Tanzania : 40th Anniversary of ICAO


Issue date: 15/11/1984



Icarus†in flight.††


McDonnell Douglas†DC‑10 (back), Boeing†737 (front) of Air Tanzania and air traffic control.


Boeing†737 of Air Tanzania undergoing maintenance.


ICAO 40th anniversary emblem.

Lower-left corner stamps.



Full sheet with control number.


Block of 4 with sheet control number.


Gutter pairs.



Miniature sheet with the four stamps of the issue.


Presentation card of this issue.


First Day Covers.



The following cover is from an album of 52 first day covers with 23-karat gold proof-quality specimens (gold replica) matching the commemorative stamp attached. The Advisory Board of the International Postal Collectors League selected the finest stamp designs from the nations of the British Commonwealth; this became the Royal International Gold Collection of Official First Day Covers, sponsored by the Calhoun's Collectors Society (limited to 7,500 samples). Dates of stamp issues of this collection are from the 1982 and 1987.

Each page of the album has a description in English of the issue, just below the cover. The front of the album and the cover of Tanzania are shown hereafter.




Background: Colours of some stamps of this issue refer to the ones shown by the national flag of Tanzania. On 26 April 1964, Tanganyika and Zanzibar merged to form a new republic, the name Tanzania being adopted on 29 October 1964. Like the name of the country, the new flag was a merger of that of its constituent parts.

The green alludes to the natural vegetation and rich agricultural resources of the country, while black represents the Swahili people who are native to Tanzania. The blue epitomizes the Indian Ocean, as well as the nation's numerous lakes and rivers. The thin yellow stripes stand for Tanzania's mineral wealth, derived from the rich deposits in the land.