International Women’s Day — March 8

March 8 is International Women’s Day.

In different regions the focus of the celebrations ranges from general celebration of respect, appreciation, and love towards women to a celebration for women’s economic, political, and social achievements. Started as a Socialist political event, the holiday blended the culture of many countries, primarily in Europe, especially those in the Soviet Bloc. (Wikipedia)

March 8 has been an official holiday in Russia and an occasion when postcard greetings were popular. Here is a sampling of some of the March 8 International Women’s Day postcards. These date from the 1960s to the 1980s. Most are in the Russian language, but some postcards were published in languages of other Soviet countries. Flowers were the most popular motif and appear on nearly every card in some form. I think that the most interesting cards are ones that have flowers in combination with women and/or children. Some cards have an international theme with a globe or peoples of various countries. Cute animals have also appear on some March 8 postcards.

International Women's Day postcard

8 Марта – Международный женский денъ: 8 March – International Women’s Day 1973

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8 Марта с праздинком: (the holiday, on the occasion) 1975

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Министерcтво связи СССР: The Ministry of Communications of the USSR. Many cards were published  with preprinted postage on the back like this.

International Women's Day postcard

Поздравляю: Congratulations. 1969

March 8 postcard

С праздинком:(the holiday; on the occasion. Торты : Cakes. 1983

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Ukrainian language. БЕРЕЗНЬ: March. З святом: Happy. 1961

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С днем 8 Марта: Happy March 8. 1977

International women's Day postcard

Estonian language. 8 märts: March 8. 1966

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С праздинком 8 Марта: Happy March 8. 1983

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С праздинком 8 Марта: Happy March 8. 1981

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С праздинком 8 Марта: Happy March 8. 1980

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I am a longtime postcard collector who has been creating websites and blogs based on my postcard collection since 1998.
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