GAZ Group and Russian Post held official cancellation of envelopes issued to commemorate the 85th anniversary of Gorky Automobile Plant and the centennial of the General Director of Gorky Automobile Plant I. Kiselev (1917 - 2004). Envelopes featuring a portrait of the CEO of GAZ were cancelled with a special first day of issue cover to increase their collector value. The ceremony was attended by the President of PJSC GAZ Nikolay Pugin and the head of "Volga-1" macro region of Russian Post.
Sergei Orlov, the head of "Volga-1" macro region of Russian Post:
- Special cancellation is a unique procedure of great historical value. Such cancellation with a postal stamp is valid for just one day. Thanks to today's event, the news of the anniversary of the unique company, which is proud of its heroes, will reach the farthest corners of our vast country. And it will fly there on postal envelopes. 250 thousand envelopes will be distributed worldwide, take a worthy place in philatelic collections and tell about the centenary of Ivan Kiselev, the director of the unique Gorky Automobile Plant.
On September 23 the legendary director of GAZ would be 100 years old. Ivan Kiselev was at the helm of one of the largest automobile plants of the USSR for almost a quarter of a century. Under his leadership, the vehicles of the highest significance for the national history were designed and launched into production: Volgas GAZ-21 and GAZ-24, Chaikas GAZ-13 and GAZ-14, GAZ-53, GAZ-52-04 and GAZ-66 trucks, etc. Ivan Kiselev was born in the town of Yuryevets, Ivanovo region. After graduating from the seven-year school, he entered Gorky Automotive Mechanical College, then was distributed to Gorky Automobile Plant. Having worked there for 46 years. I. Kiselev was awarded the title of a Hero of Socialist Labor (1966), a laureate of Lenin Prize (1966) and State Prize (1970), was awarded the Order of Lenin twice (1971, 1981), the October Revolution Order (1976), and the Red Banner of Labor Order (1952). The main square of Avtozavodsky district of Nizhny Novgorod was named after Ivan Kiselev.
The special issue of envelopes featuring a portrait of I. Kiselev took place as part of the events dedicated to the 85th anniversary of Gorky Automobile Plant, built in 1932. The name of Gorky Automobile Plant is associated with the country’s large-scale automobilization (outfitting farming industry with medium-duty trucks, setting up taxi services, etc.). Since its commissioning GAZ has produced more than 18 million trucks and cars, mastered the production of over 350 models and versions of vehicles. Today Gorky Automobile Plant traditionally supplies best-in-class light commercial and medium-duty trucks for various sectors of economy, small and medium businesses, and social institutions.
GAZ vehicles were featured on postcards, envelopes and stamps on many occasions. In 2012, the year of the 80th anniversary of the company, commemorative envelopes featuring GAZ cars were issued. The issue of a themed series of stamps reflecting the history of GAZ vehicles and Gorky Automobile Plant’s contribution to the victory in the Great Patriotic War sparkled a lot of interest both among general public and collectors.