Universal Postal Union’s 140th anniversary is marked by issuing a variety of philatelic items

Universal Postal Union’s 140th anniversary is marked by issuing a variety of philatelic items
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StampNews.com got to know that on occasion of Universal Postal Union's (UPU) 140th anniversary several Posts around the world are marking the UPU's 140th anniversary by issuing a variety of philatelic items.

Founded by 22 countries in 1874 in Berne, Switzerland, the intergovernmental organization now has 192 member countries and has been a specialized agency of the United Nations since 1948.

Posts worldwide employ more than 5 million people and process and deliver 350 billion letters and 6 billion parcels, in addition to providing many financial, logistics and electronic services.

In Switzerland, Swiss Post issued a new postcard on the UPU's anniversary date, 9 October that will be sold in six post offices throughout the country, including in Berne and at the UPU's headquarters.

The picture postcard, showing Berne's old town in its glorious Alpine setting and carrying a pre-printed stamp valued at 1.90 CHF, will have special appeal for collectors and tourists alike.

The stamp design is based on the current UPU service stamp (Colombe de Bâle) issued by Swiss Post in 2012 for use on mail leaving the International Bureau in Berne.

In other parts of the world, Belarus issued a stamp and first day cover to mark the anniversary, while the Czech Republic created a special cancellation mark and Mauritius a commemorative envelope.

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