16 June 2011

UNESCO Campaign - Pakistan overprinted Bangladesh

Pakistan stamps overprinted BANGLADESH

These types of stamps exist in different varieties, printed in English and/or Bengali and with different colour inks.  I have not found them in catalogues but came across an interesting discussion on the subject on a collectors' forum.  A short extract is reproduced below:
"Immediately after the establishment of Bangladesh's Government , the post office could not afford printing new stamps for Bangladesh. Instead, they overprinted Pakistani stamps and postal stationery with the new country name "BANGLADESH" (valid March 26, 1971 until April 30, 1973).
The overprints were in English only - see
http://homepage3.nifty.com/~mariamma/tak-p11i.jpg and http://www.malariastamps.com/images/Pakistan/160_HandStamp2_z_z.jpghttp://www.malariastamps.com/images/Pakistan/160_HandStamp2_z_z.jpg ; in both English and Bengali letters - see http://www.malariastamps.com/images/Pakistan/160_HandStamp4_z_z.jpg ; and in Bengali letters only.
In the latter half of 1972, new Bangladeshi stamps were provided to post offices in the country. As a result, in 1973, Pakistani stamps, even with "BANGLADESH" overprints, became invalid throughout Bangladesh. (...)There were 14 former eastern districts plus a few others and all issued their own handstamps. I guess, that when order was restored and regular stamps were issued, they threw away the overprint devices and thus no combined record of who or where had that particular handstamp seems to exist."  (www.collectingbanter.com).

A great source of information - though unofficial - can be found here (www.paperheritage.co.uk).  

15 June 2011

UNESCO Campaign - Pakistan

(Front cover and inside view)
A nice philatelic document from Pakistan containing the two commemorative stamps for the UNESCO Campaign to Save Nubian Monuments (SG 211 and SG 212), issued on 30 March 1964.

The document describes the stamps:
"13-paisa:  Depicts the Temple of Thot on the left and an inset of three standing figures on the right.  This inset is relevant to the Temple of Thot and represents Queen Nefertari (in the middle) and her maids performing some ritual."
"50-paisa:  Depicts a side view of the rock containing four colossal figures of Rameses II.  This is generally known as the Temple of Abu Simbel.  A partial view of the river Nile and its banks is also shown on the left."
The document folds into three parts and contains several black and white pictures of Abu Simbel and Philae temples with a geographical and historical description of the region.  It explains why the monuments would be lost without the intervention of the UNESCO.

UNESCO/Nubian Monuments - Egypt

Egypt, 1968, SG 959
 Aerial view of Philae Temple.
Egypt, 1968, SG 961
Philae Temple.

UNESCO Campaign - Upper Volta

Stamps and First Day Covers from Haute-Volta (now Burkina Faso). Issued in 1964, for the UNESCO Campaign to save Nubian monuments, it depicts a colossal statue of Ramses II at Abu Simbel.

UNESCO Campaign - Benin

Pillar from Great Hall (Abu Simbel), SG 771
Colossal statue of Ramses II (Abu Simbel), SG 772
Temple of Abu Simbel, SG 773

And now for something completely different...

The bust of Queen Nefertiti on the Egyptian 5pi note.

And now for something completely different...

The Temple of Abu Simbel on the Egyptian £1 note.

UNESCO Campaign - Mali FDC

First Day Cover issued on 09 March 1964 in Bamako.

UNESCO Campaign - Egypt FDC

First Day Cover issued in Cairo on 24 October 1964,
for the Campaign to Save Nubian Monuments, with 
the full set of commemorative stamps.

UNESCO Campaign - Yugoslavia FDC

A simple First Day Cover issued on 10 April 1962.

UNESCO Campaign - Tunisia FDC

First Day Cover, issued on 08 March 1964, 
in aid of the UNESCO Campaign to Save the Monuments of Nubia.

The stamp depicts Philae while the envelope's illustration is of Abu

Queen Nefertiti - Egypt FDC

First Day Cover for the "Semaine Internationale des Musees" 
issued on 15 October 1956.

The stamp depicts the famous bust of Queen Nefertiti (SG 518).