Dinosaurs and other prehistoric animals on stamps and postmarks of Laos
officially the Lao People's Democratic Republic, or commonly referred
to by its colloquial name of Muang Lao is a landlocked country in the
heart of the Indochinese peninsula of Mainland Southeast Asia, bordered
by Myanmar (Burma) and China
to the northwest,
to the east,
to the south, and Thailand
to the west.
Laos traces its history to the Kingdom of Lan Xang or Land of a Million Elephants,
which existed from the 14th to the 18th century.
In 1893, it became a French protectorate, with the three
territories uniting to form what is now known as Laos.
It briefly gained independence in 1945 after the Japanese occupation ended, but returned to
French rule until it was granted autonomy in 1949.
Laos became independent in 1953, with a constitutional monarchy under Sisavang Vong.
Shortly after independence, a long civil war overthrew the monarchy,
when the Communist Pathet Lao movement came to power in 1975.
The first stamps of Laos were issued on 13 November 1951.
Before then stamps of French Indo-China were used.
Laotian stamps were printed by multiple companies from different countries as Laos’s political
Therefore, there are many varieties of printing techniques used and many stamp designs exist,
as each publisher used different equipment and design styles.
According to Stanley Gibbons catalog, stamps of Laos were printed in the following countries:
- 1951-1976: France, State Printing company in Paris
- 1977-1980: East Germany (GDR), Security Printing company in Leipzig
- 1981-1985: Cuba, State Printing company in Havana
- 1986: Soviet Union: State Printing company in Moscow
- 1986-1994: Cuba, State Printing company in Havana
- 1994-1997: Vietnam, Post Printing company in Ho Chi Minh City
- 1997-now: Thailand, Thai-British Security Co. Ltd. in Bangkok
Even though the first fossils of Dinosaurs were found in Laos in 1936 by French scientist,
pioneer of Geology and Paleontology of Laos, Dinosaurs appear for the first
time on Laos's stamps in 1988.
Official stamps of Laos related to Paleontology: dinosaurs and other prehistoric animals
 This series was presented as part of "JUVALUX 88",
9th Youth Stamp Exhibition Stamp Luxembourg (29 March-4 April 1988).
All images are based on illustrations of famous Czech paleo-artist Zdenek Burian.
The names Tyrannosaurus
are swapped on stamps with face value of 50k and 3k.
stamp from 1995 spelled correctly.
The original painting by Burian is reproduced below:
Full title of this piece is: "Carnivorous dinosaur Tyrannosaurus rex attacking herbivorous saurians Trachodon annectens;
in the background, Struthiomimus saurains. Late Cretaceous of North America".
Painted by Zdeněk Burian in 1938, for Czech paleontologist Josef Augusta. Published in book "Prehistoric Animals" in 1960.
 Many stamps of prehistoric animals from 1960s to 1990s were based on illustrations
of the famous Czechoslovakian paleoartist Zdenek Burian.
The following stamps depict the dinosaurs Iguanodon
from the set of "Baconao National Park I", Cuba
1985 and "Dinosaurs", Laos 1988 that look almost identical.
on the stamp of Laos, misnamed Trachodon
Iguanodon and Tyrannosaurus dinosaurs on stamps of Cuba 1985
MiNr.: 2921, 2925 Scott: 2767, 2771.
Iguanodon and Tyrannosaurus (misnamed Trachodon) dinosaurs on stamps of Laos 1988
MiNr.: 1077, 862, Scott: 1075, 860.
 In this series, the names of the animals are printed in Latin and
Spanish because the company that printed them was based in Cuba.
Commemorative postmarks of Laos related to Paleontology: dinosaurs and other prehistoric animals
Legend is here
| 03.03.1988 "Prehistoric Animals" [FDC] 
|| 20.01.1994 "Prehistoric Birds" [FDC]
||20.02.1995 "Dinosaurs" [FDC] 
Many thanks to
Dr. Peter Voice
from Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences, Western Michigan University,
for the draft page review and his very valuable comments.