Monday, July 5, 2010

Expo 67 : A Philatelic Commemoration

Expo 67 , held in Montreal from April 27 to October 29, 1967, was Canada's main celebration during its centennial year.

A. Participating Nations

Stamps were issued by Expo 67 participating nations, by the United Nations, and by nations that did not participate at Expo. Countries participating at Expo are listed below. Countries that issued Expo stamps are in bold.

1. Africa :Algeria, Cameroun, Chad, Congo, Ivory Coast, Ethiopia, Gabon, Ghana, Kenya, Madagascar, Morocco, Mauritius, Niger, Rwanda, Senegal, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, and Upper Volta

2. Asia : Burma, Ceylon, China (Taiwan), Korea, India, Iran, Israel, Japan, Thailand and the United Arab Republic.

3. Caribbean :Barbados, Cuba, Grenada, Haiti, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, Guyana

4. Europe :Austria, Belgium, Czechoslovakia, Denmark, Finland, France, Federal Republic of Germany (1997), Greece, Iceland, Italy, Jugoslavia, Monaco, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, the USSR

5. North America : Canada, United States , Mexico

6. South America : Venezuela

B. United Nations

The United Nations postal administration issued stamps in Canadian denominations which were valid at the United Nations post office in Montreal.

C. Non-participating Nations

In addition to the above countries, the following non-participating countries issued commemorative Expo stamps:
  • Bhutan
  • Burundi
  • Central Africa
  • Dahomey
  • Kathiri State in Hadhramaut
  • Maldive Islands
  • Mauritania
  • Quaiti State in Hadhramaut
  • Reunion
  • Romania
  • Umm al Qiwain

A. Countries Participating at Expo

1. Africa


A set of three stamps was issued.

Gutter pairs

Cameroun Day at Expo (not in author's collection)

Imperforate Stamps


A perforated souvenir sheet was the stamp issued for Expo.

Imperforate :


The three Ethiopian stamps captured the spirit of the Ethiopian pavilion.

Correspondence from the Ethiopian Pavilion


A single perforated stamp was issued.

France and its colonies also printed imperforates and Deluxe sheets of its issues.

Imperforate block:

Deluxe Sheet:

Gabon Day was celebrated at Expo on August 7. The souvenir below was produced for the occasion:


Libreville to Toulouse, April 23, 1968


A single stamp showing an aerial view of the Expo site was issued by Niger.


Rwanda issued several colourful stamps and a souvenir sheet to commemorate its participation at Expo.

Perforate Stamps:

Imperforate Stamps :

Souvenir Sheet perforate:

Souvenir Sheet imperforate :

Souvenir sheet unissued colour:




Togo issued 6 stamps and a souvenir sheet. The stamps were overprinted for Togo Day.

Overprints : Togo Day


Lome to Paris, May 14 1968
Registered air mail letter with Acknowledgment of Receipt

Sender : Director-General National Pharmacy Office


Tunisia issued two sets of stamps commemorating its participation at Expo.

Tunisia Day at Expo

2. Asia


Two stamps and one souvenir sheet were printed by the Republic of Korea.

Commercial Usage

Chunchon to Washington, May 4, 1967


Iran issued two Expo stamps:

Teheran to Berlin, July 4, 1967

3. Caribbean


The Cuban government issued five stamps to celebrate its pavilion at the fair:


Grenada definitive stamps were overprinted to commemorate Expo.


Grenada Day at Expo September 5 handstamp added:


Haiti was another nation than overprinted definitive stamps.


The Jamaican pavilion was featured on Jamaica's two commemorative stamps.

Commercial Mail

Kingston to New York, May 22, 1967
1s. air mail letter rate to the United States


Although Guyana did not issue stamps for Expo 67, the 1967 Christmas stamp pictures "Millie" the bilingual parrot who appeared at Expo.

November 6, 1967

Commercial Usage

January 22, 1968

4. Europe


The Czechoslovakia pavilion was a crowd favourite. Six stamps and a souvenir sheet were issued.

Czechoslovakia Day at Expo:


France issued one stamp showing its beautiful pavilion.


Grenoble to Stockholm, Sweden, September 24, 1967

Elbeuf to Therwil, Switzerland, July 18, 1967

France : Reunion

Reunion is a French island located in the Indian Ocean east of Madagascar. Administratively, Réunion is one of the overseas departements of France.

Usage on First Flight Cover

St. Denis, Reunion to Paris, August 8, 1967
Air France Boeing 707 first flight from St. Denis to Paris


Germany did not issue a stamp in 1967 to commemorate its participation at Expo; however, labels were made available:

The pavillion was designed by Frei Otto using a roof of steel mesh suspended from eight slender steel masts of varied height, situated at irregularly intervals and supported by steel cables anchored outside the structure. The roof's steel mesh net, hung from the guy wires, was then covered by a translucent plastic skin.


In 1997, Germany issued a souvenir sheet featuring exceptional German architecture from 1945. Frei Otto's design for the German Pavilion was among the structures selected to showcase post-war German architecture.




Space exploration was the theme for the six stamps issued by Jugoslavia.


A single stamp was issued by Monaco.


The massive USSR pavilion was the most visited pavilion at Expo. Three stamps, one souvenir sheet and one piece of postal stationery were issued.

5. North America


The Canadian Post Office Department issued a single 5 cent stamp for Expo.

Overseas Mailers

Overseas Mailers insert

Expo 67 Post Office

Expo-3 cancellations

Expo-3 registration handstamp

Expo (no numeral in handstamp) to Taiwan, June 23 1967
10 cents air mail post card rate

Souvenir card to Germany, July 10 1967

Scout and Guide International Day
July 20, 1967

Machine Cancellation:

Expo to Hamilton, September 15 1967

Canadian Pavilion Machine cancellation:

Lufthansa Advertizing

Last Day of Expo

United States

The United States issued a 5 cent stamp commemorating Canada's Centennial. The stamp was first placed on sale at the United States pavilion at Expo 67. (See my earlier blog)

B. United Nations

The Pavilion of the United Nations was sponsored by the World Federation of United Nations Associations (WFUNA) with special support from the United Nations Association of Canada.

With the agreement of the Canadian Government, the United Nations Postal Administration established a United Nations postal station outside United Nations territory.

Five stamps were issued in Canadian denominations:

Souvenir Folder

5 cents letter rate (sealed)


Chickering : Cachet Craft






Kolor Kover



Royal Trust:

Nesbitt, Thomson and Company. Limited:

Nesbitt, Thomson and Company. Limited

International Paper Company:


4 cents domestic post card

10 cents international air mail post card rate to Germany

15 cents per 1/2 ounce air mail rate to Great Britain

Roller Cancellation

C. Non-participating Nations

The following non-participating nations issued stamps commemorating Expo 67.
  • Bhutan
  • Burundi
  • Central Africa
  • Dahomey
  • Kathiri State in Hadhramaut
  • Maldive Islands
  • Mauritania
  • Quaiti State in Hadhramaut
  • Reunion
  • Romania
  • Umm al Qiwain


Bhutan overprinted three of the stamps and the souvenir sheet issued for the 1964 New York World's Fair (perforate and imperforate).

The New York World's fair stamps:

Expo 67 overprints:

The New York World's Fair Souvenir Sheets (perf. and imperf.):

Expo 67 Overprints (perf .and imperf.)

Add Image


Burundi issued six stamps and one souvenir sheet (perforate and imperforate) showing paintings that were exhibited at Expo 67.

Stamps (perforate) :

Stamps (imperforate) :

Souvenir Sheet (perforated)

Souvenir Sheet (imperforate):

Central Africa

The Expo 67 site map stamp issued by Central Africa is the same design as used by Niger.


Three stamps and a miniature sheet of three stamps were issued by Dahomey.

Stamps :

Deluxe Sheet

Deluxe Sheet

Miniature Sheet

Deluxe Sheet : Thin paper with gum

Kathiri State in Hadhramaut

The Kathiri State in Hadhramaut was a sultanate in the Hadhramaut region of the southern Arabian Peninsula in what is now offically considered part of Yemen.

The Expo issue consisted of one stamp and one souvenir sheet.

Maldive Islands

The Maldive Islands issued six lovely stamps along with a souvenir sheet.

Imperforate stamps :

Souvenir Sheet

Mauritania issued a single stamp to commemorate the Montreal fair.

Quaiti State in Hadhramaut

Quaiti State in Hadhramaut was a sultanate in the Hadhramaut region of the southern Arabian Peninsula in what is now offically considered part of Yemen. The sulanate was abolished in September, 1967.

The Expo issue consisted of one stamp and one souvenir sheet.


New Issue Brochure

Umm al Qiwain

Umm al Qiwain is one of the emirates in the United Arab Emirates.

On October 1, 1967 the Post Office issued seven stamps and one souvenir sheet (perforate and imperforate) reproducing paintings exhibited by Great Britain, France, Austria and the Netherlands.


Souvenir Sheet


Post Office Announcement

The announcement below was mailed on October 3, 1967 from the Government of Umm al Qiwain Post Office :