Notes from the Past

Universal Postal Union

The U.P.U. of Union Postale Universelle (its official title) originated and was first organised by Dr. Von Stephan of Germany, who convened the first conference of the General Postal Union (as it was first called) at Berne on 15 September 1874.  It aimed at rationalising international postal co-operation, and it is said to be the only such organisation that really functions and works in an international field.  Most responsible nations are now members.  It was renamed the U.P.U. in1878.  Conferences have been held as follows: Berne 1874, Paris 1878, Lisbon 1885, Vienna 1891, Washington 1897, 25th Anniversary Extraordinary Congress: Berne 1900, Rome 1906, Madrid 1920, Stockholm 1924 (50th Anniv.), London 1929, Cairo 1934, Buenos Aires 1939, Paris 1947, 75th Anniversary with special ceremonies: Berne 1949, Brussels 1952, Canada [Ottawa] 1957.  For the majority of these commemorative stamps have been issued.
- R. J. Sutton 6th edition revised by K. W. Anthony
The Stamp Collector's Encyclopaedia
Published 1966
 Posted March 11, 2000

Editor's Note:  Pardon me for not compiling the subsequent meetings of this organization devoted to international communication.  Collecting of stamps honoring the U.P.U. is a popular topical specialty.

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