International Letter Writing Week

 

Netherlands - postmark International Letter Writing Week 1957International Letter Writing Week was established at the 14th Universal Postal Union (UPU) Congress held in Ottawa in 1957 with the aim of contributing to world peace by encouraging cultural exchanges among the people of the world through letter writing. The Congress adopted recommendation C 13/1957 to this effect. The next Congress in Tokyo adopted the supplementary recommendation C 5/1964.

 

Letter Writing Week spans the one-week period that includes 9 October, the anniversary of the inauguration of the UPU. Nowadays the Week is a yearly event in Thailand and Japan. UPU focuses more on the International letter-writing competition for young people (established 1969) and World Post Day.

 

Recommendation C 13/Ottawa 1957

The Fourteenth Congress of the Universal Postal Union urges all member countries of the Union to consider the possibility of making the week in which 9 October falls International Letter Writing Week. It expressed the formal opinion that the United Nations and specialized agencies, whose aims and objects coincide with those to be achieved by the said International Week, should assist effectively in introducing it.

 

Recommendation C 5/Vienna 1964

In view of the importance of International Letter-writing week and of the success it meets with, it is suggested that all member countries of the Union should choose the same day as the first day of the week in question, namely, the Sunday beginning the week in which 9 October falls.

 

 

 

Catalogue - 1957

 

Saarland stamp 1957Saarland                                                            5 October 1957

Union of Soviet Socialist Republics                        26 September 1957

 

 

Catalogue - 1959

 

Union of Soviet Socialist Republics                        29 September 1959

Union of Soviet Socialist Republics                        30 September 1959

 

 

Catalogue - 1960

 

Union of Soviet Socialist Republics                        10 September 1960

 

 

Catalogue - 1961

 

Union of Soviet Socialist Republics                        15 September 1961

 

 

Catalogue - 1962

 

Union of Soviet Socialist Republics                        25 September 1962

 

 

Catalogue - 1963

 

Union of Soviet Socialist Republics                        20 September 1963

 

 

Catalogue - 1964

 

Union of Soviet Socialist Republics                        20 September 1964

 

 

Catalogue - 1968

 

Union of Soviet Socialist Republics - stamp 1968Union of Soviet Socialist Republics                        16 September 1968

 

 

Catalogue - 1971

 

Union of Soviet Socialist Republics                        14 July 1971

 

 

Catalogue - 1981

 

Benin                                                                15 October 1981

Niger                                                                 9 October 1981

 

 

Catalogue - 1988

 

Union of Soviet Socialist Republics                        25 August 1988

 

 

Catalogue - 1989

 

Papua New Guinea - stamp 1989Papua New Guinea                                             22 March 1989

Union of Soviet Socialist Republics                        20 July 1989

 

 

Catalogue - 1990

 

Union of Soviet Socialist Republics                        12 September 1990

 

 

Catalogue - 1991

 

Union of Soviet Socialist Republics                        1 August 1991

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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