2016 47c World Stamp Show Blue Vignette
In 1913, New York City hosted the very first international stamp exhibition held in the United States. Each decade for the next 40 years, the show returned to the city. But the Fifth International Philatelic Exhibition in 1956 marked the end of New York City world stamp shows for more than half a century.
Other cities had voiced an interest in hosting the show, but the “Big Apple” had consistently proven to be the best option. It had the resources, the venues, and the philatelic interest to successfully coordinate such an event. True to form, the Sixth International Philatelic Exhibition (SIPEX) was also planned for New York. But differences among those in charge quickly derailed plans. With cancellation of the event looming, a Washington, D.C., philatelic group proposed moving the show to the U.S. capital. And it worked!
The success of SIPEX opened the doors for cities like Philadelphia, Chicago, and San Diego to host the international stamp extravaganza. But finally, after nearly 60 years, the show returned to New York City. From May 28 to June 4, 2016, stamp enthusiasts from around the world journeyed to the Jacob Javits Center. While honoring a century-old tradition, thousands of patrons also celebrated a long awaited homecoming at World Stamp Show – NY 2016.
Issued: May 28, 2016
First Day City: New York, NY
Type of Stamp: First Class Mail
Printed by: Banknote Corporation of America
Method: Intaglio, Offset
Quantity Printed: 9,600,000
Intricate lines and ornamentation are shown on a white background. The art director was Antonio Alcala, with Michael Dyer serving as designer and typographer.