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

Friday, April 30, 2010




Date of Issue – 14 April 2010

2010 – International Year of Biodiversity



Shimla       May 2010      Issue # 29      Vol. 3

Monthly e-Stamp Bulletin Edited by Jeevan Jyoti for free circulation among philatelists

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Dear Reader,

Here is the May issue of Rainbow 2010 with cool contents to refresh you and bring down the temperature of your surrounding. The weather has become very hot all over the country with continuous rise in the mercury as this can be experienced here, in hills too. The exhibition time starts now with the great show of LONDON 2010 which is going to be held in London from 8th May. My best wishes to the participants and visitors of this exhibition. One more exhibition Stampfiesta 2010 which was going to be held in Ludhiana in the month of May has been postponed due to some unavoidable reasons. It would have been very nice if the decision was taken a bit earlier to avoid inconvenience to the participants and visitors who had already booked their tickets and posted the exhibits. But the situation seemed to be beyond control of the organizers, so they had to take the decision at the last moment. We should all co-operate and understand the genuine difficulty faced by the organizers. Let’s hope a successful exhibition will be organized by LPC in future with full co-operation of the team members.

But it is a matter of concern that lot of difficulty is faced by the organizers in getting frames from Department of Posts. When the exhibition is organized by a private society it needs co – operation from DoP for sufficient number of frames in good condition. It is not possible to organize an exhibition without frames and also not easy to manage them privately. This is one of the major causes of the problem which arises in organizing an exhibition by a philatelic society. There is a need to bring a change in the system. It is also necessary that when an exhibition is organized, a team work is required . If one quits the team, the team paralyses and the work is suffered. For a successful show, co-operation, team work and a spirit of sacrifice must be in all the members.

As it is the season of philatelic exhibitions, a big World Philatelic Exhibition INDIPEX 2011 is going to be held in India next year. The updates of the exhibition are being given on its website. But it is highly disappointing to note that the participation fee has been increased considerably for Indians. This point has been well raised by Mr Ajit Dash, editor of EIPA Newsletter in his editorial of the recent issue of his newsletter. As India is the host country there should have been some relaxation for Indian participants. It is a point to ponder…..The fee in competition class is Rs 2000 per frame and fee for one frame entry is Rs 3000. The point to be noted that no medal will be awarded but only the points will be given with the certificate in this class. What is the way of projecting this class? There should have been provision of medals in this class if this class is to be popularized and make it popular like 20 -20 Cricket match. It is absolutely unfair with the participants of this class. They must be treated like the participants of other classes. The rules and regulations of this class regarding the award system must be amended and there must be a provision of awarding medals in this class !

This is all for this month…..Till Next Issue ….Have a Great Time !

                                                                                                                                                                                                   ….Jeevan Jyoti


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Recent Indian Issues

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clip_image001[23] Mar 19 : 16 Punjab(2nd Patiala)

clip_image001[24] Mar 30 : Special Protection Group – Rs 5

clip_image001[25] Mar 30 : Mithuramlinga Sethupathy – Rs 5

clip_image001[26] Mar 31: Vallal Pachaiyappa

clip_image001[27] Apr 14: Astrological Signs, 12 stamps of Rs 5 each + MS

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clip_image001[29] Apr 26: Sant Kanwar Ram Sahib – Rs 5

Special Cover – Postmark


Mar 13: New Delhi, 12th FIH Hero Honda Men's Hockey World Cup 2010

Mar 13 : Shimla, Nathpa Jhakri Hydro Power Station

Mar 21-22: Junagadh, District philatelic exhibition, 2 covers

Mar 22 : Kullu , Bhuttico – Bhutti Weavers Co-operative Society- Kullu


Mar 26 : Dharamshala - Chaudhary Sarwan Kumar Himachal Pradesh Krishi Vishwavidyalaya, (C S K H P Agriculture University), Palampur

Mar 27 : Sagar, 135th Anniversary of Shri Gaurabai Digamber Jain Mandir

Mar 27 : Tirichirapalli, Silver Jubilee of Trichirapalli Rotary Club

Apr 7: Chennai, Anna Adarsh College for Women Silver Jubilee

Apr 4 : Pondicherry, Centenary if Sri Aurbindo’s Arrival in Pondicherry

Apr 5 : Bangalore, National Maritime Day, Bangalore

See detailed list of India Post Issue Programme 2010 at

New Meghdoot Postcard


Vishakhapatnam Port Trust - Completion of 75 eventful years in the service of Nation by Vishakapatnam Port, known as the Gateway to the East Coast of India.

In The News

Recent Philatelic Exhibitions


LONDON 2010 – Festival of Stamps

LONDON 2010, the International Philatelic Exhibition is will be held from 8th – 15th May 2010 at the Business Design Centre, Islington, London.For eight days, the London 2010 International Stamp Exhibition will display the very finest competitive exhibits from collectors around the world.Leading stamp dealers, auctioneers and postal administrations from across the globe - including a major presence from Royal Mail - will all be in attendance.




The BANGKOK 2010 – 25th Asian International Philately Stamp Exhibition is organised by TCEB from August 4th – 12th, 2010.



Portugal 2010- A philately exhibition is to be held from 1st - 10th October 2010 in Lisbon.


INDIPEX – 2011

The world philatelic exhibition will be held in New Delhi from 12th to 18th Feb. 2011, to commemorate the centenary of world's first airmail. It will be organized by INDIA POST in Collaboration with PCI and under Patronage of FIP and under auspices of FIAP (Federation Inter Asian Philately).

The details of INDIPEX 2011 can be found on following websites - &

Stamp - Fiesta – 2010 Postponed…

Due to unavoidable circumstances “STAMP- FIESTA – 2010” , a State Level Philatelic Exhibition which was going to be held in Ludhiana from 7 -9 May 2010 has been postponed. This decision has been just taken by Ludhiana Philatelic Club. For any inquiries please contact:-

1. Dr SK Sondhi:-09815657647 2. Mr Mukesh Malhotra:-09417349808

E - Mail :  &

Stamp Exhibition in Puri

A small Philatelic exhibition was organized by ‘Sadbhabana’ at Utkal Hindi Vidyapitha, Puri on 01.04.2010 on the occasion of ‘Utkal Diwas’. The exhibits of local Philatelist Shri Haripada Panda were displayed in 10 frames comprising of Philatelic materials issued on Orissa theme and freedom fighters. The exhibition was inaugurated by the Smt. Shantilata Pradhan, Chairman, Puri Municipality. The function was conducted by Sh. Chandi Prasad Patnaik, Secretary, ‘Sadbhabana’ and co-ordinated by Sh. Bhakacharan Das, Corporater, Puri Municipality. Shri Ajit Kumar Dash, Secretary, Eastern India Philatelists’ Association along with other philatelists from Bhubaneswar attended the exhibition and encouraged the students who were visiting the exhibition.

New Max Cards


For more details about these covers and Max Cards Cdr. (retd) Narayan Acharya may be contacted at

email : See more Max Cards  at following link :


Special Cover on Late Shri MG Pittie

A special cover was released in memory of Late Shri Murarilal Pittie, Eminent Indian Philatelist, by CPMG, in Hyderabad on 27th March 2010. For more details about the cover, Mr Ambareesh Pittie may be contacted. e-mail :

Ambareesh Pittie B1, Trendset Vantage, 8-2-309/1 to 8, Road No.14, Banjara Hills, Hyderabad - 500034 INDIA Phone: Off: +91 40 23556166 / Res: +91 40 23556069 / Fax: +91 40 23556167



Special Cover on Jainism

Central India Philatelic Society has issued a special cover at Sagar (M.P.) on 27th March 2010 on the occasion of 135th Anniversary of Shri Gaurabai Digamber Jain Mandir. India Post has also provided a special cancellation. The special cover depicts colourful images of Shri Gaurabai Digamber Jain Mandir, chief idol of Bhagwan Parshwanath situated in this Temple and Param Pujya Acharya Shantisagar Ji Maharaj. Special cancellation depicts image of famous Jain Saint Pujya Ganesh Prasadji Varni. Mr. Sudhir Jain, Secretary, Central India Philatelic Society, Sushma Press Compound, SATNA (M.P.) 485 005 (E-mail : / has designed this special cover and cancellation . Mr Sudhir Jain may be contacted for this Special Cover.

New Book on FDCs & Folders of India

A new book on First Day Covers & Folders of early period by noted philatelist and Autograph collector Mr Praful Thakkar was released on 23rd April 2010 in Mumbai during the Hobby-Festival organized by Todywallas commemorating Shukla Day Show. The book will be a big source of information on Indian FDCs and Folders for all philatelists.

clip_image032 ‘Collector's Guide to First Day Covers & Folders of India 1947-1964 - Official & Private’ by Praful Tahakkar is a book that catalogues Official & Private First Day Covers of India from 1947 to 1964 (Anna Value to NP Value). It also covers the gamut of FDCs of Commemorative and Definitive stamps along with their folders, Presentation folders and Souvenir Albums. The book starts with Private covers duly cancelled with this Celebration cancellation of 15/08/1947.


This early period of Indian Philately is highly fascinating and attracting because of variety of First Day Covers/Private FDCs with various sizes, color shades, cancellation marks, legends and creative designs which are appropriate to the theme of respective stamps.

It illustrates coloured photos of more than 400 FDCs (including about 250 Private FDCs), Folders, Presentation folders & Souvenir Albums along with FDCs of Indian Army Postal Service and Overprinted Military Postage stamps. It has coloured photos of 24 FDCs of Gandhi mourning issue of 1948. The book is of 116 coloured pages. The size is 11"x8.5".Price is Rs 450.
People can put order at

Penny Black first day cover sells for £44,000



Once owned by Bill Gross, this example of the world's first postage stamp on cover sells at Spink. A fine pair of 1840 Penny Blacks - aka the world's first-ever postage stamp - emerged as the top lot at Spink's April 14 stamp sale, selling for £85,000.

Elsewhere in the same auction, a single Penny Black commanded just over half that price, affixed to a manuscript dated the first day of issue "London 6 May 1840" and posted from London to Paisley.The stamp, BF (marking its position on its original printed stamp sheet) is cancelled with two clear strikes of the red Maltese Cross.The manuscript's date confirms that the stamp was cancelled on its first day of issue - May 6, 1840, was the day the 1d. black stamp, or Penny Black, first entered circulation. It remained in use for a little over a year. Approximately 78 Penny Black first day covers are known to exist.

Even more impressive is this covers provenance, having once been in the collection of William H GThe Penny Black official first day cover, sold for £44,000ross, the "Bond King" himself.



The Penny Black official first day cover, sold for £44,000

The extremely rare and highly sought after cover realised a final hammer price of £44,000.

Bill Gross, the American businessman and financial guru, remains the world's most high-profile philatelist - whose status is matched by his dedication to his hobby.Bill Gross, the American businessman and financial guru, remains the world's most high-profile philatelist - whose status is matched by his dedication to his hobby. In 2005, Gross paid an incredible $2.7m for a plate block of four 1918 Inverted Jenny stamps.

Source - Paul Fraser Collectibles

Philatelic Exhibition on Wheels

Deepak Krishan, General Manager, Southern Railway inaugurated the Philatelic Exhibition on Wheels on the occasion of 55th Railway Week Celebrations of Southern Railway on April 13, 2010 at Chennai Central Railway Station. Shanthi Nair, Chief Post Master General, Tamil Nadu Circle of India Post released a Special Cover on the occasion.

The Exhibition train comprising three coaches displayed a very rare and unique collection of stamps and cancellation covers by the renowned philatelist, Mohd. Mujibullah, Heritage Assistant, Eastern Railway, Kolkata. The train covered Tiruchchirappalli, Madurai , Tirunelveli , Thiruvananthapuram , Ernakulam Jn. Kozhikkodem and  Coimbatore Jn.   These stamps and covers portray important developments such as the development of Railroad, Horse drawn Carriages, Birth of Steam Locomotive, Metro trains, Monorails, Super Speed Trains, Rolling Stocks, Stations, Signals, Bridges, Tracks, Tunnels, Mountain Railways, Railway Ferries, Mail Trains, Railway Mail Service and Railway Centenaries.


2010 Commonwealth Games Stamp Issue


A special sheet of stamps has been issued to commemorate the Delhi 2010 Games. 10 Royal Mail stamps are set against a background design of images from the private collection of Randhir Singh. Vice Chair of the Delhi games and India’s IOC member. The design celebrates the history of the “Friendly Games”. Only 1000 of the specially commissioned sheets are being issued . The  UK source is Chapman and Mitchell Covers at Bletchley Park Post Office. For India and South Asia enquiries should be to the Kolkata office at 033 2414 8228 or the web site Each sheet is individually numbered and presented in a protective sleeve. They can be viewed and ordered at or by calling 01908 272690/631797.

Flying Gems Collection on Exponet

A marvelous 5 Frame - Maximaphily collection of renowned Indian philatelist Mr Sundar Bansal, on Butterflies “ FLYING GEMS OR LEPIDOPTERA is on display at EXPONET and can be viewed at

Two other following exhibits of Mr Sundar Bansal are also on display at the EXPONET





clip_image039Mr. Shrikant Parikh is a renowned philatelist and known for his detailed listings of Indian Se-tenant Stamps, Sheetlets ,Aerogrammes as well as Miniature Sheets.  He is in the field of Philately for 30 years and has developed creative collections of modern stamps which have multiple interest and potential. He has complete collection of UMM Block of 4 since 1947 till date including Definitive and Military Overprints. Recently he has completed another worthwhile and challenging collection of Combinations of Se-tenant stamps from 1974 till date, FDCs of Se-tenant stamps and FDCs of Miniature Sheets. He has also a complete collection of Aerogrammes (Normal & with Advt.) and Inland Letter Cards (Normal & with Advt.) of India. He was instrumental in promoting the collection of Se-tenant Stamps of India, and through GPA, has published albums for Se-tenant stamps and Miniature sheets. Mr. Parikh has been writing articles on various subjects of philately for GPA News and other philatelic magazines since a long time. In 2008 he was awarded ‘Certificate of Appreciation’ by MICHEL, a well known stamp catalogue publishing company of Germany for his unfailing services of 30 years to them. Some of the finest  combinations of Se-tenants and other philatelic items from his collection can be viewed at : - Editor

Interview With Mr Shrikant Parikh

Q1 You have specialized in Se-tenant stamps. Any special reason to choose this particular group of stamp?

Ans : Se-tenant stamps have their own beauty. The design is eye-pleasing and particularly these stamps are outstanding in form of a complete collection.

Q2 What is your other philatelic field of interest?

Ans : I collect Post-Independence issues of Inland Letter Cards and Aerogrammes. There are over 1000 nos. of Inland Letter Cards and over 150 nos. of Aerogrammes issued by India-Post; with and without Advertisement/Slogan. In this era of advance technology, the usage of these items is decreasing, and next generation probably would not know about their existence.

Q3 At what age did you start collecting stamps? What difference do you find in yesteryear’s hobby & present day’s hobby?

Ans : During my high-school years I had the first feel of Stamps. In those days QUANTITY was more important…quite different than the current QUALITY collections. Recent past shows more matured and advance collections.

Q4 Do you think if philately is a hobby for the rich only as at advance level it requires a big amount of money in order to enrich the collection and winning higher awards at the exhibition or it can be pursued by any person?

Ans : Philately is a hobby for collectors of all levels. It can gradually be developed. Higher awards in the exhibition, and, “investment” are separate issues.

Q.5 Philately is not popular among youngsters as it used to be in the yesteryears. The Internet has made communication easy but it made everyone to discontinue writing letters. Communication has become more popular with the use of phone and Internet. So young generation does not see letters with beautiful stamps which used to be basic source to initiate one for stamp collecting during childhood days. In your opinion what is the role of Internet in promoting the hobby ?

Do u think Internet is a boon for advanced collectors but at the same time it does not promote stamp collecting among children in any way? Please give your views.

Ans : Intelligent Question! As always, there are two sides of the coin. Why blame Internet only? In former years stamp collecting was the hobby of all ages because people had enough spare time. Today the children are over burdened with academic activities and their spare time is consumed by television and varieties of electronic games. Youths have no passion for writing and receiving letters which they can do much faster with Internet. The youth class which is actively attached to philately is constantly feeling detached by learning about the awards allotted in stamp-exhibitions to the exhibits showing highly expensive items. They also fail to understand why ERRORS are getting more marks. Children always love attractive things. Show them a year-pack of Indian stamps and ask them to select attractive stamps. How can one expect them to be interested? How many times the business of Courier agencies has flourished within one decade? These are few factors affecting the promotion of philately on negative side. New inventions should better be accepted positively. They are beneficial to all in longer run.

Q6 What is your observation - people collect stamps for pleasure, fame or investment?

Ans : Depending upon individual, age and finance available the hobby takes its own turn.

Q7 What is philately from your point of view? Is it for pleasure or investment?

Ans : Again this depends on person to person, long-term or short- term! One can enjoy the collection, possess it proudly, if the successors are deserving leave as inheritance; or else, make the best out of it similar to Shares or Real-estate.

Q8 What is your advice to those who are interested in Se-tenant stamps? How can they bring a variety in their collection?

Ans : Collectors these days are very sharp and strong headed. They do follow the trend and act on tips and hints. Few months back I have suggested collecting First Day Covers of Se-tenant stamps, and I still recommend the same. It is more challenging to complete a collection of Se-tenant stamps in USED condition.

Q9 What type of novice material could be included in a specialized Se-tenant collection?

Ans : Specialized collection of Se-tenants has 2 more avenues open. To collect all different combinations of Block of four, reverse pair and to add formats of SUPER Se-tenants to enrich the collection.

Q10 Last but not the least : list some stamps or Se-tenants which are your most favorite pieces?

Ans : Few of my favorite Se-tenants from which fascinating combinations can be obtained:

Migratory Birds (2000), Political Leaders (2000), Gems and Jewelry (2000), Indo-Japan Joint Issue (2002), Sangeet Natak Akademi (2003), Medicinal Plants (2003), Renewable Energy (2007).

Thank you very much for the nice Interview !

Mr Shrikant Parikh may be contacted at E -Mail :

Beginners’ Section

Do You Know ?

                                    - Naresh Agarwal


The first recorded instance of float mail transmission by the use of sea currents was about 300BC when bottles containing messages were launched in to sea to be flown with the water currents also dependent upon the water drift and direction of the wind and luck. This system was experimented for over 300 years at different places. Mail boats were then used to find these messages. In 1540,the first carriage of mail by canal boat was done in Holland. Paclet service was started in 1633.The first mail carriage by river steamer (Steam Boat) was done in 1812


Providence 1830s SFL Steamboat straight line Stampless Steam Boat Cover


Postal conveyors are basically postal material handling system to carry it for shorter distances with in premises both horizontally and vertically with the help of conveyor system normally belt moves on rollers operated by endless circulating chain on which a plurality of support members for tilting carriages are mounted. It also helps in mail sorting. Parcels and Bulk is handled very nicely. This system has not yet been experimented for carriage of mail for longer distances or delivery of mail.

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Mail Bag Conveyor at GPO           Mail Sorting Conveyor

Specialized Section



©Dr.Satyendra Kumar Agrawal

The first rose to appear on any stamp was the heraldic rose of Great Britain on first issue of Nova Scotia (now a province of Canada) in 1851. This 3d,6d & 1s set of stamps issued on 1 September 1851 were also first diamond shaped stamps - a novelty in 1851, and illustrate a rose stands as the symbol of England, a thistle for Scotland, shamrock for Ireland and may flower, long a symbol of the province.

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First appearance of rose on any stamp (Nova Scotia, 1 September 1851)

Part of the maritime province of Acadia was ceded to Britain under the Treaty of Utrecht in 1813 and became the province of Nova Scotia. When it assumed responsibility for its own affair on 6 July 1851, it introduced a rate of 3d per ½ oz for letters within the province or to any other BNA province. The single letter rate to USA was 6d and that to Britain was 1s 3d. These being the main rates, the issue of only three values of postage stamp were deemed necessary, 3d, 6d & 1s.

This relatively simple scheme of things was upset when the rate to Britain was reduced from 1s 3d to 7 1/2d on 1 August 1854. On 19 October 1854, Arthur Wood gate (Deputy PMG) authorized the bisection of the 3d value to provide the necessary facility for making up the new rate.


Bisected 3d. on cover

New Brunswick, another part of the maritime province of Acadia ceded to Britain followed next and on 5 September 1851 came out with its issue of a set of 3d, 6d & 1s denominations stamps similar as that of 1851 Nova Scotia. But in design one more rose was added replacing the emblem of Nova Scotia- a may flower and the stems of the emblems pointing inwards not the case with the stamps of Nova Scotia.

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New Brunswick followed next on 5 September 1851

Also John Howe III, the Dy.PMG of New Brunswick gave no such authorization of bisection of 3d stamp but postal officials allowed the 3d bisect to pass through the post and both provinces seem to have turned a blind eye to bisects or even quadrisect of the6d and 1s values.


Bisected 3d. on cover

A few years later in 1857 Newfoundland, which bears the secondary name of St. John's Land, produces on a square and on a triangular stamp a similar display of the heraldic flowers including rose, although the narcissus for Wales is omitted on the triangular stamp, undoubtedly only for the engraving reasons.

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Heraldic rose depicted in different forms and designs on Newfoundland issues

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Bisected 8d. on cover

British Columbia also joined this club and its 1865 issue of 3d denomination depicted Rose as the emblem of U.K.

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British Columbia

Great Britain itself took the heraldic rose along with other flowers as a watermark on the four corners of its 1862 issue but on the design, one finds them on the 1937-42 issue with the portrait of the head of King George VI.

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KG VI issues of 1937-42

Heraldic rose also appeared on many other early issues of Great Britain in various artistic arrangements. Some of the examples are 1887-92 issue of Queen Victoria with her portrait in the centre and heraldic flowers including rose on four corners on 5d & 6d denominations. King Edward VII issues of 1902-11 (5d) and 1912-13 (9d-lS), Victory Commemoration of 1946 (2 1/2d)

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Heraldic rose in various artistic arrangements

and two series of 1952 depicting portrait of young Queen Elizabeth II arranged in the wreath on the four lower values and National Emblem series of 1/2d-ls 6d stamps.

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M/s reproducing nine of the original 18 Wilding

definitives in values comparable to their original postal

rates, issued to mark 50 years of world’s first stamp to

bear an image of QE II based on Dorothy Wilding’s portrait

termed as design classics

All above issues can be found overprinted and/or surcharged throughout the Commonwealth and Colonies.

Bechuanaland is a colony and protectorate in Central South Africa. British Bechuanaland (colony) was annexed to Cape of Good Hope in 1895. It used overprinted 1887 issue and its protectorate the 1897 issue of Great Britain of which 6d denomination depicted heraldic rose of GB. Nauru –an island in the West Pacific Ocean, formally in German possession and then administered by Australia under trust ship, also used GB King George V Stamps overprinted "Nauru" in 1916-23 out of which 9d and Is denominations depicted heraldic rose of GB on two lower corners. Also a district on the West Coast of Africa absorbed into South Nigeria, the Niger Coast Protectorate on the North West Coast of the Persian Gulf with Indian and later British Postal Administration used in 1948-9 GB King George VI stamps overprinted in Indian currencies 1/2a -lr and in 1952 the Queen Elizabeth II issue of GB overprinted 1/2a-lr depicting heraldic rose.

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GB King George V Stamps overprinted "Nauru"

Muscat also used surcharged stamps of GB in Indian Currency from 1 April 1948 to 29 April 1966 out of which 1948 issue of King George VI (1/2a -lr), Queen Elizabeth II, issue of 1-1/2 -4a in 1952 and in new currency 1np -75np on 1957 issue of Queen Victoria one can see heraldic rose in different art forms.

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Surcharged stamps of GB in Indian Currency for Muscat

Zululand’s -a territory of South East Africa annexed by GB in 1987 and incorporated in Natal in 1897 is probably the last which used GB Queen Victoria issue of 1883-93 opted "ZULULAND" of denominations 5d & 6d depicting heraldic rose of GB.

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Zululand is probably the last which used GB QV issue of 1883-93 opted "ZULULAND"

On the representation of the coats of arms of the German regions at the time of the Weimar Republic, we find it on the charity stamps of the year 1929: on the 8pf stamp of the heraldic figure of Lippe Detmold and on the 50pt stamp of Schaumburg -Lippe, the Liliput land which was removed from union with Prussia in 1926 by a plebiscite. On these stamps red rose covered the greater part of the shield filled with silver serrated figures.

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Lippe Detmold Schaumburg -Lippe

Since a coat of arms of Saarland was not available for the stamps of the French Zone of 1945 that of Saarbruck was selected in whose chief Dexter the red rose appears as a heraldic figure of the former independent parish of St. John. We also find this rose of St. John on the surcharged stamps of the Saar in 1921.

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French Zone

Coat of Arms series of other countries on which rose is depicted are Colombian issues of 1889-1903 (1/2c-l0c), 1938 (5c) and 1950(5p) featuring coat of arms of Bogota.

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Arms of Bogota

Three red roses on a golden shield is the coat of arms of the city of Grenoble. This, since it lies not far from the Italian border, is the intellectual and cultural center of the French Alpine province of Dauphine. It is depicted on a charity issue of France 1942 (1.20 + 1.50f).



Three red roses -two above, one beneath in the center - we find in the coat of arms series of San Marino (1945-46) for Fiorentino, the opposite way -one above and two beneath are in the same series for Monte Giardino.

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Fiorentino Monte Giardino

Ireland's issue of 1922 (2-1/2d, 4d & 9d) depicting its coat of arms -the shield decorated with roses, Netherlands 1925 issue of (10+2-1/2c) denomination featuring Rose and Lion as Coat of arms of South Holland are other examples of heraldic rose on stamps.


Arms of South Holland

Charity issue of Estonia, 1937 also shows heraldic rose in the coat of arms of the city of Fellin lying between Freneau and Dorpat of Estonia.


Arms of the city of Fellin

Canada issued a wild rose as coat of arms of Alberta on its 5c denomination stamp of 1964 in its provincial badge series.


Arms of Alberta

In addition to being popular subjects for stamps and souvenir sheets, arms are also used as philatelic labels, cancels, cachets and watermarks.

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clip_image104Naresh Agrawal, a veteran philatelist has always been trying to develop philately in one way or the other. The latest being his efforts to promote social philately. He started this venture by himself participating in STAMPAMANIA 2009 with his exhibit on “Insurance In India” in social class. As the response was very poor, he felt to introduce the philatelists in general through this article which contains his study on the subject through various sources

The said article contains information gathered by him through various net sources and discussions held with different philatelists. The views and opinions given in the article are purely his own and subject to open discussion and change, if so required and found. The article has been written with a motto to encourage social / open class philately which is still unknown or less known. Various suggestion, questions, opinions and views are invited so that a better atmosphere may be created to see that philatelists in India are well introduced to this class which certainly will open new areas of collection and will benefit philatelist and philatelic traders in a big way. Mr Naresh Agarwal may be contacted at E- Mail : - Editor



Contd. From the last Issue…..


As this class of philately entertains titles explaining social history in particular, it may include titles such as to relate the history of a town, biography of a famous person or impact of an event, the development of a town or country, the impact or the historical background to an important event, the development of an important business or industry or a social convention such as the sending of Valentine’s Day Cards through postal and philatelic items. Some other title may be :

Letters of war, From Hanover to Windsor, Australian Electoral Office Business, Pre – World War-I Australian Pictorial Envelops, A philatelic window in to the times, the people and the places in British South Africa ( Rhodesia 1900 – 1924 ), Genesis of commerce in Australia, France during the dark years of the world war – II, Mission Mail - Northern Rhodesia, Australian Scout Jamborees 1934 – 1970 corroborees 1936 – 1966, Hand-Painted envelopes which talented Victorian artists, The Earthquake that devastated Messina (Sicily) in 1908, Telegram services during particular period and place, Insurance in India, Charkha the wheel which lead to freedom etc. etc.,

Here are few examples of Social Philately Exhibits - ‘Wartime Postal Forgeries’, ‘Promotional Postal Orders’, ‘Mulready Caricatures’, ‘The Post Office Savings Bank’, ‘Images of Industry’, ‘The Sociology of Reading’, ‘Hand-illustrated Letters’, ‘Airmail in India’, ‘The Post Office Story’ ‘Patriotic Mails’, ‘Money Order Services’, ‘The Road towards Indian Independence’, ‘Red Cross – Support the World’, ‘Kolkata - Social Philately’ (One can develop exhibit on any city or town). This may help readers to think about titles and theme of Social Philately Exhibits. One Frame or Multiple frames Exhibit on Social Philately can be developed on any subject or class. It depends on collector’s own imagination, ideas and skill. Research is essential for developing Social Philately Exhibits.

Some other topics related to following can be taken up such as Studies of the effect of the postal system on commerce, society and industry, Historical, local and/or regional studies, Studies related to an event or historical landmark . This gives a wide scope for different suitable titles.


In thematic philately only the philatelic material is allowed to be exhibited with allowance of maximum 5 to 10% for other material like fiscals only essentially required and has great importance for the exhibit. In postal History, mainly the postal material is allowed. But in social philately both thematic, postal history and other material is allowed. In other words it may include material currently accepted in other philatelic categories, other material linked to the postal system being studied and collateral material relevant to the chosen social theme.


(Guernsey Social Philately ) A very early letter from a soldier in France to his wife back in Guernsey in which he gives clues as to where he is without actually giving ant details although his own details have been censored

The list of material allowed is very long as it entertains varied types of material various philatelic, postal, ephemera, fiscals, documents, whether postal linked or non-linked materials such as revenue stamps, insurance stamps, cinema stamp, entertainment stamps, transport and travel stamps, various govt. tax and fee stamps, pamphlets, notices, hand bills, tickets, news paper cuttings, clippings, articles from books and magazines, abstracts from official papers, govt. orders, certificates, licenses, permits, receipts, invoices, brochures, photographs, documents, maps, drawings, prints, leaflets, brochures, coins, medals, trade cards, picture post cards, badges, tokens, labels, tickets, pamphlets, hand bills, Cinderella like( Christmas seals, charity seals, wildlife conservation stamps, Promotion Stamps, Poster Stamps ), post cards, trade cards, match box labels, tobacco cards, coins, playing cards, packing labels and wrappers, medals, medallions, Bank notes, or any material developed by commerce to use or reflect post office services and products. etc. i.e. collection of postal articles including philatelic and non-philatelic but related material. Hence, its exhibit may include material currently accepted in other philatelic categories, other material linked to the postal system being studied and collateral material relevant to the chosen social theme

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( Jersey Social Philately )

Pictorial Post Card National Registration

The post card shows scenes in and around the POW camp were sketched by one of the inmates which were later used on a set of postcards probably after the armistice. This is one of the most common to be found Card.

Non-philatelic materials will give background and other useful information, and these include: directories, Government or official publications, maps, newspapers, patents, timetables, biographies, Army and Navy lists, travel tickets etc.

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Advertising Brochure                             Match Box Labels                            Advertising Leaflet

Examples of Historical, social and special studies include Telegram Services, Greeting Cards including Valentines, Illustrated and Pictorial Envelopes (including Patriotic Covers), Post

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Different Ephemera suitable for different themes

Office and Official office stationery (without imprinted stamp), Philatelic History other than literature (including albums hinges, perforation gauges etc, the impedimenta of philately), Officially issued documents bearing illustrations of postage stamps, PHQ Cards -objects associated with postage stamps and their use, Aspects of the affect of the postal system on commerce or industry, Locality studies based on postal and social history using the materials of Social Philately, Objects associated with postage stamps and their use (letter weighing balances, stamp boxes, maps, prints, model post office, model letter boxes, model post office equipments etc. such as mailbags, uniforms, postal tools etc, Illustrated, Pictorial commercial envelopes used in a postal system, This material should be arranged so as to illustrate a balanced plan as a whole or to develop any aspect of Social Philately.

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Crystal Palace Comm. Medal                    1855 1909 Calendar                 Map of the state of California

Non philatelic material must have an intimate connection with the operation or the objective of postal system or if not directly related to the postal system then it should have an integral part of social system (for example medals awarded to trade fair participants where the medal was often posted but where the connection is more with the social story)

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                         “Moulin Rouge -                          La Security Bond                            15th-century Christian prayers in.”

                         Goulue”1891                                                                                             Poster Tamil, on palm leaf manuscript


As it is concluded that a social philately exhibit is combination of postal history and thematic exhibit allowing usage of certain non postal/non philatelic items too, the exhibit suitable for this class of philately has to be some which tells the social history of some place or some event. The title such as…… can be included in this class.

An Exhibit ‘The Sydney Harbor Bridge’ of Maurice Williams of Sydney, a former Chairman of Australia Post is a five-frame exhibit which coincided with the 75th Anniversary of the Opening of the Bridge on 19th March 1932. This is a beautifully presented exhibit combining stamps, postcards, photographs and ephemeral items to tell the story of the construction and impact of Sydney's iconic bridge.

‘Art through the post’ is an exhibit of Hand-Painted envelopes which talented Victorian artists sent through the post to friends and relatives. They were probably inspired to use postal correspondence in this way by William Mulready who designed Britain's first postal stationery and thus pioneered the idea of illustrated envelopes.

The basic preparation requires exhaustive thematic study and research, availability of wide range of material directly related to the operations and products of the postal system either as post office equipment or as material developed by commerce to use or reflect postal services and products as explained above. The philatelic importance and explanation is also a pre requisite

To be contd…..

New Issues from other countries


23 April 2010 International year of Biodiversity – 3 val se-tenant



7 April 2010 World Health Day – I sheetlet + MS


Czech Republic

10 April 2010 Expo 2010, Shanghai



15 May EUROPA 2010 -4 val



14 April 2010 Europa 2010 & London 2010 – S/s


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9 April EUROPA 2010 – 2val


23 April 2010 Expo 2010, Shanghai – 1 val


26 April 2010 medical Excellence – 3 val.



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28 May EUROPA 2010 – 2 val.


Reader’s Right

Editor’s note- The aim of this stamp newsletter is to provide instant information and facts on philately to the readers and not to hurt anyone’s feelings. Readers may express their views, anguish and resentment through this column on philately. The platform is not used for any vested interest to cause derogatory to philately. When writing your views be sure that it should be related to philately only. It should not be used to express personal feelings between persons or groups in any manner.



Stampfiesta – 2010 ……A show that could be memorable…

                                                                                                                                                                      - Naresh Agarwal

The cancellation of Stamp Fiesta 2010 which was to be organized by Ludhiana Philatelic Club has induced big disappointment amongst the philatelists and given a  set back to the philatelic development in  India. We were expecting yet another grand show with full enthusiasm  and healthy participation, display of high quality exhibits and satisfactory judgment along with warmth, sincerity and hospitality of LPC members with essence of Punjabi touch. The campaign of the exhibition started  in a very interesting and splendid manner but the shocking news of cancellation shook the trust of Indian philatelists in any private clubs/societies. When reputed and old society of northern India like LPC had to come up with such decisions then how can other upcoming societies can induce trust in philatelists.  More Importantly, this is a big shock to the philatelists of Punjab state and surrounding areas who are looking for such shows since a long time.

Undoubtedly such happenings are detrimental to the development of philately which is still in infancy stage in India. Such a nice  statrt with beautiful campaign ended without actual beginning  . Though the reason for cancellation in this case is given as non availability of frames and venue in proper shape but what in general I feel from my experience that such shows can only be organized successfully if true philatelists without any selfish motive work together sharing responsibilities equally with all dedication, honesty and sincerity with no ego and lust for name and fame with proper co-ordination. It is a service to the philatelic fraternity which in turn gives satisfaction to all involved.

We understand that organizing an exhibition at any level is not a small thing to do. It needs finance, time, energy, proper co–ordination amongst the organizers. They have to rely on many things such as proper venue, availability of frames, sufficient finance   . Lack and lapse of any of these causes difficulties. Visitors hardly think about organizers’ difficulty. The decision of LPC to cancel the exhibition is appreciable as they never wanted give a poor show to the visitors and participants in absence of proper venue, non-availability of frames and lack of co –ordination amongst the members.

While applauding the desire of philatelic societies to  organized  such shows, I appeal them to come up with firm decisions to conduct the show with prior thinking about all pros and cons in detail looking in to each and every parameter thoroughly engaging a team of truly dedicated unbiased philatelists who are ready to work and devote their time and energy with full understanding and co-ordination till the completion of show so that philatelists are not hurt and the basic motive of organizing such shows is not defeated.

I wish LPC to go head with the show in future when the things are all right for them.

Letter to Editor

Discussion on Maxim Cards

Dear Madam,

I want to write a letter to the editor in regard to your interview with Mr. Bansal in regard to Maxim cards.
Bansal quotes FIP Regulation : the maximum card must have maximum concordance between stamp, cancellation and the picture on the card. DOES MAXIMUM CONCORDANCE MEAN VISUAL CONCORDANCE OR ANY OF THE FIVE SENSES,viz Can we visualise MUMTAZ MAHAL, a picture on a card, with TAJ MAHAL STAMP and Taj Mahal cancellation.? Would it pass the test in respect of FIP Rules. Some experts like Giancarlo Marroli ,ITALY and Sebastian Stefano(ATA), have stated that it does not qualify as a maxim card as there is no visual concordance between the picture and stamp / cancellation. Whilst this is a fact, but does Giancarlo Marrolli know that the tomb of Mumtaz , wife of Shah Jahan, rests besides her husband’s tomb in the basement of TAJ Mahal?

Further arguing on this topic I am presenting, as attachments, two Maxim cards I made for WALCHAND HIRACHAND, using a stamp issued by INDIA POST in 2004.

As attachment I am sending the cards in question. Also attached are few controversial cards. The first maxim card bears a photo of Walchand Hirachand, not a copy of his photo on the stamp, the above mentioned stamp and a Circular Date Stamp ,cds, of GANDHIGRAM (VM) post office, which is the post office serving HINDUSTAN SHIPYARD LIMITED, VISAKHAPATNAM. Whilst it would appear to me as the most appropriate maxim card, Shri MAROLLI and STEFANO may think otherwise, as we do not accept them to associate Gandhigram or as a matter of fact VIMANPURA BANGALORE, the cancellation on the other card being the Post office serving HINDUSTAN AERONAUTICS LIMITED, WITH Walchand Hirachand.

I am perplexed to see a plethora of maxim cards appearing in various blogs, RAINBOW STAMP NEWS in particular. The cancellation on many maxim cards has no relevance to the stamp or the picture on the card. Surely an endangered animal from Meghalaya cannot be used on a maxim card with BILASPUR Post Office FD cancellation. We would, as Indians , then would make a mockery of Maxim cards. Moreover we place these cards on sale. How irresponsible can we become as we cheat gullible philatelists. Perhaps Rainbow stamp news can educate the public at large and philatelists in particular in being selective in their purchase of these cards which are being peddled as maxim cards.

The INDIA POST are a breed which is worth noting for philatelists. They peddle as maxim cards , cards with two stamps on them. Giancardo marroli and Sebastian Stefano must be laughing their guts off on seeing the cards printed in colour in Phila Catalogues.


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With the INDIA POST, their maxim cards are a joke. How could they, against the postal rates in force issue maxim cards with Rs. 5 stamp when the postal rate is Rs. 6 for a printed card. I have correspondence addressed thrice to DDG PHILATELY AND TO TWO MINISTERS OF IT AND COMMUNICATIONS and failed to evoke a response from them. Are maxim cards not printed post cards? I thimk they are. The INDIA POST are themselves breaking the rules they have set.

Cdr. (retd) U.Narayan Acharya
Offg Secretary
Naval Philatelic Society

Avinash B. Jagtap, Binningen, Switzerland

Dear Jeevan Jyoti,

I had received a copy of Mumtaz Mahal Maximum Card in February 2005 from Cdr. U.N.Acharya. When I received it I was rather between two minds but I had to get confirmation from some body who could be an authority on this subject. So I sent that card to Mr. Nicos Rangos, the Commission Chairman for Maximaphily of FIP.

Mr. Rangos says that there should be a CLEAR VISUAL concordance of the motif on the picture postcard with that of the postal stamp. Thereby it means that the viewer has not to think deeply about the historical, cultural, ethnic or geographical aspect of the motif (i.e. theme on the stamp).

We Indians know the history behind Taj Mahal, that it is beautiful, yet it is raised in the memory of Mumtaj, the wife of Shahajehan. Many people in the world know only the building but do not know about Mumtaz!

The reply I had received from Mr. Nicos Rungos, which I had conveyed to Cdr. U.N. Acharya was as follows:


Now there seems to be one more problem of dispatching this maximum card to a person by post. Cdr. Acharya requested the postal authority that he may be exempted from paying postage. I feel that no postal authority on the earth would be willing to forward such post card free of charge, only because the sender has already paid Rs.5 in “creating his own maximum card” out of a picture post card.

But there appears to be no problem if the sender affixes One Rupee stamp on the address-side, writes the full address of the recipient and drops it in the mail box. OR a better and safer way is to enclose the maximum card in a neutral envelope, to write the address of destination and affixes the required stamps for Postage.

Sundar L. Bansal, New Delhi

The concordance should be visual which is one of the basic sense. Mr Marroli of Italy is right  Yes, the picture is a picture postcard. since most of the Indian stamps are of Rs5, the postal rate of an envelope, one can over come the problem of additional requirement of  Re1 for the picture/printed postcard by fixing Re 1 stamp on the address side and Rs 5 stamp on the picture side and get it cancelled along with the Rs 5 stamp on the picture side. This is accepted.

Cdr. (retd) Narayan Acharya, Bangalore

INDIA POST do not themselves put the Rs. 1 stamp on the obverse, nor do they insist public who make maxim cards to do the same. Earlier when I had requested for exemption of Rs1. (Rs 5 instead of Rs 6 for maxim cards) it was refused by Ms. Rekha Gupta JS & FA of INDIA POST, stating that there would be a huge loss.I have decision in writing.

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The Lighter Side

                        pas          San        passer


Where have the sparrows gone?

                                                                                                                                 - N. Kalyani

We lived in a ground floor house in New Delhi’s Chanakya Puri. As a little kid I loved the nice garden and the bedlam raised by the chirping and nibbling of hordes of little sparrows. My love affair with the House Sparrow began then. And it has never slackened in charm and pleasure. It was fun to feed the sparrows grain and other titbits of food from the kitchen and watch them in the kitchen garden.

And the sparrows enjoyed feeding on the fragrant coriander leaves that grew in the garden, which, of course, made it sometimes impossible for my mom to get sprigs of un-truncated coriander leaves to prepare sweet smelling rasam. But the joy the sparrows derived in eating coriander leaves made my mother resign to some deficiency in our dish. And during Pongal time, when birds are fed, coloured balls of steamed rice with turmeric, sesame etc would be a feast for the sparrows and all other birds.

Then, when we shifted to a first floor house, the sparrow continued to be a source of keeping me enamoured of it. A window of the farthest bedroom of the house was a favourite nesting place of the sparrows. And as a child I loved to watch, in spring time, the diligent sparrows build their nest, with fine grass placed meticulously and then with soft feathers forming the innermost layer of their home. Once the eggs hatched, it was engrossing to see the oh-so-dutiful mother and father sparrows feed their chicks: little morsels into the wide-opened beaks of ravenous, noisy chicks.

And one fine day the young ones would fly off from the nest. They could be seen in the vicinity of our home; they were, so to say, in the intermediate stage to going out into the wide world and fly and live their avian life.

I particularly remember an occasion when sparrows sat on the parapet of the veranda of our house and, with undivided attention, nibbled at ladoos, garnished with dry fruits and nuts that we kept out for them. Come summer time and sparrows, naughty and boisterous, would be flying into and across the rooms of our house. And there would be that event when a sparrow would strike the running fan and crash on the floor injured. And we would have to give the sparrow a send-off.

Our winged friends are always enchanting and have an unparalleled attractiveness. Two years ago when I was capturing pictures of playful sparrows in a midget curry leaf tree nearby, I’d have hardly guessed that it was shortly going to be difficult to see these little chirping aves in our vicinity. Found always in areas inhabited by humans, both rural and urban, the sparrow was hardly a bird one assumed would vanish from one’s surroundings. Yet, all kinds of factors have connived in forcing the sparrow to make a quiet exit from the avian world. From mobile towers to excessive pesticide use in agriculture and from replacement of native plant varieties by exotic ones to non-availability of their food by man’s changing lifestyles.

Where have all the sparrows gone? And will the sparrows return? Hopefully efforts by environment enthusiasts and activists will provide some succour in bringing back the Passer domesticus. I am excited that India Post’s stamp issue programme for the year includes the sparrow. I hope the stamp will not be what we can keep as a souvenir of a species lost. I look forward to the sparrows arriving and re-creating that bedlam.

Editor’s Note – I am in Himachal Pradesh for the last eighteen years. Sparrows were seldom seen here, But recently I noticed that sparrows are often seen here in Kullu. It striked me as I had gone through this article by N. Kalyani. The re – appearance of sparrows here may be the reason that this place is less polluted and more suitable for these little birds. I am sure the new forthcoming stamps on these little birds will remind everyone of their disappearance from our surrounding. If you see them in your house just give them some grains and water to welcome them in your home !!! That will be best way to celebrate  International Year of Biodiversity "! !

See more stamps of this beautiful bird on following link..

Historical Moments in Philately

- Dr. K. Jaya Prakash, Thrissur – Kerala


  • Nederland on 10.02.2006 had released World’s First Motion stamps (Fig.17) on Dutch skating legends Ard Schenk and Yvonne Van Gennip Olympics winners. The skating by these can be seen using motion stamp technology.



  • Austria on 24.03.2006 released World’s First stamp with Meteorite dust(Fig.18)This stamp contained 0.03 gms of meteorite dust .the dust came from 19kg 5 billions old strong meteorite…part of the”H Chondrit” found in Morocco in 2004.The meteorite was crushed to a very fine dust, which was then affixed to the stamp using a special adhesive.



  • New Zealand on 4th Sept 2006 had released World’s First stamp (Fig.19) with heat sensitive thermo graphic ink. New Zealand released the stamps commemorating the gold rush that proved crucial to the development of NZ,it had produced this stamp using a heat sensitive themographic ink which means that if you rub the 45 c stamp the heat from your fingers will magically reveal gleaming gold nuggets in the pan of 1880`s prospectors.


  • New Zealand had again released on 4.July.2007 another heat sensitive stamp(Fig.20) showing the famous Kiwis slang.(an expression of New Zealand culture)By holding your finger on the black spot on the stamp and through the magic of heat sensitive the English translation will be revealed.

Promotional section

Recent Special Covers from Himachal Pradesh

Three special covers recently issued by HP Circle are now available at cost price. A set of 3 special covers (issued in Shimla, Kullu & Dharamshala) can be obtained by sending Money Order for Rs 60 to the address given below. As the covers are very limited in number, so kindly send order for only one set with your complete address in capital letters.The covers will be sent by Speed Post.

Contact address -

Mr Govind Ram, C/o Conservator of Forests, Great Himalayan National Park, Shamshi, Distt Kullu. PIN 175126 (HP)

Indian Thematic Society

Indian Thematic Society of Ludhiana was founded in 1981.The Society is publishing a quarterly magazine “ITS Stamp News” edited by Mr Suraj Jaitly. This is a complete magazine on Thematic Philately. Membership for this Society is open for all stamp collectors. For more details click following link :

Indian Thematic Society



There are three important ZEPPELIN STUDY GROUP meetings coming up in the next months:

The meeting of the ZEPPELIN STUDY GROUP at the LONDON2010 International Stamp Exhibition at London, England will take place on Friday, May 14, 2010 from 9 a.m. to 12.30 p.m.
Venue is the Phoenix Centre, Freeling House, Phoenix Place, London, WC1X 0DL. The Phoenix Centre is adjacent to The British Postal Museum & Archive, part of the Mount Pleasant Sorting Office complex, Clerkenwell, London.
Further information about the venue and how to get there are available online


Asher Carmi, P.O.Box 5105 ASHDOD 77150 Israel

I exchange mint stamps s/s FDC cover . Email : aacollectors2@ Website:

Ghulam Nabi , Baramula - Kashmir

I am looking for stamp covers / aerogrammes / cards ...of un peace forces any country. I have nice post cards of Kashmir tourism . Email : Ghulam Nabi, Affaq.Nowpora Kh-bagh, Baramula 193103 KASHMIR

Current Philatelic Magazines – Newsletters

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

ITS Stamp News - Quarterly - Editor: Suraj Jaitly Publisher: Indian Thematic Society website -

VADOPHIL, Editor - Prashant Pandya and published by Baroda Philatelic Society, Vadodara. Website -

e ZEP Newsletter Editor : Dieter Leder email website

SIPA Bulletin (2009 Joint Issue ) edited by Mr G. Madan Mohan Das and published by South India Philatelists’ Association, Chennai website :

FILA Capsule – Editor : Ajit Dash and  published by EIPA, Bhubaneshwar.

GPA News – Editor- Ilias Patel and published by Gujarat Philatelists’ Association, Ahemadabad.

Kar Phila News published by Karnataka Philatelic Society & edited by by Akshay Borad E –Mail :

Acknowledgement :

e ZEP Newsletter April 2010 Issue

GPA News – Jan – Mar 2010 Issue

Fila-Capsule Jan – Feb  2010 Issue

Editor’s Mail Box

Cdr.(retd) Narayan Acharya, Bangalore

Your news letter reaches a lot of philatelists, experts, so called experts and novices. Interaction between experts and the novices, through your news letter would benefit the novice.
You could in your interview, which should be more like "Janta Ki Adalat" should ask your interviewee, how he acquires stamps, other philatelic material. How much he spends per month on the hobby of philately. Does he think if philately as a hobby is for the rich only or can a poor person develop this hobby. If so who will help him financially or is finance not required for this hobby. After all philately as the word suggests is a hobby free of cost, by the collection of postage stamps that has been used and theoretically of no value .

Editor’s Note - Readers are requested to send questions of their choice to be asked for the Interview. It will be nice to include some questions from the Readers.


This is a blog of e-stamp Club . The idea of this blog is to extend philatelic fraternity in all corners of the world. Readers may write about themselves with their collecting interests and share new ideas with other philatelists. Those who are interested may send following details for publication on blog. If they wish they may also send their photo for publication. New Post on recent issues, news on stamp activities and Contribution by members are published everyday on this blog.




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Readers may also express their views on any philatelic matter which will be published under Club News at Rainbow Stamp Cub Blog. Philatelic Clubs and Societies may also send brief write ups. News about new issues of India and abroad and other information related with Philately are regularly posted on this blog. Readers may send reports on new issues, special covers, cancellations & philatelic activities of their area for inclusion in this Blog. - Editor

Courtesy- News and Image Resource to this issue - Stamps of India, International Stamp News ; Mobile Philately – Deepak Modi, Dr SK Sondhi, Ludhiana; Srinivasan Thevarayan of Klang, Malaysia; Terry Mitchelle – UK; Pradip Jain – Patna;Dr Eli Moallem- Israel; Mansoor B. - MB Stamps ; Paul Fraser Collectibles ;Birds on Stamps

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Till Next Month …..Happy Collecting…………………………………………………………………

Rainbow Stamp News is edited and published monthly by Jeevan Jyoti, from Kullu (Himachal Pradesh) India.


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