Comoros : 30th anniversary of ICAO

and 75th Anniversary of first engined-powered flight of Wright Brothers


Issue date: 31/07/1978


The following shows the sequence of over-printings from the two original stamps, which were overprinted twice.



Comoros stamps issued on 18 July 1976 for the first anniversary of the Archipel des Comores independence.

Friday mosque in Moroni, state flag, map of Comoros, and government buildings.



Above stamps were first overprinted on 24 July 1978 with three horizontal lines defacing the country name ETAT COMORIEN and replacing it with the four-line text République / Fédérale / et Islamique / des Comores, when the country changed name.




Above stamps were then overprinted on 31 July 1978 with the ICAO logo (for the 30th anniversary of the Organization). The stamps retained their denomination.


Same stamps as above with the selvage showing sideways imprint with the Wright Flyer I aircraft, corresponding to one of the subjects of this issue, i.e. the 75th anniversary of the triumph of the Wright Brothers, who made the first successful flight of a manned heavier-than-air vehicle on 17 December 1903.


Background: Due to the serious budgetary situation in Comoros during the years of this issue, the postal authorities of that country overprinted many prior issues to commemorate special events.