The General Assembly of the United Nations designated 1965 as International Co-operation Year. 1965 marked the 20th anniversary of the organisation, the Charter of the United Nations having been signed in June 1945.
The Graphic Presentation Unit of the United Nations Secretariat brought out a design of clasped hands within a laurel wreath symbolising peaceful co-operation among nations. This illustration was used by many member States as the basis for their commemorative issues.
This stamp issue first appeared in New Zealand Post Stamp Bulletin No. 36 in September 1965.
Acknowledgments: Bulletin scanned and provided by John Biddlecombe of the New Zealand Society of Great Britain. Their web site offers further information useful to those interested in the stamps and postal history of New Zealand. Link: http://www.nzsgb.org.uk/
Product Listing for United Nations International Co-operation Year
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|Single Stamp||Single 4d gummed stamp.||4d|
|Date of issue:||28 September 1965|
|Designers:||United Nations Organisation and Thomas De La Rue, England|
|Printers:||Thomas De La Rue, England|
|Stamp size:||40mm x 24mm|
|Sheet size:||120 stamps per sheet|
|Paper type:||Multiple NZ and star watermark|
|Period of sale:||This stamp remained on sale until 30 June 1966.|