THE POSTAL HISTORY OF ICAO

 

The 20th anniversary

 

Sticker distributed by ICAO for the 20th anniversary

The 20th anniversary of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) was celebrated on 7 December 1964, corresponding to the anniversary of the signing of the Convention on International Civil aviation, in Chicago.

 

On 15 October 1964, B.T. Twigt, Secretary General of ICAO, had sent State Letter #64/167 to all Contracting States related to the commemoration of the 20th anniversary. It reads as follows: “I have the honor to inform you that the Council of ICAO has decided to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Convention on International Civil Aviation, which created the Organization.

 

It is considered that this is an occasion worthy of notice. It marks an interval at which it is proper to take account of an activity, which in those twenty years has been under steady and continuous development. At the same time, the commemoration will be meaningful only if Contracting States have the opportunity to participate through the persons of representatives of the higher rank in their own countries and with a deep understanding of the nature and importance of international co-operation in civil aviation. To this end the Council decided to arrange for an appropriate act at the 15th Session of the Assembly, which will convene 22 June 1965. Details of the arrangements will be sent to you in due course.

Additionally, the Council has decided that a commemorative ceremony be held at ICAO Headquarters in Montreal on 7 December 1964, marking the signing of the Convention, in Chicago, 20 years before. The ceremony will be attended by the Secretary General of the United Nations, Canadian authorities and local personalities, in addition to the members of the delegations of Council Member States and the ICAO Secretariat.

 

During the same week, corresponding ceremonies will be held at the ICAO Regional Offices in Bangkok, Cairo, Dakar, Lima, Mexico and Paris.“

 

Staff Notice #966, dated 3 December 1964 and signed by B.T. Twigt, on the 20th anniversary of the signing of the Chicago Convention reads as follows: “I should be very pleased if all members of the Secretariat at Headquarters would join me in a toast in the ICAO Exhibition Hall, on Monday 7 December at 12:00 hours, on the occasion of the twentieth anniversary of the signing of the Convention on International Civil Aviation.”

 

During the fifteenth Session of the Assembly held at the Windsor Hotel, Montréal, from 22 June to 16 July 1965, a ceremony commemorating the 20th anniversary of the signing of the Convention on International Civil Aviation was held in the Windsor Hall at 16:00 on 22 June 1965, the first day of the Session; it was attended by a representative of U Thant, the United Nations Secretary General, and by Adolf A. Berle, President of the Conference on International Civil Aviation held in Chicago in 1944.

 

As a result, philatelic items may bear different years, either 1964 or 1965, as shown hereafter. Strangely, the United Nations postmark was dated 8 December 1964 (first day of issue); the same slogan was used with dates ranging from 8 December 1964 to 7 December 1965 (last day of issue).

 

To add to the confusion, the two countries (i.e. Cameroon and Gabon) that commemorated the 20th anniversary with stamps, issued them in 1967 on the basis of the constitution of the new permanent International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) on 4 April 1947; the French name of the Organization on those stamps shows an error and should have been spelled Organisation de l’aviation civile internationale, as per Article 43 of the Chicago Convention which reads as follows: ”Il est institué par la présente Convention une organisation qui portera le nom d'Organisation de l'aviation civile internationale.More information on those two stamp issues can be found at the following links: Cameroon – 1967 - 20th Anniversary of ICAO and Gabon – 1967 - 20th Anniversary of ICAO.

 

 

Meter stamp slogan – 27 October 1964

20th anniversary of ICAO

Used at ICAO Headquarters

between 27 October 1964 and 7 July 1965

 

France – 7 December 1964

20th anniversary of ICAO

Stamp issued on 9 May 1964 for the 25th anniversary of the first night airmail service

Douglas DC-3 aircaft

The stamp design is based on the stamp issued on 21 March 1959 (Stamp Day and 20th anniversary of the night airmail service) with 25e ANNIVERSAIRE added.

The night airmail service in France originates in the famous Aéropostale company of Pierre Latécoère, which became well known from the second half of the 1920s through the postal roads in Africa and South America, with prestigious aviators such as Reine, Guillaumet, Saint-Exupéry and Mermoz. The Air-Bleue Company carried mail during more than one year from July 1935 to August 1936, but this experiment, under the aegis of the Minister for the P.T.T., failed, as the public was not pleased about a service strongly surtaxed. It was thus decided to carry the mail without surtax. In July 1937, three new lines were brought into service. The aerial infrastructure however allowed only flights during daytime, so that time savings were tiny over the railroad.

On 10 May 1939, around 22h30, a small Caudron C.440 Goéland series twin-engine aircraft loaded with mail flew from the aerodrome of Le Bourget to link in three hours of flight the town of Pau, after a short stopover in Bordeaux. The night postal aviation was born. 

 

 

Senegal – 7 December 1964

Slogan commemorating

the 20th anniversary of ICAO

 

United Nations – 8 December 1964

20th anniversary of ICAO

Cancel with slogan – Blue cachet

 

United Nations – 8 December 1964

20th anniversary of ICAO

Cancel with slogan – Green cachet

Note that there is no date in the cancel.

 

United Nations – 8 December 1964

20th anniversary of ICAO

Cancel with slogan; stamps issued

on 9 February 1955

for the 10th anniversary of ICAO

 

United Nations – 8 December 1964

20th anniversary of ICAO

Cancel with slogan

 

United Nations – 8 December 1964

20th anniversary of ICAO

Cancel with slogan

Postal stationery issued on 26 April 1963.

 

United Nations – 8 December 1964

20th anniversary of ICAO

Cancel with slogan

 

United Nations – 8 December 1964

20th anniversary of ICAO

Cancel with slogan

Artopages cachet

 

United Nations – 7 May 1965

20th anniversary of ICAO

Cancel with slogan

 

United Nations – 10 May 1965

20th anniversary of ICAO

Cancel with slogan

Postcard

 

 

4 October 1965

20th anniversary of ICAO

Combo Cancel with slogan. Design by KimCover

Visit of Pope Paul VI to the United Nations

On 4 October 1965, His Holiness Pope Paul

VI addressed a plenary meeting of the twentieth session of the United Nations General Assembly and returned to Roma on that day.

 

United Nations – 1 November 1965

20th anniversary of ICAO

Cancel with slogan

Postal stationery UN New York

Air letter issued on 18 January 1960

 

United Nations – 8 November 1965

20th anniversary of ICAO

Cancel with slogan

 

United Nations – 26 November 1965

20th anniversary of ICAO

Cancel with slogan

 

7 December 1965

20th anniversary of ICAO

Cancel with slogan

Last day of issue

 

Swiss watch made ​​in 1964 by special order of the International Civil Aviation Organization to commemorate the 20th anniversary. It was probably manufactured by Longines. Longines is a luxury watches house based in Saint-Imier, Switzerland.

Founded by Auguste Agassiz in 1832, Longines manufacturer is known for its Aviators watches. In 1919, Longines became named the official supplier for the Fédération aéronautique internationale (FAI) and developed highly accurate and reliable navigation instruments for use by aviation pioneers. Having made his famous non-stop solo flight over the North Atlantic in 1927, pilot Charles A. Lindbergh designed in 1931 a navigational instrument which he worked out with Longines to bring it to life. Today, Longines remains a widely recognized name in sport watches and chronographs.

 

 

BOSNIA (YUGOSLAVIA)

20th Anniversary of ICAO

Commemorative Cover

This cover commemorates several events, with an actual mismatch in anniversaries. All texts are in Serbo-Croatian official language.

1.     In the blue upper-square: “Celebration of 20 years of the United Nations Organization”, with the UN emblem and figures XX. On 24 October 1945, the United Nations (UN) came into force when the five permanent members of the Security Council ratified the charter that had been drawn up earlier that year.

2.     At the lower-left: “International Civil Aviation Organization” on 2 lines, followed by: “Established on 4. IV. 1947”.

3.    The cancel indicates: 4-4-1965, followed by: “Day of civil aviation”, on 3 lines. The actual work of the Organization started in 1945, when the Interim Agreement was accepted by the 26th State on 6 June 1945; thus the Provisional International Civil Aviation Organization (PICAO) was born on that date. The Convention on International Civil Aviation (i.e. the Chicago Convention) came into effect on 4 April 1947 (30 days after the 26th State had ratified this Convention) with the constitution of the new permanent ICAO, thus bringing an end to PICAO.

 

 

Cameroon – 15 March 1967

20th anniversary of ICAO

Gabon – 15 May 1967

20th anniversary of ICAO

Autographed by the Designer, Claude Durrens

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