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St. George, pg.1      St. George, pg.2      St. George, pg.3

Saint George, Patron Saint of England and the Scouts

Saint George was born in Cappadocia (in eastern Asia Minor) and died about 303 as a Christian Martyr.  His life is obscured by legend, but his martyrdom at Lydda, Palestine, is generally considered a matter of historical fact, testified to by two early Syrian church inscriptions and by a canon of Pope Gelasius I, dated 494, in which St. George is mentioned as one whose name was held in reverence. 

The most popular of the legends that have grown up around him relates his encounter with the dragon. A pagan town in Lydda was victimized by a dragon (representing the devil), which the inhabitants first attempted to calm down by offerings of sheep, and then by the sacrifice of various members of their community. The daughter of the king (representing the Church) was chosen by lot and was taken out to await the coming of the monster, but George arrived, killed the dragon, and converted the community to Christianity. Saint George has been adapted world wide as the saint fighting the evil and defending the good, in the end slaying the dragon (representing the evil).  The stamps on these pages all show the traditional legend, featured by both the Orthodox world, the Roman Catholic world, and the Muslim world. 

  • Crete 1900.  SG # 9. St. George Slaying The Dragon.
  • Greece 1964.  Weapon of the Island Leukas.  Saint George.  
  • Sweden 1962.  Uppsala Cathedral and a sculpture of St. George.
  • Lithuania 1999.  City Arms of Marijampole. "St. George Slaying the Dragon". 

  • Romania 1971.  Arborea Monastery.  St. George appearing before Czar Diocletian.  
  • Danzig 1921.  Semi-postal for combating Tuberculosis.  St. George Slaying The Dragon.
  • Deutsches Reich 1943.  German Goldsmith Art.  St. George Slaying the Dragon. 
  • Romania 1971.  Moldovita Monastery.  St. George Slaying The Dragon.
  • Postcard showing the Russian Icon of Saint George at the occasion of the 850th anniversary of Moscow.
  • Russia 1978.  FDC showing St. George Slaying the Dragon.  The stamp and the cachet feature a Russian icon of the Novgorod School (17th century - post Byzantine Art), and belongs to a private collection.  
  • Russia 1997.  St. George (part of a souvenir sheet), issued 1997 at the occasion of Moscow's 850th Anniversary.
  • Russia 1992.  Definitive stamp showing St. George slaying the dragon.
  • Russia 1914.  SG# 161. War Charity. St. George Slaying the Dragon.

St. George, pg.1      St. George, pg.2      St. George, pg.3

Saint George, Patron Saint of England and the Scouts


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