THE POSTAL HISTORY OF ICAO

 

The 50th anniversary

 

Sticker distributed by ICAO for the 50th anniversary

In a correspondence sent to all Contracting States, the ICAO Secretary General, Philippe Rochat, had invited the various Civil Aviation Authorities to organize programmes of activities to mark the 50th anniversary of the signing in Chicago of the Convention on International Civil Aviation (i.e. 7 December 1994). Among the suggested activities in the attachment to this letter, it was proposed to issue postage stamps.

Further to that, forty-two countries issued stamps and first day covers to commemorate the 50th anniversary, with dates ranging from 1994 to 1995. In addition to that, some countries prepared date cancels, commemorative covers, postal stationery, etc. The following pictures show the commemorative covers and date cancellations issued for the 50th anniversary and a limited portion of the philatelic items (stamps and first day covers) released by the Post Offices for this anniversary; the complete list of these can be obtained by clicking on the following link: Stamp Issues from 1994 to 1995 - 50th Anniversary of ICAO.

 

 

50th Anniversary poster prepared by ICAO.

 

 

Canada - 7 December 1993.

Beginning of the 50th Anniversary Celebrations.

Meter stamp with slogan.

 

Various presentations of the 50th anniversary logo proposed by ICAO to the Members States for the preparation of their stamp issues and material commemorating this anniversary.

      

 

Other stickers related to the 50th anniversary.

 

Switzerland - Aero-philatelic Exhibition, Lodrino.

30 April to 1 May 1994.

 

 

On 30 April 1919, airmail was carried for the first time in Switzerland on the newly created line Zurich-Berne-Lausanne, also establishing the Aéropostale. Six years later, on 8 May 1925, the Société aérophilatélique suisse was created on the initiative of two pioneers: Adolf von Arx and Louis Rochat. The latter society organized for the first time in 1967 a Day of Aerophilately. The above cover commemorated the 75th anniversary of the creation of the Aéropostale.

The cover shows the Swiss stamp issued on 15 March 1994 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of ICAO (Design: a picture of the earth, a radar image and an airliner - Boeing 747‑400D - to symbolize worldwide cooperation of ICAO members for the benefit of international civil aviation).

 

Mail sent by Dr. Philippe Rochat, ICAO Secretary general, related to the above covers.

 

 

 

Canada, Montréal,

50th Anniversary of ICAO.

1994 Round the World Air Race.

On the picture: Cessna Model 411 Conquest II (C441, Tiger) from India flown by Captain Vijaypat Singhania, 1st Officer Daniel Brown and 1st Officer
Peter Troy-Davies.

Registration: N1210U in USA.

 

Canada, Montréal,

50th Anniversary of ICAO.

1994 Round the World Air Race.

On the picture: Stoddard-Hamilton Glasair III (SH3R, Zephirus) flown by Captain Kenneth P. Johnson and 1st Officer Larry Cioppi of the USA.

Registration: N640KJ in USA.

 

On the occasion of ICAO’s 50th anniversary, the 1994 Around the World Air Race departed from Montreal (Saint-Hubert Airfield) on 1 May 1994 and returned to the same airport on 25 May (Estimated miles: 19.000). The route was as follows: St. John’s, Santa Maria, Marrakech, Istanbul, Dubai, Agra, U'Taphao, Ho Chi Min City, Naha Okinawa, Sendai, Petropavlosk, Anchorage, Calgary, and Montreal. So after 24 days, they landed in Montreal via Newfoundland, Morocco, Turkey, Dubai, India, Vietnam, Japan, Russia and the United States. The Around de World Race was a leading event set out in the 1994 sports activities of the Fédération aéronautique internationale (FAI). The organization of the race was entrusted to Arc-en-ciel which had already organized other races over long distances.

T-FAL Corporation was among the major corporate sponsors of the Air Race; the name of this company can be seen on the key fob. Mr. Bernard Lamy, Director of the Race, used to work for many years as Director Export, at Tefal S.A. in Paris. Financial support was also provided by the Commissariat général des célébrations du 50e anniveraire de l’Organisation de l’aviation civile internationale (la fête de l'aviation). Media coverage of the race was run by the International Herald Tribune.

Fourteen light aircraft (with a total of thirty participants) from Canada, France, India, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and USA participated. Bernard Lamy, Arc-en-Ciel, France, organized the race. From the Ninety-Nines, Adele Fogle, Daphne Schiff and Margaret Ringenberg piloted a Cessna 340 (Spirit of 76).

Arc-en-Ciel is an association of volunteers whose goal is to promote aviation through the organization of aeronautic events and races; it was founded in the early eighties by Bernard and Maryse Lamy, from France. Arc- en-Ciel (rainbow in English) is named after the Couzinet trimotor model 70 aircraft, which, with famous French pioneer Mermoz at the controls, opened the South-Atlantic airmail service in 1933.

The Ninety-Nines share a common interest and accomplishment: FLIGHT! Rich with achievements, the history of the Ninety-Nines is an integral part of the history of aviation and intertwines with the history of many nations. Such names as Amelia Earhart, Jacqueline Cochrane, Sheila Scott and Hanna Reitsch dot their past, while new heroines such as Roberta Bondar and Julie Payette in the space program and Janice Brown in the solar flight program help to shape the future. The Ninety-Nines, Inc. was founded on 2 November 1929 by 99 women pilots. Amelia Earhart was the first president.  It is a non-profit worldwide organization, with members in the United States, Canada, and over 30 other countries. The Ninety-Nines is the world's oldest and largest organization of women pilots.

 

 

Commercial cover sent

from Cotonou, Bénin

to the Secretary of the ICAO Group for the Preparation of the 50th Anniversary Celebrations.

Postmarked on 24 May 1994.

 

 

Hungary - 5 September 1994.

50th Anniversary of ICAO.

Private miniature sheet overprinted in silver.

The text in the overprint reads as follows: AZ ÖTVEN ÉVES POLGÁRY REPÜLÉS / 1944-1994, i.e.  50 Years of the Civil Aviation / 1944-1994.

This overprint was prepared by MABÉOSZ, i.e.  Magyar Bélyeggyűjtők Országos Szövetsége or the National Association of Hungarian Philatelists. The printed quantity was 10500.

 

The original private sheet was issued by the International Astronautical Federation (IAF) for its 34th Congress held in Budapest, Hungary, from 10 to 15 October 1983. With a sequential number. IAF Emblem.

This sheet is not listed in the regular catalogues. The printed quantity was 180,000 on normal paper. This sheet was printed on plain gummed paper (i.e. postage stamp paper) and was officially issued by the National Association of Hungarian Philatelists MABÉOSZ; it is not valid for postage (no value printed). 4,000 copies were printed on cardstock.

The above miniature sheet reproduces three stamps from Hungary:

a.     On the left-side: Hungary 16 June 1924, Ikarus over Budapest, 10000 Korana, red and purple, air post.

b.     In the middle: Hungary 20 June 1933, Roman deity Mercury (or Ikarus) holding a crossed propeller, i.e. symbolic representation of flying, dark gray, 5 Pengo, air post.

c.     On the right-side: Hungary 27 May 1980, Intercosmos Cooperative Space Program, issued on the occasion of the joint space flight of a Soviet cosmonaut and a Hungarian cosmonaut, multicolor, 5 Forint, air post.

Hungary issued one stamp on 10 October 1983 to commemorate the 34th Congress of the International Astronautical Federation (IAF) held in Budapest from 10 to 15 October 1983. See related FDC here-above. The cancel below shows the Space Shuttle and the International Space Station (ISS); the second cancel on this cover depicts a post horn, with texts in French, English and Cyrillic. The printed text reads: “34. NEMZETKÖZI ASZTRONAUTIKAI KONGRESSZUS” (NAP), which means “34th International Astronautical Congress”.

 

 

Mauritius - United Nations Economic Commission for Africa – Conference of Ministers of Civil Aviation – Coordination Meeting of the African Civil Aviation Commission at Grand Bay.

5 to 10 September 1994.

The cover shows the stamp issued by Mauritius on 16 June 1994 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of ICAO (Design: Control tower at Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Airport, Port Louis, Mauritius).

 

 

Canada, Montréal – 50th Anniversary of ICAO.

The Canadian Authorities had set up a special committee for the organization of this anniversary, called Commissariat général des célébrations de l’Aviation civile internationale.

Commercial cover sent by this committee.

 

        

 

Uganda – 14 November 1994.

Hand-drawn first day cover with an unusual design of ICAO emblem.

Stamps designs are related to the Entebe International Airport.

 

Cyprus – 21 November 1994.

Maximum card with the chart of the Nicosia Flight Information Region (FIR).

 

 

Argentina - 50th Anniversary of ICAO – Aero-philatelic Exhibition – Buenos Aires.

5 to 9 December 1994.

 

Canada, Montréal – 50th Anniversary of the signing of the Convention on International Civil Aviation - 7 December 1994.

The cancellation shows a Douglas DC-3 (left), and (on the right) a McDonnell Douglas DC-10 or a Lockheed L-1011 Tristar.

 

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of ICAO, this philatelic cover paid tribute to the founders of ICAO and specially to the Honourable Adolf A. Berle, Jr., U.S. Assistant Secretary of State, Chairman of the American Delegation and President of the International Civil Aviation Conference, by quoting a sentence of his closing address on 7 December 1944 at the Final Plenary Session in the Grand Ballroom of the Stevens Hotel, Chicago, Illinois. The quotation reads as follows: “As a result of the work of these and many other men, when we leave this Conference we can say to our airmen throughout the world that they can go out and fly their craft in peaceful service”.

The cancellation refers to the co-ordinated celebration, for the first time, of the International Civil Aviation Day on 7 December 1994.

 

 

 

China -

50th Anniversary of ICAO

Postal Stationery.

7 December 1994.

Cachet shows a Boeing B-737, probably -600 series.

Prepared by the China National Philatelic Corporation.

Designer: Zhang Shiqi.

The China National Philatelic Corporation (CNPC) is the primary agency authorized by the State Post Bureau of China to sell national stamps, other philatelic items, and provide other philatelic services to the public.

 

    

 

Qatar – 7 December 1994

The word organization should have been spelled with “z” instead of “s”.

 

South Africa – 50th Anniversary of ICAO - 7 December 1994.

Date-Stamp Card – Hand cancelled.

 

 

 

Romania - Postal Stationery (Aerogramme; colours: black and red).

50th Anniversary of ICAO.

7 December 1994.

Edited by the Aerophilatelic Club “Aurel Vlaicu”. The text reads as follows: “50th anniversary of the establishment of the International Civil Aviation Organization”.

Error: the wreath of branches of olive-tree is shown over the wings. In fact, the ICAO official logo depicts the wings over the branches of olive-tree. Moreover, the olive wreath appears flattened in its lower part. Finally, the eight diagonals should not reach the center of the circle.

 

Slovenia - 50th Anniversary of ICAO.

Postcard produced by the Philatelic Association of Slovenia to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the ICAO for the philatelic exhibition held in Ljubljana, Slovenia.

Possibly flown between Secovlje / Sicciole (site of small airport) and Brnik aerodrome (near Kranj, Slovenia's main international airport).

Franked with 55-tolar stamp cancelled Portoroz / Portorose. All cancellations are dated 6 December 1994.

 

Slovenia - 50th Anniversary of ICAO.

Reverse of the above card with exhibition postmarks dated 7 December 1994.

Franked with 6-tolar stamp cancelled with Ljubljana postmark. ICAO cachet / postmark in upper left corner for the philatelic exhibition.

 

 

Austria

50th Anniversary of ICAO

Joint issue with Slovenia for the philatelic exhibition held in Ljubljana, Slovenia on

7 December 1994.

Cachet shows a Douglas DC-3.

Flew on flight OS-835 from Vienna to Laibach, Slovenia, by Austrian Airlines.

 

Slovenia - 50th Anniversary of ICAO.

Special card produced by the Slovenija philatelic association for the philatelic exhibition held in Ljubljana, Slovenia – Joint issue with Austria

7 December 1994.

 

Nauru – 12 December 1994.

Souvenir sheet with the four stamps of the issue.

 

Hong Kong, China.

50th Anniversary of ICAO. Hand-stamp.

Service cover sent by the Civil Aviation Department to UK’s Representative at ICAO.

 

Netherlands Antilles.

50th anniversary hand-stamp on service cover from ABN-AMRO Bank.

The text TRAHANDO PA UN AVIASHON SIGUR in Papiamento means TRAVEL BY A SAFE AVIATION.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cancels with slogans from

Belgium, Denmark, French Polynesia, Monaco, Netherlands (in black and in red), and Sweden.

 

Monaco – June 1995.

Phone card.

View of Monaco Heliport.

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