Wednesday, August 15, 2012
United Nations Stamps - Philately the International Hobby
United Nations stamps issued to commemorate Philately - The International Hobby. The stamps have a design of a stamp being viewed through a magnifier. This stamp is on the Cover. The stamps all have the first day cancellation dated May 22, 1986. The stamps have a Geneva cancellation.
Readers may be interested to know that the first United Nations stamps were issued in U.S. dollar denominations on United Nations Day, on 24 October 1951. The idea of the United Nations issuing its own stamps was first proposed in 1947 by José Arce the Ambassador from Argentina and president of the United Nations General Assembly, who was himself a philatelist. An agreement with the United States postal authorities was reached in 1951 and it stipulated that the stamps be denominated in United States currency, and used only at UN Headquarters. United Nations stamps are issued simultaneously at UN offices in New York, Geneva and Vienna. This lovely cover was given to me by Merja.