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 Pan-American Union
April 14, 1940

Pan-American Union

A commemorative postage stamp on the Pan American Union – 50th Anniversary :

895 Pan American Union founding [United States Stamp 1940]Issued by United States of America

Issued on Apr 14, 1940

The Historic Stamp :
The 3¢ stamp marks the 50th anniversary of the PanAmerican Union. The organization was formed to deal with concerns of international law and common defense, shared by the United States and its neighbors in Central and South America. In 1948, the members dissolved the Union to create the Organization of American States.

W. A. Roach designed the stamp. It reproduces The Allegory of Spring, a painting by Italian Renaissance artist Sandro Botticelli. The motto of the Pan-American Union, “A hemisphere of good neighbors”, is written beneath the portrait of the “three graces”.

The Pan-American Union stamp was printed in light violet by steel engraving. The First Day City was Washington, D.C.

Type : Stamp, Postal Used

Denomination : 3 cents

Colour : Light Violet

The Subject of the Stamp : 

  • Thanks to the efforts of U.S. Secretary of State James G. Blaine, the First International Conference of American States was held in 1889-1890. The historic meeting led to the establishment of the International Union of American Republics, which, in 1910, became the PanAmerican Union.
  • The Union’s activities focused on the solution of legal problems, such as arbitration of financial and territorial disputes and the extradition of criminals. It also brought order to the protection of copyrights, trademarks, and patents and the status of aliens and diplomats.
  • In 1936, members of the Union met in Buenos Aires for an Inter-American Conference for the Maintenance of Peace. The conference adopted a treaty for the peaceful settlement of conflicts between American states.
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