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I am pleased to present September 2021 issue of Rainbow Stamp News. Recently Philatelic Congress of India announced PCI 2021 awards: Philatelic Ratna, Fellow PCI, PCI Certificate for Appreciation, and PCI Certificate for Appreciation - Societies. Congratulations to all those eminent philatelists who have been selected for this honour. It is a great initiative by the National Philatelic Federation of India. The recognition given to the philatelists for their outstanding achievement and voluntary work for the promotion of philately is a matter of pride for the whole philatelic community. This is highly appreciated and it has brought happiness to the philatelists in different parts of the country. It not only makes one feel proud but also enhances the love for philately in the whole community. Hope this promotional activity will be continued in the years to come. Once again, heartiest congratulations to all philatelists in the list of different categories of PCI Awards as well as the societies which are working for the promotion of philately for a long time.
This is all for this month. More in the next issue.
§ From the Desk of Naresh Agrawal
§ Recent Indian Issues
§ In The News
§ Thematic Watch
§ Specialized Section
§ Beginners’ Section
§ Philatelic Tributes to First-line Warriors –COVID-19 Pandemic
§ New Issues from Other Countries
§ Philatelic Clubs and Society
§ Blogs & Websites on Philately
§ Current Philatelic Magazines & Newsletters
PHILATELIC CONGRESS OF INDIA: AWARDS 2021
It is great news that the Philatelic Congress of India ( The Indian National Federation of Philatelic Societies ) has declared/announced awards for 2021 to Indian philatelists who are its members recognizing their achievements, contribution, philatelic stature, and work in the promotion of philately. It has declared Philatelic Ratna Award, Fellow, and Certificate of Appreciation. I am really very happy that at least there is some philatelic body that has recognized philatelists and their efforts and achievements. By this declaration, PCI has also shown that it has also established itself strongly in the world scene of philately. No doubt, PCI is well studded with dedicated philatelists of high repute, stature and the ones who genuinely deserve recognition and appreciation. I congratulate all the philatelists and stamp lovers who have been elected, selected, and conferred with these awards and certificates.
Though there have been such awards given by different philatelic associations and societies to distinguished philatelists from time to time in the past in India but award from PCI , the federation of philatelists in India which o represents India in FIP and other world organizations is something which was long-awaited, desired and required. PCI seems to have worked a lot on this selection and election as it has looked upon all the philatelists in India closely who have given noticeable performance at National and International Philatelic shows worked in the field of philatelic literature and journalism and worked for the promotion of philately in different ways for last few years. PCI deserves all thanks for this work which undoubtedly is a big step in the promotion of philately in India.
Well, while going through the list of awardees, it is seen that there are six persons who have been conferred PHILATELIC RATNA award (PCI Ratna award) for their extensive work in the philatelic field such as literature, development of philately, organizing events, their great representation from India at world level, and so on. Undoubtedly their contribution to philately is extensive and exhaustive. Work done by Mr. Ashok Bayanwalla in the field of Postal History of India is an asset for not only Indians but the world philately. Mrs. Damayanti Pittie even at the age of 90 years is active and always engrossed in one or the other philatelic activities for its development. This means every one of these has served Indian philately in a great way. Other names in this category are Sri Sunder Bhirwani, Sri Vispi Dastur, Sri Sahdeva Sahoo, and Sri Ajeet Raj Singhee. These are the names that have kept Indian philately on the world scene for years with their regular efforts and also kept it alive. They have lifted the stature of philately in India with their immense knowledge and its sharing. The list of FELLOW awardees is a bit long as 24 persons have been nominated for this award keeping a close watch on their service to the philatelic society through volunteering or presentation of a display or paper, noteworthy contributions to philately in general and publication of articles/columns in various philatelic journals and books like is done by the other renowned philatelic societies. And CERTIFICATE OF APPRECIATION has been given to as many as 54 philatelists and 10 philatelic societies.
While going through the list of all the awardees, one can find a few names of some of the recognized and eminent philatelists missing but maybe those somehow did not fit in the criterion opted. However, this list is for the year 2021 and it seems that these awards shall be conferred every year. A nice move by PCI to keep philatelists motivated and to be active all the time.
It is suggested that PCI should also declare the criterion opted for the election/selection and nomination for these awards so that there is better transparency and also the future aspirants may work on those lines to get better recognition and so better award. However, it is gathered that a big team or say committee of its members had been formed for this purpose.
As one can feel a lack of active participation of all the members in this process of nominations and election. it is felt that an opportunity should be given to all the members to submit to the selection committee the details of service, work, and achievements, etc. for proper evaluation for their eligibility and election/nomination. Further, they should also be asked to suggest the names for different categories.
Well, my heartiest congratulations to all the nominated members and societies for awards for 2021 and thanks to PCI for coming forward with this process of appreciation the works of philatelists and to motivate the whole fraternity.
LET’S HONOUR THOSE WHO TRULY LOVE PROMOTION OF PHILATELY
Philately is for strengthening the bond of friendship and brotherhood amongst people and nations. Philately acts as an ambassador which communicates between nations and people and showcases the culture, the heritage, and the art of living of people. Philately for joy, happiness, and relaxation. Philately for education and overall development of a person. SO, philately has all the positives when we think broadly. Hence, it needs to be developed, promoted, and appreciated at all places, in any form, and at any level.
Due to pandemic COVID-19, there has been a break in the flow of philatelic activities all over. Physical exhibitions, meetings, activities were not possible. Which even now are risky to conduct. Hence, other methods such as virtual or digital were adopted and put into practice to keep philately alive, to keep philatelists agile, keep philatelic activities moving, and to keep people have the taste of philatelic stuff to get energized. A few individuals and a few philatelic organizations worked hard in this direction. No doubt these efforts not only helped keep philately alive but also gave new futuristic directions to philately.
Bangladesh became the core of such activities during this period as it pioneered to conduct the first virtual exhibition named Philex2020 First Online Stamp Exhibition in Bangladesh which started on 10 July 2020 organized by Bangladesh National Philatelic Association. This exhibition won the hearts of the philatelists and also guided many to embrace this way of exhibiting.
Followed by that, there were many exhibitions declared throughout the world. Philex2020 First Online Stamp Exhibition in Bangladesh organized by Bangladesh National Philatelic Association started on 10 July 2020. Another in India was PHILAVIRTU 2020, a National Virtual Philatelic Exhibition (With International Participation) organized by International Collectors’ Society of Rare Items, Pune under the patronage of PCI started on 10th October 2020. And then Banglapex 2020, which proved a haven for stamp collectors Bangladesh Philatelic Federation inaugurated on 19 Dec.2020. There were other exhibitions in the other parts of the world also. These exhibitions were a great success and enthuse philatelists who participated and also those of visited online.
many online small or big exhibitions are proposed in near future such as BANGLABANDHU-2021, FIAP First Virtual International Stamp Exhibition proposed by Bangladesh Philatelic Federation to be inaugurated on 10th December 2021. This show is projected to be the biggest online show held so far. And yet another such new exhibition named JUBILEEPEX2021, an International Friendship Virtual Philatelic Exhibition is to be conducted by Philatelic Society of Bangladesh (PSB) to be started on 28th September 2021.
Well, any such online exhibition whether recognized or not, whether the small or high level has to be welcomed. Particularly the shows which have no participation fee or less fee need high appreciation and organizers need to be applauded for their services to the philatelic fraternity.
I was surprised when the news came to me that JUBILEEPEX 2021 is being condemned by some of the philatelic societies and individual philatelists. The reasons are not known to me but whatever it be, it’s shameful. Philately spreads love, strengthens the bonds of friendship, brings people closer irrespective of their caste, creed, level in society. Such exhibitions are held just to serve philatelists, to promote and develop philately, and not to have any vested or financial interest. This is a matter of serious concern. Stalwarts of philately who love the promotion of philately need to intervene and help check on such reservations. I don’t understand in spite of promoting the show, people are after the demotion. All the societies, whether recognized or not have the right to conduct such shows. At least they are providing a platform where various philatelists can display their exhibits. It gives opportunity to so many people to witness exhibits. In my view, these are the true promoters and lovers of philately who work selflessly. They need to be recognized and honored. Further, as physical philately is on setback, people or organizations promoting digital philately need to be encouraged and appreciated.
I wish Jubileepex 2021 a great success and also appeal to everyone to at least visit once. The exhibition is organized for us. We are going to be benefitted in one way or other. Let’s visit and make this show a great success.
-Naresh Agrawal: email - email@example.com
Recent Indian Issues
7 August 2021 : Mananiya Chaman Lal - Rs 5
New Special Covers
12 August 2021 : Mahabaleshwar Strawberry, Mahabalehwar
13 August 2021 : Waghya Ghevada (King Rajma) Koregaon
14 August 2021 : Jadeshwar Van, Ahmedabad
15 August 2021 : Phulkari, Panchkula
15 August 2021 : Geographical Indication Tag Basmati Rice : Panchkula
15 August 2021 : Celebrating the success : Kolkata
15 August 2021 : Mahabalipuram stone sculpture : Mamallapuram
15 August 2021 : 75th Independence Day Celebration, Coimbatore
17 August 2021 : Ratlami Sev : Bhopal
17 August 2021 : GI Registered Food Stuff: Bhopal
17 August 2021 : Leather Toys of Indore : Bhopal
18 August 2021 : Golden Jubilee : IIT Khadagpur
18 August 2021 : Geographical Indication : 8 Covers : Pride of Rajasthan : Jaipur
1.Puppet face carved in Mangowood 2 .Wood Carved Print Block 3. Traditional Tribal Jewllery4. Kota Doria Textile 5.Ground Moth of Bikaner6.Tajmahal made of Markana Marble7. Traditional Terracota and Pottery8. Molela and Pokaran Terracota
26 August 2021 : Solapur Terry Towel : Solapur
29 August 2021 : India wins at Tokyo Olympics 2020 : Pune
31August 2021 : Nashilk Grapes : Nashik
31 August 2021 : 3 special covers : Devanhalli Pomelo,Mysore Agarbatti,Mysore Silk : Bengaluru
31 August 2021 : 4 Special Covers :Kolhapuri Chappals, Bangalore Blue Grapes,Bangalore Rose Onions,Mysore Sandal Soap: Bengaluru
31 August 2021 : Geographical Indication : Karbi Anglong Ginger, Assam
2 September 2021 : Kangra Tea , Dharamshala
Special Cancellation on 75th Independence day
In The News
PCI announces PCI Awards 2021. Philatelic Ratna, Fellow and Certificate of Appreciation.
PCI Awards Committee consisting of following members decided the awards on very stringent criteria, and approved by GC.
Madhukar Deogawanka (Chairman),Mr. Rajesh Paharia, Member,Mr. Kapil Gogri, Member
Ex Officio members :Mr. Rajesh Bagri, Hon. Secretary General, Mrs. Damyanti Pittie, President PCI
The complete list is available on PCI website : www.philateliccongressofindia.com
Sundar Bahirwani, Ashok Bayanwala,Vispi Dastur,
Damyanti M.Pittie, Sahdeva Sahoo, Ajeet Raj Singhee
Golden Letterbox in honour of Olympian Golden Boy Neeraj Chopra
A golden colored letter box and Olympian Neeraj (right) installed outside the house of athlete Neeraj Chopra at village Khandra in Panipat district.
Everyone is saluting Neeraj Chopra of Panipat after winning the gold medal in the Tokyo Olympics. The postal department has also not only changed the color of the letter box outside the main post office of Panipat to golden in honor of Neeraj, but has also installed another similar letter box outside his house. Normally the color of the letter box is red. Along with Golden Boy Neeraj Chopra, his achievement is also written on both these letter boxes.
Bhubaneswar: This is ecstatic news for the philatelic community in Odisha. The Department of Posts has reopened the two Philatelic Bureaus at Cuttack GPO and Sambalpur HQ.
The two bureaus were earlier declared closed from July 12 as part of a rationalisation process, according to a press note by the department.. The note informed that the department has reconsidered the closure of the two bureaus. “[They]… now stand restored w.e.f from August 5, 2021 (Thursday,’ it said.“All philatelists, stamp lovers and members of the public can avail all philatelic facilities from these bureaus as before,” it added.
The decision to close other 29 philatelic bureaus from 12 July 2021 has also been discontinued due to representations from various corners of the country.
Indian philatelists’ achievement at International stamp exhibitions
“FILANANIAS 2021” VIRTUAL STAMP EXHIBITION AWARDS ANNOUNCED: 105 MEDALS FOR INDIAN PHILATELISTS
At the virtual stamp exhibition “FILANANIAS
2021”, there were 58 participants from India with a total of 110 exhibits, for
which 72 gold medals, 28 silver medals and 5 bronze medals were awarded.
The awards list (Palmares) was published on September 3 at https://virtuafil.org/public-expo-palmares-list.aspx?exID=5011
Participants included enthusiasts at all levels, from novices and young children, to senior, highly-experienced and world-renowned philatelists. From India, participants included school stamp clubs and even entire families.
The exhibition, “FILANANIAS 2021” this year was in its third edition and was conducted by FILABRAS - Associação dos Filatelistas Brasileiros, the largest virtual philatelic society in Brazil. https://www.facebook.com/groups/FILABRAS. The exhibition extended an open invitation to stamp collectors from all over the world, without pre-qualifying conditions and totally without costs. The objective was simple: the world-wide promotion of philately without geographical, financial, cultural, political or academic restrictions of any kind.
The exhibition was announced in March when applications for participation were open, and almost immediately, there was a flood of registrations from all over the world, especially from India and with a particular emphasis on enthusiasts from Bengaluru. In total there were 142 participants from 18 countries and with 239 exhibits. “FILANANIAS 2021” soon became one of the biggest virtual philatelic exhibitions in the world this year.
To ensure maximum participation and maximum inclusion, FILANANIAS 2021 used informal, simplified technical judging standards. An international jury of highly respected philatelists was appointed.
But a really unique aspect of the exhibition was popular voting by the internet, where the general public was able to cast votes on their favourite exhibits, without the need for registration. The intention of the organizer was to introduce democracy and popular opinion into the world of philately and not to restrict the evaluation process only to expert juries. This initiative proved to be an extraordinary success and more than 13,000 popular votes were cast until the end of voting on July 31. The results of the popular voting is published at https://virtuafil.org/public-expo-popular-voting-list.aspx?exID=5011 where Indian philatelists are prominent among the winners.
Popular voting and jury work ended on August 31 however, all exhibits will remain on public view at the permanent exhibition website, indefinitely. http://filananias2021.virtuafil.org/
The organizers, FILABRAS, thank all participants for their support and look forward to seeing everyone again at the next edition in 2022.
Vice President of FILABRAS and member of the Organizing Committee for FILABRAS 2021
Saõ Paulo, Brazil
September 3, 2021
Great American Stamp Show GASS 2021
Lokeswara Rao Madiraju Received Large Silver and also ATA (American Topical Association) Study Unit Journal award for his Literature Exhibit “Buddhism on Stamps” and Silver for his Single Frame exhibit “Buddhist Mudras”.
At Philanippon 2021,Shri Lokeswara Rao Madiraju won Silver medal for his book ‘Buddhism on Stamps’ and Mr. Dinesh Chandra Sharma won silver medals for his two books ‘Olympic Flame’ and ‘Torch Relay and Philately as a teaching tool’ .
Teacher’s Day Wishes Envelope
The Department of Posts released a special “Teacher’s Day Wishes Envelope”. These envelopes contain a greeting card. The cost of one envelope with greeting card is Rs. 15. Students can send the envelope by ordinary post or by speed post /Registered post .
International Year of Fruits and Vegetables 2021
This is the "International Year of Fruits and Vegetables", a declaration of the General Assembly of the United Nations with the objectives of: sensitizing the world population and the legislative bodies to the benefits of the consumption of fruits and vegetables; promote healthy diets with the consumption of these products; reduce losses and waste in food systems; and promote best practices in the consumption, production, storage, transport and marketing of fruits, vegetables and other vegetables.
“HYPEX – 2021” , a three day exhibition cum Stamps, Coins and Currency Notes dealers meet is going to be held from October 23-25, 2021, in close association with The Numismatic Society of India to celebrate their 103rd Annual Convention at the spacious Hall of the Salar Jung Museum, Hyderabad - 500 002.
International Friendship Virtual
Philatelic Society of Bangladesh (PSB) JUBILEEPEX 2021 International Friendship Virtual Philatelic Exhibition will be held from 28th September – 9th October 2021.
Visit : https://jubileepex.com/
Forthcoming International Philatelic Exhibitions updates
HUNfilex 2022 is a Specialised World Stamp Championship Exhibition with the FIP Patronage is being organised by National federation of Hungarian philatelists from 31st March to 3rd April 2022 in Budapest, Hungary.
The competition classes of the exhibition will be : World Stamps Championship class, Traditional, Postal History, Revenue, Open Philately, One Frame & Philatelic literature.
All those interested in participating please share your exhibit details as below
Class of exhibit , Title of the Exhibit and earlier participation details, like name of the Exhibition where exhibited, level of the Exhibition and award won on the exhibit
Please contact: Ajay Kumar Mittal, National Commissioner. HUNfilex 2022 Whatsapp.9811032311
” is organized by (Union of Czech Philatelists) in cooperation with club “Evropská výstava poštovních známek LIBEREC 2022, z.s.”, established for this purpose under patronage and with recognition.
Exhibition size: 1200 exhibition frames
European Stamp Exhibition and Polar Salon LIBEREC 2022 : IREX
BALIPHEX 2021: 13th Bali Philately Exhibition : 8-12 October 2021
CAPE TOWN 2021 Philatelic Exhibition ( Update)
The Cape Town 2021 Exhibition has been postponed. The new dates will be 8th – 12th November 2022.
An amended IREX will be published on the Website indicating submission dates as follows:
The date that Entry forms must be received by the National Commissioners will be no later than 15 May 2022.
Notification of Acceptance; receipt of First page and Literature Entries:
• Notification of application acceptance or non-acceptance by the Organisers, together with the number of frames allocated to each accepted exhibit, will be sent to the National Commissioners before 30 June 2022.
• National Commissioners should confirm entries accepted by no later than 15 July 2022.
The entrant may revise the introductory sheet on receiving notification of acceptance, but the class or concept of the exhibit may not be changed. Although every effort will be made to send revised pages to the jury prior to the show, only those received prior to 15 August 2022 can be guaranteed to be circulated.
• Last date for receipt of Literature exhibits 1 October 2022
Mr. Shakil Ahmed is Indian National Commissioner for the Cape Town 2021, FIP Specialized World Stamp Exhibition to be held at Cape Town, South Africa from 8 to 12 November, 2022.Exhibition Classes: Traditional, Postal History, Aerophilately, Postal Stationery, Revenue, Thematic, Open, Modern Philately, One Frame, Philatelic Literature and Picture Postcards only)
Shakil Ahmed : Email: firstname.lastname@example.org : (M) +91-9437225760 / +91-7008025663
CAPEX 22, Toronto
CAPEX 22 is
an international one frame stamp and philatelic literature exhibition organized
by the Canadian Association of Philatelic Exhibitions – Association Canadienne
des Expositions Philatéliques (CAPE-ACEP).
The Exhibition will be held from June 9-12 2022 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre (MTCC), 255 Front Street West, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
CAPEX 22 is the inaugural International One Frame Stamp Championship Exhibition. It is also the largest exhibition of one frame exhibits ever held.
CAPEX 22 is being held under the Patronage of the Federacion Interamericana de Filatelia (FIAF) and the Recognition of the Fédération Internationale de Philatélie (FIP). CAPEX 22 will be governed by the General Regulations for Exhibitions (GREX), the General Regulation for Evaluation of Exhibits (GREV), the Special Regulations for Evaluation of exhibits (SREV’s) and Guidelines issued by FIP and the Individual Regulations for Exhibition (IREX) issued by CAPEX 22.
In addition to the classes recognized by FIP for One Frame exhibits, several non-FIP classes including FDCs, Cinderellas and Illustrated Mail may be entered in CAPEX 22.
Exhibitors from FIP member federations and FIAF member federations shall be eligible to participate at CAPEX 22. Entries awarded at least 75-points at national exhibitions since Jan 1, 2015 or which have been exhibited at FIP, FIAF, FEPA or FIAP exhibitions will be eligible.
1. There is
no fee for Non-Competitive Class entries.
2.The participation fee for One-Frame Exhibit (Class 1) is US$125 per exhibit.
3. The participation fee for Philatelic Literature (Class 2) is US$80 per exhibit.
4. There is no fee for Youth Class entries.
CAPEX 22 Organizing Committeec/o Vincent Graves Greene Philatelic Research Foundation 10 Summerhill Ave, Toronto, ON Canada M4T 1A8 Telephone : 416-921-2073 Fax : 416-921-1282 E-mail : email@example.com
shall submit one Exhibit Application Form for each exhibit or literature
application through the on-line application form at www.capex22.org. The Organizing Committee will notify
the assigned National Commissioners of their respective countries.
Exhibit Application Forms duly filled shall be submitted through the on-line application form not later than November 30, 2021.
View : CAPEX 22 IREX
View : Exhibit Application Form
Commissioner for HELVETIA 2022, Philatelic Exhibition
Mr. Anil Suri has been appointed National Commissioner for Helvetia 2022, FIP WSC Specialised Exhibition is to be held from 18 to 22 May 2022 at the Padiglione Conza in Lugano, Switzerland.
The exhibition will include WSC, Traditional, Postal History, Aero-Philately, Postal Stationery, Thematic, One Frame (TR, PH, PS, AE & TH) and Philatelic Literature Classes only. Details at : website www.helvetia2022.ch
Contact : Anil Suri : Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Mob : +91 9811176908, 8130827029
News from Uttrakhand / Himachal Pradesh
Special Cover on Uttarakhand Tejpatta
Special cover on Uttarakhand Tejpatta was released at Gopeshwar Head Post office on 31 August 2021. Tejpatta is found in the Himalayan region at 500-2400 mts height. There are five type of Tejpatta leaves and is declared as GI (Geographical Indication) of Uttarakhand state. A geographical indication or GI is a sign used on products that have a specific geographical origin and possess qualities or a reputation that are due to that origin.
Courtesy : Abhai Mishra
New Special Covers from Himachal Pradesh
Two special covers were released at Dharamshala on 2nd September 2021. One on Kangra Tea is with original tea and bar coding with details , priced at rupees 95 and only 1000 pieces printed
New Picture Postcards from India Post (H.P. Postal Circle)
VISUAL STORY TELLING THROUGH PICTURE POSTCARDS
Recently 5 picture postcards have been released by Himachal Pradesh Postal Circle. Each postcard costs Rs 15….
1. Kee Monastery founded by Dromyton( 1008-1064)ad . It is the largest and oldest monastery of Spiti located at a height of 4116 meters it is located 12 km from Kaza the administrative headquarter of Spiti. The monastery has rare collection of Thanka paintings , ancient musical instruments and Tangyur texts.
2. The fossil village in The Spiti Valley Langza located at 4400 meters height it is the hIghest village in the world connected with motorable road . The population of this village is only 200 meters, there is a huge Buddha statue in this village .
3. A perfect destination for a bike trip Lanza , this magical place is a dream destination for bikers
4. Tangyud monastery situated in Komic village of spiti of Himachal .this village is one of the highest village connected by motorableroad . This Gompa is atop a hillock at 15000 feet .
5. Hikkim Post Office this is 14567 feet above sea level .
-Major (Dr). Ritu Kalra, Shimla
TWO METER FRANKING & TWO SPECIAL CANCELLATIONS RELEASED AT HUBBALLI ON JAIN FESTIVALS
Two different meter franking halve been released at Hubballi Post Office of Dharwad Postal Division, Karnataka on 18th August 2021 and 4th September 2021 on famous Jain festivals. Two special cancellations and two picture postcards have also been issued by the office of Senior Superintendent of Post Offices Dharwad on these occasions.
First meter franking and special cancellation was provided on 18th August 2021 on the occasion of Moksha Saptami. Second meter franking and special cancellation was provided on 4th September 2021 on the occasion of Paryushan Parva.
- Sudhir Jain
In forming a thematic stamp collection, selecting a theme is a very important aspect. It should be something that fascinates you and fuels your passion for thematic philately. The best way is to start with a bigger theme then break it down to smaller subtopics. This is the way, you can assess how immense or how limited your topic will be. For example, if you choose birds on stamps as a condensing theme, you can have a specific topic on water birds, pheasants, or passerines or you can choose a single bird like eagle, penguin, peacock, flamingo, etc. After you finalize a theme you must collect wide information related to that particular theme. It is important because then you can think upon a variety of philatelic items that could be included in the exhibit related to that particular theme..Now thematic philatelic exhibiting has become very advanced. It is a highly skilled art of including those items which on first sight one cannot relate with the theme. When one explores the theme its relevance could be justified. At this level, the exhibit could be said a bit advanced. So always, a narrow theme has more chances of development at the finer level… If the theme is wider and generalized it is difficult to explain in the limited number of pages and maintain consistency in the storyline.
I am sharing here an article on Thematic Exhibiting by Robert R. Henak originally published in Topical Time. The article clearly explains how one can include different types of material related to various correlated topics of a particular theme and make the storyline strong and deep.
by Robert R. Henak, originally published in Topical Time
Having gone about as far as I can for now with general exhibiting concepts, it is time to dig into the nitty-gritty of putting together a particular type of exhibit. Thematic exhibits are a great place to start. Many people I know who are on the verge of taking the plunge into exhibiting collect based on the subject matter of the philatelic material rather than the issuing country.
What is a Thematic Exhibit?
The American Philatelic Society’s Manual of Philatelic Judging and Exhibiting (7th ed., available for free download at https://stamps.org/Portals/0/Judging-Manual.pdf ) grants exhibitors much freedom to create their own means of telling the story they wish to share with the world. One may choose one of the more conventional structures, such as Traditional, Postal History or Display, in which case they will be expected to comply with the usual set of guidelines developed over time for such exhibits. Alternatively, the exhibitor may strike off on his or her own, making clear on the title page what they intend to accomplish and why. One’s medal level for such alternative formats will often depend on how well one accomplishes the identified goal and how the difficulty level of the showing compares with that of more conventional approaches.
A thematic exhibit, however, is a more conventional type of exhibit. These exhibits have been around awhile and the exhibiting world, accordingly, has developed certain standard conventions that judges will expect from those choosing this format when exhibiting on the national level. One should note that those conventions were developed at a time when exhibiting based on the subject of the philatelic material was deemed less “legitimate” than more traditionally philatelic and postal history exhibits. As a result, the expected standards are quite restrictive to enhance the difficulty of thematic exhibits to counter their perceived – at the time – frivolousness.
Section 3.5.13 of the Manuel of Philatelic Judging and Exhibiting (7th ed) states that:
A thematic exhibit develops a subject by illustrating it with a wide variety of appropriate philatelic material, and supporting it with associated thematic and philatelic text, in accordance with the Title, subtitle (if any), and the Plan. . .. The exhibitor can select any subject or theme as long as it is not about a philatelic element (such as a particular stamp or series of stamps) or characteristics (such as stamp perforations or postal stationery knives).
While exhibits generally tell a story, a thematic exhibit thus focuses on something other than the development of stamps, rates, routes and uses. Examples would be exhibits about clowns, mermaids, owls or a particular person.
Unlike most other types of exhibits, the thematic exhibit focuses primarily on the subject matter of the philatelic material exhibited. Thus, the 3¢ U.S. pictorial issue of 1869 (Scott 114) would be important in a railway thematic exhibit because it shows a steam engine, not because it paid the first-class letter rate at the time for up to 1⁄2 ounce, because it was printed by the National Bank Note Company or because it might be on a cover between two discontinued post offices in Indiana.
The same holds true for a cover. The subject matter of a stamp on cover can further a thematic storyline. The cancellation also could fit into a thematic exhibit because the date, post office name or a pictorial cancellation illustrates some aspect of the theme. As I will explain in a future article, this does not mean that other non-thematic aspects of the material are irrelevant. It merely means that the central focus is on how it illustrates and furthers the thematic development of the exhibit.
Thematic versus Topical
Although the terms are often used interchangeably, there is a difference between a thematic exhibit and a topical exhibit. As explained in Section 3.5.14 of the Manual of Philatelic Judging, a topical collection or exhibit is limited to philatelic material directly reflecting the chosen subject rather than telling a story about it. Thus, a topical collection of horses generally will be limited to stamps, postal stationery, cancellations, and the like, in some way portraying or depicting different kinds of horses. I hope to more fully address topical exhibits in future articles.
A thematic exhibit, on the other hand, should tell a well-developed story by illustrating relevant points related to the theme or subject of the exhibit. Accordingly, a thematic exhibit about John F. Kennedy likely would touch upon World War II, the Democratic and Republican parties of the 1950s, Richard Nixon, Cuba, the Civil Rights Movement and the like, as well as Kennedy’s family and direct personal experiences and influences.
At one time, topical exhibits tended to be frowned upon. While fully legitimized by the Manual of Philatelic Judging and Exhibiting (7th ed.), they still may be looked down upon among some judges. While most thematic exhibitors will start with a topical collection, judges will expect them to expand into related areas so they can tell a more complete story should they choose the thematic format.
My Horsing Around exhibit, for instance, has suffered from the fact that it is necessarily a topical exhibit with thematic aspects. It basically illustrates a number of different non-equine horses divided into general categories, such as plants, animals, people and actions, with many examples shown thematically (because there is no philatelic material picturing the specific concept), but with little or no overall thematic story development. Although I have not shown it for a few years, and not since the Seventh Edition of the judging manual, the exhibit accordingly met mixed results when it came to national-level judging.
For excellent examples of thematic exhibits, see David McNamee’s Canoe, Phil Stager’s Coconuts or Van Siegling’s The Magical World of Harry Potter, to name just a few. Also, be sure to attend the National Topical Stamp Show in Omaha this August and view the many fine thematic exhibits there. Coconuts, and many other great exhibits, may be viewed online at: www.aape.org/exhibits.asp.
In future articles, I will address the conventions that exhibitors choosing the thematic format will be expected to hold to, things like the structure of thematic exhibits, the types of material permitted in such exhibits and how the exhibitor is expected to show “philatelic knowledge” for purposes of the Exhibit Evaluation Forms used for judging exhibits on a national level.
Source : https://americantopical.org/Thematic-Exhibiting
British India Bazar Cards
( A PERIODIC PHILATELIC REVOLUTION AND MIRROR OF SOCIAL HISTORY )
BRITISH INDIA BAZAAR POSTCARDS :.
British India period around the start of 20th century-spanning mainly from the year 1900 to 1930, saw a great revolution in changing trends of postal cards which were in immense use during that period. When there was a great impact of British rule and culture and on the other hand it was India and Indian culture which was struggling to survive. Such postcards gave a new direction to postal culture and gave new dimensions to the utility of this mode of postal communication. Apart from those which had pre-paid printed stamps issued by the postal administration, that period saw a new culture of substantial use of private printed pictorial postal cards. Such postcards were developed mainly by the merchants, businessmen and traders of major cities of all over India who advertised their products or business through text or pictorial matters printed on either side of the postcards or postal covers which used adhesive postal stamps ( 3Pies/4pies Edward VII and George V period ) affixed on them for payment of postage. This period is also known as a classic postcard because of the image printed on it.
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DESIGN FEATURES :
The bazaar cards had specific design of pictorial images mainly on the one half portion of address side. Though some cards with images on other side could be found. The images covered wide range of designs printed mainly with one color ink with some exceptions too.
ORNAMENTAL BORDER FOR SPACE FOR AFFIXING STAMPS
The design normally showed space for affixing stamps for postage payment with artistic designs and ornamental border and nicely collared..
1928 BAZAAR CARD : DARK COLOR IMAGES TOO 1901 : USING CORNER FOR PICTORIAL IMAGES
The pictorial images were normally printed on the undivided (sometimes divided) back with address on one half and the image on the other. However, some cards with corner printing or almost 1/4 part printed were also available.
Some cards with no picture but advertisement of the product given in the two line dividing strip of the back side were also available. That gave more space to the writer.
PRINTERS AND PUBLISHERS :
The early Indian postcards were generally printed in Germany, France, Britain and Austria.
“Raphael Tuck's” in London, “Plate’ in Colombo and “D.A. Ahuja” in Rangoon and “ were among the leading all-India publishers of color postcards and were the source of many other images. There were some smaller print runs by painters like Joseph Hoffman of Australia and the British Mortimer Menpes, or an anonymous amateur too who published a series of his own paintings till 1910.
But after 1900, Bombay became the printing and publishing hub of such post cards. M/S Ravi Varma was one of the exceptions, with his famous press outside Bombay also printing postcards before 1900. To name a few Bombay-based printers are Khemraj Srikrishnadas, Sri Venkateshwar (Steam) Press, The Parole Maxim Co., Hariprasad Bhograthji Bookseller, Pandit Shridhar Shivlalji ‘Gyansagar’ Chhapakhana, etc.
Normally the cards had the name and detailed address of printer or sales agent printed on it to inform its availability.
The Bazaar cards were mainly printed initially in Bombay only and later in different cities of India by local printers such as M/S Moorli Dhur & Sons in Amballa and M/S H.A. Mirza & Sons in Delhi were two other prominent postcard publishers which used to get their printing done from Germany and other countries too. Their work covered literally hundreds of locations from the largest cities to the smallest cantonments. Small publishers also emerged in other cities too like Kanpur, Agra, Hathras, Lahore, Amritsar, Indore, Jaipur etc. Some other small publishers also emerged in South and East too to cater local requirements. Post card traders, agents and merchants also came in to scene all over.
CIRCULATING AREA :
Though these cards were mainly used by merchants and traders but as the business activities were not confined to particular area, these cards traveled long distances too. Though their main transit remained in particular state but as these cards were used all over India at that time, these registered their existence all over from North to West and East to South. Hence. these created a big scope. One can find these cards in Delhi Agra Jaipur to Kolkatta and Bombay Nasik to Trichunapalli
Bazaar Card to Hyderabad : Postage 4pies 1906 Letter to Bundi(Rajasthan) : postage 3piesSALES :
Bazaar post cards were on sales in the general market at stationery shops to at that times. As these were in massive use by traders and merchants, these were available in whole sale. Even advertisements were done on these cards mentioning availability and sales of these cards. The price was quite low. Such as Rs.1-8 for 1000 pcs.
These cards are available at Rs. 1-8 per 1000 from Hukamchand Ishwardass & Co.,General Suppliers & Commission Agents, Marwari Bazar, Bombay
HERITAGE PRESERVATION AND DEPICTION :
India had rich heritage of art, culture, science, architecture etc. These Bazaar cards helped in highlighting and preserving this heritage by way of depicting the images on them which not only reached public at that time but remained in dump almirahs and remains preserved. Those images have now again emerged as such stocks of used cards have been explored by philatelists who not only admire the rich heritage India has but also study and preserve those. The following cards justify the above statement :
KINGS AND RULERS :
Many of the bazaar cards depicted / portrayed images and pictures of various eminent kings and rulers to inculcate awareness amongst the people about them. To name a few are Nadir shah, Akbar, King George, Edward, etc. These cards along with the images also printed in text an introduction of some products and their addresses. The other side was used to write messages.
WARRIORS AND PATRIOTS :
Many of the bazaar cards depicted / portrayed images and pictures of various eminent warriors and freedom fighters to inculcate the spirit of freedom and love for motherland amongst the Indian who were striving hard for their rights and freedom. To name a few are Chhattrapati Shivaji, Lal Lajpatrai etc. These cards along with the images also printed in text an introduction of some products and their addresses. The other side was used to write messages.
Images of some prominent places of big cities or squares or statues also invited attention of the publishers and also those who ordered to produce the cards. Such cards introduced the people to the other places and to know better about the other cities. Such images are truly depiction of the life and culture of that particular area/place.
ART AND CULTURE :
Postcards were truly an international business. Some of the finest Indian publishers like Delhi-based H.A. Mirza & Sons and The Archaeological Photographic Works of India, had their postcards manufactured in Germany. The province of Saxony was the world center of quality printing. Postcards were beautifully colorized by the early 1890's, with photo firms typically doubling as postcard publishers. Because postcards often outlive photographs, the dates on them can offer important clues to a photographer or firm's fate and works.
1906 : Woman playing Veena 1905 : Woman enjoying the swing
Art and culture are well reflected on the bazaar cards. The bazaar cards though not so beautifully printed but had all the elements to portray the art and culture of the colonial India. One could easily peep through the art and culture of British India at that period. Some of the cards beautifully showed the paintings, dances, various rituals, and culture through the images printed on them. Hence, the bazaar cards may be called the mirror of art and culture of British India.
To be contd….
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Early Commercial Radio
On August 20, 1920, Detroit’s 8MK radio station began daily broadcasts. Still in operation today, the station often claims to be the first commercial radio station, though a few others have also staked their claim on that title.
By 1922 there were 30 commercial stations and by 1923 there 556. Today there are over 15,000.
The evolution of radio technology spanned decades with contributions from several inventors. Guglielmo Marconi is often credited as the inventor of radio, and won the 1909 Nobel Prize in Physics with Karl Ferdinand Braun “in recognition of their contributions to the development of wireless telegraphy.”
William E. Scripps is often credited with the creation of Detroit’s 8MK radio station. His family ran the Detroit News and had long been interested in the advancements in radio technology. In 1919, Scripps and Thomas E. Clark proposed the creation of a radio station that could broadcast throughout the Great Lakes region. In early 1920, they gained the support of Lee de Forest, a radio pioneer whose Audion vacuum tube made radio broadcasting possible. The station received an amateur radio license and adopted the call sign 8MK. Their early broadcasts were called the “Detroit News Radiophone.”
8MK initially operated under an amateur radio license.
8MK began its nightly broadcasts on August 20, 1920, though these were largely test programs only heard by local amateur radio enthusiasts. Then on August 31, the Detroit News print an announcement on its front page that nightly radio broadcasts would begin that night. The news that night, which ran from 8 to 9 p.m., announced the returns from a primary election as well as vocal performances by Lois Johnson. The next day, the paper reported, “The sending of the election returns by The Detroit News Radiophone Tuesday night was fraught with romance and must go down in the history of man’s conquest of the elements as a gigantic step in his progress.”
Guglielmo Marconi’s spark coil and spark gap, which enabled him to transmit across the Atlantic Ocean by wireless radio.
Over the next few months, 8MK offered daily broadcasts that often included phonograph recordings with news announcements. They also reported on the heavyweight championship bout between Jack Dempsey and Billy Miske as well as the 1920 World Series. In September they began weekly vocal concerts and on November 2, they reported on the results of that year’s presidential election. 8MK later changed its call sign to WBL and later WWJ, which it remains today. WWJ considers itself “America’s Pioneer Broadcasting Station” and where “commercial radio broadcasting began.”
On November 2, 1920, KDKA in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania had its inaugural broadcast, also sharing the results of the presidential election. KDKA received its license in October 1920 and is often considered the first US licensed commercial broadcasting station. They would begin daily broadcasts in 1921. The station’s engineer, Frank Conrad, had been broadcasting from the call signs 8XK and 8YK since 1916. KDKA was the first of several radio stations already in existence to receive a limited commercial license and is still in operation in Pittsburgh today.
9XM at the University of Wisconsin was another early station. It received an experimental license in 1914 and began transmitting Morse code in 1916. It first broadcast music in 1917 and began regularly scheduled news and music broadcasts in 1921. The station is still in operation today as WHA.
Springfield, Massachusetts’s WBZ got its commercial license on September 15, 1921, and Newark, New Jersey’s WJZ got its license on November 7. However, these stations changed cities, while KDKA and 8MK have remained in the same cities throughout their existence. There were also a few other experimental radio stations that began operating as early as 1917, but they didn’t get their commercial licenses until 1922.
Source : Mystic Stamp Co.
Philatelic Tributes to the First Line Warriors - Corona virus COVID-19 Pandemic
SOUTH SUDAN - Postage stamps and souvenir sheet
Struggle Against COVID-19 Pandemic (July 2020)
Commemorative postage stamps and souvenir sheet are depicting a globe and figures representing the health professions in the front lines in the fight against the COVID-19 corona virus pandemic supplied by the text: "STRUGGLE AGAINST COVID-19 PANDEMIC" and "Tribute to healthcare personnel".
UNITED NATIONS (NEW YORK, VIENNA, GENEVA) - Souvenir sheet
We are all in this together - Help stop the spread of COVID-19 (11th August 2020)
Souvenir sheet with six stamps presents six key public health messages by UN and WHO to help stop the spread of COVID-19, namely Personal Hygiene; Myth-Busting; Physical Distance; Spread Kindness; Know the Symptoms; and Solidarity.
The UN Postal Administration is issuing these stamps to support the COVID Solidarity Response Fund organized by WHO. A surcharge of 50 cents for the New York denominations, CHF 0,50 for the Geneva values and € 0,50 for the Vienna values has been added to each stamp. These surplus funds will go directly to supporting COVID suppression efforts. The words "thank you" in various world languages are written on the protective veil of the displayed healthcare worker.
UNITED NATIONS (NEW YORK) - Information cachet
The new Corona virus was named COVID-19 by WHO (February - April 2020)
Information cachet informs on the fact that the new corona virus was named COVID-19 by WHO. The information cachet was used on shipments sent from the UN in New York.
New Issues from other countries
21 July 2021 : Stan Robers
Canada Post released this official first day cover featuring Canadian folk singer Stan Rogers on July 21, 2021.
25 August 2021 : 180th Anniversary of Hong Kong Post
Since the establishment of the first post office in 1841, Hongkong Post has been committed to providing efficient and reliable postal services to the public. 2021 marks a significant moment of Hong Kong's postal service on its 180th anniversary.
The set of six stamps showcases the development of the postal service, its evolution in the postal landscape for over a century and the efforts to provide customers with diversified services. The $2 and $2.6 stamps depict the old General Post Office building and a postman delivering mail for a Chinese tenement building respectively, while the $3.4 and $3.7 stamps present the mail processing flow. The $4.90 and $5 stamps then illustrate a number of smart postal facilities newly launched or in the pipeline, reflecting that Hongkong Post keeps abreast with the times and is taking strides towards a new era of smart postal services.
6 September 2021 : 50 years of the first E-mail
6 September 2021 : Blockchain Technology
Discover the new generation of crypto stamps. For the first time, an SQR code is integrated on the stamp entitled "Perspective" (face value: CHF 5.20) that can be scanned with a smartphone (Android™ & iOS®).
The app for Stamp 4.0 enables users to verify the stamps and check whether they are genuine. Through this check, the stamp is uniquely assigned to its owner and can be deposited in a personal data room (Blockchain technology). The crypto stamp is valid for postage, forgery-proof, interactive and exciting.
1 September 2021 : Lord of the Rings : The Fellowship of the Ring 20th Anniversary
6 September 2021: Joint issue Ukraine and Liechtenstein
No. 1946 “Yevhen Zotov . View on the castle Vadutz. 1938/1953
No. 1947 “Ivan Miasoedov. Self - portrait
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