The Commonwealth of Dominica is an island country in the Caribbean. Dominica has been nicknamed the “Nature Island of the Caribbean” for its natural environment. Hey, it’s in the Caribbean. Duh! And they are now known for this set of music-themed Disney stamps.
This set was released in 1979. And what else was going on in that year in the Commonwealth of Dominica? In mid-1979, political discontent with Founding Prime Minister Patrick John’s administration climaxed in a civilian coup. But through it all, the good people of this nation were still able to send letters in style!
I have many sets of Disney character stamps and they all seems to focus on pretty much the same cast. Mickey, Minnie, Donald, and Goofy are mainstays. Also, each set has a basic theme, with this one being music.
Although, what kind of music one would get by combining a violin with bagpipes, or a jackhammer with a drum, or with whatever Goofy is playing on the 5 cent stamp, I’m sure I don’t know!
Horace Horsecollar appears in quite a few vintage Shorts as a musician. Here, on the 10 cent stamp, he is hampered by Dale who seems to think the French Horn is a Theme Park ride!
UNICEF is the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund and was established in 1946, in the aftermath of World War II. Its mandate was clear: to help children and young people whose lives and futures were at risk – no matter what role their country had played in the war. What mattered to UNICEF was reaching every child in need, protecting children’s rights to survive, thrive, and reach their full potential.
FUN FACTS: Pairing this organization with Disney characters is a natural fit! Disney most notably paired with UNICEF during the 1964-65 New York’s World Fair with the creation of the It’s a Small World attraction.