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. Efforts by missionaries to use Latin script to transcribe Vietnamese in place of Chinese characters led to the development of the Vietnamese alphabet, started by the Jesuit Portuguese priest Francisco de Pina. De Rhodes continued and popularized his worked as he worked in the country between 1624 and 1644. 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