STAMP ISSUES RELATED TO ICAO (1994-1995)

 

Thailand : 50th Anniversary of ICAO

 

Issue date: 07/12/1994

 

 

Depicts Thailand as an active member of ICAO; world map, ICAO 50th anniversary logo, Boeing 707 aircraft.

The flight paths illustrate the flag of the Kingdom of Thailand, with its five horizontal stripes in the colours red, white, blue (in the middle), white and red.

Presentation booklet of 5 stamps.

 

          Font page with postmark 1st Day of Issue.

 

          Set of 5 stamps with serial number (unfolded).

 

          Inside page of the booklet (unfolded).

 

          Reverse.

 

          The inside set of 5 stamps also exists without serial number.

 

Full sheet of 50 stamps with date and plate number (in the upper-left corner), upper-right control number and marginal inscriptions.

 

First Day Cover (Quantity: 26,000 printed); the aircraft looks like a Boeing 747.

 

Background: The national flag of the Kingdom of Thailand shows five horizontal stripes in the colours red, white, blue, white and red, with the middle blue stripe being twice as wide as each of the other four. The three colours red-white-blue stand for nation-religion-king, an unofficial motto of Thailand.

The flag of Siam (Siam became Thailand in 1939) was originally a white elephant on a red background. However, in 1916 King Vajravudh was touring a flooded region and saw the flag flying upside down as a distress signal. Since he didn't like the idea of the national flag being used in that way, he designed a new flag that was symmetrical and would not look different if turned from top to bottom. The new flag was adopted 28 September 1917; the Thai name for the national flag is Thong Trairong or tri-color flag. The 3 colours have the following meaning:

  1. Red represents the blood spilt to protect Thailand's independence and often more simply described as representing the nation.
  2. White represents the purity of the Buddhist religion, the predominant religion of the nation.
  3. Blue represents the monarchy of the nation, which is recognised as the centre of Thai hearts.