Friday, October 26, 2012

1947 Quezon-Roosevelt Airmails

On August 19, 1947, the Republic of the Philippines issued a set of air mail stamps which featured portraits of Presidents Manuel Quezon and Franklin D. Roosevelt.

The issue, engraved by the American Bank Note Co., consisted of three denominations: 6c, 40c, and 80c.


Quezon and Roosevelt

The Path to Philippine Independence 

In 1934, at the urging of Manuel Quezon,  the U.S. passed the Philippine Independence Act which provided for self-government of the Philippines (Commonwealth of the Philippines) and full independence (Republic of the Philippines) following the 10th anniversary of the establishment of the Commonwealth. The Constitution of the Republic of the Philippines was approved by U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt on March 23, 1935

 Roosevelt signing the Constitution of the Republic of the Philippines, March 23, 1935.
Manuel Quezon at Roosevelt's side.

Quezon was elected president of the Commonwealth in 1935.

Quezon Exile in Washington : 1942-1944

When Japan occupied the Philippines in 1942, President Quezon fled to the United States to lead the Commonwealth Government-in-exile. Quezon suffered from tuberculosis and died at Sarancac Lake, New York on August 1, 1944.

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 President Quezon, with some of his family members welcomed in Washington, D.C.
by President Roosevelt

First Day of Issue

The stamps were issued on August 19, 1947, the anniversary of Manuel Quezon's birth.

Post Office First Day Cachet


Commercial First Day Covers


(Not in author's collection)