Alexandre de Rhodes, SJ
INDOCHINA, 1943-1944, Scott 238-239a
(239a is yellow brown, a variation of 239, the orange brown)
Alexandre de Rhodes was born in Avignon in 1591 and entered the Jesuits in 1612. He worked in Goa and the Moluccas, and eventually Cochin. De Rhodes is credited with introducing into Viet Nam the Romanized form of writing called "quoc ngu" in place of Chinese characters. Rhodes went on to work in Persia, with such success that his funeral was attended by the Shah. His missionary work contributed to the founding of the Society for Foreign Missions of Paris, and the development in mission countries of the Church position of Vicar Apostolic.
NORTH VIET NAM, 1945-46 Indochina issue overprinted in black and green, Scott 1L2-3
SOUTH VIET NAM, 1961, the 4th centenary of Rhodes' death, Scott 170-173, and imperfs
SOUTH VIET NAM, 1961, FDI cancel for Scott 170-173