STAMP ISSUES RELATED TO ICAO (1945-1977)

 

Gabon : 20th Anniversary of ICAO

 

Issue date: 19/05/1967

 

 

Airlines and flight paths/runways; ICAO emblem. The name of the designer (DURRENS) is printed vertically on the right-side.

 

     

 

Imperforate.

 

Stamp autographed by the Designer Claude Durrens.

Trial Colour Strip:

 

De luxe proof/trial sheet:

 

Die Proof – Blue – Embossed Government Seal – Autographed by the Designer Claude Durrens (Signed Artist Die Proof). Note that Durrens appears on the plate proofs, imperforates, de luxe and perforates, but not on the die (see white vertical rectangle on the right of the stamp, without the Designer’s name). About 28 signed die proofs exist.

 

Signed Artist Die Proof –Blue Grey.

 

Signed Artist Die Proof – Red.

 

Signed Artist Die Proof – Brown.

 

First Day Cover with control number (issue limited to 3,000).

The horizontal axis in the ICAO emblem of this first day cover is missing. The continents are not exactly designed as in the official emblem. See correct emblem hereafter.

 

 

 

Background: ICAO provided instructions to the Contracting States to commemorate its 20th anniversary on 7 December 1964, corresponding to the anniversary of the signing of the Convention on International Civil Aviation, in Chicago. This country still calculated the 20th anniversary on the basis of the constitution of the new permanent International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) on 4 April 1947; this is considered as an error.

This stamp shows an error: "de l'" is missing in the French name of the Organization, which should be written 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.

Gabon became an ICAO member on 17 February 1962, thus bringing the membership of ICAO to 92.