (III): Latvian Soviet Republic.

Postage stamp: flag and coat of arms of the Latvian Soviet Republic in a aureole.






Mi. 3115, issued 1965, September 8

Michel 3115

Postage stamp with an image of the Latvian poet and politician Rainis. Rainis was the pseudonym of Jānis Pliekšāns (11 September 1865 – 12 September 1929).

See: Wikipedia





Mi. 3124, issued 1965, October 6

Michel 3124

Post route Moscow-Riga (1665). Picture: mail coach 17/18e eeuw.

Michel 3214


Mi. 3214, issued 1966, May
Series Heroes of the Soviet Union (XII) Partisans: Imants Sudmalis (1916-1944). Born 18 March 1916 (old style calender) in Cēsis, Latvia. Executed by the Germans in Riga in 1944.








Mi. 3369, issued 1967, August 4

Michel 3369

50 years October Revolution








Mi. 3424, issued 1967, November 30

Michel 3424


Postage stamp with a picture of “Juras Perle”, Sea Pearl, a famous restaurant on the beach of Bulduri. It was built in 1965, the architect was Josifs Goldenbergs. On the first floor was also a night-bar.
Unfortunately, the restaurant burned down in 1991. In 2001 the remnants were removed.
In the series Health resorts on the Baltic sea coast.

See elsewhere on this site: The Baltic Riviera : Soviet period 1944-1990

Mi. 3597, issued 1969, January 1

Cover with Michel 3597 and commemorative postmark Riga

Postage stamp issued by 50 years of Soviet power in Latvia

Mi. 3617, issued 1969, April 25

Michel 3617

50 years of radio and telephone equipment factory in Riga








Mi. 3869, issued 1971, April 1

Cover with Michel 3869 and commemoratrive postmark Riga

Postage stamp with a picture of the Latvian writer Ernests Birznieks-Upītis ( 6 April 1871 – 30 December 1960)

Mi. 3889, issued 1971, June 21

Postal stationery, issued 11/V-71, additional franking with Mi. 3889 (issued 1971, June 21), with commemorative postmark of Liepāja.

The stamp and the postal stationary were issued at the 30th commemoration of the defense Liepāja in the Second World War (June 1941). The monument, a bronze statue of two freedom fighters and a woman, is dedicated to those who fought in June 1941 against the invading Nazi army.
The architect of the monument was Janis Līcis.
The designer was Vasilijs Liekne and the sculptor was Egons Zvirbulis.

Blok 79, issued 1972, October 28

Michel blok 79

50th anniversary of the USSR establishment
Flags. Left side: 2nd flag from above is the flag of the Latvian Soviet Republic (in use 1953-1990).
Left side: 3rd flag from above is the flag of the Lithuanian Soviet Republic (1953-1989). Upper row: 3rd flag is the flag of the Estonian Soviet Republic (1953-1990).

Mi. 4127, issued 1973, May 24

Michel 4127

100 years of Latvian Song Festival.
From Wikipedia:
The tradition of song festivals originated in the first half of the 19th century in many European countries and later was also organized by the Baltic Germans. The first steps taken in Latvian environment was during the song days in Dikļi in 1864, which led to the resounding of a full-scale Song Festival in Riga during the summer of 1873. 1003 singers and 30 orchestra players participated in the first festival. Only once festival was held outside Riga- in Jelgava in 1895.






Mi. 4196, issued 1973, December

Michel 4196

In the series of buildings in the Baltic states: Riga.










Mi. 4267, issued 1974, August 20

Michel 4267

Painting, made by Eduards Kalniņš (1904-1988): ‘To the wind’

Mi. 4542, issued 1976, November 4

Michel 4542

In the series History of Russian aircraft construction (I).
Plane No. 2 by Jānis Steglavs (1870-1944), Latvian businessman from Jelgava and aviation pioneer. He moved his company (metal) to St. Petersburg and became rich there.
His first plane ‘Dubbeldekker nr. 1’ took part in a design competition of the Russian Ministry of War in May 1911. He learned to fly in this aircraft.

Biplane No. 2 (on the seal shown here) was flown during the St. Petersburg competition in 1912 and was the fastest of the aircraft present. The plane has a top speed of 130 km / h.





Mi. 4976, issued 1980, July 21

Michel 4976

In the series Union Republics (V): 40 years of Latvian Soviet Republic. On the stamp: USSR flag, flag and coat of arms of the Latvian Soviet republic, monument of the Latvian gunmen, revolution museum, former powder tower.





Mi. 5199, issued 1982, July 13

Michel 5199

100 years phone, view Riga










Mi. 5553, issued 1985, October 31

Michel 5553

150th birthday of Krišjānis Barons (1835-1923), Latvian folklore researcher. He is best known for his work Latvju dainas (LD), published between 1894 and 1915 in six volumes. Herein: 217 996 folk songs.

More information: Wikipedia







Mi. 5683, issued 1987, January 31

Michel 5683

100th birthday of the Latvian painter Kārlis Miesnieks (1887-1977)









Mi. 5893, issued 1988, December 16

Michel 5893

100th birthday of Martin Ivanovich Lācis (Russian: Мартын Иванович Лацис  Latvian: Mārtiņš Lācis, born as Jānis Sudrabs) (1888 – 1938) He was a politician of Latvian origin (from Putina estate, Wenden district). In 1938 he was executed, but rehabilitated in 1956. More information: Wkipedia








Mi. 5975, issued 1989, July 12

Michel 5975

Series Epen of the peoples of the Soviet Union (III).

The Latvian epic Lacplésis, the Bears killer,  is written by Andrejs Pumpurs (zie Mi. 2565).  The poem appeared for the first time in 1888.
The Dutch summary by  Andrejs Pumpursas pdf downloaden
The English summary: as e-book on

Mi. 6048, issued 1990, January 18

Michel 6048

In the series of capitals of the Soviet republics: Riga







Michel 6113

Mi. 6113, issued 1990, August 1
Series of historic buildings: Riga.
On the stamp you can see the St. Peter’s Church: (Latvian: Svētā Pētera Evaņģēliski luteriskā baznīca) a Lutheran church in Riga. The church is dedicated to Peter and is used by the Latvian Evangelical Lutheran church.








Mi. 6233, issued 1991, October 4

Michel 6233

Folklore: Latvia

See WikipediaJāņi is an annual Latvian festival celebrating the summer solstice. Although the solstice usually falls on 21 or 22 June, the public holidays—Līgo Day and Jāņi Day—are on 23 and 24 June. The day before Jāņi is known as Līgo Day (formerly known as Zāļu Day).



Mi. 6250, issued 1991, November 19

Michel 6250

In the series of folk music instruments (III): Latvia (sietins, ganurags, diega, stabule and kokle)