Sao Tome and Principe : 30th Anniversary of first airmail flight St. Thomas-Lisbon,

100th Anniversary of Sir Rowland Hill death and 35th Anniversary of ICAO


Issue date: 28/12/1979



Miniature sheet.

Douglas DC‑3 Dakota from TAP (Transportes Aéreos Portugueses); ICAO emblem; route of first airmail flight (21 August 1949) followed from St. Thomas to Lisbon, Portugal (São Tomé, Accra in Ghana, Robertsfield in Liberia, Dakar in Senegal, Vila Cisne Iros in Western Sahara, Lisbon); Sir Rowland Hill’s picture; ICAO emblem.




Cancelled to Order (CTO).


Artwork for the miniature sheet. All acrylic on card with inscription overlay. Size 208x283 mm.

Large multicolored Artist’s drawing of Rowland Hill on 190x240mm board.


Small mock-up (with lettering) of the oval Hill design used in the miniature sheet.


Background: The miniature with the Douglas DC‑3 Dakota was part of an issue of two sheets. The other miniature sheet commemorates the 100th Anniversary of Sir Rowland Hill, Brasilia 1979 (International Philatelic Exhibition) and the XVIII Congress of the UPU. See here-below.

As regards to the Artist’s design mentioned here-above, the miniature sheet with the Douglas DC‑3 Dakota uses the right view of the design, whereas the sheet with the Zeppelin uses the left view of the design.

Sao Tome and Principe, officially the Democratic Republic of São Tomé and Príncipe, is a Portuguese-speaking island nation in the Gulf of Guinea, off the western equatorial coast of Central Africa. It consists of two archipelagos around the two main islands: São Tomé and Príncipe, It was named after St. Thomas the Apostle, on whose feast day Portugal discovered the islands on 21 December 1471. The name “Principe” is shortened from the original Portuguese name of Ilha do Principe (Isle of the Prince), in reference to Afonso, Prince of Portugal (1475-1491), to whom duties on the island's sugar crop were paid.