Huberman Philately day

  • Issue: December 1990
  • Designer: M. & M. Alon
  • Stamp size: 25.7 x 40 mm
  • Plate no.: 109
  • Sheet of 15 stamps Tabs: 5
  • Printers: E. Lewin-Epstein Ltd.
  • Method of printing: Offset

"Philately day" was celebrated in Europe in the 1930's an since then the idea has spread and taken root and today it is celebrated in some 50 countries around the globe. Israel also celebrates Philately Day, in collaboration with the Israel Philatelic Federation, and in this context is issuing a special stamp, the income from which is dedicated to promoting Israeli philately both in Israel and abroad.

The stamp shows the Post Office Building in Yafo (based on a photograph taken in the 50's). Post Office Buildings art the subject chosen this year by European countries as the common philatelic theme.

Israel has been accepted as a member of FEPA (the European Federation of Philatelic Associations) and Israeli philatelists have been honoured by having been asked to host the Exhibition of European stamps in 1993, after Germany in 1991 and Hungary in 1992.

The Post Office Building in Yafo, designed by the British architect Austin Harrison, was dedicated in 1935. The building is situated at the beginning of Jerusalem Boulevard in Yafo, which was then the old main road to Jerusalem. From photographs from the first decades of the century, it can be seen that the place was a focal point for road transport, a sort of "Central Carriage Station".

Until recently, the building housed engineering installations of the Bezek (Telephone Communications) Company, and today it houses the offices of the Philatelic Service and a branch of the post office.

Austin Harrison, the architect of the building, worked in Palestine in the twenties and thirties. Harrison sought to produce a local style by combining Eastern shapes with elements used in European architecture. In addition to the Post Office Building in Yafo, Harrison designed the Main Post Office Building in Jerusalem, the Commissioner's Palace, the Rockefeller Museum, the Haifa Courts, the Government Printers' Building in Jerusalem and many others.

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