Philatelic Exhibition on Aviation (1994)



16 September 1994

ICAO was founded in 1944, and Canada Post marked ICAO’s 50th anniversary with a commemorative stamp issue. On 16 September 1994, the first day ceremony was held at ICAO’s Sherbrooke Street headquarters. The Secretary General of ICAO, Philippe Rochat, who greeted all the visiting dignitaries and aero-philatelists with a warm smile and firm handshake, headed an imposing launch in the vast and sumptuous Assembly Hall of the Organization. Columnists Denis Masse from LA PRESSE and Larry McInnis from THE GAZETTE addressed the assembly and declared the philatelic exhibition open; they duly reported on the event in their columns. Approximately twenty members of local stamp clubs were present.


The following provides an account of this philatelic exhibition.



First day cover - 50th Anniversary of ICAO.

Philatelic Exhibition on Aviation - 16 to 18 September 1994

The cancel shows a Concorde and a Douglas DC-3.

During the exhibition, the Canadian first day cover with the blue and gold ICAO 50th anniversary emblem overprint was sold to the visitors.


From left to right: Albert Pelsser, Philippe Rochat, André Donati (General Manager, Québec Division, Canadian Post Corporation), Marsha Ivins, and Denis Masse, directly after the unveiling of the stamp.


First Day Cover autographed by André Donati, Marsha Ivins and Philippe Rochat.



ICAO Service covers with the stamp issued by Canada for the 50th anniversary of ICAO.


The official first day cover, issued by Canada Post for ICAO’s 50th anniversary, was overprinted with the blue and gold ICAO 50th anniversary emblem in a collaboration between Canada Post and the ICAO Staff Association.


Commemorative cover of the philatelic exhibition, autographed by the three organizers of the event:

Albert E. Pelsser, Brian W. Darling and Victor C. Jaar.


This philatelic exhibition on the aviation theme was organized by Mr. Albert E. Pelsser with the help of Mr. Brian W. Darling and Mr. Victor C. Jaar, renowned philatelists and staff members at ICAO, in the lobby of ICAO’s building from 16 to 18 September 1994. The exhibition had an impressive 40 large frames that held 22 pages each; exhibitors were members of major clubs, such as the Canadian Aerophilatelic Society, the Lakeshore Stamp Club, etc. Among the exhibits, there were some that would have merited senior awards in a national exhibition. Some of the top names in Canadian philately and aero-philately were exhibiting: François Brisse of the Lakeshore Stamp Club with four frames on balloons; award-winning Dick Malott with nine frames on crash covers, aerogrammes and Canadian Forces air letters; well-known philatelic author Ritch Toop with two frames on ICAO and UN metered mail. Pat Campbell, Lakeshore Stamp Club exhibiting guru, had four frames on various aviation topics, including the Challenger jet; Campbell is an engineer and had worked on the Challenger project for Canadair for many years. Jacques Le Potier had four frames on aviation subjects, including aviation heroes. There were four frames on ICAO itself presented by Albert Pelsser. In six frames, A. Lafond exhibited the history of aviation and other aviation-related subjects. Expert in aerogrammes, Marc-J. Olivier, had three frames on aerogrammes. Mike Shand exhibited airmails from New Zealand in four frames. The Lakeshore Stamp Club presence was reinforced by a two-frame exhibit by Ray Ireson on the development of aviation in Colombia.




Views of the exhibition in the ICAO lobby.



50th Anniversary of ICAO – Posters announcing the Philatelic Exhibition on Aviation.


Distinguished Honour Award bestowed on Albert Pelsser in appreciation and recognition of his outstanding contribution to ICAO’s Staff Association, dated 16 September 1994 (corresponding to the issue date of the Canadian stamp commemorating ICAO’s 50th anniversary and to the date of opening of the philatelic exhibition).


ICAO Staff Notice 3894 dated 13 September 1994 announcing various events celebrating ICAO’s 50th anniversary. Among those, is the philatelic exhibition.


Article by L. McInnis, The Gazette, Montreal, Saturday 10 September 1994.


Article by L. McInnis, The Gazette, Montreal, Saturday 24 September 1994.



Article by Denis Masse, La Presse, Montréal, Saturday 10 September 1994 – Page J11.


Article by Dick Malott, The Canadian Aerophilatelist, December 1994, page 8.


General layout of the ICAO philatelic exhibition.


Article in The Canadian Philatelist (Le philatéliste canadien), December 1994.


Article by R. Ireson, The Shoebox, Lakeshore Stamp Club, Dollard-des-Ormeaux QC, Canada, December 1994.


Article by Blanton Clement, Jr. in the Journal of United Nations Philatelists, New York, December 1994.


Article by Arleigh Gaines in the Linn’s Stamp News, 7 November 1994.


Article by H. Judmaier in the Deutsche Briefmarken-Zeitung, Germany, December 1994.