Suriname : 40th Anniversary of ICAO


Issue date: 16/05/1984



Sikorsky S‑40 (the first to carry a “Clipper” name) flying boat of Pan Am landing on the Suriname river. 

The text in Dutch reads as follows: Landing Ch. Lindberg op de Suriname Rivier. In fact in 1929, Lindbergh landed on the Suriname River near Paramaribo in Dutch Guiana – now Suriname - with a two-engine Sikorsky S-38, when Pan Am extended the Foreign Air Mail Route 6 (FAM-6) that it operated from Miami to San Juan further into the Caribbean and to the northern part of South America.

The scenery on the stamp shows the 4-engine aircraft Sikorsky S-40 landing on the river. Thus, there seems to be a design error, as one would have expected to see accordance between the design and the text.



de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter 300 of Suriname Airways, registered PZ‑TCE in Suriname. Text on the stamp: Surinam Airways sinds 1954 (in Dutch).

This airline was established in 1953 by private entrepreneurs Ronald Rudi Kappel and Herman van Eyck, aimed at operating feeder flights from a domestic network. Scheduled operations started in January 1955.






Gutter pairs.

Presentation folder of this issue; texts in Dutch. Note that the official name for the aircraft show on 65-cent stamp is DCH-6 Twin Otter (and not Twinhopper as noted in the text).


Two errors are to be highlighted on the following picture of the back of the presentation folder:

  1. ICAO was established at the end of the Chicago Conference, i.e. on 7 December 1944 (and not on 1 November as mentioned on the following page. The Chicago Conference opened on 1 November 1944).
  2. ICAO was not established in the framework of the United Nations, as the UN officially came into existence on 24 October 1945 when the Charter had been ratified by China, France, the Soviet Union, the United Kingdom, the United States, and by a majority of other signatories. ICAO became a Specialized Agency in relationship with the UN, and thereby joined the UN family, when ICAO President Warner signed the protocol on 3 October 1947.


Official First Day Cover; Number E080. Note that the design of this cover is quite similar to the one depicted by the first day cover produced by the Netherlands Antilles for the 40th anniversary of ICAO on 28 February 1984 (see at the following link: Netherlands Antilles – 1984 - 40th Anniversary of ICAO).


Official First Day Covers – Same as above with Gutter pairs.



Background: Note on the flag of Suriname: The colors of the five horizontal bars are respectively green, white, (bright) red, white and green. The color of the five-pointed star is yellow. The green symbolizes the fertility of Suriname with its multitude in possibilities; at the same time, this color depicts the hopeful expectations. The white symbolizes justice; it also depicts freedom. The white bars of freedom and justice connect the green of the possibilities of the country with the red of renewal through the deeds of the nation. The star symbolizes the unity of the nation and the yellow symbolizes the sacrifices made. The yellow star symbolizes the sacrificing harmony and the direction taken to a golden future. From its light, the nation draws its strength to bear the sacrifices patiently and, with confidence in their own ability, to continue to devote themselves to the country and nation.