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  1. M K DAVIES,
  2. A J MAYNE

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    Disabled children depicted on stamps are usually seen on issues relating to poliomyelitis and the promotion of immunisation against this disease. Furthermore, some of the stamps to advertise and commemorate the International Year of Disabled Persons in 1989 related to children. However, in 1962, Belgium released a set of six stamps specifically featuring handicapped children and surcharged between ten centimes and two francs to raise money for the Handicapped Children Relief Funds. Stamp surcharging is a very effective way of raising funds for charities and has been used most frequently for the International Red Cross and national antituberculosis and leprosy funds/foundations. In addition to the normal postage rate, the stamp is surcharged and this premium, destined for the charity involved, is paid at the time of stamp purchase. Early surcharge issues were for the Red Cross around the time of the First World War and the surcharge was in the form of an overprint of stamps already designed and in circulation. This allowed for a rapid donation facility in times of unpredictable disasters. Later issues and those for planned organisational fund raising had the surcharge incorporated in the original stamp design as shown in these three stamps from the Belgian issue.

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