9 October is the Universal Post Union's anniversary which was declared as the World Post Day at the UPU Congress in Tokyo in 1969.
To coincide with the Day, the postal administrations affiliated to UPU are suggested to issue a special stamp simultaneously to commemorate this day. In 1998 the day was celebrated as "World Stamp Day" in order to promote and develop philatelic activities throughout the world.
Since then, countries across the world participate annually in the celebrations. Many postal services use the event to introduce or promote new postal products and services.
Many countries organize philatelic exhibitions and special stamps and date-cancellation marks are issued on 9 October. Other activities include open days at post offices, mail centres and postal museums as well as cultural, sport and other recreation activities.
The Director General of the UPU sends a special World Post Day message to all Posts. This is read during celebrations and published in national media. The UPU also organizes an International Letter-writing Competition for young people. Participating Posts tend to use World Post Day to award prizes to the winners.
Earlier stamp issues have the inscription UPU Day (Journée de l'UPU). According to information from the UPU the day was renamed to better describe the importance of the postal system for international cooperation.
The World Post Day section on the UPU website.
Catalogue - 1972
Niger 9 October 1972
Catalogue - 1981 (11th - 12th)
Benin 9 October 1981 (12th)
Niger 9 October 1981 (11th)
Catalogue - 1982 (13th)
Benin 9 October 1982
Catalogue - 1983 (14th)
Benin 9 October 1983
Catalogue - 1997
Republic of Moldova 18 October 1997
Catalogue - 1998
See the special 1998 page.
Catalogue - 2002
Republic of Moldova 5 October 2002
UNOstamps subject page 009
last revised: 24 January 2011