In 2017, humanity celebrates the jubilee dates of great personalities who have made an invaluable contribution to the development of world civilization. These personalities and their achievements, are important for all countries, including Kyrgyzstan. A new series of KEP postage stamps represents the following distinguished persons.
Jonathan Swift (1667 - 1745), 350th birth anniversary - an outstanding Anglo-Irish writer and public figure. His famous "Gulliver's Travels" is known all over the world. The works of Swift are translated into many languages, including the Kyrgyz language.
Sir Arthur Charles Clarke (1917 - 2008), 100th birth anniversary - a great English writer, scientist and inventor. His work had a huge impact on the development of world science and art. Since 1956, Clarke lived and worked, until the end of his life, in Colombo, Sri Lanka.
Maria Skłodowska-Curie (1867 - 1934), 150th birth anniversary - a great scientist in the field of physics and chemistry and the first two-time Nobel laureate in history.
Gioachino Rossini (1792 - 1868), 225th birth anniversary - the great Italian composer and writer of the famous operas "The Barber of Seville", "Cinderella", as well as many other musical masterpieces, performed on the stages of all continents, including Kyrgyzstan.
John Ronald Reuel Tolkien (1892 - 1973), 125th birth anniversary - English writer, scientist, professor at Oxford University and an outstanding philologist. Throughout the world, he is known as the author of classical works of "high-fantasy": "The Hobbit", "The Lord of the Rings" and “The Silmarillion”.
Besides the mentioned stamps, KEP also issues 5 postal cards, dedicated to the great personalities. These cards, together with the new stamps and a special pictorial first day cancellation, were used to make five maximum cards.