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Vol. VII

Issue # 75

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 and by post to Ms. Jeevan Jyoti, c / o Mr. Ajay Srivastav, CCF, GHNP , 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

Europa 2014 : National Musical Instruments

Date of Issue : 6 March 2014

The theme for this years EUROPA stamps is National Musical Instruments. All Euroapa stamps of this year will feature National Musical Instruments of the respective countries.

Dear Reader,

I am pleased to release March 2014 issue of Rainbow Stamp News. India Post organized a number of district level and a few state level exhibitions in different cities all over the country in the month of February and some more exhibitions are scheduled for the month of March. During these exhibitions, special covers on a variety of subjects were also released. It is definitely a good philatelic activity at various places. But the time of the exhibitions is not suitable for school children as final exams are held in all schools of India during February - March months. So many children are unable to visit these stamp shows. India Post should not organize such exhibitions at peak examination time but choose proper time for such shows. So that the maximum number of school children may get the opportunity to visit, participate and become the part of these exhibitions.
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


Philately is the study and collection of postage stamps. It has always been an interesting hobby. For encouraging this, the Indian Postal department had started Philatelic Bureaus. At present there are as many as 66 civilian and 2 CBPOs are working across the country to serve philatelists. The main aim of the bureaus is to provide philatelic items such as Indian stamps, first day covers, cancellations, souvenir sheets, souvenirs, information brochures etc. to philatelists to help them and to promote this hobby. There is provision of opening of Philatelic Deposit Accounts at these bureaus which provide new issues of stamps and other required material to the account holders. To help this cause Indian Postal Authorities opened 6 philatelic bureaus long back in 1948 in major post offices such as Mumbai, Kolkatta etc. followed by long list in the following years. Of late, it is heard and read that as many as 13 nos. of new philatelic bureaus are being opened all over in India by India Post under their so called expansion and promotion policy. This opening of the bureaus will take the toll to 81.Certainly an appreciable figure and act to help philatelists in India. But as far as I am concerned, I am not at all happy with this expansion program. Looking in to the present poor, unorganized and badly mis-managed working of most of the bureaus, I feel there is a need of contraction program. I really dont understand whether these philatelic bureaus are philatelic bureaus or postal counters which actually serve a handful of philatelists and rest to some selected non philatelists. I dont find real utility of the opening of new philatelic bureau when they fail to serve philatelists in true sense. One must understand these philatelic bureaus are meant to serve philatelists and philatelists only. For sale of stamps there are postal counters and windows in all post offices of all levels and are sold to general public whose interest is

to purchase stamps solely for postage purpose where as in philatelic bureaus not only stamps but other postal and philatelic material of interest of philatelists is also sold mainly for collection purpose. My above quote is justified when we seriously look in to the working of the existing bureaus all around and find : 1. Less staff and also lack of regular, trained and dedicated staff. Untrained persons fail to serve philatelists as they dont understand philatelic terms and requirements of the philatelists 2. Non availability of material is another big setback in the working of these bureaus. Stamps issued today are sometimes made available after many many days. 3. First Day cancellations are not provided in time and sometimes not provided at all 4. No information about stamp issue program 5. Non delivery of stamps to the account holders in time i.e. delayed service 6. Improper care and attention to the visiting members by the staff i.e. poor interaction with the visiting philatelists. 7. Staff overloaded and over burdened with other works in the bureau itself 8. Bureau a good purchase counter for the stamp dealers at the cost of non delivery of material to the members. Deptt may be happy for good sale but philatelists are disappointed for whom the bureaus are opened. 9. At some place staff wishes to serve philatelic dealers and not the philatelists. 10. Quick shuffling of the staff also causes problems to the members 11. Improper set up of some of the bureaus We regularly read in various magazines and journals about malfunctioning of the bureaus A few examples are ; 1. Our Experience & Fraudulent working of Dehradun Philatelic Bureau Aug 19th, 2010 by 2. Truth of Delhi Philatelic Bureau Posted on February 12, 2014 by PhilaMirror

3. Rainbow stamp Blog February 3, 2014 mentions non availability of Souvenir Sheet on Bi-centenary celebrations of Indian Museum issued on 2 February 2014 in Philatelic Bureaus By writing this ,I dont mean that all the bureaus are working badly. There are certain bureaus which work very nicely and are model. We do hear about satisfactory services being provided by those . I feel instead of opening so many new , deptt should think about bettering the existing ones by providing trained, dedicated but regular staff, providing better equipments and giving proper communication to them to be fed to the members and by supplying sufficient materials and cancellations in time.

Well, as the bureaus are opening, while I congratulate India Post, I wish these serve philatelists in the desired way and not the stamp dealers or the investors.
- Naresh Agarwal : email :

Recent Indian Issues

14 January 2014 : Food Corporation of India Rs 5 30 January 2014 : International Year of Crystallography Rs 20 2 February 2014 : Indian Museum. Kolkata s/s Rs 45 8 February 2014 : Jagjit Singh Rs 5 & Rs 20

11 February 2014 : Central Vigilance Commission Rs 5 25 February 2014 : Hasrat Mohani Rs 5

Recent Special Covers

6 January 2014 : Golden Jubilee of Joy Senior Secondary School, Jabalpur 7 January 2014 : 80th Kannada Sahithya Sammelana, Madikeri 8 January 2014 : Golden Jubilee of Nesamony Memorial Christian College, Marthandam Nagercoil

9 January 2014 : Golden Jubilee of Goa State Assembly 12 January 2014 : 80th anniversary of Mahatma Gandhis visit to Payyanur, Kerala 13 January 2014 : Janaseva Foundation, Pune 20 January 2014 : Nypunyam - Global Needs - Local Skills - Summit 2014-

21 January 2014 : 21st Foundation Day of Tezpur University Tezpur (Assam) 31 January 2014 : RAIPEX 2014 : Laxman Temple, Sirpur 1 February 2014 : Centenary Celebration of First Felicitation of Rabindranath Tagore as Nobel Laureate, Kolkata 2 February 2014 : 57th All India Congress of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Patna

5 February 2014 : Chitrali ( Distt. level Philatelic Exhibition, New Delhi ): Santoor , New Delhi 5 February 2014 : Chitrali ( Distt. level Philatelic Exhibition, New Delhi ) : New Delhi Municipal Council, New Delhi 6 February 2014 : Chitrali ( Distt. level Philatelic Exhibition, New Delhi ):Red Panda 6 February 2014 : Chitrali ( Distt. level Philatelic Exhibition, New Delhi ):Save Sparrow 6 February 2014 : : Chitrali ( Distt. level Philatelic Exhibition, New Delhi ): IIT New Delhi 7 February 2014 : : Chitrali ( Distt. level Philatelic Exhibition, New Delhi ): The Morris Fire Engine with 100 years of glorious service 10 February 2014 : 50 Years of St John.s College, Anchal 22 February 2014 : Gaya Stamp Festival 2014 : Buddha - Gaya 9 February 2014 : EIPEX 2014 : Mangalajodi, the bird sanctuary (Orissa) 22 February 2014 : Spring Festival Dehradun 24 February 2014 : AJPEX 2014 : Fort of Akbar - Ajmer

In The News
New Website on Philately launched

Praful Thakkars Exotic Gallery of Indian Philately

Mr. Praful Thakkar, President of Gujarat Philatelists Association has launched on 25 th February 2014 a dedicated Website, to Philatelic resources of India. It provides wide range of Information on various topics of Indian Philately like Stamps, Covers, FDCs, Se tenants, Cards, Folders, Cancellations etcThe Website is launched with a view to promote the hobby of Philately and serve the interests of Philatelists without any Commercial angle. The object of launching this website is to provide collectors the right information & various Checklists for his or her Themes. It will enable them to prepare and present their Exhibits in proper perspective.

New Philatelic Book on Antarctica theme released..

A book titled "Indian Antarctic Expedition-Philatelist's Guide" by well known philatelist Sh. Abhai Mishra was released by Sh. RC Agarwal, Outstanding Scientist & Director DEAL in a glittering function, held at DEAL Officers Institute, Raipur Road, Dehradun. The function was attended by large gathering of scientists, philatelists and veterans of Indian Antarctic Expedition.

The John E. du Pont British Guiana Collection to be sold by David Feldman S.A. on June 27, 2014

John E. du Pont earned fame and notoriety for his position as a beneficiary of the Du Pont chemical company fortune and regrettably later in his life, for responsibility of the death of Olympic gold medal wrestler Dave Schultz in 1996, for which he was convicted and spent the last years of his life in prison. However, little is known about his fame and honours as a stamp collector! John du Pont always had an interest in stamps and stamp collecting and formed several fine collections including those of Canada and its pre-dominion provinces such as New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland, as well as Samoa, Falkland Islands and some Eastern European areas. However, his greatest philatelic accomplishment was the building of a great collection of the old British Colony known as British Guiana; du Pont achieved no less than 5 Grand Prix Awards including a National, International and Grand Prix dHonneur at various international philatelic exhibitions which ranked him third in the all-time list of multiple Grand Prix winners in 2000. However, his most coveted and treasured win was that Grand Prix for the British Guiana at the Ameripex International Exhibition in Chicago, 1986. Here he showed, along with the collection, the famous ONE CENT stamp of 1856 often credited as the most valuable stamp in the world indeed du Pont had bought this stamp for a then world record price of $935,000 in 1980. Since his death in December 2010 many rumours hinted to the sale of the Collection and the famous One Cent stamp; these rumours are now confirmed by recent announcements by Sothebys where it is thought that their offer of the One Cent on June 17 in New York, may well break down the barriers of the philatelic market and attract a buyer outside the philatelic world. Today, the well-known stamp auction company of David Feldman announced that it has been selected to offer du Ponts Grand Prix Collection of British Guiana including over 200 individual items including great single rarities with mint, used and original covers, at its own auction ten days later in Geneva, Switzerland. The collection will be offered on June 27 in Geneva, Switzerland.

David Feldman is one of the worlds leading philatelic auction houses and currently holds the records for having sold the most expensive single stamp (The Treskilling

Yellow of Sweden for CHF 2,875,000 in 1996) and the most expensive philatelic item (The Mauritius Bordeaux Cover sold at CHF 6,123,500 in 1993), and numerous other records. It has offices in Geneva, Hong Kong and New York City. Read More

Steve Jobs Is Getting A Postage Stamp

According to a list of upcoming subjects obtained by The Washington Post, Steve Jobs is set to get a limited release stamp in 2015 alongside the likes of Johnny Carson, Elvis Presley, James Brown, and an as-of-yet unnamed group of Science Fiction writers. The Steve Jobs stamp is listed as In Design so theres no image of what the actual stamp will look like just yet. The one pictured above is, of course, just a quick mockup. Ireland withdraws stamp over Image

Denise McCarty writes in Linn's Stamp News, "Ireland's An Post halted the sale of a stamp on what would have been its first day of issue over a possible case of mistaken identity." The stamp features a photograph of a man believed to be Captain Jack White, a former British Army Officer who volunteered, in 1913, to train the new Irish Citizen Army. According to Linn's, "This image, which was researched and verified, has been widely used over the years in academic journals and other publications. However, following advance publicity for the stamp...a number of historians have disputed the veracity of the image saying the man depicted is not Jack White."

Linn's reports at least one pane of 15 stamps has been offered for sale by a dealer in Ireland.

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Rare stamp could bring millions at NYC auction

New York (AP) It could be called The Little Stamp That Could. Three times in its long history, the 1-cent postage stamp from a 19th century British colony in South America has broken the auction record for a single stamp. Now, its poised to become the worlds most valuable stamp again. Sothebys predicts the 1856 British Guiana One-Cent Magenta will sell for between $10 million and $20 million when its offered in New York on June 17. Youre not going to find anything rarer than this, said Allen Kane, director of the Smithsonian National Postal Museum. Its a stamp the world of collectors has been dying to see for a long time. Measuring 1 inch-by-1 1/4 inches, the feather-light One-Cent Magenta hasnt been on public view since 1986. It is the only major stamp absent from the British Royal Familys private Royal Philatelic Collection. An 1855 Swedish stamp, which sold for $2.3 million in 1996, currently holds the auction record for a single. This is the superstar of the stamp world, said David Redden, Sothebys worldwide chairman of books and manuscripts, adding that the stamp will travel to London and Hong Kong before being sold. Printed in black on magenta paper, it bears the image of a three-masted ship and the colonys motto, in Latin, we give and expect in return. The stamp went into circulation after a shipment of stamps was delayed from London and the postmaster asked printers for the Royal Gazette newspaper in Georgetown in British Guiana to produce three stamps until the shipment arrived: A 1-cent magenta, a 4-cent magenta and a 4-cent blue.

To safeguard against forgery, the postmaster ordered that the stamps be initialed by a post office employee.While multiple examples of the 4-cent stamps have survived, only the one tiny cent issue is known to exist today. Its first owner was a 12-year-old Scottish boy living in South America who added it to his collection after finding it among family papers in 1873. He soon sold it for a few shillings to a local collector, Neil McKinnon, so he could afford to buy other stamps. McKinnon kept it for five years before selling it to a Liverpool dealer who recognized the unassuming stamp as highly uncommon. He paid 120 pounds for it and quickly resold it for 150 pounds to Count Philippe la Renotiere von Ferrary, one of the worlds greatest stamp collectors. Upon his death in 1917, the count bequeathed his stamp collection to the Postmuseum in Berlin. The collection was later seized by France as war reparations and sold off in a series of 14 auctions with the One-Cent Magenta bringing $35,000 in 1922 an auction record for a single stamp. Arthur Hind, a textile magnate from Utica, N.Y., was the buyer. Among those bidding against him was King George V. It is the one major piece absent from the Royal Familys heirloom collection, Beech said. Upon Hinds death in 1933, the stamp was put into an auction with the rest of his collection but was withdrawn after his widow, who claimed it was left to her, brought a lawsuit. The next owner was Frederick Small, an Australian engineer living in Florida who purchased it privately from Hinds widow for $45,000 in 1940. Thirty years later, he consigned the stamp to a New York auction where it was purchased by an investment consortium for $280,000 another record. The stamp set its third record in 1980 when it sold for $935,000 to du Pont.Beech said likely buyers in June could be some of the worlds biggest philatelic collectors, such as bond dealer Bill Gross, or a syndicate from anywhere in the world.

Read More India Post's biggest mistake in Jagjit Singh's Commemorative Stamp Brochure - 8th February 2014. Noted philatelist Mr Prashant Pandya of Vadodara noticed following mistake in the brochure of recent Jagjit Singh stamps. It shows that data compiled for publication in brochure is not thoroughly checked by the authorities of India Post.

In the publicity brochure of Jagjit Singh's commemorative stamp India Post has made a biggest mistake. It has been mentioned that India Post is paying tribute to Shri Jagjit Singh by issuing Se-tenant Stamp on the occasion of his Birth Centenary. Shri Jagjit Singh was born on 8th February 1941 and this year we are celebrating 73rd Birth Anniversary. How could Birth Centenary be celebrated in 2014 ?

Sachin Tendulkar stamps during farewell series breached postal rules: RTI
During Sachin Tendulkar's farewell series against the West Indies in November 2013, the Mumbai Cricket Association paid numerous tributes to the master blaster, one of which was to issue a commemorative postage stamp in legend's honour. Three months after the event, an RTI has exposed that the postal department broke its rules to produce the stamp in a hurry.

In a reply to an RTI, the postal department has said that postal rules were breached while issuing commemorative postage stamps in Sachin Tendulkar's honour during his farewell series in November 2013.

In an RTI filed by activist Subhash Aggarwal, it has been revealed that the commemorative stamp on Tendulkar, that was issued on November 14, 2013 was rushed through bypassing the postal rules. Aggarwal filed the RTI on December 24, 2013. According to rules, it takes more than 20 days to issue commemorative stamps and these kind of stamps are issued only 10 years after the death of the personality or in honour of head of nations, in exceptions. According to a report in the Times of India, both these rules were breached when Union minister and MCA president Sharad Pawar got the stamps issued within 20 days of the request sent by him. "The desired date of release of this proposed stamp was November 14, 2013 which was merely 20 days away and pre-production formalities of a stamp require a longer time for printing of a good quality stamp and its distribution nationwide on the date of release," said Rashi Sharma, director (Philately) & First Appellate Authority department, in reply to the RTI. "It would be relevant to mention here that as per the rule 13 of 'Rules for issue of Commemorative Postage Stamps,' no stamp will be issued on a living personality. The personalities on whom commemorative postage stamp may be issued should be of national or international importance. The occasion to be commemorated must be the birth centenary or 10th, 25th, and I00th death anniversary. Stamps can be issued no sooner than 10 years after an individual's death," she added. Read More

Bal Thackeray stamp not cleared; Jyoti Basu's in July

New Delhi, Feb 5 (PTI): A government panel has so far not approved the issuing of commemorative stamp on Shiv Sena patriarch Balasaheb Thackeray, Parliament was informed today.

The statement placed in the Lok Sabha by Minister of State for Communications and IT Killi Kruparani showed that 16 names out of 86 in all were "not approved" or were "placed before sub-committee meeting held on June 7, 2013 but could not be approved". The names listed in Kruparani's reply included that of Thackeray, who died on November 17, 2012. The commemorative stamps are approved by Philatelic Advisory Committee which meets once a year. The sub-committee has been formed to consider the proposals in case the committee is not able to meet. The status report showed that the commemorative stamp of ghazal singer Jagjit Singh is likely to be released on February 8 and a stamp of Communist Party of India (Marxist) leader Jyoti Basu is due for release on July 8 this year. Several other names such as Amrita Shergill, Harkishan Singh Surjeet, Sarat Chandra Sinha and Parmanand Deepchand Hinduja are being considered. The list from Maharashtra had 18 proposals, highest from a state, out of which seven were approved including that of Cricket star Sachin Tendulkar which was released on the eve of his last test match. The other names that have not been approved by the sub-committee of Philatelic Advisory Committee included Mandali Venkata Krishna Rao of Andhra Pradesh, TP Kelu Nambiar and Stephen Padua from Kerala, Thakur Niranjan Singh, Col Ajay Narain Mushran from Madhya Pradesh. The other names are: Vishasrao Dattajirao Chowgule, Chakradhar Swami and Pranlal Bhogilal from Maharashtra, U Soso Tham from Meghalaya, Dr Sitaram Lalas from Rajasthan, Swami Satchidananda, Dr Mathuram Santosham and Dr P Sivandhi Adityan from Tamil Nadu, Devi Prasad Rahi from Uttar Pradesh were also not approved, the status report said.

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Booklet on Sachin Tendulkar released at Silipex-2014

A Booklet on Sachin Tendulkar was released at SILIPEX 2014, Siliguri.

Philatelic Exhibitions

MALAYSIA 2014 - 29th Asian International Stamp Exhibition

and World Youth Malaysia 2014

MALAYSIA 2014, the 29th Asian International Stamp Exhibition and World Youth Malaysia 2014 will be held from 1 to 6 December 2014 at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Center. Prof. Sahadeva Sahoo is the Commissioner from India for this exhibition. Official Website : Details of the exhibitions are available at following link :

For participation please contact :

Prof. Sahadeva Sahoo 'Saswat', D-3, B. J. B. Nagar,Bhubaneswar 751014 Phone +91674 2432251 Mobile +91 9337103542 email :

Last Date : Please Send forms along with copy of Title page by March 20th to the

BIRDPEX 2014 International stamp exhibition on Birds

BIRDPEX is an international philatelic exhibition on "birds" that takes place every four years. After Christchurch (New Zealand , 1990), Rosenheim (Germany, 1994), London (United Kingdom, 1998), Leek (the Netherlands, 2002), Nrresundby (Denmark, 2006) and Antwerp (Belgium, 2010), the 7th edition will take place in Poitiers (France)

For any info contact email : Jean-Francois Duranceau , 2 rue de Berry, 86170

AVANTON (France) email :

List of Participants at BIRDPEX 2014, Poitiers

List of participants at BIRDPEX 2014, Poitiers is available at following link .


PHILAKOREA 2014 - World Stamp Exhibition will be held in COEX Hall A, Seoul from 7-12 August 2014. Website :
Download Form

Mr Surendra A. Kotadia is the National Commissioner for India. He may be contacted at following address.

TELEPHONE + 91 22 22024130/31 MOBILE + 91 98199 03789 FAX + 91 22 22843275 E-MAIL -

Saudi - 2013

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, National Commissioner for this exhibition may be contacted at : email: (M) +919969571767

KULLUPEX 2014 A district level stamp exhibition was held in Kullu from 25-26 February 2014 at Dev Sadan Kullu. No special cover was issued during the exhibition. SIMPEX 2014 , Shimla A District level Philatelic Exhibition SIMPEX 2014 will be held in Shimla from 23-25th March 2014.

JHARPEX- 2014 - Jharkhand State Level Philatelic Exhibition at Jamshedpur

Jharkhand Postal Circle is going to organize a State Level Philatelic Exhibition JHARPEX 2014 at Tulsi Bhawan, Bistupur, Jamshedpur from 11th to 13th March 2014. For more information please contact : Secretariat, JHARPEX-2014, O/o the Chief Postmaster General, Jharkhand Circle, Ranchi-834 002, Phone No. 0651-2482548/ 2481125

Philatelic Exhibition at Thiruvananthapuram

Ananthapuri Philatelic Association, is organising a Philatelic Exhibition at Thiruvananthapuram from 28th February to 2nd March 2014. The venue will be YMCA Hall, Statue, Thiruvananthapuram. The exhibition will remain open from 9.30 am to 7.00 pm on all days. For more details contact V.Balakrishnan Nair, President,( Mobile No.09446028188) / P.Mohanachandran Nair, Secretary (Mobile No.09387801948) \

News from Philatelic Societies

EIPEX-2014, 2nd Eastern India Philatelic Exhibition : 8th - 9th February 2014
The 2nd Eastern India Philatelic Exhibition, EIPEX-2014 was organised by the Eastern India Philatelists Association with the active support of the Department of Posts at Kalinga Buddha Vihara, Unit-IX, Bhubaneswar-751009. The theme of the exhibition was Save our Environment. The Exhibition was inaugurated by Shri Bijoyshree Routray, Honorable Cabinet Minister for Forest and Environment, Govt. of Odisha on 8th February 2014. The exhibition continued for two days on 8th & 9th, February, 2014. 44 exhibitors have displayed their exhibits in 100 frames. 14 Philatelic Dealers counters and one Philatelic Counter of the Department of Posts and one counter for Make my Stamps catered the needs of philatelists and stamp lovers.

A special cover on endangered Birds of Mangalajodi, the bird sanctuary of Chilika Lake was released on 09th February 2014 at Mangalajodi. A set of 8 picture postcards on the endangered birds were also released by the Minister at Mangalajodi on the same day. 50 philatelists from all over Odhisa witnessed the function at Mangalajodi about 70 Km from Bhubaneswar.

News from Rajkot Philatelic Society

14th Annual General Meeting of Rajkot Philatelic Society was held on 26th January 2014 at Organic mall, Panchvati main road, Rajkot. Following office bearers were nominated for the year 2014-2015 PRESIDENT VICE-PRESEDENT Hon. SECRETARY Hon. Jt.SECRETARY Hon.TREASURER INTERNAL AUDITOR Shri. Madhav Jasapara Dr.Paresh Upadhyay & Mr.Haresh Raval Advocate Shri. Jignesh Shah & Shri.Ketan Udani Dr. H.D.Joshi , & Mr. Sanjay Rathod Mr. Tushar Metha & Mr. Khushal Patel Shri.Y.C.Anadkat


A Philatelic Exhibition on Mahatma Gandhi was organized by Gandhian Study Center , MNVSC , Gujarati Tv & Rajkot Philatelic Society from 28-30 January 2014 at Shri.M & N Virani Science college Central hall , Rajkot. The Exhibition was inaugurated 0n 28th January 2014 by Shri. Honble Chaiman of Yogidham & Honble SSP Shri. M.R.Trevadi was the chief guest . There were about 50 frames of exhibits on display , mostly on Gandhi theme along with the display of 42 original magazines.

On 30th January, a Special Cover & special cancellation was released The Sp.Cover is unique as it is printed on "Khadi", the special processed Handspun cotton material .

- Khushal Patel, Rajkot Philatelic Society, Rajkot email :

Remembering Shri G. Madan Mohan Das

I am sharing here an article published in Madras Musings in the memory of Shri G. Madan Mohan Das, a veteran philatelist who passed away last month.

A doyen of Philately
by G. Ram Mohan

Madan Mohan Das

It is not often that we have had among the citizens of Chennai someone who was nationally acclaimed as an authority in his chosen field of interest and who had often served as the National Commissioner for India (something like the captain of an Indian t eam) at international competitions held in his field in capital cities abroad. One such rare person was Madan Mohan Das, the doyen of philately in Chennai. In his passing away last month at the age of 90, philatelists in Chennai have lost their leader, who had been a source of inspiration and guidance to them for the past 50 years.

Image of 1854 Lithograph which Madan Bhai was an expert on.

Philately (or stamp collection in laymans terminology) has been often described as the king of hobbies and the hobby of kings. Madan Mohan Das, or Madan Bhai as he was affectionately called by his admirers, was the uncrowned king of philately in Chennai. He was from a Gujarati business family, originally from Surat, that had settled in Tamil Nadu over three centuries ago. The family was initially based in Srirangam and was known for the gifts and endowments made by the family members to the Ranganathaswami temple there. Later, they shifted to Madras and settled in Sowcarpet. Madan Bhais father was a prosperous shipping agent. As a boy he often went to the harbour with his father. There, in the dust bins in the offices and outside, he would see used postal envelopes from all over the world, with colourful stamps affixed on them. He started collecting them, and soon it became an all-absorbing hobby. Then, quite by accident, he came across a Varadaraja Chettiar, an enthusiastic philatelist from Nellikkuppam, who had been tutored in the intricacies of philately by an Englishman then employed in the Parrys Confectionary factory in Nellikkuppam. Chettiar would visit young Madan whenever he was in Madras and would often pay for and take the stamps collected by his young friend. Madan Bhai graduated from St. Josephs College, Trichy, and started his career in banking with the Indian Bank in Chennai in 1948. His job took him to Bombay in 1950 which was then, as now, the capital of philately in India. He made friends with the well-known philatelists of that era in Bombay, like J.N. Cooper, R.F. Shroff, R. Wadia and Dhirubhai Mehta. He learnt from them all the subtleties and refinements of philately (as different from mere stamp collecting). He soon developed special thematic collections of his own. He first developed an interest in collecting stamps known as Indian Classics a term used to describe early issues of stamps and rare stamps over 150 years old. It was, obviously, very difficult to come across material for such a collection. But Madan Bhai scoured the market with such vigour and enthusiasm that he soon had a sizeable collection of Classics. Read more

Beginners Section
Postal Administrations Ceylon Sri Lanka

The Sri Lankan independence movement was a peaceful political movement which aimed at achieving independence and self-rule for Ceylon from the British Empire. It was initiated around the turn of the 20th century lead mostly by the educated middle class and ultimately was successful when 4th February, 1948 Ceylon was granted independence as the Dominion of Ceylon. Dominion status within the British Commonwealth was retained for the next 24 years until 22nd May, 1972 when it became a republic and was renamed the Republic of Sri Lanka. Nauru

On 31st January 1968, Nauru (formerly Pleasant Island) declared independence. Nauru is the smallest republic in the world and is an island of just 8.1 sq mi in area.

Little is recorded about Naurus history before British whaler Captain Jo hn Fearn came across it in 1798 on his way to China and named it Pleasant Island. Germany established sovereignty over Nauru in 1888 and in 1914 incorporated it into the German Marshall Islands. After World War I, Nauru became a League of Nations mandate administered by Australia, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom. During World War II, Nauru was occupied by Japanese troops, who were bypassed by the Allied advance across the Pacific. After the war ended, the country entered into trusteeship again.

Specialized Section Some Remarkable Cancellations and Postmarks 17/2

- Dr Avinsh B. Jagtap

Variations in Renouf Type 9 Cancellations 3. Lettering:

(a) Size of the letters: The size of the letters in the cancellations vary as given below: ______________________________________________________________________ ____ Size No. Illustration No. Date Alphabets 1 1 see in previous 13-Aug.-1873 Hgt. 2.5mm/ Wdth.1.5mm article17/1 2 2 as above 30-Nov.-1873 Hgt. 4.5mm/ Wdth. 3.0mm

(b) Letters without Serif: Illustration No. 5 shows a letter-sheet dated 2. February 1864 from Lucknow (P.O.No.162) to Calcutta has letters without serif.

Illustration N0. 5

(c) Letters with Serif: Illustration No. 6 shows a letter sheet dated 20th Aug. 1867 from Lucknow (P.O.No.129) to Calcutta has letters with serif.

Illustration No. 6

4. Fleuron:
Fleuron means a flower shaped ornament used especially in architectural decoration and on coins, medals, armours etc. Fleuron appears in the left-hand half of Type 9 duplex cancellation, beneath the name of the town as in above illustrations. Again there are two varieties in this category, depending upon one or two fleurons (s. Illustrations 7 & 8).

Illustration No. 7

Illustration No. 8

N.B. The original article dealing with Renouf Type 9 was compiled by Dr.Avinash B. Jagtap and Mr.Anand Shirolkar in IND DAK April 2001 & May-June 2001.
- Dr Avinash B Jagtap : email :

New Issues from other countries

Australia : 4 February 2014 Love stamps

New stamps from Australia feature Love theme. According to historians, the English word romance was developed from a vernacular dialect within French language meaning verse narrative, referring to the style of speech and writing of the elite classes of Europe. Originally, the word was an adverb of the Latin Romanicus, meaning of the Roman style.

Other meanings developed over time, with a romantic tryst seen as adventurous and passionate. The modern meaning of romance is an expression of love or desire. Croatia

Hrvatska posta issued a stamp to celebrate XXII Olympic Winter Games in Sochi. First Winter Olympic Games were held at the foot of Mont Blanca, in the French village Chamonix, on 25 January 1924 with the participation of 240 sportsmen and 11 sportswomen from 16 countries. The gathering took place under the title: International Winter Sports Week; there were 10 sports and 16 disciplines. The opening was exceptionally picturesque because the participants were carrying their requisites ski, skates, sticks There was no Olympic fire or high invitees. The honour of being the first winner went to American Charles Jewtraw in the 500 m speed skate. However, the heroes of the Games were the last participants in the 50 km cross-country skiing. The last measured result was 6 hours, 14 minutes and 32 seconds, at freezing cold windy weather and among the last ones was a Croat Dusan Zinaja. The success of these Games was enormous. There were more than 10 thousand tickets sold; those who also bought the poster are rich today, since only 5000 posters were printed. In the meantime the Winter Olympic Games have greatly developed. Each host did his best to add something new, the number of sports and disciplines increased over years and the Winter Olympic Games became a mirror of the worlds development. Canada : 3 February 2014

Pioneers of Winter sports

In a year when Canadians will be focused on winter sports excellence, Canada Post is shining the light on three history-makers and record-breakers. Each woman honoured in this set of stamps has changed the face of her sport and left an indelible mark on the memories of her fans. Barbara Ann Scott Known as Canadas Sweetheart, Barbara Ann Scott has inspired generations of Canadians to lace up and brave cold outdoor rinks to perfect their spins, jumps and figures. Early in her career, Scott won countless national and international prizes, then captured the gold medal in the womens singles figure skating event at the St. Moritz 1948 Olympic Winter Games, in Switzerland a feat no other Canadian woman has achieved since. The Official First Day Cover (OFDC) depicting her graceful style is cancelled in her hometown of Ottawa, Ontario. Sandra Schmirler The skip of one of the most successful teams in Canadian curling history, Sandra Schmirler, along with Jan Betker, Marcia Gudereit, Joan McCusker and spare Atina Ford, topped multiple national and international wins with the first-ever Olympic gold medal in womens curling on February 15, 1998, against Denmark at the Nagano 1998 Olympic Winter Games. The OFDC is cancelled in Biggar, Saskatchewan, Schmirlers birthplace. Sarah Burke Born in Barrie, Ontario, in 1982, freestyle half-pipe world champion Sarah Burke was the first woman to land a 1080-degree spin in competition. She took the 2007 ESPY Award for Best Female Action Sports Athlete, and won four gold medals at the 2011 Winter X Games, plus one more at Europes Winter X Games. She also successfully lobbied for the inclusion of her sport in the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics. The OFDC is cancelled at Whistler, British Columbia, where Burke spent much of her time training and coaching.

Slovenia : 31 January 2014

Love stamp

Even though an old Slovenian proverb says that the way to someones heart is through their stomach, this relationship between two people is first and foremost a matter of the heart. This is also proven by a silver ring from the collection of the Slovenian Ethnographic Museum in Ljubljana formed by two hands holding a heart with a crown and featured on a new Slovenian stamp. The ring thus symbolizes the crown to a couples love, which can denote engagement, wedding or merely an objectification of love between two partners. In Slovenia this way of displaying love and affection between the two sexes goes back to the seventeenth century when wedding rings began to be used. Wearing rings for decoration and the custom of giving a ring to someone as a token of affection developed later on, in the second half of the nineteenth century. The Slovenian word prstan ring itself also developed later than some other similar expressions such as rinka, rincica and rincca, which are all derived from the German word Ring ring, circle.

The Lighter Side

You say philately, I say stamp collecting

Looking for something to keep you busy and entertained during these memorable winter months? Tired of watching cat videos, reruns of your favorite shows and digging yourself out of the snow? If you think your creative side is being neglected, its time to find something else to do. How about philately? Thats right, stamp collecting. The collection and study of postage and imprinted stamps dates to the late 1700s, when stamps were associated with the collecting of fiscal revenue taxes. Collecting postage stamps took center stage in 1838 when the first prepaid postage stamps were issued for movement of letters/stationary and continued. Worldwide interest in stamp collecting continued to grow, with the first stamp exhibition taking place in the 1870s, followed by the establishment of the American Philatelic Society on Sept. 13, 1886. Throughout the following decades, collections shifted to catalogs, postcards and pictorial stamps with all three of the variations taking center stage. Postal history and the study of postmarks begin to emerge as a serious collecting discipline in the 1910s with a major upward trend in stamp collecting taking off in the late 1940s and 1950s after World War II. Today, people of all ages enjoy collecting stamps. According to the American Philatelic Society, collecting can range from a focus on U.S. or international stamps, first day covers, corners, markings or labels applied to mail, including postage meters, or any number of options that interest you. Read More

First Meghdoot Card

This is the first issue of Meghdoot Postcard issued by India Post which promotes Tamil Superstar Rajnikant's new movie and was issued on 02.09.2002

Here is the forerunner of Meghdoot Postcard which was specially prepared by Business Development Directorate of Department of Posts to market this product among prospective corporate customers along with a brochure.
Courtesy - Prashant Pandya

Indian theme on foreign stamps

Portugal Post issued a stamp and souvenir sheet on 24th February to commemorate 400th Anniversary of First Edition of 'Peregrinacao' (Pilgrimage) by Fernao Mendes Pinto. The stamp features Hindu God of war and victory, six-headed Lord Murugan (Lord Shiva's son and Lord Ganesha's brother) on his mount, Peacock, with serpent.
- Kasinath R. - Tanjore

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Promotional Section
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The new Website launched by Mr Praful Thakkar is dedicated to Indian Philately. This Website is presenting some facets of Indian Philately viewed by him from his window. As a collector of various collectibles, he has faced many difficulties in collecting, understanding and arranging the collection. At the same time he realized that the same may be happening to new collectors and they might be facing similar hurdles too. To overcome such situations and to encourage philatelists and hobbyists, he has made the attempt of designing this Website The new Website launched by Mr Praful Thakkar is dedicated to Indian Philately.This Website is presenting some facets of Indian Philately viewed by him from his window. As a collector of various collectibles, he has faced many difficulties in collecting, understanding and arranging the collection. At the same time he realized that the same may be happening to new collectors and they might be facing similar hurdles too. To overcome such situations and to encourage philatelists and hobbyists, he has made the attempt of designing this Website Nowadays, in philatelic fraternity, focus on modern Indian philately has gathered grounds. It has carved out an important niche in the hearts of new philatelists and collectors. This has happened because in last few years India Post has issued varieties of stamps, se-tenants, Miniature sheets, Sheetlets, Presentation Packs, FDCs and many more philatelic items which have attracted the collectors not only in India but all over the world. This site gives view of all such philatelic items from his window i.e. from his angle. It is experienced that philately is a very wide, colorful and creative hobby which touches various aspects of life, society, nature and universe. Different countries of the world have produced various stamps of their countries which represent tradition and culture of them. Here one can find stamps and related items of INDIA only. Mainly he has focused on Modern Philately. Here one can find philatelic items with a special focus on modern stamps, se-tenants, sheetlets, folders, first day covers, cards, cancellations, etc. In Miscellaneous category, some of the most interesting subjects, which could not be boxed in the specified categories, are presented. Here, he has tried to present Official and Private FDCs and Folders from 1947 to 1964 i.e. from Anna Value to Naya Paisa Value. This is an early classic period during which creative philatelists and dealers have produced many colorful and meaningful Private Covers. Similarly, he has tried to narrow down the subject of FDCs and Folders without missing or losing its charm focusing more on FDCs and folders of Set of Stamps, Setenant Stamps and Miniature Sheets which form the total of about 450 till 2012. This subject of modern philately is a fascinating section which is capable to delight the collectors eyes with various sizes, color shades, cancellation marks, legends and creative designs which have a religious, cultural, historical, political and commercial overtone. It has colors, creativity and charisma.

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Praful K.Thakkar, is an ardent collector of autographs, stamps,

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History of Indian Miniature Paintings Through Philately by Dr Satyendra Kumar Agrawal published by PHILAGOLD Publications, Pages 80, Price Rs

1200 / US $ 25

History of Indian Miniature Paintings Through Philately is a beautiful Coffee Table Book by renowned philatelist and philatelic author Dr Satyendra Kumar Agrawal. The book is based on deep research of different schools of Indian Art by Dr Agrawal. The study has been narrated through beautiful images of various philatelic items issued all over the world. The book is

divided into 14 chapters with details of paintings from different schools of Indian Art. The most attractive part of the book is its fine and rich printing. The book has been presented by the author in a very aesthetic way that on first sight it captures the attention of the reader. The author has presented many stamps, special covers, postmarks, postal stationeries issued by India Post and other postal administrations of the world on Indian Miniature paintings . Some of them are rare to see. This book will prove to be best companion for all the art lovers and I recommend it for the library of Art Schools and all educational institutions and to everyone who loves reading. For the philatelists it is a wonderful book as they will be amazed to see many rare philatelic items in the book issued on Miniature paintings of India. Of course those collecting stamps on paintings it is a complete guide to them and they will get every detail about Indian Miniature Paintings in this book.

The book is available with Dr Satyendra Kumar Agrawal email About the author Dr Satyendra Kumar Agrawal is an eminent philatelist , well known cartoonist, science and philatelic writer. He has received many National and International Awards for his exhibit on Roses. He authored four books, My Rainbow of Philatelic Articles ,, The Rose ( A -Z of Rose Philately), Glimpses of Indian Mythologies in Philately and Birth of Playing Cards.

Antarctic Expedition-Philatelist's Guide" by Abhai Mishra

Indian involvement with Antarctic Expeditions dates back to year 1911 when Captain Scott attempted to reach the South Pole. The book traces the history of Indian Antarctic

Expeditions through mails and letters carried with the expedition. It documents the Indian Antarctic postal history through cancellations, cachets, labels, envelopes, letter heads, QSL cards, postcards used during the expedition. The book reveals very rare and lesser known facts of Antarctica. For more details please contact : Abhai Mishra : email : About the author Abhai Mishra is a defense scientist at DEAL, Dehradun and an amateur philatelist . He is an ardent photographer and has designed over fifty special covers and cancellations for Department of Post. He was a member of XXI (2002-03) Indian Scientific Expedition to Antarctica. His philatelic interests include early Antarctic expedition postcards (1890-1850), Indian Antarctic Expeditions and Uttarakhand Postal History. He has authored a book titled "Uttarakhand - A philatelic Journey", published by Department of Post, Uttarakhand Circle . He has also participated in several stamp exhibitions and won awards.

"PHILATELIST KALEIDOSCOPE" - New book on stamps..

After the success of Odia book "Dakatikata Sangraha" Dr Bibhudatta Mishra and Mr S.S.Rath once again jointly written a book on Philately. The name of the book is "PHILATELIST KALEIDOSCOPE" a multicolored book, demy size, 160 pages book with two volumes. The first volume of the book is likely to be released soon . The VOLUME-1 of the book has following chaptersChapters are provided with Phila Facts, Phila Quotes, Phila Statistics and list of stamps, Miniature, sheet let and se-tenant issued on each theme between 1947-2012. Chapter 1. Stamp collection-Rainbow of diversity Chapter2. Cheapest mode of Communication-Postal Stationery and Services Chapter3.Amateur Collector's-Beginner's tip Chapter4. Pride of the counter-National Symbols & Emblems Chapter5 My life is my message- Father of the Nation

Chapter6 President & Prime minister-Foot prints of unforgettable leaders Chapter 7 Cruising the magnificent jungle safari-Wild, domestic, Aquatic Animals Chapter8 Wonder's of Indian Bird Fauna-Sweeping the Sky with tiny wings Chapter9 Valley of Calm trees & Plants-Glittering petals from Nature bouquet Chapter10 Voyage to enlighten-Spiritual, Religion and holy routes to salvation

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Year Book of Indian Philately - 2013 by Madan Middha coming soon.

For details contact : Madan Middha email :

Blogs & Websites

1. 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. 2.Virtual Stamp Club It is website for On Line collectors. Membership is free. Many collectors around the world are its members. 3. Stamp Magazine - This blog is updated by Adrian Keppel every Friday with new Articles on a variety of subjects. 4.Indian Thematics - - A new blog created by

noted Thematic Philatelist Mr Dinesh Chandra Sharma. This blog is all about Thematic Philately.
5. 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. 6. 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 !! 7. Robin Stamps Criticism : : This blog is about new issues of postage stamps and the critical study of their design

8. 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. 9. How to Collect Stamps To Stamp Collecting : The Complete Guide

10.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. 11. Europa Stamps : : A blog on Europa, cept, norden & sepac stamps 12. Phila Mirror : : The Indian Philately Journal 13. Se- tenant Stamps of India - It is a specialized Blog on se-tenant stamps. 14. Flags & Stamps - - It is a specialized blog on Flag Theme . 15. Glimpses of Modern Indian Philately : - It is a specialized blog on Modern Philately, created by Mr Prashant Pandya .

16. Question & Answers on Philately : - It is a site based on Question & Answers on Philately. Mr Prashant Pandya replies to queries. 17. Philatelic Journalists Forum - The Philatelic Journalists is an initiative by a few enthusiast philatelists, who love the hobby to the deepest. 18. The Philatelist - - A blog with lot of info about stamps and philatelic activities around the world. 19. Phila India - - Website created by Mahesh Reddiar

with lot of info and articles on philately .

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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