A commemorative stamp has been issued by LibanPost, in coordination with the Ministry of Telecommunications, in honor of AUB’s role and impact in Lebanon and the region over 150 years. A limited collection was postmarked with the issue date December 3, 2016—exactly 150 years after AUB’s foundation on December 3, 1866.
LibanPost prepared the 2,750 numbered first-day covers in addition to 30,000 commemorative stamps, with support from the Minister of Telecommunications, Boutros Harb, and official approval by the Lebanese Council of Ministers.
Designed by the Creative Unit in AUB’s Office of Communications, the stamp is a rectangle of 4x5 cm designed in the 150th anniversary color scheme (charcoal grey and bronze). Within the stamp’s estate, three prominent, historical buildings (Assembly Hall, College Hall, and Daniel Bliss Hall) are interwoven to illustrate the whole AUB campus.
The stamp features a stylized landscape of campus extending into Beirut city with its traditional, small houses as well as high skyscrapers. Beirut’s iconic lighthouse rises above the skyline to depict AUB’s leadership in enlightenment in Lebanon and the region. From the top right corner, AUB’s century-and-a-half—depicted with the AUB 150 logo—stands as a glowing sun that spreads its rays above AUB campus, Beirut, and the Levant.
President Fadlo R. Khuri thanked LibanPost, the Ministry of Telecommunications, and all members of the council of ministers, headed by care-taker Prime Minister Tammam Salam, for this initiative which applauds AUB and its distinguished pioneering academic, medical, and social roles in Lebanon, the region, and the world over the past 150 years.
This is the second stamp that the Ministry of Telecommunications has issued to honor AUB. A special set of commemorative stamps and a souvenir sheet were issued in 1966 on the occasion of AUB’s centennial year featuring the portrait of Daniel Bliss, College Hall, and the University emblem.
The sesquicentennial commemorative stamps and first-day covers are available at LibanPost offices for collectors and anybody interested in commemorating this milestone.