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World record: most words on a postage stamp

09 August 2018

With its Universal Declaration of Human Rights set, the United Nations Postal Administration holds the Guinness World Record for the most words on a postage stamp.

The stamp sheet depicts an iconic photograph of Eleanor Roosevelt, one of the main forces behind the birth of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), holding one of the original printed versions of the document. The stamp set was designed by Rorie Katz of the United Nations Postal Administration (UNPA) Graphic Design Team.

Each stamp features the full text of the UDHR and its preamble microprinted in English, French and German. The French translation of the UDHR, received the Guinness recognition for its 1,969 words. Priced at 2 Swiss Francs, the stamp can be purchased from the U.N. post office at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, Switzerland.

The stamp sheet was issued as a souvenir set by the UNPA on 27 October 2017 to celebrate another UDHR related Guinness World Record: the Declaration is the most translated document with 500 translations.

To purchase the other English and German language versions of the stamps, as well as other UNPA products, go to unstamps.org. You can also stop by UNPA’s other stamp shops in New York and Vienna.

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