1949 Universal Postal Union 75th Anniversary Omnibus

Commemorating the 75th anniversray of the UPU

Date: 10th October 1949
Cachet Purple and Red: COMMEMORATIVE ISSUE 75th ANNIVERSARY OF THE UNIVERSAL POSTAL UNION FIRST DAY COVER 10th OCTOBER, 1949
Stamps: 2½d Universal Postal Union 1874-1949 Hermes, Globe and forms of transport; 3d Universal Postal Union 1874-1949 Hemispheres, Jet-powered Vickers and Steamer; 6d Universal Postal Union 1874-1949 Hermes delivering letters; 1/- Universal Postal Union 1874-1949 UPU Monument in Bern – Union Postale Universale.

1949 75th Anniversary Universal Postal Union FDC

Type: First Day Cover
CDS: 10OCT49B HAMILTON BERMUDA
Back Stamps: OCT 11 1949 3? NEW YORK NY AIR MAIL FIELD / OCT 13 1949 COLUMBIA LA REGISTERED
Cachet: First Day of Issue, UNIVERSAL POSTAL UNION, COMMEMORATING THE 75TH YEAR OF ITS FOUNDATION AT BERNE, SWITZERLAND ON 9th OCTOBER 1874
Registration Label: ST. GEORGE’S, BERMUDA No 0789
Address: Mint Stamp Bank, Columbia, LA, U.S.A

1949 75th Anniversary Universal Postal Union reverse FDC

1949 75th Anniversary Universal Postal Union Airmail

Type: First Day Cover
CDS: 10OCT49B MANGROVE BAY BERMUDA
Address: Mr Ray Fiske, c/o Mr Herbert L. Hart, 1220 Liberty Bank Building, Buffalo, New York, USA
Reverse: Signed Edwin H. Pullman on Cambridge Beaches, Somerset, Bermuda stationery

1949 75th Anniversary Universal Postal Union Airmail reverse

1949 75th Anniversary Universal Postal Union OHMS FDC

Type: OHMS First Day Cover
CDS: 10.OCT.49A HAMILTON BERMUDA
Envelope: ON HIS MAJESTY’S SERVICE, THE BERMUDA TRADE DEVELOPMENT BOARD
Address: The Bermuda Trade Development Board, Hamilton, Bermuda.

1949 Universal Postal Union FDC

Type: First Day Cover
CDS: 10OCT49B ST. GEORGES BERMUDA
Address: Mrs Raymond L. Myers, “Durnford Cottage”, St. George’s, Bermuda.

1949 75th Anniversary Universal Postal Union FDC

Type: Commemorative Cover
Date: 21st January 1950
CDS: 21JAN50A HAMILTON BERMUDA
Cachet: Universal Postal Union, 75th Anniversary, 1874-1949 UPU 75th Anniversary POSTAL UNION C. W. GEORGE
Registration Label: G.P.O. Hamilton, Bermuda No 1116
Address: Albin Lemquist, 65 Nassau Street, New York 7, N.Y., U.S.A
Back Stamps: JAN 22 1950 1PM NEW YORK, N.Y / 1-22 1950 NEW YORK, N.Y REG’Y. DIV. / 1-23 1950 CHURCH ST. N.Y.-REG.-N.Y.

1949 75th Anniversary Universal Postal Union FDC reverse

1949 Universal Postal Union FDC

Date: 11th October (Note: day after issue day)
CDS: 11OCT49A HAMILTON BERMUDA
Cachet:Universal Postal Union, 75th Anniversary, 1874-1949 First Day Cover October 10th, 1949
Address: Mrs Charles Rogers, 18 Tewkesbury Road, Handsworth, Birmingham 20, England

About the Universal Postage Union

The Universal Postal Union (UPU, French: Union postale universelle) is a specialised agency of the United Nations that coordinates postal policies among member nations, in addition to the worldwide postal system. The UPU contains four bodies consisting of the Congress, the Council of Administration (CA), the Postal Operations Council (POC) and the International Bureau (IB). It also oversees two cooperatives including the Telematics and EMS Cooperatives respectively. Each member agrees to the same terms for conducting international postal duties. The UPU’s headquarters are located in Bern, Switzerland.

Prior to the establishment of the UPU, each country had to prepare a separate postal treaty with other nations it wished to carry international mail to or from.

www.upu.int

About the Omnibus issue

Key facts

Designer: n/a
Printer: Waterlow and Sons Limited
Name Printer: Bradbury Wilkinson & Co Ltd
Process: Recess-Printed
Name Process: Typographed
Perforation: n/a
Watermark: Multiple Script CA
Release Date: 10th October 1949

Issuing territories: 65 + 11 GB and local designs (Have seen quoted 84?)
Number of stamps: 310

The Universal Postal Union Omnibus issue marks the 75th anniversary of the UPU. It was only the second British Empire Omnibus Collection not to mark a Royal anniversary and is the largest Omnibus collection.

List of issuing territories

  1. Aden
  2. Aden – Seiyun
  3. Aden – Shihr and Mukalla
  4. Antigua
  5. Ascension
  6. Bahamas
  7. Barbados
  8. Basutoland
  9. Bechuanaland
  10. Bermuda
  11. British Guiana
  12. British Honduras
  13. British Solomon Islands
  14. British Virgin Islands
  15. Brunei
  16. Cayman Islands
  17. Cyprus
  18. Dominica
  19. Falkland Islands
  20. Falkland Islands Dependencies
  21. Fiji
  22. Gambia
  23. Gibraltar
  24. Gilbert & Ellice Islands
  25. Gold Coast
  26. Grenada
  27. Hong Kong
  28. Jamaica
  29. Kenya Uganda Tanganyika
  30. Leeward Islands
  31. Malaya – Johore
  32. Malaya – Kedah
  33. Malaya – Kelantan
  34. Malaya – Malacca
  35. Malaya – Negri Sembilan
  36. Malaya – Pahang
  37. Malaya – Penang
  38. Malaya – Perak
  39. Malaya – Perlis
  40. Malaya – Selangor
  41. Malaya – Trengganu
  42. Malta
  43. Mauritius
  44. Montserrat
  45. New Hebrides (2 sets English and French)
  46. Nigeria
  47. North Borneo
  48. Northern Rhodesia
  49. Nyasaland
  50. Pitcairn Islands
  51. St Helena
  52. St Kitts-Nevis
  53. St Lucia
  54. St Vincent
  55. Sarawak
  56. Seychelles
  57. Sierra Leone
  58. Singapore
  59. Somaliland Protectorate
  60. Southern Rhodesia
  61. Swaziland
  62. Tonga
  63. Trinidad and Tobago
  64. Turks and Caicos Islands
  65. Zanzibar

Local design – list of issuing territories

  1. Australia (1)
  2. Bahrain (GB overprints)
  3. British Postal Agencies in Eastern Arabia* (GB overprints)
  4. Ceylon (3)
  5. Great Britain (4)
  6. India (4)
  7. Kuwait (GB overprints)
  8. Morocco Agencies – Tangier (GB overprint)
  9. Pakistan – Bahawalpur (4+4)
  10. South Africa (3 billigual pairs)
  11. South West Africa (3 South Africa billigual pairs overprints)

*British Postal Agencies in Eastern Arabia issued early postage stamps used in Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, Dubai, Kuwait, Muscat and Qatar. Muscat and Dubai relied on Indian postal administration until 1 April 1948 when, following the Partition of India, British agencies were established there. Two agencies were opened in Qatar: at Doha (August 1950) and Umm Said (February 1956). In Abu Dhabi, an agency was opened on Das Island in December 1960 and in Abu Dhabi City on 30 March 1963. The agencies also supplied stamps to Bahrain until 1960; and to Kuwait during shortages in 1951–53.

The agency in Dubai issued the Trucial States stamps on 7 January 1961. As each state took over its own postal administration, the offices closed. Closure dates were: Qatar on 23 May 1963; Dubai on 14 June 1963; Abu Dhabi on 29 March 1964; finally Muscat on 29 April 1966.

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