Tuesday, January 4, 2011

1969 International Labour Organization

The ILO is the international organization responsible for drawing up and overseeing international labour standards. It is the only 'tripartite' United Nations agency that brings together representatives of governments, employers and workers to jointly shape policies and programmes.

The ILO was created in 1919, as part of the Treaty of Versailles that ended World War I, to reflect the belief that universal and lasting peace can be accomplished only if it is based on social justice. Between the two world wars, ILO was an autonomous part of the League of Nations with headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.

From 1940-1946, the headquarters were temporarily moved to Montreal.

ILO Montreal (temporary headquarters) to Prague, Czechoslovakia, January 26, 1946
Registered air mail letter
$ 1.60 air mail letter rate + 10 cents registration fee

ILO return address

Canada Post Office issued the ILO commemorative stamp on May 21, 1969.

Readers may be interested in a paper by David Frank, "The Labour Stamp: The Image of the Worker on Canadian Postage Stamps", Labour/Le Travail, 39 (Spring 1997), 179-94. It is unusual for postage stamps to be the topic of a non-philatelic journal.

First Day Covers


Canada Post Office Publicity First Day Cover

Canada Envelope Company

Overseas Mailers


Autographed by cachet designer

Cole Cover


H & E

David Pritchard

United Nations ILO Stamps

On June 5, 1969, the United Nations issued two stamps commemorating "Labor and Development"

Overseas Mailers

David Pritchard