Freedom from Hunger
1963, 30 December
Printer: Helio Electronic Press
Designer: Archam Tcheterian
Sheet size: 10 x 5
As with many other nations of the world, Dubai issued a set of stamps for the Freedom from Hunger campaign. The set consists of four airmail stamps and four souvenir sheets. The souvenir sheets were not issued on the same date as the stamps as they were later surcharged with lower new values and released on 7 December, 1964.
Mr. Stephan stated that 10,000 of each value of the Freedom from Humger stamps were later overprinted for the UNO 19th Anniversary issue of 10 October, 1964.
Set of 4 plus 4 SSs
SSs: See 7 December, 1964 for information regarding the sheets
Plate Numbers: None
FDC: Covers exist with the four stamps on a single cover with a green commemorative cancellation. The cachet was prepared by the Baroody Stamp Company
- The upper cover is the FDC created for this set. The lower cover is a registered FDC cover sent to Mr. Stephan in Beirut, Lebanon where he lived.
BELOW: A blank envelope for the issue. Mr. Stephan claimed they printed 1,000 envleopes for each issue and sold the FDCs through the Dubai Philatelic Agency and the Post Office.
ITEMS CREATED UNDER THE BAROODY CONTRACT
- A doubly printed frame of the 40np value. This is seldom seen even though it was created and is not a genuine printing error.
The following Freedom from Hunger sheets were not produced for the Dubai Post Office, nor for the Dubai Philatelic Agency. They were made at the Helio Electronic Press as publicity items for the press. After many years they are surfacing and being sold as proofs. Mr. Stephens himself was unaware of these until the early 1980s when he purchased them from a stock holder in the press, who was also stamp collector.
- These came with a slip of paper that read, "Hunger - complete set of 4 values in 4 colors. Quantity: 40 sheetlets of each color".
Comparing the notes that came with the two sets below, I think it is safe to assume that the quantity mentioned referred to what he had in stock as he was always trying to sell quantities of the same item to me.