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Samantha Smith stamp print, 1985

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The Soviet Union issued a stamp in honor of Samantha Smith who visited there in 1983 on a peace mission.

The 11-year-old wrote to Soviet leader Yuri Andropov of her concern about nuclear war and asked him his intentions. He wrote back assuring her he wanted peace and invited her and her parents, Jane and Arthur Smith, to visit the Soviet Union.

The Smiths spent two weeks as Andropov's guests in July 1983.

Samantha and Arthur Smith were killed in a plane crash in Auburn in August 1985.

The stamp was issued in her memory and honor.

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Other Information

  • Title: Samantha Smith stamp print, 1985
  • Creator: Friel, J.
  • Creation Date: 1985
  • Subject Date: 1985
  • Media: Ink on paper
  • Object Type: Image

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Maine State Museum
Maine State Museum, 83 state house station, Augusta, ME 04333

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