1996 50th Anniversary of UNICEF
UN Offices in Geneva
The United Nations General Assembly created UNICEF on December 1, 1946. This tiny operation helped children affected by the devastation caused by World War II, mainly by supplying dried milk. From this humble start, UNICEF has grown to become the world’s leading advocate for children.
Walt Disney Co. artists created the artwork for this year’s UNICEF stamps, each of which features a well-known children’s story.
“The Sun and the Moon” (F.S.0,70) is a South American legend in which a man, who is ridiculed by a woman, climbs a ladder of arrows and becomes the moon. The woman becomes a star which follows the moon through the night sky.
“Ananse” (F.S.1,80) is an African “spider tale,” which tells how Ananse, the “spider man,” steals stories from Nyame, the sky god who owns all stories. Ananse then spreads the tales across the earth.