Featured Samantha Smith the "Goodwill Ambassador" Commemorative Stamp (Soviet Union/USSR 1985)

Discussion in 'World Stamps' started by Peter T Davis, Jul 13, 2014.

  1. Peter T Davis

    Peter T Davis Administrator Moderator

    I'm reminded, on this thirty-first anniversary, of the little "Goodwill Ambassador" of the Cold War. When she was ten years old, Samantha Smith of Manchester, Maine, caught the attention of the world by writing a letter to (and receiving a reply from) Yuri Andropov. Andropov was the leader of the Soviet Union for a short time, late 1982 to early 1984.

    Her letter to Andropov was simple, as you'd expect for a ten year old.
    I remember these days very well, I was in high school then and the Soviet Union was the "Evil Empire" and we were taught to fear them. That comes out very clearly in her letter. The remarkable thing was that this letter got the attention of the leadership in the Soviet Union, and I imagine that someone on Andropov's staff wrote the response.
    Samantha Smith went on to visit Moscow. Sadly, she never got to meet Andropov in person. Andropov's time as leader of the Soviet Union was short, and much of it spent suffering from the illness which would claim his life shortly thereafter. Smith's exciting and full of promise life was cut short by tragedy, when she was just thirteen, she died in a plane crash with her father.

    She is commemorated in this stamp issued by the Soviet Union shortly after her death.
    Anyone have one of these? I'd love to get one.
  2. zararina

    zararina Simply Me! :D

    I do not have such stamp but if ever I would have the opportunity, I will gladly have it.
    Inspiring story and also sad since both of them do not live that long after that historical exchanges of letter. It will be great to see the covers and the original letters of them.
  3. May102014

    May102014 New Member

    Although my grandmother used to collect different stamps all over the world, I didn't remember anything like this in her collection, but surely, she would also want to have it if she knows the inspiring story about it. Commemorative stamps like this would remind us that there are a lot of people, ordinary or not, who shares a great story with us, are deserving to be honored like this. That those stamps would serve as a remembrance of their great contributions whatever and wherever they are.
  4. ladyjayne

    ladyjayne New Member

    I recently came across this stamp in my desk. A friend had gone to visit her family in Russia and brought everyone back a little souvenir. I was wondering what the current value of this stamp might be to a collector. This has been inside a folded piece of paper, in my desk. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.
  5. Bob

    Bob New Member

    I have five of these stamps, not sure what there worth!
  6. Bob

    Bob New Member

  7. Molokai

    Molokai Moderator Moderator

    I see both singles and sheets on eBay at this time. Stamps -> Worldwide -> Samantha Smith.
  8. Kerron Billouin

    Kerron Billouin New Member

    I would have like to get a stamp of this young , brave girl who let a leader of a country listen to her concerns through her letter and actually gotten a reply from him..Wow! That was amazing response also because in this modern age we only get a story about some country intention through the media but I could be totally different if you actually hear it from "the horse's mouth" as they say..
  9. Kerron Billouin

    Kerron Billouin New Member

    Where can I get these stamps.. I only collect stamps that have a meaningful story behind them and this article about this girl, reinforced my enthusiasm on collecting such stamps and learning something new about certain things that went down in history.. Thanks for this informative post.
  10. James-2489

    James-2489 Well-Known Member

    Hello Kerron, first welcome to the forum, I have been reading some of your posts. What stamps do you collect? worldwide, country or themes? and where in the world are you based please? Here in Thailand it is 00:45, I've just been woken by some barking dogs, spoiled my sleep pattern.

    Regards, James.
  11. augusta

    augusta New Member

    will love to have this stamp.I love to keep memories alive. the story behind this stamp should have be in one's memory and a thing to jolt us to reality wouldn't be a bad idea.

    love the bravery of this young girl.
  12. Sandy

    Sandy New Member

    I have a sheet of these stamps plus a first day cover from Russia, purchased in 1986 in mint condition. What is this worth?
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