Sunday, October 6, 2013

Industry, Bulgaria

when I first read the theme for this week Sunday's stamps, I was all, 'but I have no industry-related stamps'! But after a browse through my albums, I realized I was wrong...and that I actually even could choose from a few different issues...but in the end decided to go for this Bulgarian one, which I think is literally an industry issue :)

this is an old set of 5 stamps issued back in 1964...thanks to my mum, I have them in my albums nowadays.
I am not fond of used stamps in general, but they can come in handy when you are struggling with a topic somehow :P
These stamps depict several different types of factories in different Bulgarian towns...and not much info is available on the net, or at least not for the time I had available to search for I'll just be thankful for knowing Cyrillic and can translate these myself, since Bulgarian and Macedonian have a lot of similarities :)

The first stamp on top, shows a Metallurgy Plant in Kremikovci, which, at least today, seems to be Bulgaria's largest metalworking company, whose construction of the facilities began on 5 November 1960 and the first production capacities were put into operation in 1963 to produce cast iron and coke, with production extending to cover other areas in the 1960s and 1970s.

The middle stamp shows a Non-ferrous metals plant in Plovdiv...I had to use a translator for this one, cos boy did I have a laugh at Bulgarian it says цветни метали...and in Macedonian, that would mean 'flower metals' since цвет means flower...anyways, the factory is a leading producer of nonferrous and precious metals in Southeast Europe and the Black Sea Region, working actively for the environmental recognition of metals as efficient market products.

The third stamp ( i do not know where that stain had come from) shows a Cellulose-paper plant in what was back then known as the village of Bukovci, while in 1970 it acquired the status of a town, nowadays known as Mizia.

At the bottom we have two more stamps...the first one shows a Nitrogen-fertilizer plant near Stara Zagora, which is not operational at present...while the second stamp shows an oil-refining plant in the town of just not sure if THIS one is the plant that today is considered to be the largest oil refinery in South-eastern Europe.

Well, hope you liked the post...tried to bring something new in here..and hopefully see you next Sunday!

In the meantime, check out some more industrial posts :)


  1. Thank you for the translation and the research. It's great that you joined us this week.

  2. I haven't seen any of these stamps before, you've done a great job on identifying the factories shown.

  3. I love the detailed pen and ink drawing in these stamp designs. Thanks Ana!

  4. You've done a great deal of research, thank you for that. It makes it all so much more interesting.

  5. I wonder how they chose the colors for those stamps. The colors on the top two on the right look kind of out of place with the others.

  6. Just like you,it took me a while to decide what to share for this week's theme, and i think you came up with a lovely stamps.

    My Sunday Stamp

  7. Hi Ana! Thanks for your kind thoughts that I might be on a stamp too one day. It's really motivating ;-)

    These stamps I believe are perfect for the theme. Good thing you browsed through your albums rather than sticking to your first thought that you don't have them. And wow! You can read Cyrillic...can I email you for help when I need to interpret Cyrillic characters? ;-)

    Have a good week!

  8. I can recognise a blast furnace in the top left stamp. All great.