South Vietnam, Colombo Conference, October 21st, 1957, ;Michel Nr. SVN 140-144; Five stamps in nominals of 20c, 40c, 50c, 2D and 3D and in perforation 13.5 were issued. The Colombo Plan is not intended as an integrated master plan to which national plans were expected to conform. It is, instead, a framework for bilateral arrangements involving foreign aid and technical assistance for the economic and social development of the Asia-Pacific region (Wikipedia). The basic purpose of the Colombo Plan was to fight communism by means of offering foreign aid.

Here is the mint set

and here the postally used set

These stamps were not officially released imperforate, however, a number of imperforate trial proofs have come to market. Here a blocks of six of the entire imperforate set.

Enpreuve de Luxe

Mixed franking of the 5D World Refugee Year together with stamps from the Prosperity Zones, Sport and Youth,  Children’s Day, Colombo Conference and Election of Ngô Đình Diệm sets paying an overall postage of 7D on an international air mail letter sent from Saigon to Argentina in December of 1961.

Mixed franking of the 0.30 Children Day stamp together with stamps from the Air Mail, President Ngo Dinh Diem, Election of Ngo Dinh Diem, 2 Years Independence, Colombo Conference and Main Post Office (overprinted) paying an overall postage of 8.90D on an international air mail letter sent from Saigon to Canada. Unusual Saigon Airport cancel from November of 1958.

Mixed franking of the 30c (3) and 90c Election of Ngô Đình Diệm stamps together with stamps from the Colombo Conference and National Assembly stamps paying an overall postage of 3D on an international letter sent from Saigon to Czechoslovakia in April of 1958.

Mixed franking of the 90c and 2D Election of Ngô Đình Diệm stamps together with stamps from the Ngô Đình Diệm, National Assembly and Colombo Conference sets paying an overall postage of 17.90D and sent from Tourane to Germany in December of 1957. Saigon transit cancel on the reverse.

Mixed franking of the 2D Election of Ngô Đình Diệm stamps (2) together the 50c Colombo Conference stamp paying an overall postage of 4.50Don an international air mail letter sent from Dalat to France in January of 1958.

Postcard sent in July of 1957 from Saigon to the United States. The card carries a mixed franking of the 3D Colombo Conference and 4D National Assembly stamps paying an overall postage of 7D. This was apparently insufficient as the card was marked with a postage due remark in red crayon. In the U.S. a violet hand-stamp indicating that 7 U.S. cents of postage was due. This was paid by applying two U.S. postage due stamps. Unusual.

Mixed franking of the 3D Colombo Conference and two 2D Election of Ngô Đình Diệm stamps from June of 1958 paying an overall postage of 7D on an international letter sent to France. The postage for an air mail letter was not sufficient as indicated by an unusual note that was attached to the reverse.

Mixed franking of the 50c value (4) together with the 2D Land Reform and 3D Colombo Conference stamps paying an overall postage of 7D on an international letter sent from Saigon to Monaco in February of 1962. Monaco is a rather rare destination.

Mixed franking of the Colombo set together with stamps of the National Assembly, Election of Ngo Dinh Diem, Independence  and Domestic Landscape sets paying an overall postage of 24.90D on an international air mail letter sent rom Blao (small post office) to the United States in December of 1957.

Registration Nr. 200190

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