This issue is from the fifth group of sixteen flag stamps. Among the nations honored in 1984 were Burundi, Pakistan, Benin, Italy, United Republic of Tanzania, United Arab Emirates, Ecuador, and Bahamas.
The flags at the United Nations fly from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. They are flown at the same height and are raised and retired in alphabetical order. Eight to eleven men and women can unfold and hoist the Members’ flags in about 20 minutes. To the casual observer it’s a routine procedure, but the sentiments and care governing the flag ritual are anything but routine. The presence of most nations on common ground, signified by the ceremonial raising and lowering of their flags at U.N. Headquarters each day, is a powerful reminder of mankind’s continuing search for peace in a troubled world.
What's a Proofcard?
Limited-Edition Fleetwood Proof Cards bring all the best elements of stamp collecting together. They’re historic keepsakes showing when and where a stamp is issued – philatelic souvenirs that can never be duplicated.
The eye-catching design on the top of the card is known as a cachet. It features historical prints and photos as well as artwork created by world-renowned artists, making collecting them more fun.
The reverse side of the card is filled with interesting background information you’ll enjoy discovering.
Another neat feature is the cancellations. Traditional cancellations are used to mark postage stamps to prevent their reuse. Official First Day cancellations have two parts – a date stamp indicating the date and site where the stamp was released and cancellation bars with the “First Day of Issue” slogan between them. Often the date and location of the cancellation are connected to the stamp topic, adding extra meaning to your proof card.