Postal Stamp Image : HENIRICH VON STEPHEN & U.P.U. EMBLEM 1002 Indian Post
Stamp Issue Date : 08/04/1981
Postage Stamp Dinomination : 1.00
Postal Stamp Serial Number : 1002
Stamp Information : Heinrich Von Stephan was born on 7th January 1831 in Pomerania. After his schooling, he entered the Prussian postal service at the age of 17. He quickly passed through the various rungs of his chosen profession and soon found himself at Cologne, the metropolis of the Rhine provinces and the focus of postal services between Germany, Western Europ and transmarine countries. From Cologne to the highest postal administrative body in Prussia in Berlin was the next step. In 1870, when the position of General Post Director (the head of the postal administration in Germany) fell vacant, Von Stephan was chosen to fill the post on the strenght of his wide-rabging reputation and outstanding abilities. After the Franco-German War, Von Stephen set himself to achieve the greatest task of his life, the setting ou of the Universal Postal Union. As far back as 1869 the Government of North German Federation had entered into negotiations with the French Government for summoning a postal congress to discuss uniformity of postal relations among European states and the formation of a general postal union. It was not until 1 July 1873 that the German Government was able to lay the draft of a general post convention prepared by Stephan before the Governments of Europe and at Washington. On 15 September 1874 the Congress, with representzative of 22 states of both hemisperes, met in the old historic building of the National Senate in Berne (Switzerland). The Congress appointed Von Stephan the Chairman of the Commission set up to examine the draft conventions. Due to his initiative, diplomatic skill and intimate knowledge of postal matters, the General Postal Convention was signed withina short period of 24 days on 9 October 1874 and the ?General Postal Union? came into exixtence. Stephan now devoted his life to the extension of the Universal Postal Union (UPU) as it came to be known later. His sole consideration was the unity of UPU. He used his eloquence, the warmth of his conviction and the force of his arguments to settle the disputes and to push into background insignificant objections and secondary matters. He passed away on 8 April 1897. Indian P & T Department is privileged to issue a commemorative postage stamp in his honour. (Text by Courtesy of U.P.U)
Philatelic Stamp Description : The stamp design consists of portrait of Heinrich Von Stephan alongwith the U.P.U. emblem. The first day cover depicts the painting of the Swiss Senate building at Berne where the Treaty for establishment of Universal Postal Union was signed on 9 October 1874.
Stamp Currency : R
Stamp Language : English
Stamp Overall Size : 4.06 X 2.75cms
Postal Stamp Print Size : 3.70 X 2.4 cms.
Number of Stamps Per Sheet : 40
Stamp Perforations : 14x14,1/2
Postal Stamp Shape : Horizontal
Postage Stamp Paper : Unwatermarked P.G. Matt coated paper
Indian Stamp Process : Photogravure
Number of stamps printed : 15,00,000
Stamp Printed At : India Security Press
Indian Stamp's Color : Multicolour
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