The Great Union of 1918
At the Paris Peace conference following World War I Rumania regained
souhern Dobrudja from Bulgaria, Bukovina from Russia, Transylvania and
Bessarabia. The souvenir sheet was issued in 1993 to commemorate the
Great Union of Rumanian territory.
The map was originally printed in four shades: previous Rumanian
territory in light brown, Bessarabia (now Moldova) in reddish brown;
Transylvania in medium brown; and Dobruja in the light brown of
Rumanian territory which it had been. Sales were stopped soon after
the sheet was released "because of the political implications
suggested by the shadings.... Also, the Danube delta was incorrectly
printed in the same shade as Bessarabia." The portrait is Ferdinand I
who succeeded his uncle Carol I of Rumania in 1914, and ruled until
Stamp News, May 1, 1995, p. 16
The sheet was reprinted
later in 1993 and shows the map of Romania in one color.