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Vol. VI

Issue # 66

Monthly e-Stamp Bulletin Edited by Jeevan Jyoti for free circulation among philatelists Readers are requested to send reports of philatelic activities in their area for publication. Short write ups by the readers about their journals, societies, publications and philatelic requirements can be sent for inclusion in this bulletin to or and by post to Ms. Jeevan Jyoti, c / o Mr. Ajay Srivastav, CCF, GHNP & Pin Valley National Park, SHAMSHI, Kullu -175126. (H.P.) India Note- This bulletin is only for circulation among a limited group of philatelists without any commercial purpose. The bulletin will be sent to the readers only on request. Those who wish to receive it regularly please reply giving the name of your city / country with the subject SUBSCRIBE RAINBOW

Date of Issue : 8 May 2013 Summer Holiday Time !! Cookies are the motif on this years Swedish summer stamps that will carry greetings from a trip, the beach, a tourist destination and a retreat in nature

Dear Reader,
I am pleased to release June 2013 issue of Rainbow Stamp News. It is the time for summer holidays in India. Some stamps on Holiday theme by India Post could make the holidays more delightful for the philatelists. India Post releases large number of stamps in a calendar year which results in poor quality of stamps both in design and theme. The themes depicted on Indian stamps are very limited and traditional. As we see Personality is the most dominant theme on Indian stamps. It is time to reduce the number of stamps issued per year and bring a change in the selection of the themes for the stamps. Tourism theme covers a wide scope and a variety of topics that could be depicted on stamps with not only tourist places but other related subjects like costume, art, Cuisine, adventure, wildlife, environment and many more. India Post must have some special issues during summers and winters which can highlight tourism in India. The quality of stamps can never be maintained if the number of annual stamp issue is very high. Lets all join hands together and appeal India Post to issue stamps with some innovative idea. Here is an example of a recent set of stamps issued by Swedish Post featuring famous cookies of Sweden. This theme is associated with greetings and tourism both as well as fun and entertainment. New themes always delight philatelists and common man. It promotes philately too. So change in the trend of design and theme on new Indian stamps will certainly make a difference and Indian stamps will be more popular at global level. . This is all for this monthMore in next issue....Happy Collecting !!

-- Jeevan Jyoti

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From the Desk of Naresh Agarwal Recent Indian Issues In The News Interview Beginners Section Specialized Section

New Issues from Other Countries Readers Right The Lighter Side Philatelic Clubs and Societies Blogs & Websites on Philately Current Philatelic Magazines - Newsletters

From the Desk of Naresh Agarwal


We often talk about future of philately. Some people are found worried where as some seem to be optimistic. The reason being strong entry and extensive usage of new technological communication devices and systems such as Mobile phone/instruments, emails etc. This has lead to tremendous decrease in paper letter mail per person in comparison to that which was prevailing just a few years back. Although heavy paper mail and parcels are being carried

physically. But again unauthorized service providers i.e. couriers have the biggest proportion in their favor. May be in future these courier services open a new chapter/avenue in philately but as of today these have not been recognized by any of postal or philatelic organization and also the mail sent through courier is not being collected by philatelists. Philately as we all know has its base on the paper mail/letters which consume postal stamps, have cancellation and post marks on it and so, serves as a potential and essential material for survival, and promotion of philately. Hence, letter writing is very important and essential activity for philately to stay long. We have seen that the trend is changing. Children who used to be trained to write letters are now using mobiles for chatting and messaging and use internet for sending emails. Even in official matters e-mail is vastly used. Further, as the life has become fast, the faster communication mediums are being appreciated. But for survival of philately, letter writing and posting is very important. Otherwise also paper mail has much more life and safety rather than digital mail which is quite sensitive and is highly subjected to climatic conditions, virus attacks and deterioration of storage devices. Further, physical display is not that easy / possible. There is a need to educate people and tell them the importance of paper mail. Letters are asset and mirror of our social history. Postal administrations all around the world are doing good job by celebrating Letter Day but it is important that schools should profess letter writing (paper mail) rather than e-mail writing. Philatelic clubs should come up with new innovative ideas to promote letter writing like encouraging pen friends, encouraging more letter writing competitions, awards for writing more letters in particular time span, workshops in schools to write letters and further encouraging offices and general public to rely on postal department rather than private courier service. It is not only writing letter which needs to be encouraged but sending letters through postal service is also important. Media should be used to propagate this habit reflecting its special features. Though in most of the good philatelic exhibitions some competition regarding letter writing is organized, but it should be made compulsory as part of every philatelic show. The philately needs to be promoted from the grass root level that is the school children. Like other sports activities, philately should be made compulsory in schools and at least 2 to 3 periods should be dedicated to philately every week. There should be a board affixed in every school reflecting postal charges so that children are encouraged to use postal services not only for sending letters but other articles too. Subsidized postal rates should be introduced for children. Special stationery should be introduced for studentsmay be named as Student Mail. A letter box should be fixed in every school with facility of daily collection of mail. Such practices will certainly inculcate habit of letter writing. We see Post Card campaigns are being done at several places which genuinely help promotion of letter writing. But we need to see that such campaigns are encouraged and done on regular basis clubbing these with different social and political issues. Todays new generation communication system will certainly develop Virtual or Digital Philately which has no longevity and cannot replace the physical philately which is being enjoyed today and has its dependence on paper mail carriage through postal services. There is strong need to come up with new ideas to see that habit of writing and posting letters through India Post is promoted.

: Naresh Agarwal :

Recent Indian Issues

11 April 2013 Architectural Heritage of India - Rs 20 & Rs 5 + MS 12 April 2013 Heritage Buildings 2 x Rs 5 + MS 14 April 2013 Chaitya Bhoomi , Mumbai Rs 5 30 April 2013 Hari Singh Nalwa Rs 5 3 May 2013 100 Years of Cinema - 50 stamps of Rs 5 each issued in six miniature sheets 10 May 2013 Wild Ass of Kutchh & Ladakh Rs 5 & Rs 20 + MS 24 May 2013 Security and Exchange Board of India Rs 5M

Recent Special Covers

1 May 2013 : International Labour Day : Mumbai 11 May 2013 MIG 29K / KUB Panaji

11 May 2013- 60 Years of Indian Naval Aviation : Panaji 4 May 2013 Inauguration of the International Centre for Environment Audit & Sustainable Development, Jaipur, Rajasthan

27 May 2013 125 Years of CST Building, MumbaiI

2New Pictorial Cancellation from Germany

On June 17th 2013 a new pictorial cancellation will be issued in 90562 Heroldsberg in Germany. The cancellation is featuring a Dinosaur. Interested philatelists may please contact: Wolfgang Beyer, Vice Chairman of the German Philatelic Collector Group ARGE ZOOLOGIE. Mail: Postage rates: 0,75 Euro AIRMAIL, 2,80 Euro Registered AIRMAIL.

In The News
100 years of Indian Cinema - A philatelic celebration by India Post
The cinema of India consists of films produced across India, which includes the cinematic cultures of India; the Indian cinema withstood the test of time despite the vast cultural

differences in the past 100 years. The cinema as a medium gained popularity in the country as more than 1,000 films in various languages of India were produced annually. Dada Saheb Phalke, the father of Indian Cinema, released his epochal feature film Raja Harishchandra on 3rd May 1913. Indian cinema celebrates a century of filmmaking excellence. President Pranab Mukherjee released commemorative postage stamps on the eve of 100 years of Indian Cinema depicting 50 iconic Bollywood personalities including Dev Anand, Smita Patil and Yash Chopra. "Six Miniature Sheets depicting 50 iconic personalities of Indian Cinema to commemorate this century long journey" were released by the President.

Presentation Pack

This issue of 50 stamps is the biggest issue to commemorate an occasion by India Post. First two Mini-sheets comprising nine stamps, depict some Dadasaheb Phalke awardees and rest four with eight stamps each depict personalities from various fields of cinema.

The personalities depicted on Stamps include, Ashok Kumar, Bhalji Pendharkar, Durga Khote, Dev Annad, Yash Chopra, Smita Patil, Rajesh Khanna, Shammi Kapoor, Suraiya, Geeta Dutt, Sohrab Modi, Tapan Sinha, CV Sridhar, Bhanumathi etc Here is the complete list of film personalities. M/S No. 1: Ashok Kumar, Bhalji Pendharkar, Dhirendranath Ganguly, B. N. Sirkar, Bhupen Hazarika, Durga Khote, B. R. Chopra, Dev Anand and Hrishikesh Mukherjee. M/S No. 2: Majrooh Sultanpuri, Naushad, Nitin Bose, Prithviraj Kapoor, Raichand Boral, Ruby Myers, Sohrab Modi, Tapan Sinha and Yash Chopra. M/S No. 3: Allu Ramalingiah, Balraj Sahni, C.V. Sridhar, Kamaal Amrohi, Ashok Mehta, Bhanumathi, Chetan Anand and Geeta Dutt. M/S No. 4: Kannadasan, Mehmood, Nagesh, Prem Nazir, Madan Mohan, Motilal, O. P. Nayyar and R. D. Burman. M/S No. 5: Raj Khosla, Rajesh Khanna, Salil Chowdhury, Shailendra, Rajendra Kumar, S. V. Ranga Rao, Sanjeev Kumar and Shakeel Badayuni. M/S No. 6: Shammi Kapoor, Smita Patil, Tarachand Barjatya, Utpal Dutt, Shankar Jaikishan, Suraiya, T. R. Sundaram and Vishnu Vardhan. These stamps will be made available for sale to all Philatelic Bureaux in the month of June 2013. First two Miniature Sheets consist of nine stamps each and depicts some Dadasaheb Phalke awardees. The other four with eight stamps each depict personalities from various fields of cinema. The denomination of each Stamp is Rs. 5/-. Single stamp sheets are not being issued/ printed. Notification For Commemorative Postage Stamps on 100 Years of Indian Cinema 2. The details of above issue are as follows:i. Six Miniature Sheets with a print order of 8.1 Lakhs each are being issued. First two Miniature Sheets consist of nine stamps each and depict some Dadasaheb Phalke awardees. The other four with eight stamps each depict personalities from various fields of cinema. ii. The denomination of each Stamp is Rs. 5. Single stamp sheets are not being issued/ printed. iii. Sufficient numbers of First Day Covers and Information Brochures will be available for sale with the stamps at the Philatelic Bureaux. iv. First Day of Cancellation will be available for six months from the date of release as a special case. v. The images of the stamps will be uploaded on the India Post website after release.

3. The date from which these stamps will be available for sale at the Philatelic Bureaux shall be intimated on India Post website in due course. - Jagannath Mani - Karnataka Philatelic Society, Bangalore

AUSTRALIA 2013 Melbourne / Australia 10 -15 May 2013 Website :

Indian Winners at Australia 2013 Heartiest Congratulations to all winners !!

World Stamp Expo Australia 2013 is being held at Melbourne from 10 to 15 May 2013. Following participants from India have won awards at the exhibition.

Om Prakash Kedia, Prof VK Gupta, Dinesh Sharma, Praggya Kothari

1. KS Mohan : Postal History of Cochin - Large Vermeil

2. Om Prakash Kedia: Development of Indore Post 1873-1908 Vermeil 3. Pragya Kothari : I am Bow and this is my Story Vermeil 4. Aditya Desai : Indian Postal Stationery - Large Silver 5. Prof.VK Gupta : Gwalior State Stamps A Study 1885-1950 - Large Silver 6. Dinesh Sharma : Summer Olympic Games - Large Silver 7. Mrinal Mathur : From Wheel to Car - Bronze ( Youth Class)

Honour for Indian Philatelist

The Netherlands Vexillological Association, the Netherlands Flag Museum Foundation and the Rotterdam Flag Parade Foundation has invited noted vexillologist and philatelist of Kolkata Mr Sekhar Chakrabarty, as the editor of the "Flags and Stamps" to be a participant and join them in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, 4 10 August 2013 for the Netherlands Flag Congress 2013, the joint meeting of the 25th International Congress of Vexillology (25th ICV) and the 23rd session of the General Assembly of the Fdration Internationale des Associations Vexillologiques (FIAV).

Not worth 99c, stamp may fetch $100,000

- Michael Lallo

The Penny Red with sideways watermark

A flawed version of the most collected Australian stamp in the world could fetch its owner up to $100,000 barely a month after he failed to sell it on eBay for 99 cents. It was discovered recently at a rural Scottish stamp fair, then brought to the 2013 World Stamp Expo in Melbourne where it was valued. The stamp's owner has not being revealed but it is known he tried to sell it on eBay after discovering it had a sideways watermark, suggesting it had been fed into the printer the wrong way.The stamp is a common Australian Penny Red, of which more than one billion were printed early last century. The owner received no bids on his offer of 99 cents, with eBay users telling him the unusual watermark "could not possibly be real". Undeterred, the man took it to a stamp fair in Scotland, where trader Ian Perry recognised its potential worth. Perry then brought it to Melbourne's World Stamp Expo, currently being held at the Royal Exhibition Building, where philatelic experts certified its authenticity and estimated its value at $100,000. Malcolm Groom, president of the World Stamp Expo, said there could be other flawed Penny Reds out there. "They were printed on sheets of 120, so we could see a rush of people looking for more," he said. "Normally you'd get 10 cents for one with the standard vertical watermark so when you discover one that's a bit different, it's an exciting little find." : Michael Lallo - email Read More

International Philatelic Exhibitions

THAILAND 2013 - World Stamp Exhibition

THAILAND 2013, International Philatelic exhibition will be held in Thailand from 2 to 14 August 2013 in Bangkok, under the patronage of FIP. The World Philatelic Exhibition will take place from 2 - 14 August 2013 at the Royal Paragon Hall 1-3, 5th floor, Siam Paragon, Bangkok. Mr. R D Binani as Commissioner for India, his address :33-B Rowland Road, Kolkata 700 020 E mail : Mob:9830073058

Website :

From June 07th till June 09th, 2013, the Icelandic Philatelic Federation will host the Nordic philatelic exhibition that will be held in the sports hall Asgardur in Gardabaer. The title of the exhibition is NORDIA 2013 and this will be the sixth such exhibition that the Federation has held after the ones in 1984, 1991, 1996, 2003 and 2009. The goal will be 700 qualifying frames of material to be exhibited. The exhibits will be divided in all regular classes and in addition for the first time it will include exhibits in competitive postcards class, a class that postcard collectors succeeded to establish in recent years. The exhibition classes are divided in accordance with the exhibition rules which can be accessed in the link to the left on this site. Participants in the NORDIA 2013 will also be the partners of the Philatelic Federations of the Nordic countries as well as of the Scandinavian collectors club of United States.

WORLD STAMP EXHIBITION Brasiliana 2013 will be held at PIER MAU in the city of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil from November 19 to 25, 2013 organized by the Brazilian Federation of Philately (FEBRAF) and Brazilian philatelists under the Patronage of Brazilian Enterprise of Posts and Telegraphs (ECT), in accordance with the F.I.P. General Regulations for Exhibitions. Mr. Madhukar Jhingan is the National Commissioner - India for BRAZIL 2013. e mail: Visit :


BRASILIANA 2013 announces addition of Class 13: Modern Philately of 21st Century (A) Traditional (B) Postal History (C) Postal Stationery Content: Matreial issued by Postal Administrations from 2001 to date Exhibit size: 3 or 5 Frames Frame Fee: US$ 50 per Frame Eligibility: No previous participation or award required, New Exhibits are welcome Acceptance: Recommendation of National Commissioners and discretion of Organizers Last date to Submit Exhibit Application Form: May 31, 2013 Participation in all other Classes is now closed. Acceptance of Exhibit Applications will be announced in the first week of June 2013

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Prices given in standard Stamp Catalogue are Misleading

A King Edward VII stamp: catalogue prices are for pristine examples of the stamp in question, not what it is worth should you wish to sell it, according to Stanley Gibbons. Photograph: Guardian

Britain's Guardian reports, "Stamps valued in professional catalogues at hundreds of pounds are fetching just a few quid on auction sites.
In the 1960s, airline pilot Paul Sanderson regularly visited the stamp dealers that then lined The Strand in London, and even popped along to a few auctions to bid for items, as he amassed a sizeable collection of mint or near-perfect British stamps. He tucked them away imagining that one day they could be worth a bob or two, or at the very least form a prize collection to be passed on to his heirs.

Sadly, both hopes have been dashed. His grandchildren have shown no interest "why would they, when they have their iPods and iPads," he says so he decided to put his collection up for sale instead. He checked the values placed on his stamps by the Stanley Gibbons catalogue, still the trade's bible, and put them up on eBay. But his heart sank when he began to realise just how little stamps now fetch on the open market.
His used 1902 five shilling King Edward VII, currently valued by Stanley Gibbons at 175, achieved a price of just 6; a stamp commemorating King George VI's silver wedding in 1948, priced at 40 in the catalogue, sold for just 9; while a mint set of King Edward VI stamps from 1951 went for 22 compared with 100 in the catalogue. John Baron, chair of the Association of British Philatelic Societies (ABPS), says: "I was 12 when I started collecting, and it was one of those things that everyone seemed to do. I joined my first stamp club in my school 50 years ago. But now we are not getting enough young people interested. Younger people have very different lifestyles to the way we were. My life was football and stamp collecting; now it's the internet and Twitter."

He advises collectors to regard the Gibbons catalogue as a guide to what is available rather than the real market price. "I had a text just this morning from a major collector. He says he takes the Stanley Gibbons price and divides it by between three and 10 so he knows what to expect. It's only if you go over 1,000 or so that the prices become more reliable." According to a spokeswoman for Stanley Gibbons, "The catalogue is a guide to values at the higher end of the market. What your stamps fetch is all about the quality of the items whether they're mint, the quality of the colour, the perforations, the condition of the gum, to how clearly and centrally a postmark has been stamped. It is a common fallacy that the prices in our catalogues show what a stamp is 'worth' should you wish to sell it. They are, instead, the price at which Stanley Gibbons will sell a fine example of the stamp in question." Read More

Indian Philatelists Forum

Indian Philatelists Forum, a web based forum on yahoo groups, has come out with an innovative idea of creating online directory of Philatelists. This directory is intended to facilitate networking among philatelists and members of forum.

Online Directory of Philatelists

The Directory of philatelists is divided in to two categories. (i) Philatelists residing in India (ii) Philatelists residing abroad and collecting on any aspect of Indian Philately. An online directory is available on forums website Indian Philatelists Forum respects privacy of its members and thats why directory information is accessible to registered members only. Username and password has been allotted to each member. A web based data form is now available on forums official website and free registration is open.

2013 EUROPA Stamps Competition !

PostEurop presents the 2013 Europa stamps entries for the theme Van of the Postman in conjunction with PostEurops 20th Anniversary and declares the 2013 EUROPA stamps competition officially open! Europa stamps emphasize the co-operation between postal operators, particularly in

promoting philately to further contribute and raise public awareness on European common roots, culture and history as well as its common objectives. From now till 31 August, it is now up to you (the voters) to vote for the most beautiful Europa stamp 2013. For voting, Plz visit :

In this issue I am extremely pleased to publish the interview of Mr Vinubhai Bavishi a veteran philatelist from Akola. Mr Bavishi has a wonderful philatelic collection on Mahatma Gandhi. It is my pleasure that I got a chance to Meet Mr Bavishi and his wife Geeta Ben Bavishi during INPEX 2013 at Mumbai. Both of them have strong interest in Gandhi Philately. It was a great moment for me to talk to them and discussed their exhibit at their frame. I am very thankful to Mr Naresh Agarwal who conducted this interview over phone and taking some of the answers by courier as communication with them was not possible through email. Here Mr Bavishi answers to some of the questions asked by Mr Naresh Agarwal. - Editor

Sri Vinubhai Bavishi, is 76 years old philatelist from Akola (Maharashtra), was born on 29 August 1937 at Jainpur, Gujarat. He is presently settled in Akola living with his happy family comprising of grandsons and daughters who are all lover of philately. He is now known for his Gandhi Collection having priced, valuable and rare items including genuine letters written by Mahatma Gandhi and his original photographs. He is ardent follower of Gandhian philosophy, vision and morals other than being a hardcore Gandhi philatelist. He has been blessed with a true life companion in form of his wife Smt. Geeta Ben Bavishi who appreciates all his deeds and enjoys philately equally. She too is a social worker and active even at the age of 72. She professes learning has no age bar. It is truly a charm meeting them and looking life from their angle. Full of life force energy, it is different experience meeting such philatelists. Mr. Bavishi is a non- philatelic writer too. Still active and enjoying philately for last 59 years. He has lot to share with the readers as a philatelist, a person who has written a book on looking at life from different angle. Naresh Agarwal

Naresh Agarwal with Mr and Mrs Bavishi

Interview with Vinubhai Bavishi

1.We understand you have a very long philatelic journey. Tell us about when and how it started and how you fell in love with it so intensely?
While I was in school, I got opportunity to see stamps collection of brother of one of my friends. This is the time I fell in love with stamps at first site and decided to start the hobby. On 25 May 1954, I got my first stamp and there on I started my journey

2.What are your collecting interests and your philatelic achievements?

My main philatelic interests are Mahatma Gandhi. Apart from this I love collecting beautiful stamps and literature. My Gandhi collection and exhibits have been well recognized .I am lucky enough to have various Distt., Divisional, State and National award to my credit .

3. We have heard about you being a writer too .Do you write on philatelic stuffs or have other writing interests?
No, I have not written anything for philately till date but I have written one book on LIFE which describes life looking from 555 different angles covering life from a child to an elderly person. This book has no expiry and will serve human civilization till its end.

4. With a philatelic journey of about six decades what changes you have witnessed in philately, philatelists and postal administration related to philately?
There is drastic change in philatelic scenario .In seventies philatelists had enthusiasm, love for each other but today it lacks. Postal administrations too are not that serious as those were during that period. The philatelists had keen interest in collection and not sales. Philatelic

counters served philatelists in a very good manner and today even philatelic bureaus lack proper service.

5. Tell us about your most memorable moments in philately.

The most memorable moment in my philatelic journey is organizing two day solo show named Gandhi Darshan on 2ND Oct. 1993 which was extended to 4 days on public demand. 450 sheets were on display with 350 original photographs of Gandhi Ji. The comments given by visiting dignitaries were the moments to cherish as one of those said that that was not Gandhi Pradarshan but truly Darshan. The event was highly appreciated and it was due to that show people could truly understand what was Gandhi and who was Gandhi. Media, Gujrati Samaj and other organizations honored me for this show. Genuinely a great event of my life.

6.You being a hardcore Gandhi philatelist. Tell us about how your interest developed in Gandhi theme. What treasure you have in your Gandhi collection?
In 1974 there was show named ALKOPEX-1974 in Akola organized by Akola Philatelic Society followed by one in 1975.When it came to select a theme for display, it was Gandhi which struck my mind in no time and there on Gandhi philately got a direction. Regarding philatelic items related to Gandhi in my possession, I can only say leaving aside the items not known to me or difficult to buy or procure, I have almost everything.

7.We have seen Gandhi theme is being universally accepted and followed by philatelists. Every item related to theme whether philatelic or non-philatelic is being collected. Your comments .
Looking in to the burning and unrest condition of the world, United Nations thought of accepting Gandhian thoughts to check the situation, to keep a balance and to achieve a true peace and from 2nd Oct. 2007 onwards every Gandhi Jayanti Day is being celebrated as Ahimsa Day. This gave a big message to the world and philatelic fraternity all over started searching Gandhi in their materials. Also the philatelic material available shows different facets of Gandhi Jis life and thoughts.. Hence, whether a philatelist or non-philatelist everybody got attracted to Gandhi Ji. The message was so spread that everyone started finding Gandhi in him.

8. You are a man who even has record of number of stamps in his first collection. Give us the tips how philately can be better enjoyed with limited material and resources.
Yes, I keep record of every material I have even the number of stamps in my first collection. The details of purchased items, the mode of procurement etc.. Well, even if one has less philatelic material, he can enjoy the same. Some non philatelic material like photo may be connected to complete the story. I must say enjoy the collection first and then exhibiting. Keep on doing some creative work as this will keep your interest refreshing and alive.

9.We understand your wife is also a keen observer of philately. Though she is partner of your life journey but how she helps you in your philatelic journey?

In 1962 my wife entered in to my field of philately and there on my journey became our journey. She started helping me in all write up work for my exhibits. Her views and opinions helped me in a big way. Like in our life we complement each other in philately too. Philately for me without my wife is nothing.

10. We have seen philatelic clubs and societies are not functioning as these should. Tell us what should be done to see that these societies function well?
Personal interests have overcome functioning of philatelic clubs and societies. For better functioning of the societies every member should have common interest in mind. Members need to understand that philatelic clubs are not investment centers ,In fact, these are store houses of pleasure through philately to be enjoyed collectively. So, a spirit of togetherness and helpfulness should be there. Members should be ready to share and help each other.

11.Collecting or Exhibiting which out of these two is more fulfilling and satisfying?
Collection and Exhibiting are two different things but strongly connected. One may understand that collection is a year long study and exhibiting is examination. But there is joy in both. Both are fulfilling and satisfying.

12. Medals and awards won at National or International Competitions are supposed to be prestigious and a matter of great honor .But we dont see proper honor being given to the philatelists who receive these. Whats your opinion ?
Yes, this is true. Sometimes true and eligible participants do not get the appropriate award. In some of the shows judging is found not up to the mark and so the participant feels cheated. Jury too has its reservations and lack of knowledge. But jury must appreciate participants emotions and feelings. Some philatelists have shared their bitter experiences with me. In nut shell, there is a need to look in to this matter. Further, I would say Hindi language should be given proper recognition in exhibitions up to National Level.

13. Collection by efforts or collection by mere purchase ..which is better and why?
Buying only is not philately. Further, one should buy only those items which are available at reasonable cost. Philately is enjoyed in exchange and in getting material through different means rather than buying only.

14.Tell us about some veteran philatelists to whom you were associated during your philatelic journey and your experiences in short.
In 1976, I learnt a lot from the President of Akola Philatelic Society regarding exhibiting. Yes, afterwards I have met and enjoyed company of many veteran and noted philatelists. But, in nut shell, whatever I have achieved and received in philately is only due to my hard work and regular persuasion but with the help of my wife.

15. Your final advice to the new and upcoming philatelists in the field.
After having almost 6 decades experience of philately, I can say that every person should have some hobby. At old age, one need some companion other than spouse and that is nothing but ones hobby. May it be Philately or any other hobby? Care should be given to the fact that hobby should be such that it gives recognition to us.

Shri Vinubhai Bavishis contact Nos. are 07242450122 and 09423687186

: Interview : Naresh Agarwal

Beginners Section
Mail Boxes

Although now a familiar sight at busy intersections in every city, mailboxes were not used until the 1850s, after the introduction of postage stamps. Before 1847, everyone had to take his or her letters to the post office, pay the postage, and have the postmaster mark each item paid. Once people could keep stamps at home and mail letters at their leisure, the Post Office Department began placing mail collection boxes on the sidewalks around the city for convenience. As an alternative to the official Post Office Department, private mail carriers offered courier services and had drop boxes in large cities. Residential mailboxes appeared later, as mail services expanded. In 1863, with the creation of Free City Delivery, letter carriers began delivering mail to home addresses. In 1923 the Post Office Department mandated that all residents provide a box or slot in order to receive their mail. A number of businesses sprang up to sell mailboxes of all shapes, sizes, and degrees of usefulness. Finally, the Post Office Department issued a list of standards each mailbox had to meet. Designs that meet those criteria are still labeled Approved by the Postmaster General.

Postal Collection MailBox

After the introduction of stamps, people wanted a more convenient place to drop-off their mail than the post office. In the 1850s, the Post Office Department began installing collection mailboxes outside of post offices and on street corners in large cities. People can drop their letters in these mailboxes throughout the day, and the postal service collects the accumulated mail at specific times, usually marked on the box. Collection boxes were initially mounted on lampposts . Household Mailboxes During the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, letter carriers knocked on the door and waited patiently for someone to answer. Efficiency experts estimated that each carrier lost an hour and a half each day just waiting for patrons to come to the door. To gain back those precious hours, in 1923 the Post Office Department mandated that every household have a mailbox or letter slot to receive mail.

Residential mailboxes might be inexpensive, yet they must be strong enough to withstand inclement weather. They must be secure against thieves, yet simple enough to open without trouble. Letters, papers, and magazines must easily fit inside, and they must have a signaling device to notify carriers that mail is ready for collection. Though letter carriers need to collect and deposit mail without delay, mailboxes may be ornamental enough to please the resident. Mailboxes that meet the list of criteria issued by the Post Office are stamped Approved by the Postmaster General. Although many standard mailbox designs exist, people often personalize their residential mailboxes. Mailbox folk art is very popular, especially along rural routes. - Allison Marsh Read More..

Postal Services
Pony Express mochila

Pony Express "mochila" . Each of the riders signed the bag as it moved through the states.

A mochila (pronounced mo-chee-lah is Spanish for knapsack, pack or pouch) is a removable lightweight leather cover put over a horse's saddle. It was used for carrying mail by the Pony Express in the nineteenth century - a type of mail bag. The eighth of an inch leather cover draped over the saddle on a horse. There were slits cut into the leather which allowed the saddle horn and cantle to protrude through. Riders of the Pony Express made quick exchanges to new fresh horses, usually within a few minutes at each remount station on their route across the United States. The mochila was removed from the exhausted horse and swiftly placed over the saddle of the new fresh waiting horse that the relay station had for him.

The word "mochila" connotes the soft sheep skin leather. Saddle bag mail pouches were never in use on the Pony Express system because of their unwieldiness. The normal large saddle bags were not adept to attaching to a saddle efficiently and would cause much delay when going from an exhausted horse to a fresh horse when the Pony Express rider switched horses at a station. In 1860 the Pony Express developed a fast mail delivery system using a special saddle mail bag cover called a mochila that made the Pony Express unique. The cover, which had 4 hard leather boxes to carry the mail, was quick and efficient when transferring from one horse to another. All the rider had to do was change this leather cover with the mail boxes over to a ready horse waiting for him at the station, which was usually done in under 2 minutes. If a horse was injured on the way from one station to another and not capable of further traveling, then all a rider had to do was take the cover with its mail off the injured

horse and walk to the next station to get a new horse. He then threw the cover onto the new saddled horse. The leather blanket cover was designed by Jay G. Kelley, another Pony Express rider. The saddles for the horses that traveled over the Overland Pony Express route were special and standardized, built by a saddlery firm owned and franchised by Israel Landis and sons. Pony Express riders traveled about 100 miles at any one time. In this travel they would change horses every dozen or so miles. When he changed horses to a fresh new horse the rider would grab the mochila off the saddle of the exhausted horse and throw it over the saddle of the new horse at a remount station. This mochila saddle blanket cover the rider would then sit on. It had sewn to it certain pockets that were always locked. Only authorized people could unlock these attached pockets to retrieve the mail. This mail service was very expensive ( e.g., 1-5 dollars per half ounce, an astronomical amount that only businesses could afford). Pony Express adopted this mochila (a type of mailbag with 4 pockets to secure letters and mail) for their fast mail service. The saddles and mochilaswere standardised and made the same so they would work from one horse to another. When full of mail and telegrams it weighed about 20 pounds. If a horse became injured beyond use or was killed, the rider would strip the mochila with its mail from the saddle and walk to the next relay transfer station. The mochilas mail pockets were called "cantinas", which were locked with a type of small padlock. Two cantinas were in front of the riders legs and two were behind the riders thighs. The letters were first covered with oiled silk so they wouldnt be damaged by water or sweat and then placed into the "cantinas", which were then locked. Most Pony Express saddles and mochilas were made by Israel Landis shop in St. Joseph, Missouri. Israel made the entire saddle about one-third the weight of the ordinary Western saddle. The specially designed saddle with its mochila weighed less than 13 pounds. No actual used Pony Express mochilas have survived. Replicas have been made for demonstrations like Buffalo Bills Wild West show and modern day reenactments.

Specialized Section Some remarkable Cancellations and Postmarks 9

- Dr. Avinash B. Jagtap

The Reversed Type 9 Cancellations of Madras Circle

Renouf Type 9 for Madras Circle appeared in the year 1862 and came into use along with the Type 6. The cancellations for Madras Circle show some remarkable varieties. The diameters of the circles are either 19 or 23 mm, but may vary to 20 and 21 mm. The circle on the left normally contains the name and date of the post office and the right circle shows the number allotted to the respective post office. There are a few cases where the left circle shows the number allotted to the post office and the right circle showing the name of the post office and the date, i.e. reversed obliterator. Renouf has mentioned the name of Cannanore Post office with the number 85, this was first introduced in the year 1865. The following specimen shows the reversed type of Cannanore cancellation which was used in the year 1869.

1869 Cover from Cannanore to Sheffield, bearing 8 Pies stamp cancelled by Type 9 reversed duplex of Cannanore 89=CANNANORE /DE 8/69, overstruck by D/BOMBAY/DE6/69, TOO LATE in scroll (R.Type 17a) Arrival Mark of London:24.March 1869, back-stamped D/SHEFFIELD/24. March 1869 The cover is duly signed and countersigned by the officers. Concessional Postal Rate of 1 Penny = 8 Pies as per 9th May 1860 Regulation for Service Men. Apart from the above cancellation of Type 9a, there is another (s. below ) cancellation of Renouf Type 9, with reversed duplex on a wrapper despatched from Cocanada to Marseilles (France) franked by 4 Annas and 2x8 Pies stamps obliterated by 74=COCANADA/AU 1/186X. The cachet of the Forwarding Agent BOWDEN BROS. & CO./COCANADA endorsed via Bombay and S/BOMBAY /8 AUG/71 Bombay Sorting Mark + Accountancy Mark GB/1F66c in ms. 15 (Decimes) & French Board Stamp POSS.ANG.v.SUEZ:MARSEILLES /2 SEPT in red. Postal rate: 5 As. + 4 Pies for a letter weighing not more than half an ounce, as per October 1870.

I have also noted that there exists reversed type 9 cancellation for Rajamundry with number 73. There could be still other covers with such Renouf reversed Type 9 cancellation, any new find may please be reported to me or to the editor of Rainbow Stamp News. Renouf Type 9a is a duplex cancellation. However, Jal Cooper in his Early Indian Cancellations does not treat his Type 9 as a duplex cancellation, but just his Type 8, enclosed in a circle, which is rather confusing. All the figures which Jal Cooper provides are only the half of the original duplex cancellations and are mostly on stamps.

- Dr. Avinash Jagtap - email :

New Issues from other countries

Clover, geranium, forget-me-not, buttercup, vetch and many other summer flowers in one bouquet are offered to everyone by the post of Finland with the issue of the new Summer Bouquet stamp.


3 May 2013 Gibraltar International Literary Festival stamps

Gibraltar Post issued a set of stamps on 3 May 2013 dedicated to the first Gibraltar International Literary Festival. The first Gibraltar International Literary Festival will take place from 25th to 27th October 2013. The Festival, which will form part of Gibraltars annual calendar of cultural events, will bring together a number of world-renowned writers who will take part in debates, discussions, interviews and talks on a variety of subjects. The headquarters of the Festival will be established in the Garrison Library, which will also be used for some of the events in the programme. Other venues around Gibraltar will also be used.

Iceland Nordia 2013 Northern Lights

The Nordic stamp exhibition NORDIA 2013 will take place in Asgard Sports Center, Gardabaer on 7th-9th June 2013. This is the sixth time that the NORDIA exhibition is held in Iceland. On this occasion Iceland Post will issue a souvenir sheet as it has done in the past with the Northern Lights as its theme.

The sun continually emits a so-called solar wind which is a stream of electrically charged particles. The earths magnetic field repels these particles except around the geomagnetic poles where some of them get through. When they collide with the earths ionosphere in an altitude of about 100-250 km molecules particles in the atmosphere become excited and emit light which we call the northern or the southern lights. The effects of solar wind are greatest at a collar round the magnetic poles, where the aurora (Northern and Southern Lights) is most prominent. Under normal circumstances Iceland is in the aurora collar during the night. The northern lights can be seen anywhere in Iceland when the socalled aurora collar is over the country on a dark cloudless night. The size and magnitude of the aurora collar is variable depending on solar activity and the solar wind. Small solar activity usually creates a small collar while greater activity results in a large and extensive collar.

UNESCO City of World Literature

On 16 May 2013, An Post issued a stamp to commemorate Dublin UNESCO City of World Literature. The stamp features a story about Dublin written by Eoin Moore. When the city of Dublin was nominated UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation) City of Literature in July 2010, the capital of Ireland became just the fourth city to be honoured, following in the footsteps of Edinburgh, Scotland (2004), and Melbourne, Australia and Iowa City, USA (2008).

San Marino 7 June 2013 Inauguration of the nursery school in Malawi-Matola

The philatelic set dedicated to the inauguration of the nursery school with a refectory in MalawiMatola celebrates the solidarity of the people of San Marino put in action by the San Marino for the Children Onlus Association. The 0.10 value designed by Maddalena Medas depicts two children protected by a symbolic umbrella with the map of Africa and the colours of the rainbow. The 0.70 stamp designed by shows a picture taken on the occasion of the inauguration on the 23rd February 2013.

150 years of the founding of the international committee of the Red Cross An ambitious idea of Henry Dunant (1828-1910) to alleviate human suffering and provide assistance to the victims of armed conflicts, natural and other disasters became reality 150 years ago with the foundation of the International Committee of the Red Cross and Relief Societies, known today as National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. Although in the beginning its sole objective was to ensure protection and assistance to the wounded in the battlefields, the scope of the International Committee of the Red Cross activities, as well as of the entire International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, has been constantly expanding to address ongoing humanitarian challenges. Through its direct action around the world, as well as by promoting of the development and respect of international humanitarian law, the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, as the largest humanitarian network of the world, still strives to improve the lives of victims and respond to all kinds of humanitarian crises on an impartial, independent and neutral basis.

Readers Right
Philately is for Rich, people do not know what philately is and Modern philately gets back seat.
- K.K.Miglani
Philately is for Rich

Nice to read the article on "Are we purchasing the medals by Mr Naresh Aggarwal.
Though I am not a world class philatelist, but yes a philatelist for last few decades. I agree with Mr. Aggarwal ji what has been said in the article. In fact my family also said many a time that who is looking at your exhibits & medals. They continue to remain in boxes or Cup boards. I look at philately in two different way, one- Hobby to enjoy & self-satisfaction, Two- making exhibits for exhibitions? BUT, I fully endorse that international & world class exhibitions are only for rich people, who can afford buying rarities & pay fee in $ and Pounds. In fact one can make a good exhibit spending Rs.40, 000/- if he has that much money. Rarities are like Antiques, which one has to buy at very high price. Why so much weightage has been given to rarity items. I dont see any logic. As the ordinary person cant approach to have these kinds of items for the exhibit. Every philatelist must show their exhibits to people & students around. Also can spare time to visit schools on regular basis. People do not know what philately is In India, the philately is limited to very few people. There are no programmes in place for development of this hobby. India Post just brings out stamps & organize few exhibitions. Who visits these exhibitions some philatelists & few people of the city where such exhibitions happen? There are hardly any advertisements. In other countries advertisements are done more than a year in advance using all types of media. In last INDIPEX held at Delhi, very few school children were seen. There was no one to explain the visitors about the complex philatelic displays. Released stamps were not easily available to the visitors. Philately in India needs to look differently. May be India Post/PCI/FIP or bodies on philately have to think as how to make people aware and there is need to bring changes in the rules for judging the exhibits. May be there is need to look for major sponsors. For the hobby to flourish, young children need to be tapped. India Post & Learned Philatelists have to come forward. Every school in India should have at least 5-10 students knowing & attracted to this hobby. Philatelists should impart training on philately to interested students/individuals. There is need to use electronic media. More & more stamp shows in Schools/Colleges/Socities/Clubs to be organised. Availability of all philatelic materials at post offices for longer periods to be ensured as many a time collectors dont get stamps on the day of release.

Modern philately gets back seat If I recall the previous exhibitions, most of higher medals go to pre- Independence collections, where it is almost 68 years of independence & one can hardly get higher medals for post-independence collections. The attitude has to change. Modern philately needs to be encouraged.

Modern Thematic exhibits are being judged by the available Jury members. It is assumed that they are experts in all the fields of science & technology, Plant & animal sciences, environment, Engineering, Biology & many more complex subjects. The philatelist ends up in either getting a higher medal because the Jury member knows the subject or gets nothing because of no/less knowledge or vice versa. But is it justice with the exhibit. So there is need for using experts from requisite fields to evaluate the exhibits. Normally Philatelist makes the exhibit on thematic with full knowledge of the subject. It is the high time that modern philately should take front seat. : KK Miglani : e-mail

A Message to Fellow Philatelists

I chose Rainbow Stamp News as a medium to share my thoughts with the hope that most Philatelists around India are its readers. Recently I had a great experience in SIMPEX 2013, Shimla. One of the special guests of the opening ceremony praised the hobby of philately for 3 reasons- Patience, Generosity and Compassion. I have been able to relate the first two reasons but not the last one completely. Every philatelist would agree that patience is must for building a good collection. So is generosity many of the beginner philatelists would have remained deprived of rare items for if no senior philatelist has given them the priceless collection or part of it. Sometimes it is difficult to give the items at no cost but giving them at a much lesser than market place is also sufficient. I also have been lucky to know such senior philatelists. This write-up has given me opportunity to extend my gratitude to dealers and ardent philatelists, who have guided me during my journey as a philatelist. I might have been befooled by many dealers in the beginning; but I still thank them as they have made me realized that philately is all about knowledge and awareness of buyer. I shall continue my interest in this hobby with the belief that true philately has much more beyond the monetary interests. - Bhumika Sharma Shimla - email :

The Lighter Side

Recently the U.S. Postal Service conducted its 21st annual "Stamp Out Hunger food drive.

Washington state's Yakima Herald reports, "The food drive, which the USPS says is the largest single-day food collection event in the country, aims to provide relief for the nearly 50 million people in the U.S. who struggle with hunger. Thats about 1 in 6 people." To donate to the food drive, community members can leave a bag of nonperishable food at their mailbox or wherever the letter carrier normally delivers their mail. Local carriers will pick up the food throughout the day and bring it to the food bank. According to the article, "Last year, the drive collected more than 70 million pounds of food, making it the ninth consecutive year that brought in at least 70 million pounds. In its 20 years so far, Stamp Out Hunger has collected more than 1 billion pounds of food." Acceptable nonperishable food items include canned soup, canned vegetables, fruits and juices, canned meats and fish, pasta, rice and boxed goods such as cereal. Joining the Postal Service in this annual effort are the National Association of Letter Carriers, National Rural Carriers Association, AFCIO, Feeding America, United Way and Campbell Soup. All food and donations collected will go directly to local charities and food pantries associated with the individual Post Offices. Read More

How a postage stamp delivered one boy a dream of being a Swiss Guard

By Carol Glatz Catholic News Service

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- One young man's dream of becoming a Swiss Guard began with a postage stamp. Michael Odermatt said that when he was a small child, his godfather gave him a stamp depicting the ornately dressed papal soldier "and I was fascinated by that image and wanted to know everything about the Swiss Guard."

The allure was kept alive when his older brother became a Swiss Guard and Odermatt was able to see -- during visits to Rome from his home in the northern Swiss canton of Aagau -- how a papal protector really lived.

Stamp featuring Swiss Guard

"I went so many times to Rome to visit him that I was quite sure I would enter, too," he told Catholic News Service.The younger Odermatt's determination came through on May 6, 2013, when he was officially sworn in as a Swiss Guard together with 34 other new recruits. Before hundreds of family members and friends, and dozens of Vatican officials, he and his comrades took to the stage in the Vatican's Paul VI audience hall with much fanfare and flair to swear to "faithfully, loyally and honorably" serve and protect the pontiff and sacrifice, if necessary, their lives for him.

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Editors Mail Box

I like the interview by Dr. Punit Dixit. It is most remarkable for the budding philatelists. I know Dr. Dixit when he was the editor of IND DAK. I met him at Bangalore many years ago.
- Dr Avinsah Jagtap, Switzerland

New Blogs & Websites

1.Indian Thematics - - A new blog created by

noted Thematic Philatelist Mr Dinesh Chandra Sharma. This blog is all about Thematic Philately.
2. Welcome to the World of Indian Philately -

An exclusive website created by Mr Prashant Pandya dedicated to Indian Philately .The philatelists can register for Online Philatelists Directory on this website. 3. Philatelic Journalists Forum The Philatelic Journalists is an initiative by a few enthusiast philatelists, who love the hobby to the deepest. 4. Indian Philatelists Forum - This is an electronic discussion forum dedicated exclusively to Indian Philately that allows members to engage into meaningful discussions on all aspects of Indian Philately. Membership to the forum is open to all philatelists who have interest in Indian Philately. Members can share and discuss their ideas, knowledge, research, collections, events, exhibitions, auctions, publications exclusively related to Indian Philately. 5. The best stamps - its a beautiful blog created by Julian Fernandes of Pune ( Now living in UK) featuring lovely stamps of birds with the photos of the same birds giving a wonderful look !! 6. Robin Stamps Criticism : issues of postage stamps and the critical study of their design : This blog is about new

7.This Numismatic & Philatelic Association - This Numismatic & Philatelic Association is a nonprofit and non-trade motive association that aims to promote the hobbies Philately (Stamp Collection) and Numismatics (Coin Collection) among children, students, interested individuals among the general public and especially for the budding philatelists and numismatists. 8. How to Collect Stamps To Stamp Collecting : The Complete Guide

9.GANDHI Stamps & Philately Study Circle : - A new Blog by Ketan Patel .. Saving Gandhi Philately by trying to bring awareness and exposing illegal activities in Gandhi Stamps and Philately. 10. Europa Stamps : : A blog on Europa, cept, norden & sepac stamps 11. Phila Mirror : : The Indian Philately Journal 12. Se- tenant Stamps of India - It is a specialized Blog on se-tenant stamps. 13. Flags & Stamps - - It is a specialized blog on Flag Theme . 14. Glimpses of Modern Indian Philately : - It is a specialized blog on Modern Philately, created by Mr Prashant Pandya .

15. Join Mobile Philately & Stay Updated - Mobile Philately is a mobile technology based philatelic community with short messaging service (SMS) that allows the community members to get latest updates related to Indian philately directly into mobile message box. 16. Question & Answers on Philately : - It is a site based on Question & Answers on Philately. Mr Prashant Pandya replies to queries.

Philatelic Clubs & Societies

Baroda Philatelic Society - Deccan Philatelic Society Pune, Maharashtra Eastern India Philatelists Association - India Study Circle - Indian Stamp Ghar - Indian Thematic Society, Ludhiana - Ludhiana Philatelic Club Mobile Philately - Numismatic & Philatelic Association of Vellore Fort Philatelic Society of Rajasthan, Jaipur Rainbow Stamp Club - Rajkot Philatelic Society Rajkot, Gujarat Gujarat Philatelic Association - Ahmedabad South India Philatelists Association - Stamps of India - The Army Philatelic Society, Pune

Current Philatelic Magazines Newsletters

Stamp of India Collectors Companion - Indias first weekly e-newsletter edited by Madhukar and Savita Jhingan from Stamps of India, New Delhi. E-mail: Website:

India Post Quarterly Journal of the India Study Circle publishes original articles submitted by members of ISC. ITS Stamp News - Quarterly - Editor: Suraj Jaitly Publisher: Indian Thematic Society website VADOPHIL, Editor - Prashant Pandya and published by Baroda Philatelic Society, Vadodara. Website - Journal of the Army Philatelic Society : Editor Col Jayanta Dutta SIPA Bulletin Editor - Mr G. Madan Mohan Das and published by South India Philatelists Association, Chennai website : GPA News Editor- Ilias Patel and published by Gujarat Philatelists Association, Ahemadabad.


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