Hungarian Soviet Republic portrait stamp set, with signatures ofMatyas Rákosi, Tibor Szamuely, Jenő Hamburger, Béla Kun, Dezső Bokányi and others. (2 pieces)
Magyar Posta, 1919. First edition. 2 p. In very good condition. Folded.
An extremely rare and important item from the short time of the Hungarian Soviet Republic. Any signature by Bela Kun is very rare. The Hungarian Communist Béla Kun (1886-1938) led the brutal and short-lived Hungarian Soviet Republic in 1919, oversaw the massacre of tens of thousands of people when he controlled the Revolutionary Committee in Crimea in 1920, and spurred the German Communist Party into an abortive uprising in March 1921. Kun lost the active support of Lenin with this last failure, but he continued to hold a number of significant positions in Comintern throughout the 1920s. He was shot in 1938 following a show-trial.