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rrraphy
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02 Feb 2021
02:21:48pm

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We are all discussing SOR future. But let us not totally detract from Philately, and the stories behind some of the stamps. some can be pretty lethal! (and I am not talking about arsenic laced glue!)

Here is a historical story of possible interest, to distract us and to make everyone think... quoting with some of my own additional comments and corrections (in brackets):

YEMEN 1948 UN admission set.

YEMEN – SCARCE unofficial 1948 UN Admission issue – It is the complete 15-value (it is actually a 20 stamp set... 10 postage and 5 airmail and 5 postage due) issue of 1948 celebrating Yemen’s admission to the United Nations.

Listed in Michel as 99-113 (and as a footnote after Yemen #58 in Scott), but greatly undervalued. Scarce as a complete unit, as only 2,500 sets of the airmails were printed. Created by the famous New York stamp wholesaler J. & H. Stolow through a special arrangement with Prince Abdullah (pictured on 6 of the stamps), who was Yemen’s first ambassador to the UN??? and who eventually was beheaded for conspiring against Imam Ahmed, (and some say for having the temerity of putting his face and not the emir's face on the stamps!!).

(Story goes that the set commissioned by prince Abdullah made several, eventually fatal, errors.
1. It depicted humans in spite of the Koran interdiction.
2. It featured not the ruler, but prince Abdullah's face on the stamps
3. Money raised from the set's sale apparently went to fund an attempted coup. )


The issue was never officially approved and released in Yemen, though many of these stamps were used on legitimate covers coming from the country (all arranged through the stamp dealer and his connections with the prince). It was a very controversial issue at the time because of the large number of stamps in the set and their numerous “topical” themes—Presidents Franklin D. Roosevelt and Harry Truman, Winston Churchill, Statue of Liberty, UN, flags, royalty, aircraft, etc. Retailing for $200 and more, and getting more and more difficult to find. This set is mint, very lightly hinged, very fine, with some gum toning which is normal for this issue. A very attractive, historical set that every Yemen collector should have. (referenced from a ebay sale post)

For those interested in digging deeper, a 3 page Linn's article is included as reference. (I did not request permission, so Source: Linn's August 17, 2009 by Carlson R Chambliss)

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02 Feb 2021
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YEMEN Attachments.

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02 Feb 2021
05:20:09pm
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Thanks for sharing.

Rarely see discussion of ME or Arab philately.

Interesting post.

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DannyS
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02 Feb 2021
07:06:25pm
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Thanks Rrraphy

I did obtain one of the stamps to go in my DC-3 collection although up until now I never knew the story behind the footnote. Yemen has been a country with a troubled past and today it fits the 'failed state' designation.

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03 Feb 2021
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Danny the 4 DC3 stamps from the series on Hipstamp.
https://www.hipstamp.com/listing/yemen-sc-admission-to-un-5-stamps-mlh/19493740

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03 Feb 2021
08:34:58pm
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Thanks Rrraphy

I think I'm OK with just an example of the DC-3 from this series but now I think I should have one example of Prince Abdullah so the caption could explain the fate that awaited him.

Thanks again for the research.
Danny

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