This set features the sixth group of sixteen flag stamps of the Member States of the U.N. The first eight consist of Grenada, Federal Republic of Germany, Saudi Arabia, Mexico, Uganda, Sao Tome and Principe, Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, and India.
One of the interesting flags in this series is Saudi Arabia’s. Adopted in 1973, it is green, the color traditionally associated with the Islamic religion. The population of Saudi Arabia consists almost totally of Arab Muslims who follow this faith. It is not surprising this flag bears an Islamic religious inscription in ornate-Arabic script.
Sao Tome and Principe is an African nation comprised of two main islands and several small ones off the coast of Africa. Its flag has green horizontal stripes symbolizing forest and sea, a yellow one for the soil, and a red triangle representing the struggle for freedom. Two black stars stand for the nation’s two main islands.
The colors on Uganda’s flag all have great significance to the country. The black stripes stand for African - since most Ugandans are black Africans. Yellow and red stripes stand for the sun and brotherhood, respectively.
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.