Miscellaneous Philatelic Exhibitions


In addition to the well-defined exhibitions directly related to ICAO, such as the International Exhibition of Air Mail Postage (1969) or the Philatelic Exhibition on Aviation (1994), the ICAO postal history contains many items related to various philatelic or non-philatelic exhibitions held worldwide. The following pictures display the major ones.


Belgium – First day cover - United Nations issue.

World's Fair, Brussels - Expo 58 (17 April to 19 October 1958). See more information the stamp issue by clicking on: Belgium - World's Fair, Brussels.




UN Pavilion (postcards) at the World’s Fair and ICAO’s booth in this UN pavilion.

The pavilion of the United Nations and the Specialized Agencies (Architect: Hugo Van Kuyck) consisted of a cupola 50 feet high and about 160 feet diameter, cast in concrete on smooth wooden frames; a cinema showed a special color film on international civil aviation.





Excerpt from the ICAO Bulletin.



Argentina – Second Thematic Philatelic Exhibition (TEMEX ’60) held in Buenos Aires from 4 from 9 December 1960. During this exhibition, a total of 12 covers were released paying tribute to the United Nations, its Programmes and Specialized Agencies; all covers are similar, except for the emblem of the Organization, the colors of the UN Buildings in New York and the date of release. These covers were issued on different dates ranging from 4 to 9 December 1960 (2 covers per day); the above covers related to ICAO were dated 4 December 1960. Note that the name of the Organization should be written as follows: ORGANIZACIÓN DE AVIACIÓN CIVIL INTERNACIONAL (According to Article 43 of the Convention on International Civil Aviation, also known as Chicago Convention); the article LA should not be used in this case. The set of covers was printed by AFITA, Buenos Aires. Sequential number of the back; only 500 covers for each Organization were issued.

A set of 4 stamps were issued by Argentina to commemorate the exhibition, with inscription TEMEX-61. The stamp on the ICAO covers shows the purple-blue flower of the Jacaranda tree.


USA - 23 April 1978 - MANPEX ‘78 stamp show in Manchester, Connecticut.

Historical event cover for 75th anniversary of the First Powered Flight by the Wright Brothers at Kitty Hawk, NC on 17 December 1903. The cachet shows a colorful reproduction of USA stamp Sc649 issued on 12 December 1928 for the International Civil Aviation Conference, held in Washington, on a background of several aeroplanes dated back in the early 1900s.


Paraguay – 19 July 1978 - International stamps exhibition

(Eurphila 78, Riccione 78, Italy).

75th Anniversary of first flight by Wright Brothers, 30th Anniversary of ICAO.

50th anniversary of Francesco de Pinedo’s Western Hemisphere flying boat tour.



Bolivia – 16 March 1979 - History of aviation.

Under the auspices of the Bolivian Philatelic Federation, this souvenir sheet was issued in relation to the various philatelic exhibitions held in Bolivia to commemorate the 75th anniversary of civil aviation.


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.


Uruguay – 6 May 1994 - 1994 International Stamp Exhibition

patronized by FISA (Fédération Internationale des Sociétés Aérophilatéliques).

17th Winter Olympics Medal winners in Lillehammer, Norway (from 12 to 27 February 1994) 85th Anniversary of Hans Erni.

The stamp design in the lower part features a section of a mural called Man in Flight, which was commissioned by Switzerland for the headquarters building in Montreal. The mural was the work of Swiss-born artist Hans Erni.


Argentina, Buenos Aires - 50th Anniversary of ICAO.

Aero-philatelic Exhibition 5 to 9 December 1994.


Slovenia - 50th Anniversary of ICAO.

Postcard produced by the Philatelic Association of Slovenia for the philatelic exhibition held in Ljubljana, Sovenia.

Possibly flown between Secovlje / Sicciole (site of a small airport) and Brnik aerodrome (near Kranj, Slovenia's main international airport).

Franked with 55-tolar stamp cancelled Portoroz / Portorose.

All cancellations are dated 6 December 1994.


Austria, 7 December 1994 - 50th Anniversary of ICAO.

Joint issue with Slovenia for the philatelic exhibition held in Ljubljana, Slovenia.

The cachet shows a Douglas DC-3.


USA - 29-31 August 2003 - BALPEX 2003.

Annual exhibition and bourse of the BALPEX stamp show in Hunt Valley, Maryland.

Black cachet produced by the Baltimore Philatelic Society in conjunction with the BALPEX 2003 stamp show, featuring reproductions of two Wright Brothers stamps: Uruguay stamp issued on 18/06/1979 (commemorating the 75th anniversary of the first powered flight and the 65th anniversary of the Uruguayan air force) and Paraguay Specimen stamp issued on 24/04/1979 (commemorating the 75th anniversary of civil aviation and the 35th anniversary of ICAO) and providing some informative text.


CROATIA - 17 December 2003 - Postcard - 100th Anniversary of the first flight by the Wright Brothers.


The cachet shows a reproduction in dark grey of USA 2-cent stamp issued for the International Civil Aviation Conference.


USA – 29 February 2004.

100th Anniversary of the first flight by the Wright Brothers.

57th Clintpex Philatelic Exhibition (Clintpex ’04) organized by the Clinton Stamp Club (Clinton, CT; established in 1947). Clintpex Station cancel.

The cachet shows a colorful reproduction of USA stamp Sc649 issued on 12 December 1928 for the International Civil Aviation Conference, held in Washington.