UN Offices in New York
The 10¢ “Dove of Peace” is a representation of the enamel mosaic gift given by Pope John Paul II to the United Nations on his 1979 visit. The Vatican treasure came from the apse of the old Constantinian Basicica of St. Peter’s in Rome. It dates from the time of Innocent III (1198-1216), the Pope known for his teachings on peace.
The 19¢ shows the stained glass reproduction of Stanislaw Wyspianski’s painting of the “Sleeping Child.” The Government of Poland gave this glass to the United Nations in 1979 in honor of the International Year of the Child.
“Mourning Owl,” illustrated on the $1.00 stamp, was given to the UNPA by a school teacher in thanks for philatelic supplies sent to her students. Half of Vanessa Isitt’s Canadian students were Native Indian and she herself had Polynesian roots. The UNPA was delighted to have Ms. Isitt’s art on a stamp since 1993 had been the designated International Year of the World’s Indigenous People.