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Monthly e-Stamp Bulletin edited and published by Jeevan Jyoti from Dehradun.

Monday, May 6, 2024

Rainbow May 2024


Paris 2024

Date of Issue : 2 May 2024

Dehradun May 2024 Vol. XVII Issue No. 197

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Summer Olympics Paris 2024

Date of Issue : 6 May 2024


Dear Reader,

I am pleased to present May 2024 issue of Rainbow Stamp News. We often suggest different ways to promote philately to the Deptt. of Posts, Philatelic Clubs, and Societies and they do it too. But is the actual promotion of philately being done and the message” Joy of Stamp Collecting” reaches the masses, especially to the young generation? Perhaps not, Philately cannot be promoted unless children and others come in direct contact with the postage stamps. The use of postage stamps is limited to the Registered or Speed Post letters or packets and parcels only. But today the practice of letter writing has gone now we have electronic ways of communication. The postage stamps issued by the postal department are either purchased by some philatelists or used by limited number of people on packets and parcels and the rest are in the locker of Department of Posts. This practice is not only in India but in other countries too.  So, we have to find some novel ways of using postage stamps. Post offices and some other shopping places for books and stationery can use postage stamps for giving ‘chang’e as sometimes toffees are given at the shops as ‘change’.  We often face the problem of ‘change’ though most of the payments are made digital these days.  It can be introduced on the experiment basis.  The new generation will come in touch with the postage stamps which not only have monetary value but also have lot of information behind the tiny pieces of paper. For this purpose, Postal Department will have to come forward and introduce postage stamps in schools first.  Schools can purchase postage stamps from the post offices and can use them as the ‘change’ to the students on small purchase from school for stationery and other items. The local philatelic bureau can put its stall in the schools once or twice in year with a small exhibition. Children would love and like to collect the stamps and exchange with their friends. Thus, the seed of philately could be sown…. If we go down memory lane…some of us must have the memory of Frootex toffee which used to have a stamp inside the wrapper and many got into stamp collecting through the Frootex…I too fancied it and collected stamps during my school days from Frootex. This is just an idea to think over…It may sound funny to some but it may click too ……

This is all for this month. More in the next issue. Happy Collecting!


· Editorial

· From the Desk of Naresh Agrawal

· Recent Indian Issues

· In The News

· Stories Behind Stamps

· Thematics

Specialized Section

Beginners’ Section

· New Issues from Other Countries

· Philatelic Clubs and Society

· Blogs and Websites on Philately

· Current Philatelic Magazines and Newsletters

Philatelic Literature


Philately is not only collecting, exhibiting and living with stamps but it is the study of stamps, stamp related matters, postal history and so requires a good amount of search and research. This study, research, information in written form is known as philatelic literature. In other words, philatelic literature is written material related to philately, primarily information about postage stamps and postal history; and in advance stage it touches the research-oriented information and information regarding different philatelic activities.   

Collecting and displaying stamps and covers is clearly the essence of philately, but collecting, and studying its literature has a charm and delight of its own. There is a wonderful romance in acquiring, studying the philatelic literature and even in writing on philately which becomes part of philatelic literature. Various philatelic publications, journals, books, periodicals, guides, catalogues, bulletins serve stamp collectors and philatelists with philatelic updates, informative articles, reviews, advance articles, guides. Stamp catalogues also form very important part of philatelic literature.

In my view today looking into changing scenario in collecting, exhibiting, judgements, introduction of new classes which calls for advance and well researched presentation of variety of collection containing large variety of philatelic material and finds; philatelic literature has become very important. Even philatelic class which was never appreciated so well in the past, is welcomed today. Every high-level exhibition or philatelic show has philatelic literature class as important part of it. Several awards are being given in philatelic class.

It is true that philately is not an accepted academic discipline today though efforts are being made to get it academic recognition. Thus, so far there is no set corpus of high scholarly works that a philatelist should master in order to be well read in this field. But of late immense research is being done in each class of philately. Even some universities are looking forward towards it to award doctorate degrees. This is not just fine to treat this hobby as just a hobby and as it is quite strictly regulated. Many competent philatelists worked so much on philatelic research and have written scholarly articles. A few postal history philatelists are being called Postal Historians as their work will enlighten and help philatelists and historians of generations to come.

The scope of philatelic literature is so much that one famous quote is “All philately is either philatelic literature or postal history. All science is either physics or stamp collecting’. Such quotes indicate the vastness of the philatelic literature. What to talk of philatelic history even the social history of a country, a state,a place can be well read and seen through philatelic literature. Every stamp is an open book whic contains immense information regarding culture, history development, heritage of any country.

PCI in India is trying hard to give academic recognition to philately. It is approaching educational departments, schools, educational institutions to make philately part of study curriculum. However, government machinery in India is working on it and hope that one day or the other appropriate academic recognition will be given to philately especially philatelic class.

Well, coming to philatelic writing today, we see philatelists are today inclining towards literature by writing research articles, informatory articles. New books, bulletins, journal have been introduced. Even in high level philatelic exhibitions philatelic literature class has become compulsory and one can see good number of quality exhibits in this class. New judging rules and regulations have been formed. Good philatelic writers are being honored also.

We see due to infinite information available on the internet apart from print sources and material available; writing books, articles, reviews, have become easy but on the other hand, it has become challenging also. However, it has become more fascinating and pleasure giving. Undoubtedly in the past gathering information, writing it skilfully and meticulously, getting printed and circulating was a very hard task. But with the digitalization, it has become very easy and handy.

To be a digital philatelist is easier and simpler than to become physical philatelist.

Well, while I carefully look into the scenario where physical philately is not prospering the way it should have because of various reasons like changes in education systems, time constraints, fast life, change in socio-economic set ups, availability of new virtual games and hobbies, challenged life etc. We see that new generation or even the senior philatelists are inclined towards digital philately. Digital philately is invariably very low or no cost philately, widely and easily accessible, unlimited philatelic stuffs on fingertips, easily available of unlimited information, easy exhibiting and exhibition frame visit, and of course easy philatelic study and writing.

Hence, while looking into this, for me future of philately greatly lies in philatelic literature. It is evident from the importance being given to Literature class in high level exhibitions. One can see that number of participants is increasing day by day in this class and also good and high awards are being given. In other words, literature class is being promoted by the big think tanks and stake holders of philately.

Of course, this is highly appreciable step. At least by this the information scattered throughout the net sources will come on the surface and may be accumulated and saved. Well, world philatelic federations and other organizations need to think in this direction.  As already said that philatelic information is not just information related to stamps but it speaks about social history, science and technology but history of political, economic and cultural development of a country. This accumulated information in proper form will form the base for recognition of philately as academic subject and will help promotion of philately.

Having said all this, I would request to few of my stamp lovers / philatelists who wish to participate in literature class that they should work hard on philatelic research both digitally and physically. Just accumulating data from different net sources using different search methods including artificial intelligence will not give those good results because it is not a new work of research. It can only help in accumulating medals and awards. Hence, even in literature class apart from philatelic journals, periodicals, information bulletins, basic books, research articles, papers, books and work should be given importance and special recognition. Care should be given that actual physical work has been done. Because this only will help the development of philately.

Naresh Agrawal : email : 

Recent Indian Issues

 20 April 2024 : Mahatma Hansraj

21 April : Bhagwan Mahaveer 2550 Nirvan Kalyanak

New Special Covers

16 April 2024 : Ram Navami : Prayagraj

17 April 2024 : Happy Ram Navami: Baliphilex 2024 : Denpasar - Bali

Special Covers issued by India Post during EFIRO 2024

Mahatma Gandhi

Rabindranath Tagore

Taj Mahal

31 March 2024 : 250 Years of Copper Ticket : Patna

New Pictorial Cancellations

1 May 2024 : Maharashtra Day : Pune

22 April World Earth Day

25 April 2024: World Malaria Day: Bengaluru

18 April 2024 : World Heritage Day : Dandpatta State Weapon of Maharashtra

14 April 2024 : Dr BR Ambedkar Jayanti : Thiruvanathapuram

14 April 2024 : Happy Vishu

Permanent Pictorial Cancellation

Ashoka Pillar : Jayanagar Post office : Bengaluru

Meter franking Cancellation

Chunav Ka Parv Desh Ka Gaurav

In the News

EFIRO 2024, Bucharest

16 -24 April 2024, Bucharest, Romania

Indian Winners

Heartiest Congratulations!

1. Ramchandran Mahalingam 2. Mohanachandran Nair 3. Sandeep Mujrani 4. OP Kedia 5. Madhukar Jhingan 6. Piyush Khaitan 7. Savita Jhingan 8.Lallan Singh 9.Sushil Mehra 10.Madhukar Deogawanka 11.Anil Suri 12, N. Sri Devi  13. Vijay Seth 14. Narendra Saboo 15. Dinesh Chandra Sharma

Award List of Indian Participants


JAKARTA 2024 with a capacity of 1200 display frames, is organized by the Indonesian Philatelic Exhibitors Association (IPEA) under the Patronage of FIAP from July 3 to 7, 2024 at the Pos Bloc Jakarta, (ex Jakarta Philatelic Building), Jl. Pos No. 2, Jakarta Pusat 10710.

Classes available for participation are: for Competitive classes : FIAP Championship, Traditional, Postal History, Postal Stationery, Aerophilately, Astrophilately, Thematic, Maximaphily, Revenue, Modern Philately, Picture Post Card, Open Philately, Youth Philately, One-Frame Exhibit and Literature.

Detailed rules of exhibition (IREX) and Exhibit Application Forms are available for download at

The duly filled Form along with a copy of the first page of the exhibit should be submitted by Feb 28,2024 to the National Commissioner, Parvesh Kumar Gupta, Email :

 WhatsApp +919810628387 OR to the Apprentice National Commissioner, Anil Reddy, Email  WhatsApp +919841022884


South Africa Virtual Philatelic Exhibition

The IREX and Entry form can be downloaded from South Africa Federation website. The web address is


CHINA 2024 will be organized under the Patronage of the Federation of Inter-Asian Philately (FIAP) and the Recognition of Fédération Internationale de Philatélie (FIP).CHINA 2024 will open on 29 November 2024 and close on 3 December 2024. CHINA 2024 will be held at the Shanghai Exhibition Centre (Address: 1000 Yan’an Road (C), Shanghai, China 200040)

The Philatelic Congress of India has appointed: Mr. Pratisad Neurgaonkar, as the National Commissioner, and Mr. Rajesh Paharia as Assistant Commissioner for the China 2024 – Asian International Stamp Exhibition.


CHINA 2024 will be organized under the Patronage of the Federation of Inter-Asian Philately (FIAP) and the Recognition of Fédération Internationale de Philatélie (FIP).CHINA 2024 will open on 29 November 2024 and close on 3 December 2024. CHINA 2024 will be held at the Shanghai Exhibition Centre (Address: 1000 Yan’an Road (C), Shanghai, China 200040)

The Philatelic Congress of India has appointed: Mr. Pratisad Neurgaonkar, as the National Commissioner, and Mr. Rajesh Paharia as Assistant Commissioner for the China 2024 – Asian International Stamp Exhibition.


1. Mr. Pratisad Neurgaonkaar – National Commissioner

Mobile Number: +91 9766310553



2. Mr. Rajesh Paharia – Assistant Commissioner

Mobile No : 9351716969

Email  :

Jury for FIP World / Int. Exhibitions from India

 Mr. Rajesh Kumar Bagri has become a qualified jury from India for henceforth International World Competitions by Federacion Internationale de Philatelie (FIP) the apex international body.

APEX – 2024

16 -18 August 2024 , Thiruvanathapuram

Deptt. of Posts releases special cover on the Ram Navami


In a program organized under the aegis of Postal Department and Prayag Philatelic Society, Postmaster General of Prayagraj Region Shri Krishna Kumar Yadav released a special cover with cancellation on “Ram Navami” on the eve of Ram Navami in Prayagraj Head Post Office. This special cover was cancelled with the picture of a bow by pasting a postage stamp issued on ‘Ramayana’ on it. Director Postal Services Shri Gaurav Srivastava, Senior Superintendent of Post Offices Shri Abhishek Srivastava, President of Prayag Philatelic Society Shri Pramod Kumar Bansal and Secretary Shri Rahul Ganguly were also present.

On the occasion Postmaster General Shri Krishna Kumar Yadav said that Lord Shri Ram expresses our spiritual and cultural values. The prevalence of Ram Katha in human history is rarely found anywhere else. Lord Shri Ram also has a deep connection with Prayagraj. After exile, when Shri Ram left Ayodhya with Sita and Lakshman, Nishadraj in Prayagraj helped them cross the Ganga in his boat. Shri Ram is deeply prevalent in the minds of the people of the country. The character of Shri Ram influences the civilizations and cultures of not only India but many countries also. Shri Ram became such a standard of human conduct, life values and self-confidence that he was accepted as Maryada Purushottam. He is not carrying only religious but also social, literary and cultural importance. Lord Ram has been vibrating the consciousness of people for centuries.

Postmaster General Shri Krishna Kumar Yadav said that the Postal Department issues various stamps and special covers to connect people with their culture and heritage. The glory of Lord Shri Ram is also being spread in the country and the world through Postal Stamps. Along with India, more than 20 countries of the world have issued Stamps from time to time on the characters and stories related to Ramayana. That means Ram Raj is visible even on Postal Stamps. In this sequence, all the Stamps related to various episodes from ‘Ramayana’ to ‘Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Temple’ have also been included, so that the young generation can become aware of their culture through philately. These stamps will move around the world and spread the story of Ramayana there.

News from Philatelists and Philatelic Societies

Ludhiana Philatelic Club



A national award-winning exhibit on “Renewable Sources of Energy” was inaugurated by Dr Manjeet Singh, Dean, College of Agricultural Engineering and Technology, in the Department of Renewable Energy Engineering, Punjab Agricultural University (PAU). The exhibit is gifted by the family of the late Mr. S. C. Jain, a renowned philatelist of Ludhiana Philatelic Club. The exhibit shows different aspects of renewable energy sources, using postage stamps issued by different countries from all over the world.


In his remarks, Dr Singh said that stamps can serve as educational tools to raise awareness about renewable energy sources and their importance in mitigating climate change. Dr Rajan Aggarwal, Head of the department, said that stamps serve as a unique medium for promoting awareness and appreciation of clean energy initiatives and their importance in addressing environmental challenges. Dr. SK Sondhi, former Dean of the College and founder President of the Ludhiana Philatelic Club, said that by incorporating philately into renewable energy education, educators can inspire students' curiosity, deepen their understanding of renewable energy concepts, and foster a sense of global citizenship and environmental stewardship.

Further, Dr SD Khepar, former Dean and National Professor of the COAE added that by integrating the passion of stamp collecting with the vital realm of renewable energy education, educators possess a unique opportunity to ignite students' inquisitiveness and enrich their comprehension of renewable energy principles. This fusion not only cultivates a profound understanding of sustainable energy sources but also nurtures a profound sense of global interconnectedness and responsibility towards our planet, he observed. Dr Rakesh Sharda, Project Coordinator, CIPHET and Mr. Mukesh Malhotra, Mr. Yash Pal Chhabra, Mr. Vivek Nayyar, and Mr. Gursagar Singh from Ludhiana Philatelic Club were also present.

- Dr SK Sondhi, Ludhiana

Baroda Philatelic Society

Baroda Philatelic Society celebrated its 50th Foundation Day on, Saturday 27 April 2024 at Blue Lagoon Restaurant, Akshar Chawk, Vadodara.  Welcome address was given by President Shri. Prashant H. Pandya. P Bouquets were presented to Golden Jubilee members, Sh. Digant R. Mehta, Sh. Dinesh T. Desai & Sh. Mihir R. Shah. Mr. Timir Shah gave presentation on 50 Years of Baroda Philatelic Society. Dr. Puneet Dixit gave a talk on My Page My Theme.  Mr. Mohan Vaze presented” Stamps on Personalities and Institutions related to Baroda/Vadodara “and Mr. Timir Shah Presented, One Frame Exhibit on “Certificate of Posting (UCP ). About 45 members were present at the celebration  function.

Karnataka Philatelic Society

New book “Post Office Buildings of India” released..

On 4th April 2024, at the monthly meeting of Karnataka Philatelic Society at Bangalore GPO a new book titled "The Post Office Buildings of India" was released by Gururaj Shenoy. Book is written Sushil Mehra and Chaitanya Dev. 

The book is available at Amazon at


PHILAUCTIONS Auction No. 15 is now ONLINE.

You can register and bid online at  Bidspirit India: 

 Online Pre-bidding can be done from NOW

 Live Auction on Bidspirit India will be held in New Delhi exactly at 12.00pm, Sunday, 19 May 2024

 For any inquiry, contact  at emal : or whats app on 83 83 85 9325

Time stamp: Jaipur Watch Company extends Queen Victoria collection

The thing Gaurav Mehta, CEO and founder of Jaipur Watch Company, enjoys the most besides selling watches is engaging with the people he sells them to. This personal bit of extra effort stems from his passion for horology (the study of time), which extends to his new collection. It is exemplified in the Penny Black watch, which is made with the world’s first adhesive postage stamp dating back to May 1, 1840. It features a profile of Queen Victoria from a sketch by William Wyon.

It boasts a stainless steel body with ultra-slim movement, and has a sapphire crystal lens as an embellishment. Mehta believes the timepiece is among his finest creations till date. “This stamp laid the groundwork for an affordable and accessible postal system, transforming global connectivity, and marking a revolution in communication,” he says, adding, “The watch, therefore, is not just a time-telling device; it’s a timeless masterpiece.”

The Penny Black is among the few, limited-edition stamp watches in the collection. There are others that use stamps from the era of King George VI, issued between 1937 and 1947. With all the stamps being original, the denominations range between three pice to nine anna. The only watch for women in the collection uses a postage stamp featuring Queen Elizabeth, dating back to the semi-modern era. That said, one also has the option to choose from Mehta’s personal collection of stamps to be transformed into exquisite timepieces.

Read More….

 -The New Indian Express : Published on: 28 Apr 2024





There is an adage, “famous philatelists are born and not made” Mr. Sayeed, was a well-balanced blend of both, left for heavenly abode on 2nd May 2024. His wife Ferose, three daughters, sons-in-law are in the family. Sayeed ji was a very passionate stamp collector since his early days.

From South India, he moved to Dubai in 1975, established his business company Commodities Trading Company LLC(CTC) in 1989. He continued with his loving hobby and over the years he formed excellent collection of Great Britain first issues and then later period. I was in touch with him since 1993 but met for the first time in the 1996. While I was returning from Istanbul FIP world stamp exhibition, I stopped over in Dubai to meet him. During the trip I was amazed to see his GB collection in volumes, well arranged which he had not exhibited until then. I persuaded him to become an exhibitor, invited him to New Delhi INDIPEX 1997. After visiting the World stamp exhibition, he was encouraged to participate in one.

On my and Late Jatia ji’s motivation he applied for FIAP exhibition at Hong Kong in year 1998 and that time we got him enrolled as a life member of PCI , since then he continued his journey as an exhibitor.

Naturally, being Indian born, he also started collecting Classic India, 1852 Scinde District Dawk and 1854 Litho issues and the later 1855-1900 East India company and usage. All these collections soon transformed into world class exhibits and were shown in various FIP, FIAP exhibitions during 1998 and 2008.

He received many  Large Golds and a FIP Grand Prix D’Honour, the highest global philatelic honour in Bucharest 2008.  He was also a serious collector and award winner of the classic first issues of Ceylon and Cape of Good Hope triangulars. He also formed important collections of Afghanistan and the Indian states of Cochin, Hyderabad, Jammu & Kashmir and Indian Postal History including Campaign Mail.

I was fortunate to spend memorable time with him and remained in constant touch through all these years. He came to Patna in 2013 for a few days and visited all the places from where I began my Philatelic journey.  His spirit and smile shall always remain fresh in our memories.  

Pradip Jain RDP, FRPSL    |      Pragya Jain FRPSL     |     Sanjay Kr. Jain |  | 

Stories Behind Stamps



China - The Large Dragons

 China's First Postage Stamps - 1878


In 1840, following the Opium War, China issued its first postage stamps. Western countries created postal services in China's commerce ports. These stamps were printed for business exchanges, not by the Chinese Postal Ministry.

The Qing Dynasty (1644–1911) released its first batch of unique Chinese stamps in 1878. They released Giant Dragon or Dalong stamps. The image was of a massive dragon against a background of clouds and waves. Copperplate was used to print these stamps.

This set was released three times: in 1878, 1882, and 1883. The rarest 5-fen stamp was released in 1883 with a wide margin. Only one sheet of Mint Stamps remains today, and it is a treasure of Chinese philately..

-Nisarg Sutaria : email :






The Tristan Albatross (Diomedea dabbenena)

It’s a huge albatross of the South Atlantic Ocean; breeds on Gough and Inaccessible Islands. Ranges extensively at sea from Argentina to South Africa, occasionally further east, but identification from other Wandering-type albatrosses is very difficult and often presumed by range. It’s plumage is highly variable, starting chocolate-brown with a white face and gradually becoming whiter over many years. The Younger birds separated from Southern Royal Albatross by darker tail, brown markings on head and back, and lack of black “lips” on cutting edge of bill. Older birds are more difficult to separate; who focus on more coarsely marked upperwings, often with conspicuous white patch in center of wing, and lack of black “lips”. It often shows orange stain on cheek, never shown by Southern Royal. Identification from other Wandering - type Albatross, especially Snowy albatross, is extremely difficult. Tristan usually occurs further north, but significant overlap. The Tristan albatross feeds on fish and cephalopods. They breed biennially and will nest in wet heath from 400 to 700 m (1,300–2,300 ft) in elevation. They are monogamous, and do not start breeding until they are about 10 years old.


This bird is critically endangered species.

Tristan Albatross (Diomedea dabbenena) is a species of albatross that breeds primarily on Gough Island in the South Atlantic Ocean. Here are some key points and fun facts about this remarkable bird:

1.     Endangered Status: Tristan Albatross is classified as endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) due to its small breeding range and population size.

2.     Unique Breeding Site: Gough Island, where the Tristan Albatross primarily breeds, is a remote and uninhabited island in the South Atlantic. The species nests in colonies on the cliffs and slopes of the island.

3.     Appearance: Like other albatross species, Tristan Albatross is characterized by its large size, long wingspan, and white plumage. They have dark plumage on their wings and back, with distinctive dark markings around their eyes.

4.     Long Lifespan: Albatrosses are known for their longevity, with some individuals living for several decades. Tristan Albatrosses can live up to 50 years or more.

5.     Feeding Habits: Tristan Albatrosses are skilled seabirds and are known for their ability to cover vast distances over the ocean in search of food. They primarily feed on fish, squid, and other marine organisms, often foraging by skimming the surface of the water.

6.    Monogamous Bonding: Like many other seabird species, Tristan Albatrosses typically form long-term monogamous pairs. They often return to the same breeding site year after year and may mate for life.

 7.     Threats: The main threats to Tristan Albatross populations include habitat degradation, introduced predators such as rats and mice on their breeding islands, fisheries bycatch, and pollution. These factors have contributed to the species' decline and endangered status.

 8.     Conservation Efforts: Conservation organizations and researchers are actively working to protect Tristan Albatross populations and their habitat. Efforts include habitat restoration projects, predator eradication programs on breeding islands, and measures to reduce bycatch in fisheries.

 9.     Ecological Importance: Albatrosses play a crucial role in marine ecosystems as top predators and scavengers. They help maintain the health of ocean ecosystems by regulating prey populations and recycling nutrients.

10. Symbol of Conservation: Tristan Albatrosses serve as an important symbol of the conservation challenges facing seabirds and marine ecosystems. Their plight highlights the need for global efforts to protect and preserve these fragile environments.

Tristan Albatross is a fascinating and iconic seabird species with a unique life history and ecological significance. Efforts to conserve this species not only benefit the albatrosses themselves but also contribute to the health and resilience of marine ecosystems. (In all only 09 stamps have been issued on this bird till this day)


-Capt. Vijay Wadhwa : email : Mobile- +91 8951166141


Specialized Section

Olympic special

The Journey Begins: Olympic Torch Relay for Paris 2024 Commences

As anticipation mounts for the Paris 2024 Olympics, the symbolic journey of the Olympic Torch has officially commenced with the traditional lighting ceremony at Olympia on April 16, 2024. Amidst the ancient ruins of the birthplace of the Olympic Games in Greece, the flame was ignited, marking the beginning of a remarkable odyssey across continents, cultures, and communities.

Cover with special Olympic flame postmark dated 16 April, 2024, the day the Olympic Flame was lit at Olympia

The Olympic Torch relay holds a profound significance, embodying the spirit of unity, friendship, and peace that underpins the Olympic movement. It serves as a beacon of hope, inspiring athletes and spectators alike as it travels thousands of kilometers, carried by torchbearers chosen to represent the values of the Games.

From Olympia, the flame embarked on its epic voyage, traveling across Greece before embarking on an international journey that will take it through numerous cities and nations. Each leg of the relay is an opportunity to celebrate the diversity of cultures and the shared passion for sport that unites people around the globe.

Cover with special Olympic flame postmark dated 26 April, 2024, the day the Olympic Flame was handed over to the Organizing Committee of Paris 2024 Olympics at Athens

In the spirit of inclusivity, the Paris 2024 organizing committee has emphasized the importance of diversity and sustainability in planning the torch relay. Efforts have been made to ensure that the relay route encompasses a wide range of communities, from bustling metropolises to remote villages, echoing the Olympic ideal of reaching out to all corners of the world.

Along the way, the torchbearers, representing a cross-section of society, will carry the flame with pride and honor, passing it from hand to hand as a symbol of continuity and connection. Their stories, reflecting courage, perseverance, and dedication, will inspire millions as the torch winds its way towards its final destination – the Olympic Stadium in Paris.

The Olympic Torch relay is not merely a ceremonial tradition; it is a living testament to the enduring legacy of the Olympic Games. It is a journey of hope, unity, and solidarity, reaffirming the shared values that define the Olympic movement.

As the world eagerly awaits the lighting of the cauldron on 26 July, 2024 at the opening ceremony of the Paris 2024 Olympics, the flame continues its extraordinary voyage, igniting the dreams of a generation and shining a light on the power of sport to change lives.

Following is my one frame Exhibit (has been displayed at couple of FIP World Philatelic Exhibitions) titled Olympic Flame and Torch Relay – Summer Olympics. In this exhibit you would know all about the Olympic Torch Relay.



 The author of this article Mr. Dinesh Chandra Sharma is an accomplished philatelist specializing in Olympic & Sport Philately. He may be contacted at email :

To be contd….

Beginners’ Section

The American Museum of Natural History


US #1387-90 were issued to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the museum’s opening.

The museum was largely the dream of naturalist Dr. Albert S. Bickmore. For several years, Bickmore lobbied extensively for the creation of a natural history museum in New York. 

In 1869, Bickmore gained the support of several wealthy sponsors, including Theodore Roosevelt Sr. (father of future President Theodore Roosevelt), J.P. Morgan, and Charles A. Dana. With their strong support, Bickmore gained New York Governor John Thompson Hoffman’s approval. The governor signed a bill officially establishing the museum on April 6, 1869. That same year, John David Wolfe was made the museum’s first president.

In 1871, exhibits from the museum went on display for the first time at the Central Park Arsenal. By the following year, the museum already began to outgrow its space at the Arsenal, so its leaders petitioned for a larger space – Manhattan Square. The new property encompassed four entire blocks across the street from Central Park. While the approved funding only covered a small building, the project’s architects planned a massive museum covering the entire site.

In 1874, President Ulysses S. Grant laid the cornerstone for the new building at 77th Street. Three years later, President Rutherford B. Hayes presided over the opening ceremony of the first building. 

Beginning in the 1880s, the museum launched a series of expeditions to the North Pole, Siberia, Outer Mongolia, Gobi, and the Congo. These expeditions helped greatly expand their collections to represent every continent on Earth.

Throughout the 20th century, the museum expanded significantly with exhibits featuring a wide range of topics. These include Halls dedicated to the Northwest Coast, African Mammals, South Asiatic Mammals, Ocean Life, North American Mammals (which is home to some of the finest habitat dioramas in the world), American Forests, North American Small Mammals, Primates, Eastern Woodlands Indians, Plains Indians, African Peoples, Mexico and Central America, Pacific Peoples, Minerals, Reptiles and Amphibians, Asian Peoples, Meteorites, South American Peoples, Human Biology and Evolution, Primitive Mammals, Advanced Mammals, Saurischian Dinosaurs, Ornithischian Dinosaurs, Vertebrate Origins, Biodiversity, Planet Earth, and Human Origins.

US #5410-13 – Among the museum’s most impressive exhibits is the massive Tyrannosaurus rex composed almost entirely of real fossil bones.

The museum also opened its famed Hayden Planetarium in 1935. And in 1991, the museum installed a five-story tall Barosaurus cast, which was the world’s highest freestanding dinosaur display. In 2006 the movie A Night at the Museum was set in the museum. This inspired them to start holding Night at the Museum Sleepovers for children and their families.

Today the museum is one of the largest natural history museums in the world. It consists of 26 buildings and 45 permanent exhibition halls containing over 34 million items. The museum has one mission statement: “To discover, interpret, and disseminate – through scientific research and education – knowledge about human cultures, the natural world, and the universe.”

-Mystic stamp Co.

New issues from other countries


8 May 2024 : Tourist attraction

Bosnia and Herzegovina – Mostar

6 April 2024 : International Day of Sport for Development and Peace

International Day of Sport for Development and Peace

Croatian Post Mostar traditionally prints commemorative stamps to mark the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace. In 2024, the topic is sport fishing, which is often associated with the terms recreational fishing or fishing for fun. The point is not to catch fish to eat or sell, but to find and catch fish using sport fishing gear. The caught fish is released back into the water or the allowed number of fish can be taken under the conditions prescribed by the law on sport fishing valid in a certain area.

Fishing requires not only the preparation of equipment and lures, but also appropriate physical preparation and training. In competitions, fishermen are classified into age groups: cadets, juniors (U15, U20, U25), seniors and veterans, in mixed or separate categories - men and women (seniors).

The oldest and most widespread discipline is fishing with fishing floats, for which international competitions started in 1953. Since 1957 this competition has grown into a world championship. Nevertheless, the largest number of sports fishermen practice recreational fishing, which recent research confirms is responsible for numerous mental health benefits.

11 April 2024 : World Parkinson’s Day

World Parkinson's Day

World Parkinson's Day was marked for the first time on April 11, 1997, on the birthday of the English physician James Parkinson (1755 - 1824) who first described the then unknown disease in 1817. The goal of celebrating this day is to raise awareness and knowledge about the causes, symptoms and treatment options. Parkinson's disease is a chronic progressive neurodegenerative disorder of the central nervous system in which cells that secrete dopamine die.

One of the first symptoms is tremors, which are present at rest, disappear during sleep, decrease when moving, and increase during emotional excitement and exertion. The disease significantly reduces the quality of life of the affected person and affects the family and the entire community. Modern possibilities for early diagnosis and early treatment have significantly extended the working ability and independent life of patients.

A red and white tulip is considered a symbol of Parkinson's disease. It was grown by the Dutch horticulturist Van der Wereld, who had Parkinson's disease, and named it after James Parkinson. The red tulip is a symbol of support for people living with this disease and their families.


25 April 2024  :  The Magazine Eesti Naine 100

25 April 2024  : Bird of the Year :  Common Cuckoo

The Magazine Eesti Naine 100

Eesti Naine, the most beloved women’s magazine in Estonia, celebrates its 100th birthday this year! The first issue was published in May 1924, just before Mother’s Day. This was no coincidence – the custom of celebrating Mother’s Day was brought to Estonia by the brilliant Helmi Mäelo, mother of three and the first editor-in-chief of Eesti Naine.

Throughout the century, Eesti Naine has been like the chronicle of an era. Named Eesti Naine during the first republic, then Nõukogude Naine (1952–1989), and finally Eesti Naine once again, the magazine documented the significant people and events of its time. Every story, every word in the magazine is carefully considered – the brightest writers of the era take care of that.

Undoubtedly, Eesti Naine is the voice of women, highlighting the role of women in society and the evolution and change thereof. However, there is also a significant number of men reading this popular magazine, and that number is steadily growing.

The anniversary stamp of Eesti Naine marks the grand jubilee of the magazine. Its beautiful design celebrates women and womanhood.

Bird of the Year - The Common Cuckoo

The 13th bird of the year selected by the Estonian Ornithological Society is the cuckoo (Cuculus canorus). It is one of the most exceptional bird species in Estonian nature, and is widespread and well known. Cuckoos do not build nests, nor tend to be in a permanent pair. As an insectivorous nest parasite, it leaves the care of its young to the nest owners (the servant species) of its choice. There are up to 100,000 cuckoos in Estonia and their numbers have been declining in recent decades, probably due to both a general decline of the number of servant species and the climate change. The cuckoo arrives in Estonia at the end of April or the beginning of May and leaves in August. The wintering grounds of the cuckoo are presumably in the rainforests of the Congo River area, south of the equator.


25 April 2024 : Underwater Fauna and Flora

Underwater Fauna and Flora

The Strait of Gibraltar serves as a crucial passageway connecting the Atlantic Ocean to the Mediterranean Sea, and within its waters resides a diverse array of marine life, including the iconic Orca, or killer whale. Orcas inhabiting the Strait of Gibraltar are part of a distinct population known as the Northeastern Atlantic Orca population. These magnificent creatures are apex predators in their marine ecosystem, exhibiting remarkable intelligence and complex social structures.

The Orca population in the Strait of Gibraltar primarily feeds on a variety of marine species, including fish, seals, and dolphins. They are known for their highly coordinated hunting techniques, often working together in pods to pursue and capture their prey. The nutrient-rich waters of the Strait provide ample food sources for these apex predators, supporting their survival and contributing to their role as top predators in the region. 

In contrast, the Loggerhead Sea Turtle is a gentle giant of the ocean, known for its distinctive large head and powerful jaws. Named for its broad, muscular shell, the Loggerhead Sea Turtle inhabits the warm waters of the Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian Oceans. These ancient reptiles undertake epic migrations, traveling thousands of miles between nesting and feeding grounds over the course of their long lives.

Loggerhead Sea Turtles are primarily carnivorous, feeding on a diet consisting mainly of bottom-dwelling invertebrates such as crabs, mollusks, and jellyfish. Despite their formidable appearance, Loggerheads are classified as vulnerable due to threats such as habitat loss, pollution, and accidental capture in fishing gear. Conservation efforts are underway worldwide to protect these magnificent creatures and ensure their survival for generations to come.

Loggerhead Sea Turtles undertake remarkable migrations, traveling through the strait on their journeys between nesting and feeding grounds. Their diet primarily consists of bottom-dwelling invertebrates like crabs, mollusks, and jellyfish, contributing to the delicate balance of marine life in the area.


15 April 2024 : Int. Day of Persons with Disabilities


30 April 2024 : Centenary Of The Association Sportive De Monaco

Centenary Of The Association Sportive De Monaco

Founded on 23 August 1924, the Association Sportive de Monaco today comprises 23 sections, whose members practise around thirty different sports. Over many years, successive generations of athletes and leaders have forged the ASM’s prestige, built on a culture of volunteership and a shared passion for sport. The ASM’s values are respect for the human environment and nature, respect for others, generosity of spirit, personal achievement, and humility, to help young people imagine a future founded on physical and mental well-being and hard work.


22 April 2024 : Spanish Capital Of Gastronomy – Oviedo

Taking over from Cuenca, Oviedo has been named Spanish Capital of Gastronomy 2024.No visit to Asturias, or to Oviedo, is complete without trying a good plate of fabada. The stamp commemorating the appointment of Oviedo as Spanish Capital of Gastronomy in 2024, has as its protagonist the fabada.

A dish in which our countryside is present, through the faba bean, our traditions, present in the preparation of the sausage that accompanies it, our past, being a family dish and celebration, our hospitality, in the mixture that we call "compango" and our future, because the avant-garde cuisine is based on traditional stews.

Oviedo has a lot of history, and gastronomy is a perfect thread to tour the capital of the Principality. From very early in the morning you can feel the feeling of the city in the Fontán Market, from where fish, meat or cheese, or fruits and vegetables from local producers and KM0 for many of the restaurants in the city. Every neighborhood, every street, every corner, holds a story that we want to tell.

Oviedo combines nature, heritage, culture and gastronomy. We have tradition and history, unique recipes, guisanderas, escanciadores, cheeses, ciders, products of the orchard ... Oviedo occupies a leading position in many disciplines thanks to the Princess of Asturias awards, the Opera, festivals, and now, with the quality of our products, the know-how of our people and the professionalism of our hospitality, strongly promotes gastronomy.

-Spain Post

29 April 2024 : Landscapes


2 May 2024 : Pro Patria – The Fifth Switzerland

2 May 2024 : Paris Summer Olympic Games

Pro Patria - The Fifth Switzerland

Where is the fifth Switzerland? All over the world. The concept refers to all Swiss nationals living abroad, the people to whom the new Pro Patria stamps are dedicated.

More than 800,000 Swiss nationals live abroad – equivalent to around 11 percent of all people with Swiss citizenship. By way of comparison: all together, they would constitute the fourth largest canton in terms of population, which is why the com- munity is sometimes called the 27th canton. Or indeed the fifth Switzerland – along with German-, French-, Italian- and Romansh-speaking Switzerland. A look at the statistics shows that a little over a quarter of all Swiss people abroad live in France, making the neighbouring country the most popular adopted homeland, followed by Germany and the United States.

Since 1916, Swiss Community, the Organisation of the Swiss Abroad (OSA), has been committed to maintaining the connection between Switzerland and its citizens in other countries by providing up-to-date information, advice on legal issues and more. The foundation also represents the interests of the community and is recognized by the authorities as an official mouthpiece.

Holiday camp brainstorming

The OSA organizes holiday camps in Switzerland for young Swiss citizens between the ages of 15 and 18 who are resident abroad. Among the items on last summer’s agenda was the creation of the new Pro Patria stamps. 124 people from 33 different countries participating in the camps gave some thought to questions about Switzerland and Swiss Post, and then com- piled and sketched out ideas for stamp designs. The upshot was a concept that served as input for the design of this year’s Pro Patria stamps. The goal? To produce two stamps representing the fifth Switzerland.

The young people set out their insights and thoughts on mood boards and in videos. When asked what she generally associates with Swiss Post, a participant from Thailand replied: “For me, Swiss Post always played a big role at Christmastime, when we received a Christmas hamper with beautiful stamps on it. I find it very special to be getting my own stamps now.” The young people also gave some thought to the question of what Switzerland means to them and made their first rough sketches with typical motifs including mountains, cows and chocolate.

They also tried out other graphic elements such as style, choice of colour and font. Once the first drafts were finished, a group was also given the opportunity to have their say and provide feedback. “I find them really pretty, and I think they symbolize a great deal. They include Swiss elements that anyone can recognize,” says a participant from Chile in the video.

United Nations

26 April 2024 : Endangered Species

Endangered Species

On 26 April 2024, the United Nations Postal Administration (UNPA) continues its Endangered Species stamp series with the issuance of 12 stamps.

The 2024 United Nations Endangered Species stamp series brings together a diverse array of fauna and flora, including species at the centre of the decisions adopted by the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) and discussions within the past year relating to sustainable wildlife conservation, management, and trade of these species. 

As the core objective of the Convention is to ensure that international trade in wild animals and plants is legal, sustainable, and traceable, CITES works to uphold and maintain the survival in the wild of species listed in its appendices.


For 30 years, UNPA has issued stamps in support of CITES to celebrate the many beautiful and varied forms of wild fauna and flora and to raise awareness of the multitude of benefits that conservation provides to people.

The Designs:

New York – US$ 1.55

Rhynchobatus djiddensis (giant guitarfish)

Orchis anatolica (Anatolian orchid)

Neofelis nebulosa (clouded leopard)

Pycnonotus zeylanicus (straw-headed bulbul)

Geneva – CHF 1,90

Potamotrygon albimaculata (Itaituba river stingray)

Aquilaria malaccensis (aloewood)

Vicugna vicugna (vicuña)

Isurus oxyrinchus (shortfin mako shark)

Vienna – € 1,50

Sphyrna lewini (scalloped hammerhead shark)

Ophrys cilicica (Cilician bee orchid)

Lama guanicoe (guanaco)

Copsychus malabaricus (white-rumped shama)

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