Other flaws in the emblems


The prior chapter outlines the errors in the emblem of the Organization, whereas this chapter focuses on inadequate designs of the ICAO emblem and on errors in the UN emblem found in material of the ICAO philatelic collection. In the name of the freedom of expression, some designers must have forgotten the constraints imposed on them and produced models in which history and iconography are ridiculed.


United Nations (New York) – 9 February 1955

10th Anniversary of the interim Agreement and the first PICAO meeting

First Day Cover - Ken Boll design/Craft cachet; Douglas DC-3 aircraft.

The cachet depicts the early unofficial UN emblem.


Mali – 10 November 1975- 30th Anniversary of United Nations Charter

UN emblem and names of the Specialized Agencies (including OACI, Organisation de l’aviation civile internationale, in the right branch of the letter N) forming the acronym ONU (Organisation des Nations Unies). 

The diagonals must cross the inner circle of the UN logo. Moreover, the olive branches must be curved according to the roundness of the outer circle.


United Nations - 12 June 1978 – Safety in the Air

The design by Artopages still shows the early unofficial emblem, which was replaced by the currently-known emblem approved by the UN General Assembly on 7 December 1946.


Yemen – 20 September 1985 - 40th Anniversary of ICAO

This souvenir sheet shows a poor (hand-drawn) design of the ICAO emblem: the wings are not correctly hooked to the center part of the logo and hence provide an overall uneven aspect of the design.


Uganda – 14 November 1994 - 50th Anniversary of ICAO

       Unusual (hand-drawn) design of the ICAO emblem in the cachet.