STAMP ISSUES RELATED TO ICAO (1945-1977)

 

United Nations : 10th Anniversary of ICAO

 

Issue date: 09/02/1955

 

 

Flying wing, representing the spirit of flight, with a world map as a background and ICAO. The usual five-language border surrounds the design.                                       

 

 

 

Flying wing, representing the spirit of flight, with a world map as a background and OACI. OACI is the French and Spanish acronym of the Organization’s name: Organisation de l’aviation civile internationale (French) and Organización de Aviación Civil Internacional (Spanish). The usual five-language border surrounds the design.

 

 

Marginal inscriptions: The UN logo, along with the year of issue and the acronym of the International Civil Aviation Organization in English (ICAO) on the 3-cent denomination,

and in French/Spanish (OACI) on the 8-cent denomination is shown in the selvage.

 

 

Upper-right corner block of 4 stamps. With Marginal Inscription (MI4). Control Numbers 29 and 15.

 

Specimen gummed and imperforate, hole punched.

 

Regular issue vertical pair and Imperforate vertical pair (Plate inspection proof stamps).

Only 50 pairs of these gummed, imperforate proofs are known to exist in the entire world.

 

Gummed and perforated; green colour; hole punched (security cut-out) at lower left with black overprint: WATERLOW & SONS, LIMITED / SPECIMEN (on two lines).

In 1955, Waterlow & Sons produced a very limited quantity of specimen copies of the 3-cent UNESCO and the 8-cent ICAO commemorative issues. The trial-colour specimens were produced by engraving and printed in two shades of green unlike the issued stamps. Total printing of each specimen was estimated at approximately 300 copies.

 

 

Certificate of authenticity of the pair shown here, signed by Thomas L. Lindemann, President of Calhoun’s Collectors Society, Inc.

 

Waterlow Printer’s worksheet including three progressive Die Proofs and four trial color Die

Proofs.

Trial color Die Proofs in different shades (three different color proofs, including issued color cyan), mounted on Waterlow presentation card, including the approved design by Reidar Tvedt, Chief UNPA.

 

Trial color Die Proofs in different shades (four different color proofs, including issued color rose carmine), mounted on Waterlow presentation card, including the approved design by Reidar Tvedt, Chief UNPA.

 

Photographic  Essays  of  Artist's  Drawings  for  the  3-cent  and  8-cent  designs  by  Angel  Medina Medina.

Map similar to final design, with Chinese characters placed

sideways. Placement of UN names different from final design (except for Russian name).

 

Map different from final design and Chinese characters sideways. Placement of UN names different from final design (except for Russian name).

Map similar to final design, with Chinese characters upright. Bottom border with Russian language missing. ICAO acronym in English.

Map similar to final design, with Chinese characters placed sideways. Placement of UN names different from final design (except for Russian name). ICAO acronym in English.

Waterlow and Sons master die proofs on paper for the complete issue "ICAO" in white or gray, denominations 3c and 8c respectively; additionally, there is one die with the ICAO emblem and texts in English and French/Spanish.

Proof 30747: Vignette/Frame

Proof 30748: 3c Final design

Proof 30749: 8c Final design

Marginal inscriptions

 

Waterlow and Sons Inspection Plate Proof in blue in a corner block of 6, ICAO emblem, four stamps holed.

 

Waterlow and Sons Inspection Plate Proof in blue in a gutter block of 8 (two times four), two ICAO emblems, each stamp holed.

 

Waterlow and Sons Inspection Plate Proof in blue in a corner block of four, ICAO emblem, each stamp holed, with printer's note, dated 25.11.54.

 

8-cent as a die proof in green, holed and WATERLOW & SONS, LIMITED / SPECIMEN (on two lines) overprinted, accompanied by five other specimen stamps (4 from Nicaragua and 1 from Haiti), which were also printed by Waterlow and Sons, mounted all together on presentation card.

 

 

Original sales envelope from the United Nations.

 

 

Block of 4 stamps with bull’s eye New York cancellation.

Letter from ICAO Chief, Public Information Office (Mr. Léon Boussard) announcing the stamps.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Background: This issue commemorates the 10th Anniversary of the interim Agreement and the first PICAO meeting, and honours the work of the International Civil Aviation Organization, celebrating its tenth anniversary in 1955.

Interestingly enough, in 1955 when this set was issued, Linn's Stamp News had to write a special article explaining that there was no error on the 8-cent value, since the 8-cent uses the French or Spanish acronym of the Organization (OACI), which is just the reverse of the English acronym ICAO.

More background information on this issue can be found by clicking on: The 10th anniversary commemorated by the United Nations.

The United Nations did not print its own stamps, but rather arranged for international printing firms to produce the stamps. Waterlow & Sons of England printed all UNPA issues for 1955, and the 1959 airmail series. In 1960, Thomas De La Rue & Co. acquired Waterlow’s business. Waterlow’s archives were sold to the philatelic market.

During the transition of ownership, four sheets of imperforate, gummed proofs printed in 1955 for the United Nations were found in their archives. There was one sheet each for the ICAO, the UNESCO, the 10th anniversary of the UN, and the Human Rights Day stamp issues. For each UN stamp issue of 1955, the very first stamp sheet was pulled off the press by hand to check the quality and color of the design. Because these stamps were never intended to be used as postage, they were not perforated, but they were however punched with a small hole. This small mark also served to certify their status as unique proof.

Master Die Proofs. Waterlow retained a single proof of each master die, usually in black. In addition, there are proofs of the master dies at progressive (incomplete) states, showing common elements used on all denominations of the issue. Die proofs of the marginal inscriptions of the issue also exist.

Inspection Proof Sheets are sheets pulled by hand, on gummed paper, showing the entire printing plate, including marginal inscriptions, printers cutting, and perforation marks guides. They are imperforate and usually have a small punch hole on each stamp. Waterlow retained a single proof of each master die, usually in black and trimmed to within a few millimeters of design size; there are proofs of the master dies at progressive and incomplete states, showing common elements used on all denominations of this issue.

 

The stamps of this issue were later reproduced on other stamps (stamp-on-stamp) and on commemorative covers/cards, as displayed hereafter.

 

    

Comoros – 23 November 1976. 25th Anniversary of United Nations Postal Administration.

Concorde, Graf Zeppelin LZ‑127 airship over one of the islands in the Comoros archipelago, clouds and UN carmine stamp of 1955.

Text on three lines: SERVICE POSTAL / ONU / 1951-1976.

 

United Nations – 11 March 1977.

Souvenir card - World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).

10th anniversary of the signing of the WIPO Convention.

 

 

Burundi – 10 October 1977. 25th Anniversary of United Nations Postal Administration.

UN buildings by night and UN carmine stamp of 1955.

 

United Nations – 12 June 1978. ICAO Safety in the Air.

Souvenir card marking ICAO’s outstanding work over three decades.

 

Souvenir card honouring ICAO’s 40th anniversary issued at the

ORCOEXPO ’85 Stamp Show, held in Anaheim, CA, USA

from 11 to 13 January 1985.

This was the 10th edition of the largest annual philatelic exhibition of this kind in Southern California.

Shows a reproduction of the dark carmine 8-cent stamp issued by the United Nations on 2 February 1955 for the 10th Anniversary of ICAO.

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