Romans rushed this Vatican Post Office, October 22, for one of the rarest postage stamps issues in the world - the "Vacant Seat" stamps issued between the death of one pope and the election of the next.
L.V.PAN CROWDS OUTSIDE THE VATICAN POST OFFICE.
S.T.V. POLICE ADMITTING THE CROWD IN SECTIONS.
L.V.(INT) PEOPLE AT THE COUNTER.
S.C.U. CASHIER ISSUING STAMPS.
L.V. CROWDS OUTSIDE.
S.T.V. MAN SELLING SHEETS OF STAMPS.
L.V. CROWD OUTSIDE ANOTHER ENTRANCE TO THE POST OFFICE WAITING TO HAVE THEIR STAMPS FRANKED.
S.V. LINING UP AT THE COUNTER.
S.C.U. OFFICIAL FRANKING STAMPS.
S.V. A CARD WITH FRANKED POSTAGE STAMPS.
S.C.U. HAND HOLDING FIVE POSTCARDS.
L.V. THE CROWD OUTSIDE THE POST OFFICE.
Initials D.C./E.S. M.R./P.B.
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Background: Romans rushed this Vatican Post Office, October 22, for one of the rarest postage stamps issues in the world - the "Vacant Seat" stamps issued between the death of one pope and the election of the next.
The series, valid until the election, is of three new stamps valued at 15,25 and 30 lire.
But after the election, although the stamps will cease to be valid, the collector's price will take a steep rise.
A set of seven Vatican stamps issued at the death of Pope Plus II in 1939 is now valued at GBP2 10???. But a London stamp dealer told Visnews at this time the value was not likely to rise so greatly.
"Too many people are getting in on the ground floor of these issues," he said. "So many collectors all over the world buy them immediately that they cease to be zarities."