United Nations ~ 1945
The stamp marks the
50th anniversary of the founding of the United Nations. The symbol of
the United Nations is a world map on a polar projection with a wreath
of olive branches.
Fulbright Scholarships ~ 1946
Fulbright Program is designed to "increase mutual understanding
between the people of the United States and the people of other
The design for the Fulbright Scholarship commemorative
combines a compass card and the map, Nova Orbis Terrequei Tabula
Accuratissima Delineate Mappe Monde, published in Leyden in 1713
by Pieter Van der Aa.
Pieter Van der Aa was born in Leiden in 1659. He was
apprenticed to the booksellers trade at the age of 19 and died in
1733. Many of his atlases were made to order from outdated plates
acquired from many of the older well-known cartographers. He served
with the Dutch colonial authorities on the island of Java, and
published an atlas of European voyages of discovery in the Pacific, of
which this map is a part.
The projection is an equatorial stereographic
projection. This is indicated by the parallels, particularly the 80th,
which intersect the meridians at right angles, unlike the globular
projection where the parallels are not at right angles.
The Marshall Plan ~ 1947
The stamp commemorates the
European Recovery Program, better known as the Marshall Plan.