Silk Congress of Beirut Postage Stamps

25 Mar 2019  Mon

Lebanese Post issued a set of six stamps on 11th February 1930 in the commemoration of one of the most important and primary industries of the country: the Silk Producing Industry.

Lebanon is the world’s primary chief silk-producing country. It is an industry that was the pillar of the Lebanese economy for decades. Sericulture, or silkworm breeding, flourished under the Ottoman rule and witnessed its golden age towards the end of the 19th century and early 20th century.

Post Lebanese issued a set of six stamps, in order to protect and flourish this pillar of the economy as a special group called Silk Congress of Beirut was established. Lebanese post issued a set of six stamps in its memory on 11th February 1930.

The stamps were issued with the denominations ranging from 4 Lebanese piasters to 25 Lebanese piasters. The stamps depict Silkworm with Caterpillar and Pupa in the centre. The stamps are inscribed with the name of the country on the top in French and Arabic and “Silk Congress” at the bottom in French and Arabic with the denomination value at the left and right top corners.

By 1911 Lebanon and Syria were producing around 524,000 kilograms of raw silk, most of which was for export to Lyon, France.

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