When Stalin completed 25 years of his rule over Russia, Stalin instructed the Postmaster General to issue a special postage stamp, with his picture on it - stressing that it had to be of
Shortly after the stamps were released, Stalin heard complaints that the stamp was not
sticking properly, and he became furious. He called the chief of the Secret Service and
ordered him to investigate the matter. The chief checked the matter out at several post
offices, and then reported on the problem to Stalin.
He said, “Sir, the stamp is really of international quality. The problem is, our citizens are spitting on the wrong side!”