Stamp for NATO's new headquarters

  • 25 Oct. 2016 -
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  • Last updated: 26 Oct. 2016 09:37

For stamp enthusiasts around the world, NATO’s move across the road to new headquarters has not attracted attention, until now. On Saturday (22 October 2016), the Belgian Post issued a commemorative stamp depicting the new NATO Headquarters and its distinctive architecture. Today (25 October 2016), stamp collectors were given an opportunity to purchase this collector’s item, following a ceremony at NATO Headquarters.

New Belgian postal stamp showing the new NATO Headquarters presented and sold at NATO headquarters

NATO and its members have used stamps to mark milestones in the organisation’s history on many occasions. The first commemorative stamps were issued by Portugal and the United States in 1952, for the Alliance’s third anniversary.

In 1959, France issued a stamp when the young North Atlantic Treaty Organization moved from Palais de Chaillot to the purpose-built Porte Dauphine. The building was designed in the shape of an “A” for Alliance.

Since its move to Belgium in 1967, NATO’s building has represented hands intertwined, symbolising cooperation and partnership, and strength in unity. The new headquarters is a more modern interpretation of this concept.

In today’s electronic age, sending snail-mail seems archaic, but stamp collectors can still enjoy seeing certain traditions maintained.

The new NATO stamp can be purchased online from the Belgian Post’s website.