Sunday, April 8, 2012

50th Anniversary of the First EUROPA Stamps

After the 2nd World War, leaders of Western Europe realised that their vision of a United Europe could only be achieved by peaceful means. This idea began to manifest itself in the issue of stamps with a common design that emphasized unity. France, West Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg issued the first EUROPA stamps in 1956. Since 1974 only the theme was defined thus enabling each country to present its own designs.

The miniature sheet depicts Cyprus' first four issues from 1962 (doves), 1963 (tree), 1963 (CEPT, co-operation emblem) and 1964 (flower). This lovely minisheet commemorating 50 years of the first issue was given to me by my friend Merja,

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