THE POSTAL HISTORY OF ICAO

 

Sessions of the Assembly (from 9th to 15th)

 

This chapter provides philatelic material related to the 9th, 10th, 12th, 14th and 15th Sessions of the Assembly.

 

9th Session (held in the International Aviation Building, Montreal, Canada, 31 May to 13 June 1955):

 

The Journal of this Session already shows the new official emblem (without the acronyms), which will be adopted only at the following Session.

 

10th Session (held in the Aula Magna, Ciudad Universitaria, Caracas, Venezuela, 19 June to 16 July 1956):

 

This service cover was sent by the Assembly Preparatory Committee, which was part of the Venezuelan External Relations Ministry. It was sent registered to the ICAO Secretary General in Montreal before the Assembly, on 28 May 28, 1956.  The cover was franked with a meter (Caracas Federal District Machine G.N. #001), and has a violet cachet for the Venezuelan External Relations Ministry.

 

 

These service covers (postmark dated 6 July and 11 September 1956 respectively) show the new ICAO emblem (without the acronyms), as approved at this Session of the Assembly. Note that the printing (orientation) of the red and blue stripes is different on the two covers. Both covers have a special violet cachet for the Assembly Preparatory Committee of the External Relations Ministry.

 

Front-page of the brochure displaying the main decisions and resolutions of the 10th Assembly. Note that the logo displayed on this page was the early one in use before the 10th Session; thus, it is an error to having used it after the Assembly. The ICAO Council agreed to recommend to the 10th Session of the Assem­bly the approval of the first official emblem (Resolution A10-11).

 

12th Session (held in Balboa Park, San Diego, USA, 16 June to 9 July 1959):

 

The Journal of this Session shows the new official emblem, as adopted at the prior Session of the Assembly.

 

Cuff links given to the Delegates attending the 12th Session of the Assembly. Solid sterling silver by Allan Adler.

 

 

First day cover.

 

Last day cover.

 

First Day Cover with error in the spelling of the Organization’s name: “Civic” should have been written “Civil”.

 

14th Session (held in the Aula Magna of the Palazzo dei Congressi, Rome, Italy, 21 August to 15 September 1962):

 

First Day Cover.

The area on which EUR stands was chosen at the end of the 1930s as the site for the Rome Universal Exhibition (Esposizione Universale di Roma, hence the acronym EUR), a great international exhibition that was supposed to open in 1942, exactly twenty years after the advent of fascism. The idea was to house the exhibition in a complex of impressive structures, built to last, and the architect Marcello Piacentini was made project manager. He started work in 1938, but with the outbreak of the Second World War, construction was brought to a standstill and the partially completed buildings were abandoned and left to rot.

In 1951, work was resumed; existing buildings were renovated and new ones put up, so that within a few years EUR assumed its present appearance as an impressive urban district, partly residential and partly a location for institutions and public offices, with wide streets, extensive public parks and strict building controls.

The Palazzo dei Congressi (see picture on the opposite left), designed by Adalberto Libera, was completed in 1954. Olympic Games were held in the EUR area in 1960.

 

Name holder used by the Delegates attending the 14th Session of the Assembly.

 

15th Session (held at the Windsor Hotel, Montreal, Canada, 22 June to 16 July 1965):

 

This Session coincided with the 20th anniversary of ICAO. A ceremony commemorating the twentieth anniversary of the signing of the Convention on International Civil Aviation was held in the Windsor Hall at 16:00 on 22 June, the first day of the Session; it was attended by a representative of U Thant, the United Nations Secretary General, and Adolf A. Berle, President of the Conference on International Civil Aviation held in Chicago in 1944.

More information on the twentieth anniversary can be found by clicking on: The 20th anniversary.

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