Tuvan Stamps

During its brief period of independence from 1921 to 1944, Tannu-Tuva produced a variety of exotic postal stamps. Brightly colored, depicting local themes, and often of an unusual shape, they were a favorite of collectors. Memories of the triangular stamps he collected as a child sparked Nobel Laureate physicist Richard Feynman's quest to travel to Tuva. This, in turn, led to his discovery of Tuvan throat singing, and to the introduction of this ancient art to Western audiences.

1927.  Third issue. Ethnographic.

Stock breeder stamp

Stock Breeder

Mountain landscape stamp

Mountain Landscape

map stamp

Map of Tuva

Archery Competition stamp

Archery Competition

Camel caravan stamp

Camel Caravan

1932.  Stamps of third (ethnographic) issue with a typographed overprint of the new value and the name of the country in the new Latinized alphabet.



1934. Seventh Issue. Registered Post. Pictorials with folk art motifs.

Yak and milkmaid stamp

Milkmaid Milking a Yak

Miller stamp


Reindeer breeder stamp

Reindeer Breeder

1934.  Air Mail

Airplane flying over argalis stamp


Black-billed capercaillie

Black-Billed Capercaillie

1935.  March. Eleventh issue. Zoological.



Squirrel stamp


1936.  Twelfth issue. Jubilee of the 15th Anniversary of the porclamation of the Tuvinian People's Republic.


Coat of Arms of the
Tuvinian People's Republic


Episode in the struggle against

Camel and locomotive stamp

Train Outrunning Camel



Folk wrestling

Folk Wrestling

horse and dirigible

Horseman and dirigible


The Postal History and Stamps of Tuva by S. M. Blekhman, translated by Ron Hogg. Published by Scientific Consulting Services International. P.O. Box 515, Port Angeles, WA 98362-0078 USA.

See also:

Classical Stamps of Tannu Tuva

Tuva Hopes Philately Will Get It Everywhere by Andrew Higgins.

The Stamps of Tuva.