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This souvenir sheet issued by USPS on 22 September 2013, features a new version of the most famous error in the

history of U.S. stamps: the Inverted Jenny, a 1918 misprint that mistakenly showed a biplane flying upside down. Reprinted with a $2 denomination to make them easily distinguishable from the 24-cent originals, the Inverted Jennys on this sheet commemorate the many ways a single stamp can turn a moment in history upside down. The original engraved dies to produce the 1918 Inverted Jenny were used in the design to produce the new stamps.




Vol. VI

Issue # 70

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Dear Reader,
I am pleased to release October 2013 issue of Rainbow Stamp News. This issue contains some new articles on unique subjects by distinguished philatelists. Virtual philately is a new phenomenon of present time. Mr Naresh Agarwal writes in detail about its various aspects and benefits in his column. India Post has released some new special books in Presentation Packs which also have genuine stamps inserted in the books. This is a good idea. If more such books on other topics with moderate price are released, it will definitely catch the eyes of all and will be purchased by general collectors all over the country. It will also promote the hobby of stamp collecting among people of every class and age group. October is the month of festivals, Greetings to all the Readers of Rainbow for the coming festive season. Have a Great Time with family and friends!! 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 Beginners Section Specialized Section New Issues from Other Countries The Lighter Side Philatelic Clubs and Societies Editors Mail Box Blogs & Websites on Philately Promotional Section Current Philatelic Magazines - Newsletter

From the Desk of Naresh Agarwal

Virtual Philately

Philately is changing fast due to introduction of new electronic and communication means like Internet, Smart Phones, Mobiles, Tablets, iPads, computers and others. This has inculcated the habit of talking more and sending messages and has apparently lead to reduction in usage of postal stamp and paper communication or to say physical communication tremendously in terms of percentage of messages being sent or exchanged.

Well, the journey of communication from clay tablet to todays electronic means saw postage stamps and the stamp albums in between. And now with the introduction of these electronic / digital devices and tablets; the stamp, stamp albums and exhibits have become the new virtual stamp albums. These new electronic means have magically and drastically turned stamp collection and its display in new style and glamour giving new unique flavor. The information technology wave changed the hobby of stamp collection to digital electronic philately, while information and communication techno- logy developments accelerated the hobby further to Virtual Philately. And this has now become wide and encompassing arm of stamp collecting and exhibiting by

adding the use of computer technologies (hardware and software). It appears to be the best way to collect stamps and other material, display exhibits, to visit exhibitions, to discuss the displayed items, to improve upon ones own exhibit/collection and of course to enjoy philately. It has made imparting education through philately quite easy. It deserves to be appreciated and adopted by old as well as budding philatelists. While looking at the advantages it has, it is advantageous in two ways i.e. collecting stamps and Exhibit stamps. At one hand it has made collection of digital stamps quite easy and on the other hand it has opened new avenues in philatelic exhibiting. Let us look in to these.

A few digital display sites have been developed to promote virtual philately by allowing downloading images of stamps and covers to build collection & a few helps in displaying the scanned images of exhibit sheets which exists physically. Exponet is the one which has strongly introduced itself in the field and service is tremendous. It has allowed one to put his exhibit on the site giving accessibility to viewers all over the world. The exhibits are placed very nicely and images very sharp and clear. This service is lifetime free.

Not only it allows clear and wide range of exhibiting but also helped viewers by giving enough opportunity to have deep insight in to the exhibit. Viewers have enough time to look again and again at the exhibit and clearly understand and assess the material displayed and the text written. It hence gives better opportunity and display platform to the literature class of philately also where viewers may have access to the main contents of the displayed material.

Digital philately has made exhibiting quite easy. Though exhibits can be prepared on line on digital pages and text too can be written digitally. But physically prepared exhibits can also be displayed with their scan copies on display. This online exhibiting has opened new avenues in philatelic displays and also encouraged more and more online stamp exhibitions and competitions. EXPONET has made digital / virtual exhibiting quite easy and simple.

Since, digital stamps cost nothing and also easy to procure, one can get wide range of stamps and so wide range of collections. This further leads to wide range of virtual displays.


Preparation of digital stamp album, stock book and philatelic exhibit is quite simple in comparison to physical philately. For preparation of digital exhibits, no physical material required except scans of the material one has. One can adjust the things through move of his finger tips. As there is less space constraints, display of larger size material can be accommodated or can be displayed with deduced size by giving suitable description. Further, more sheets can be accommodated unlike physical exhibiting where there is strict constraint of number of sheets and frames.

Digital philately put aside the need of physical displays and so physical exhibiting which means there is no need to conduct physical exhibition. Physical displays requires lots of manpower, time, energy and money but digital philately hardly needs any such thing. Even it does not require a team of people to work for any exhibition. Further, it brings exhibition at your finger tips and monitor which can be easily accessed by people of any age. Older people can be served better through this. In addition to this there is no need to get clearance from govt. depts., such as sales tax, customs, and ASI, no need to insure the exhibit and there is no fear of exhibit getting damaged or stolen away.

It helps in proper judgment and proper evaluation of the exhibit too. It gives jury enough time and better opportunity to see and re-assess the exhibit by altering the sizes of the images of philatelic material and also the text to have better view to check genuineness and to give proper judgment.

The other main advantage of this is that it gives exhibitor an opportunity to display exhibit without taking pains of handling, forwarding and carriage which has tremendous risk of damage to the material and also possibility of being unsecured and unsafe. As the exhibit is sent digitally, there is no chance of it getting damaged. If at all it is affected, it can only get virus affects and for that back up files are stored and secured & also one had physical exhibits well stored at his home..

Formation of new digital philatelic clubs is a new concept. Though there are a few in formation stage and are being well appreciated too Formation of such clubs will certainly give chance for various philatelists to interact fast who otherwise have to wait for monthly or quarterly meetings and also spent their precious Sundays and other days. These clubs give them better opportunity to discuss various philatelic issues on line and improve their knowledge as well as collection. Hence, this makes enjoying philately more and learning it quite easily.


Face book is a strong media to introduce and propagate Digital Philately. Links can be given on face book so that face book users may directly connect themselves with the site and enjoy digital philately. Several philatelists have started using face book and have attested to the satisfaction, and meaningful interaction they experienced building their virtual stamp collections on their own profile albums. Though there is restriction on Face book album pages because of limitation of 200 images per album and also difficulty to rearrange and slow to yet it gives pleasure.

It is said that philately is an educational hobby. Digital philately is a very good source and medium of education. It has been introduced in many schools as vocational subject. Digital philately has opened new avenues in education through net. Exhibits, philatelic literature and philatelic material can be displayed easily and so can help teaching students in a big way. Hence, virtual philately is the best way of promotion of philately. It provides chance for a good number of exhibitors to participate in one exhibition and also it provides better and wide viewership of all ages all over, transparency and clarity by this it helps in giving huge recognition to philately. WADP, FIP and FIAP and other world regulating and controlling organizations should come forward and help promotion and , establishment of this way of philately. - Naresh Agarwal : email :

Recent Indian Issues

7 August 2013 : Kerala Legistative Assembly Rs 5 21 August 2013 : Raj Bahadur Rs 5 3 September 2013 : Wild Flowers of India 12 stamps 3 MS + 1sheetlet 9 September 2013 : Lala Jagat Narayan Rs 5 10 September 2013 : Acharya Gyan Sagar Ji Maharaj Rs 5 21 September 2013 : Gurajada Venkata Apparao Rs 5 24 September 2013 : Pratap Narayan Mishra Rs 5 30 September 2013 : Jumdev Thubrikar Rs 5

Recent Special Covers

7 August 2013 : Kerala Legislative Assembly Rs 5 14 August 2013 : Diamond Jubilee Celebrations of Dental Education in South India. 21 August 2013 : Nanda Devi Raj Jaat Yatra, Dehradun 31 August 2013 : 61st Pratishtha Mohotsav of Shri Godijee Jain Mandir, Pune

5 September 2013 : 250th Anniversary of St. John Vestry's Anglo-India Higher

Secondary School, Tiruchirapalli.

18 September 2013 : Machali (T-16), the royal tigress and pride of Ranthambore
National Park

In The News Best Europa Stamp of 2013

The 2013 Best Europa stamp - Jury prize was awarded in Brussels at PostEurop headquarters ! This was the third edition of this neutral and artistic prize. Nine experts of the philatelic world were invited to join the jury and judge the Europa stamps based on their expert opinion. This year's winner is Finland with the above stamp 2nd - the Netherlands and the 3rd went to Norway & Kazakhstan .

Swiss Post launches SMS postage stamp

Swiss Post launches mobile franking of letters . A code, can be requested via SMS text message or via the Swiss Post smartphone app, which is then noted on the envelope. This easy way of franking costs CHF1.20. During a one-year pilot project, the offer will be available for A Mail items. In an initial phase, telecom providers Swisscom and Sunrise will participate in the trial. Swiss Post thus expands its product range for mobile customers. Swiss Post has been offering its customers the opportunity to purchase stamps online via "WebStamp" and print them at home since 2006. It is now introducing a service for purchasing stamps on the move. Those who would like to send an A Mail standard letter to an address in Switzerland but do not have a stamp handy, can send the keyword "STAMP" to the target number "414". The code they will receive should be noted in the upper right-hand corner of the envelope and the letter must be posted in a letter box. A second option is to request such a

code via the Swiss Post smart phone app (Android and iPhone coming soon). The fixed cost of franking, including text message, as a value-added service is CHF1.20, regardless of subscription contract.

Austrian Invention : Water Proof Mascara

The new stamp from Austrian Inventions s eries by Austrian post is dedicated to waterproof mascara and the history of its invention. At the beginning of the 30s Helene Winterstein Kambersky, nee Vierthaler, developed the first waterproof mascara in the world.

Before the invention, the life of the acclaimed singer was filled with her love of the opera and music; a love which began when she was a baby. Her Great Great Grandfather, Michael Vierthaler, was a student of Mozarts father Leopold and of Joseph Haydn and a patron of Franz Schubert. During her numerous stage performances the stage lights repeatedly made her make-up run and left black marks under her eyes. This worrying situation caused her to begin work on the perfect mascara in her own kitchen. After 2000 failed attempts the first patented waterproof mascara in the world was invented and began a new era of cosmetics designed for eyes. After a bad illness caused her to be wheelchair bound, her courage and her innovativeness were the key and the drive to her second career as an extremely successful businesswoman. Numerous further developments and innovative products followed and always had something in common: they were completely resistant and were gentle on the eyes and skin. This lead her to develop a plan for a cosmetic company. Helene Winterstein Cosmetics has been a family company since it was founded in 1936 and is now being managed by the third generation. The company base has remained in the first district in Vienna.

Rs 25,00,000 Philatelic question on KBC

In the famous Amitabh Bachchans TV show KBC season 7 a question related to philately was asked on the first day of the show (6th September) In 1850, the first experimental electric telegraph line in India was set up between Calcutta and which place. The contestant gave the Right Answer as Diamond Harbour and won Rs 25,0000. It was a thrilling moment for all philatelists, watching this show. As Diamond Harbour was recently in the news when Indian government discontinued telegraph service on 15th July 2013.

Noted philatelist and numismatist honoured

Mumbai Coin Society, Mumbai has conferred upon noted philatelist, Numismatist and Autograph Collector of Ahmedabad, Mr Praful Thakkar, the "MUDRA RATNA PURSKAR" which is a Life Time Achievement Award given to any one for his/her outstanding contribution in the field of Numismatics. The Award is a testimony of Numismatic Community's appreciation of sincere and dedicated efforts during the Life Time. They have given a Silver Plaque and a Certificate. The Award was accepted by Mr Thakkar and his wife Mrs Rekha Thakkar. The Award was given by Mr Vijay Kalantre, President of World Trade Center, Mumbai. During this occasion Mr Thakkar displayed 12 Frame Exhibit of " 100 Years of Cinema 19132013" which showcased 100 Film Personalities' Autographs, Stamps & Currency Notes with Birthdates of Film Personalities in Numbers'. It was highly appreciated by all.

Special Cancellation on Teachers Day

Bihar Circle, issued a special cancellation on the occasion of "125th Birth anniversary of Dr S. Radhakrishanan" on 05-09-2013 (Teachers Day) at Philatelic Bureau, Patna GPO.

The special Cancellation consists of message about reverence for teacher . The special Cancellation has been conceptualized and designed by Sri Lalit Kumar Mishra (Patna based Philatelist). The said special Cancellation issued by Sri K.K. Jha, Chief Postmaster Patna GPO in presence of Sri Umesh Chandra Prasad, Deputy Chief Postmaster (Admin), and eminent Philatelists & official staff were present. Countrys First Customized Pin Code Department of Posts Allots Countrys First Customized Pin Code to the Supreme Court o f India & Countrys First Locality Based Online Pin Code Search Directory also Launched - 26th Sept. 2013.

Pin Code of the Supreme Court is 110 201 The Department of Posts, Ministry of Communications & Information Technology, allotted a Customized Pin Code to the Supreme Court of India on 26th September 2013. This dedicated Pin Code of the Supreme Court is 110 201. In a function organized in the Supreme Court, Chief Justice of India, Shri Justice P. Sathasivam, received a blow up of this Customized Pin Code from Shri Kapil Sibal, Minister of Communications & Information Technology. The event

took place on the occasion that marked the completion of 41 years of the introduction of Pin Code in the country. The PIN was introduced in India on August 15, 1972. Postal Index Number (PIN) or PIN Code is a 6 digit code of Post Office numbering used by India Post. The PIN was introduced in 1972 in the country. There are 9 PIN regions in the country. The first 8 are geographical regions and the digit 9 is reserved for the Army Postal Service. The first digit indicates one of the regions. The first 2 digits together indicate the sub region or one of the postal circles. The first 3 digits together indicate a sorting / revenue district. The last 3 digits refer to the delivery Post Office. The Department of Posts also started a Locality Based Online Pin Code Search Directory of Delhi on this occasion. Shri Sibal formally launched it by reading the Launch Message.

New Pictorial Cancellation from Germany

A new pictorial cancellation will be available on October 6th in 56422 WIRGES. The cancellation is featuring a BLUE TIT(Cyanistes caeruleus).Interested philatelists may please contact Wolfgang Beyer, Vice Chairman of the German Collector Group ARGE ZOOLOGIE. Mail: Postage rates: 0,75 Euro AIRMAIL, 2,80 Euro registered AIRMAIL.

Philatelic Exhibitions
National Commissioner for PHILAKOREA 2014
PHILAKOREA-2014, World Philatelic Exhibition, 7- 12th August, 2014, Samseong 1dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, Korea. Mr Surendra Kotadia has been appointed the National Commissioner from India. He may be contacted at following address : Mr. Surendra Kotadia, Dimple Drums and Barrels Pvt. Ltd., 1119, Maker Chambers - V, 221, Jamnalal Bajaj Road, Nariman Point, Mumbai - 400 021. Email: (M) + 919819903789 (O) + 91-22-22024130 / 31 (R) +91-22-23805125 / 3789

Philatelists, interested in participating in above exhibitions may contact Commissioner for more details.


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: Official website:

Read More.. Saudi 2013 dates extended..

Mr Umesh Kakkeri,National Commissioner for Saudi 2013 informs that Saudi 2013 is postponed to 12-17 March 2014. It will be a 6-day General Asian International Stamp exhibition and will includes Traditional, Postal History, Youth, Literature and Modern Philately classes. Website : Mr Umesh Kakkeri , the National Commissioner for this exhibition may be contacted at : Email: (M) +919969571767

Virtual Stamp Exhibition

Exhibit of renowned philatelist Mr. Ashok Kumar Bayanwala of Ahmedabad, 'V for Victory' can be viewed online; Visit: (Postal History).

ITS Postal Auction No.62 - Last date 5.10.13

To have a detailed list of "ITS Postal Auction No.62" with 140 Lots of Indian stamps, Miniature sheets, sheet-lets, thematic sets from different countries etc. visit For more details visit at - Suraj Jaitly Mobile: +91 98728 51244 MIG # 3464, Phase Two, Dugri Road, Ludhiana - 141 013 INDIA email : ITS at ITS Stamp News at News from German Philatelic Club DAYS OF PREDATORS
During the Stamp Fair 2013 at Sindelfingen a philatelic exhibition will be held from October 24th to October 26th 2013 with the title DAYS OF PREDATORS.The exhibition is being held in cooperation between the German Philatelic Youth Association, LR Southwest with participation of the German Collector Group ArGe Zoologie. : Wollfgang Beyer,Vice Chairman of the German Collector Group ArGe Zoologie. e-mail:


Shri Noren Singh Nahar - Pondicherry

Shri Noren Singh Nahar, noted philatelist from Pondicherry passed away on 11th September 2013. . He was a Life Member of SIPA and an authority on French India philately . Noren Singh Nahar ( December 1, 1920- September 11, 2013), was graduated from Kolkata. In 1939, at the age of nineteen, Noren Singh became a permanent member and an inmate of Sri Aurobindo Ashram. Mother had an was the first stamp collector in the ashram. His special interest was in French India and Meter Stamps. He visited France in 1975 and attended an International Philatelic Exhibition. He was member of Philatelic Advisory Committee from 1990-1992. He wrote many articles about the stamps of the French Settlements in India in India Post published by India Study Circle for Philately. Mr. Nahar had won several Awards at the State, National and International level. Shri Noren Singh Nahar was a Life Member of SIPA and an authority on French India philately and has authored a well researched book on French India Stamps.

Shri Aziz Ansari- Varanasi Mr Aziz Ansari, philatelist and Stamp dealer from Varanasi passed away on 15 th September 2013. He was very dear to many philatelists because of his sweet temper and fair dealing. Our deep condolences to his family members from whole philatelic community.

Beginners Section
Stephen Smith Pioneer of Rocket Mail

Stephen Smith, the pioneer in rocket mail was born in Shillong, Assam, on February 4, 1891. Between September 30, 1934 and December 4, 1944, he conducted more than 250 rocket launches. Lots of such experimental launch included rocket mails while others carried even livestock/animals.Lots of countries experimented in rocket mail, but Stephen Smith is known to be most successful of all. Stephen Smith, a Secretary of the Indian Airmail Society, combined his work with his interest in rocketry. His first launch was on 30 September 1934, and he experimented with 270 more by 4 December 1944. 80 of these contained mail, and his achievements include the first successful rocket mail sent over a river and the first rocket to carry a parcel. The Oriental Fireworks Company supplied Smith with 16 rockets between 23 March 1935 and 29 June 1935. Between them, these "Silver Jubilee" flights carried over a thousand covers. In 1992 the India Postal Department issued a stamp to celebrate the centenary of Smith's birth, calling him "the originator of rocket mail in India".

Tips to stamp collecting

Soaking Stamps (removing them from paper)

BEFORE SOAKING Set aside any stamps on colored paper, or on paper with a colored backing. Pick out any stamps with colored cancellations, especially with red or purple ink. Set aside any dark-colored stamps, stamps on poor-quality paper, or with strange- looking inks that might dissolve in the

water and stain other stamps being soaked, etc. Any "problem" stamps must be handled carefully later, one at a time. Trim the envelope paper close to the stamp, being careful not to cut the perforated edges or otherwise damage the stamp. SOAKING THE STAMPS Use a shallow bowl and fill it with several inches of cool-to-lukewarm water. (Never use hot water.) Float the stamps with the picture side up. Make sure the stamps have room to float and do not stick to one another. Don't soak too many at one time. Let the stamps float until the glue dissolves and the stamps slide easily off the paper. Paper is very weak when it is wet and it's easy to tear a wet stamp if you handle it roughly. Be patient, and let the water do its work! Rinse the back of the stamp gently in fresh water to make sure all the glue is off. Change the water in the soaking bowl often to make sure it is clean. Place the stamps to dry on paper towels or old newspapers. It's a good idea to use your stamp tongs to lift the wet stamps, instead of using your fingers. Lay the stamps in a single layer, and so they are not touching one another. Let the stamps dry on their own. They may curl a little or look wrinkled, but don't worry about that. When they are completely dry, lift them with your tongs and put them in a book . It's important not to put the stamps in a book until they are completely dry. After a few days, they should be nice and flat, and you can put them in your collection.

STAMPS ON COLORED PAPER OR WITH COLORED INK CANCELS Cut away all the excess envelope paper without harming the edges of the stamp. Fill a shallow dish with cool water (cooler than you would usually use for soaking) and float the stamp face up. If the water becomes stained before the stamp is free from the paper, empty it out and use clean water, to prevent the stamp from being stained. Dry as before.

DIRTY OR STAINED STAMPS These can be soaked carefully in a small amount of undiluted liquid dish washing detergent, then rinsed in clean cool water. Very badly stained stamps can be washed gently in a weak solution of water and a bit of enzyme laundry detergent. Careful! This can work too well and remove the printing ink! SELF-ADHESIVE STAMPS

Some self-adhesive stamps have a special, water-soluble backing, and they can be soaked off envelopes. You just need extra patience, as they may have to soak for an hour or more before they will separate from the backing paper. If you don't want to try soaking, just trim the paper closely around a self-adhesive stamp on cover, and then mount it in your collection with a stamp mount. Read More.

Specialized Section
Some remarkable Cancellations and Postmarks 13

- Dr. Avinash B. Jagtap

The Northern & Punjab Circle Cancellations (Renouf Type 8)

The Experimental Type

The experimental Cancellation Type 8 was that subsequently adopted for the renumbering of 1860. It is an adaptation of Type 5, in that the rectangular space is larger and diagonals are 22x29 mm, figures are 6 mm high. The Experimental Type 8 numbers are seen also in listing of 1855. These were issued to the post offices which were sacked in the mutiny and known as Mutiny Numbers. The earliest date is 1858. The numbers are: 23 (Allygurh), 28(Hattras), 52(Benares), 56(Cawnpore), 64(Delhi), 80(Rewaree), 92(Futtehguhr), 176 (Lucknow), 180 (Meerut), 211 (Mynpooree),256 (Sirsa).

1858 (July) One Anna brown/blue wove Postal stationery envelope used, registered from Delhi to Bombay, with a fine strike of Type 8E 64 numeral and lightly cancelled DELHIE/P.O. double ring cds. In red to the lower left. Backstamped G.P.O./AU 5/ 1858/A.M. endorsed on face Registered letter/N0.287 Registration Fees paid in cash.

1858 (Sept.) Cover from Lucknow to Kent (England), endorsed via Marseilles, franked at 6 As Rate (for covers not over quarter of an ounce) by 1855, 4As (SG44)+2As(SG35) tied by Type 8E 176 numeral cancel of Lucknow and red arrival mark of London alongside, Back-stamps of Lucknow, Bombay and Deal/C/NO.12/58

Renouf Type 8a
Renouf Type 8a differs from the original Type 8 (as under) in that there are lines around the diamond shaped figure as in the case of the obliterator of Phagwara (No. 141). Jal Cooper has noted it as Type 8g. The examples are very rare. Renouf remarks in his monography on Type 8a cancellations, that he has seen that this feature also occurs with number 125 (for Jeypore), but has been listed as normal N0. 8 ( and NOT as 8a) by D.R. Martin in his book Numbers in Early Cancellations 1855-1884.

1866 Mourning cover from Murdan to Nowganj (Bundelkhand) with 2x Half Anna adhesives cancelled by Renouf T.8 cancellation N0. 213 of Murdan, alongside MURDAN/18/NOV .

Backstamped S/RAWALPINDEE/NOV 19/66+LAHORE/S/NOV 20/66+S/COWNPORE/NOV 22/66+NOWGANJ/NO 22 all in red. (D.R.Martin lists Murdan with N0. 213 in 1864 and re issued N0. 88 in the years 1865 -1866)

1866 Miniature cover from Phagwara (N0. 141) with Renouf Type 8a cancellation. Backstamped AUG 6/PHAGWARA/66 in Red

1871 Cover from Umballa (N0. 247) bearing apparently Type 8a cancellations (perhaps resulted due to much used obliterator, has been recorded by D.R.Martin as normal Type 8 )

- Dr. Avinash B. Jagtap : e-mail :


Dr. Satyendra Kumar Agrawal

In all civilizations and all periods until the end of Middle Ages, the most remarkable and most puzzling representations found must be numbered the human forms

bearing the heads of animals. Paintings of mythical animal-human hybrids are among the oldest surviving art ever produced carved by the earliest artists on bone and painted on stones.

It goes back to the dawn of humanity and the oldest is an androgynous felineheaded statuette from Germany, thought to be around 32,000 years old.

Human with feline head from Hohlenstein-Stadel- ca. 30,000 BCE Egypts animal-headed gods are late comers to the art scene compared with these rock paintings/carvings. Early humans were just as fascinated by supernatural "composite" beings that exist between the everyday and spirit worlds. In the distant past, particular animals may have been chosen to embody, to stand for, the powers of a god. A bull represented power, aggression, masculinity, fertility; these could be the attributes of kingship. A hawk, who soars high above the world of humans, seeming to expend no energy in his long hours aloft, and who - far seeing, -can swoop in an instant to capture his

prey in sharp talons, became a symbol of kingship. The cow's large eyes with long lashes, and her generally quiet demeanor suggested a gentle aspect of feminine beauty. Her gift of milk, which could sustain a human child, became of symbol of love and sustenance. Pharonic Egyptian religion was full of zoo cephalic deities. They also believed the animals to be the incarnation of the god or goddess. They had by tradition a great variety of gods and what today can be labeled as spirits and divine forces. Some were depicted just as symbols and others had the form of living creatures. Thus the local wild fauna of birds, crocodiles, snakes, turtles, frogs, plus cattle, dogs, cats and other domesticated animals were considered to be the living images of a particular god or goddess. Most of them were depicted as men and women combined with the head of the animal by which they were represented. Some of them could appear in rather unusual forms like a goddess having a head of a bee and body from a hippopotamus. Popular Egyptian gods and Goddesses with animal features Ram-headed Rams were a symbol of fertility, and as such, the fertility god Heryshef took the form of a ram or a ram-headed man. Khnum the god, who created men on his pottery wheel, also had a ram head. Amun is King of the Gods with the head of a Ram. When Amun was combined with the sun god Ra he was even more powerful. He was then called Amun-Ra.

Jackal-headed The jackal was thought to be a guide to the newly dead because they were often seen in cemeteries. Hence the ancient Egyptians portrayed Anubis: god of embalming and mummification as Man with a jackal head or a jackal. Priests often wore a mask of Anubis during mummification ceremonies.

Few other jackal gods also exist, Wepwawet, the Opener of the Ways, who performed the Opening of the Mouth ceremony on the pharaoh so he would be able to speak in the afterlife, his closely linked god Sed and god named Duamutef, one of the four sons of Horus, who guarded the canopic jar that held the stomach were other Egyptian Jackal headed gods. Cat-headed The Ancient Egyptians had a great respect for cats since they protected the grain from mice and rats. Killing a cat was punishable by death. When a cat died, the family mourned it, shaving their eyebrows to mark their sadness. Cats were sometimes mummified, like people, and their mummies have been found. The Lion or Cat also represented Creation and domestic cat specifically was claimed to be under the protection of Bast, the daughter of Ra, and those who took care of cats; her gifts were joy and pleasure. Bast is depicted as a cat-headed goddess, protector

of women and children. She is also known as a goddess of love, fertility, birth, music & dance.

Shu, god of dry air, and Tefnut, goddess of moist air, were lion-headed and lionessheaded deities respectively. Many more God and Goddess were also lion headed. Sekmet was Goddess of war and battle depicted with a head of a lion. She descended to the earth to destroy the enemies of Ra, and was known as the Eye of Ra. Amongst the list of Egyptian feline goddess we find Mau, a personification of Ra as a cat (Mau being the ancient Egyptian word for cat); Tefnut, means Moisture and represents one of the most primeval forces of creation Tefnut, the wife of Shu and the mother of Nut (the sky) and Geb (the earth) is goddess of the rain with a lioness head. Cow-headed One of the most important and popular deities throughout the history of Ancient Egypt, Hathor was worshiped by Royalty and common people alike. She was a goddess of music, dance, foreign lands and fertility who helped women in childbirth as well as the patron goddess of miners. Hathor, Isis, Nut and Bat were three goddesses who were often depicted as cows, with the horns of cows or with the ears of cows. Because of this, and because of the relationship of the pharaoh as a living god, the cow came to symbolize the mother of the pharaoh.

Osiris was related to the bull - the Apis bull, after death, became Osiris-Apis. While it was still alive, the Apis bull was seen as the Ba of Ptah, mummified god of creation.

Falcon headed The falcon was a bird that had protective powers, and was frequently linked with royalty, where it was depicted as hovering over the head of the pharaoh, with outstretched wings. Ra was the most important and king of all the gods usually shown in human form with a falcon head, crowned with the sun disc encircled by a sacred cobra. He sailed across the heavens in a boat called the 'Barque of Millions of Years'. At the end of each day Ra was thought to die and sailed on his night voyage through the Underworld, leaving the Moon to light the world above. The boat would sail through the twelve doors, representing the twelve hours of night-time. The next dawn, he was born again.

Solar god Horus is also falcon-headed. Horus' crown is made of two parts. The white part is the crown of Upper Egypt (in the south) and the red part is the crown of Lower Egypt (including the Nile delta). Together they show that Horus ruled all Egypt. During their reign, Pharaohs identified themselves with Horus. One of the best-preserved temples in Egypt today was dedicated to Horus. It is located in Upper Egypt at a town called Edfu.

His son Qebehsenuef, who guarded the canopic jar of the intestines, was also a falcon-headed god.

Scorpion-headed Serqet was a scorpion goddess and was usually depicted with a scorpion on her head and featured in spells to both avoid and cure venomous bites. Other scorpion headed god and goddesses are shed, a god known as 'the savior, Tabitjet the scorpion goddess, related to the bleeding caused by the loss of virginity.

Ibis-headed Thoth was the god of writing, knowledge and wisdom portrayed as an ibis-headed man wearing a crown consisting of a crescent moon.

The ancient Egyptians believed that Thoth gave them the gift of hieroglyphic writing. Scarab-headed The scarab beetle lays its eggs in a ball of dung. Then, it rolls the ball along the ground until the young beetles are ready to hatch. When the young beetles are ready, they crawl out of the ball.

The ancient Egyptians believed that the beetles just appeared from nowhere- as they believed that their creator god had appeared from nowhere. Thus, they thought that the scarab beetle was special and Khepri, the god of creation, the movement of the sun, and rebirth was depicted as a man with the head of a scarab or as a scarab beetle. Seth-headed Seth represented everything that threatened harmony in Egypt. He was the god of chaos depicted with the head of a 'Seth animal'.

Hippopotamus-headed Tawaret was a goddess who protected women during pregnancy and childbirth. She appears like a hippopotamus with the arms and legs of a lion, the back and tail of a crocodile, and the breasts and stomach of a pregnant woman. She was one of the most popular goddesses of the household, particularly among expectant mothers because of her protective powers.

Conclusion Animal-headed gods and goddesses started out as animals, became revered as deities for their various powers and attributes, and then later were turned into humanoid deities with animal heads. The animal head represents the particular animal nature and powers of that particular deity.

- Dr Satyendra Kumar Agarwal email :

New Issues from other countries

Australia 3 September 2013 Poultry Breeds 3 val + MS 4 September 2013 Childrens health 3 val + MS 9 October 2013 Australasian Antarctic Expedition 5 val + MS

Pakistan 21 September 2013 Legendary Singer Noorjahan Rs 8 Poland

11 September 2013 : Poland - Romania Joint Issue : Folk Art - Traditional National Costumes


20 SEPTEMBER 2013 : "Break Barriers - Open Doors" 5 Val. The United Nations Postal Administration issued six stamps on the theme "Break Barriers Open Doors". For this stamp issue, UNPA selected artists from around the world with incredible stories that highlight the positive power of full and equal participation of peoples with disabilities.


23 September 2013 : Music Icon Ray Charles Forever stamp

The Lighter Side POST OFFICE RED

-Anil Dhir
The quaint shop-cum-post office was just outside the main entrance of the Shantadurga Temple at Ponda, Goa. I was there to attend a six day Hindu Conference being held at the nearby

Ramnathi Temple. The organisers had put me up in at the Shatnadurga Temple nearby, which, besides being a beautiful and serene place, had a sprawling complex with more than 100 rooms for the pilgrims.

Every morning, when I left early for the meet, I would see the closed shop, the bright red colour shining and glazed in the monsoon rain. Shanta Store and Cold Drink Gift Centre with Taxi Available here if you called Umesh Naik at the given cell number. I was told at during the evenings, the shop even sold liquor from its counter, something which is very common to Goa. I wanted to come to the post office while it was open, but could not make time from the deliberations at the conference. The small wayside room housed the Quela Branch Post Office (Pin Code 403401), and comes under the Goa Division of the Goa-Panaji Region of India Post. Quela is a small old village in Ponda Taluk in North Goa. Even though the place it now better known as Ponda, the post office is still named from the Portuguese times. I do not know why, but the Post Office just fascinated me. Every morning, when I would step out of the temple compound to a dark clouds hovering and rain lashing day, the small red post office would confront me. All the six days I was there, I would photograph the closed shop to the amusement of the flower sellers nearby. A curious few would even questioned me, they found it rather strange that a visitor ignored the beautiful temple and took photos of a closed nondescript post office. At the end of my stay, I had more than four dozen photos. It was red and white all the way. Besides the Coca Cola signage, the roof was red tiled, even the floor was a faded red oxide one. The stand where the pilgrims kept their shoes, the shutters, the rain water gutter where the tiles ended, were all red. I realised that the red colour would not be prominent and eye-catching when the post office and shop would be open. Red is the color of life. It is blood, passion and rage. Red is also the color of love. For lovers it is beating hearts and hungry lips, Roses, Valentines and cherries. It is also broken hearts. But then red is the color of shame too. Crimson cheeks and spilled blood. Red is the ultimate cure for sadness.

PostOffice red : a deep reddish orange to dark reddish brown Coca Cola red : also called cardinal red, bright red, pantone 185 While people generally perceive Goa to be a beach destination, the real charm and beauty of this small state lies in its countryside. The sheer beauty of the many temples and churches that dot the entire state makes it a good destination for the religious tourist. The villages of Goa are colourful, generally densely packed with houses, painted in gay colours. Alleyways separate the houses and the villagers usually roam on bullock carts, scooters, cycles, etc. The villages of Goa, in real sense, are the lands of harmony, amenability and peacefulness. The villagers love to live together and preserve their ancient tradition and culture. During the monsoons, Goa is a riot of colours. The green of the lush fields and the palm fronds, the yellow and red flowers on the trees, the gardens and the hanging pots in the small houses, the painted wicket gates, colourful umbrellas, the white washed churches and the multi-hued templesall are a delight for the eyes. And yes, a red coloured post office-cum-coca-cola and gift store too. - Anil Dhir : email -

The unissued stamps of the WorldPart 2 This is a series from the collection Hedley Adams Mobb. He had the finest collection of unissued stamps. Some great philatelic enthusaiasts like Franklin D Roosevelt, P ope Pius XII and Boswll Sisters donated him their collections. The details have been taken from website : The World of Hedley Adams Mobb

Like most boys of the period Hedley Adams Mobb collected everything from birds' eggs to cigarette cards. By his fifteenth birthday he had amassed a fine collection of Penny Blacks. His grandfather Adam Adams, a local Liberal politician, was friendly with Mr. Gladstone and Sir Ewerby Thorpe - Keeper of the King's Philately. In 1919 Thorpe gave Hedley Mobbs the responsibility of looking after the 'Unissueds' that were in The Royal Collection. This was because King George V didn't appreciate or want them and they could not be sold. Hedley Mobbs put together the finest collection of 'Unissueds' from the world over. The collection spanned a period of fifty years. In 1969 Hedley Mobbs died - the collection lives on.

Ascension : Roller Coaster

The 1956 6d Ascension definitive originally showed the magnificent Bay City Roller Coaster, the only one in the world that has ever been built in the ocean.It cost a staggering two and a half million pounds but due to operating difficulties never opened and by 1960 had collapsed into a watery grave. The designers Bradbury, Wilkinson, under guidance from the Crown Agents, had to hastily amend the stamp. This is the reason that the issued design ROLLERS is so unutterably, mind -numbingly dull. This unhappy event was finally ended when the stamps were issued in November 1956, eleven months later than originally planned. Bahamas : Old Constitution

Stamps with the overprint OLD CONSTITUTION, celebrating the continuous running of the Legislative Council, were surprisingly withdrawn from issue when a new set was released on 7th January 1964. The new overprint was almost identical to the old one, which was due for release on 1st April. Bradbury Wilkinson performed the overprinting on both occasions. This set of definitives was also overprinted for the Bahamas Talks, 1962 and the 1964 Olympics. The 8d definitive was overprinted MORNING CONSTITUTIONAL 1965, for a Government health campaign, but it was never issued.

Urdu Philatelic Poem

A combination of philately and Urdu poetry, a philatelic Ghazal has been sent by our distinguished reader Deepak Dube from Korba (Chhattisgarh). The ghazal from Mr Dube is under the title 'Vaah Daak', seeks to capture the passion ,

purpose and purport of Philately as it engages its pure hobbyist and student. The poetic merit of the piece is that it is a proper Urdu ghazal , set in a traditional Urdu metre. Hindi and Urdu Readers can read the poem Vaah Daak .at following link

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Dr Avinash B. Jagtap - Switzerland
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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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Indian Cinema through Postage Stamps Philately Division of India Post issued 8 page hardcover book, containing 44 postage stamps issued on Indian Cinema. This book is available at all Philatelic Bureaux . Price Rs 1000.

Art and Culture of India

India Post issued another book on Art and Culture of India. It contains 42 stamps and 1 MS issued on various themes like Greetings, Taj Mahal, paintings, Handicrafts, Textiles, gems and Jewellery, Festivals, Mimiature Paintings Dances , Masks etc. The book is available at all Philatelic Bureaux . Price Rs 2500.

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