For the first few decades, UNPA adhered to a pretty strict policy of limiting the number of new commemorative stamps issued each year. Very roughly divided: in the 1950s it was 4 issues, in the 1960s it was 5 issues, and in the 1970s it was 6 issues. Each commemorative set was typically 2 stamps. This helped keep UN collectors, as the glut of new issues by other countries was causing problems among collectors.
Of course, by the end of the 1970s, UNPA began bending the rules with the very popular flags of the UN series (each set containing 16 stamps). Once you bend the rule once... well, you get the picture. While it attracted many new collectors and revived some old collections, it back-fired in the long run. Starting around the mid-1980s, collectors began fleeing UN stamps in droves with the collapse of the US stamp market. While UN collecting bounced back a little with some really innovative issues, it unfortunately never recovered its previous popularity.
Now back to your regularly scheduled program of stamp pictures...
Next on the list are the stamps of 1953, when UNPA began issuing 4 commemorative sets each year.
The first set was used to publicize protection for refugees.
Scott UN #35-38(24Oct1955), commemorating the 10th anniversary of the UN. This set includes the 1st UN souvenir sheet, which remains a highly popular item among all the UN collectors. The catalog value has dropped significantly from its peak, but still remains a major premium item. Some UN collectors will use a S/S soaked off a first day cover as a space filler until they get the mint S/S.
The S/S is printed on thin paper, so unfortunately you can see the illustration from the album page through the actual S/S. One of the reasons why I prefer black mounts rather than clear mounts. This was a hingless album, so I didn't have a choice. I guess beggars cannot be choosers.
The S/S had 2 printings. The S/S above is from the 1st printing.
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