Monday, December 3, 2012

1951 Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Human Rights Day has been observed by the international community every year since 1950 on December 10th.. It commemorates the day in 1948 the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The Philippine Bureau of Posts issued a set of three stamps to commemorate the Declaration of Human Rights on December 10, 1951.

The stamps were engraved by the American Bank Note Co. and printed in the United States. The Bureau of Posts provided this description of the stamps in its Press Bulletin:
The design of the stamps depicts the story of man`s struggle for freedom since time immemorial - men of different races engaged in the struggle steadily marching towards the goddess of Liberty holding the symbol of justice on her right hand over which the dove of peace hovers low and trailing the scent emited  [sic]  by the lighted torch of freedom held on her outstretched left arm over which hang the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

The Stamps

First Day of Issue Cachet

First Day Covers

(Not in author's collection)