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. A commemorative ceremony was held on that day at ICAO Headquarters and at the ICAO Regional Offices.

 

Moreover, the commemoration of this anniversary would be meaningful only if Contracting States have the opportunity to participate through the persons of representatives of the higher rank. To this end, during the fifteenth Session of the Assembly held at the Windsor Hotel, Montreal, 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.

 

 

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 night airmail service

 

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 – 7 May 1965

20th anniversary of ICAO

 

United Nations – 10 May 1965

20th anniversary of ICAO

Postcard

 

4 October 1965

20th anniversary of ICAO

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.

 

United Nations – 8 November 1965

20th anniversary of ICAO

 

United Nations – 26 November 1965

20th anniversary of ICAO

 

7 December 1965

20th anniversary of ICAO

Last day of issue

 

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.     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.    2. At the lower-right: “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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