Date of Issue - 5 May 2011
International Year of Forest - Europa 2011
Shimla April 2011 Issue # 40 Vol. IV
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The world stamp Exhibition INDIPEX 2011 is over and memories of the exhibition are fresh in the mind of visitors. It was the exhibition to see a lot, to learn a lot and to experience a lot….. and finally to think a lot….Newly introduced My Stamp and Khadi Stamp both have been the topic of discussion for the quality, quantity and price… In the Interview section I am giving interviews of the prominent philatelists who visited the show and they are giving their experiences about the exhibition. All the participants of INDIPEX 2011 are waiting for mark sheets which have not been sent to them so far from INDIPEX Secretariat. The mark sheets must be provided to the exhibitors. It will give them a guideline in order to improve their exhibits for future exhibition. This is all for this month…… Enjoy this issue with more news and articles from the world of stamps.
Till Next Month…Happy Collecting !!
…. Jeevan Jyoti
Recent Indian Issues
2011 Stamp Issue programme of India Post is available at following link.
Special Cover – Postmark
16 February 2011: Jainism 2 covers New Delhi
19 February 2011: Rotary Club of Bombay Midcity Silver Jubilee
6 -12 March 2011 : Jainism 6 different covers, Kanpur
5 March 2011 Spring Festival, Dehradun
In The News
China 2011 - 27th Asian International Philatelic Exhibition
The 27th Asian International Stamp Exhibition China 2011 , co-sponsored by State Post Bureau, Jiangsu Government, China Post and All-China Philatelic Federation, will be held in Wuxi Taihu International Exposition Center from November 11 to November 15, 2011. This exhibition will be a large international stamp culture exchange activity. held in China after the 2009 World Stamp Exhibition.
Exhibition Date: November 11 – 15, 2011, will run for five days.
Exhibition aims: to promote the development of our culture; promote the cause of China's postal and philatelic career development; promote the holding of the economic, cultural, all-round coordinated development; to promote philately in Asia and Oceania-round development; to promote international cultural exchange of people.
Venue : Taihu International Convention and Exhibition Centre.
Organizers: the State Post Bureau, Jiangsu Provincial People's Government, the China Post Group Corporation, China National Philatelic Federation.
Sponsor: Wuxi Municipal People's Government.
Website : China 2011
PHILANIPPON 2011: World Stamp Exhibition
Date : July 28 – August 2, 2011
National Commissioner : Anil Suri
Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
Venue : Pacifico Yokohama, Exhibition Hall.1-1-1.1 Minatomirai Nishi-ku,
Yokohama 220-0012, Japan
Patronage : Fédération Internationale de Philatélie (FIP)
Auspices : Federation of Inter-Asian Philately (FIAP) http://www.philanippon.jp/english/
Canadian public has first-ever vote on postage stamp design
The puzzle, an original design by Terrebonne resident Miriane Majeau, has been chosen as Canada Post's 2011 Mental Health Stamp, the first time in the post office's history a stamp design was chosen by public vote. Ms. Majeau's design received the most points, to win the stamp design competition. Overall, more than 286,000 votes were recorded.
"I'm very proud that my design connected with people. Dealing with mental health issues can be like putting a puzzle together," Ms. Majeau noted. "But as the puzzle comes together, as you find the right pieces and connect them in the right way, something beautiful and whole is revealed."
Ms. Majeau will receive a framed commemorative enlargement of the final stamp featuring her design, and a $500 honorarium will be donated to La Fondation les petits tresors de l'Hopital Riviere-des-Prairies, a mental health charity chosen by Ms. Majeau.
Of the more than 300 stamp designs submitted last fall, 75 were chosen as semi-finalists by a panel of mental health consumers, advocates, philatelists and designers. The Stamp Advisory Committee (a national committee that guides Canada Post in selecting stamp subjects and designs) narrowed that selection down to the five designs that were voted on by the public.
Concepts and design elements from the four remaining designs will be used on the Official First Day Cover envelope, and the souvenir sheet, for the 2011 Mental Health Stamp issue. "Each of these designs does an excellent job of raising awareness of the mental health issue and breaking down the stigma attached to it," said Honourable Rob Merrifield, Minister of State (Transportation) and Minister responsible for Canada Post.
The other finalist designs are: BEAUTIFUL HOPE (designed by Richard Green of Toronto (ON)), FORECAST HOPE (designed by Marie Tomeoki of Toronto (ON)), NO NEED TO HIDE (designed by Brian Blatnicki of London (ON)) and THE FACE OF MENTAL ILLNESS (designed by Norbert Lisinski of Courtice (ON)).
The 2011 Mental Health stamp will be issued on September 6, as part of the kick-off for the company's annual fundraising campaign, which last year raised $2.2 million dollars. More than 4 million of the stamps will be printed with a dollar from every booklet of 10 stamps sold donated to the Canada Post Foundation for Mental Health.
Swedish postal service plans to replace stamps with SMS
At least one country is making postage stamps a relic of the past. The Swedish postal service is ditching stamps in favor of a text message payment system.
After mobile users send a text, they will receive a reply that includes a code to be written on a piece of mail that will represent paid postage. It will work for packages weighing up to two kilograms.
"We're very interested and are just now looking into a solution," the postal service's head of marketing and development Anders Asberg told The Local, an English-language Swedish news site.
Denmark will unveil a similar system on April 1. There is no launch date for Sweden's SMS postage service, but Asberg said it "wouldn't be before the summer."
Postal services around the world have no doubt suffered as email, SMS, and social networking make communication faster and easier. Why send a letter when an email is fast, free, and paperless? But according to The Local, mail services in both Sweden and Denmark are counting on people continuing to use the dying communication form.
The U.S. Postal Service has continued to increase its rates over the past decade. It last increased stamp prices to $0.44 in May of 2009. The USPS sought to increase the price again in January of 2011 to $0.46, but it was denied the request. Asberg, however, said the new text message system will not affect postage prices in Sweden.
Highlights of Thematic Seminar & Jury Session during INDIPEX-2011
Title & Plan
- You must first choose your title & make a plan before starting a search for an appropriate philatelic material.
- Title must be simple not complex and should clearly state the purpose of the exhibit. After selecting title you may consult general public for opinion, they may be your neighbor, your friend or your wife. Remember as per Mr. Morroli – Exhibit is for general public not for the jurors.
- Title can be written in light color. The color or style of the letters should be chosen to further explain the theme to the viewers. Like the title of the award winning exhibit, HEAT, was written in light yellow & red. The title of award winning rose collection was written in red, representing traditional color attached to roses and the font progressively increases to highlight the title – A rose is a rose is a rose.
- Plan should further elaborate on the title. Maximum two point systems should be chosen for the plan. Number of chapters depends on your theme or how far you want to elaborate but it should not be too many.
- You are free to put any material you like on the title page, even a non-philatelic item. Like the bicycle exhibit had a playing card on first page where a Joker is riding a bicycle.
- Innovation gets important points for an exhibit. An old subject can be exhibited in an innovative manner. Innovation is hard to explain but is mainly how you use your philatelic material in a innovative manner. Example – Triangular stamps where used to explain Pythagoras theorem in a Mathematical Exhibit.
Rarity & Condition
- This aspect of an exhibit is self explanatory but rarity is not restricted only to die proofs, color trials, specimen & artwork. Bicycle exhibit showed and envelope with cancellation of a cycle manufacturer’s factory outlet and that was considered a rare item.
- Just putting few rare items is not sufficient. All your pages must have balanced rare and good conditioned items.
- Check condition of your items again and again and replace it when you get a better conditioned same item.
Philatelic and Thematic Knowledge.
- Unless you have right kind of philatelic items you won’t be able to illustrate your Philatelic as well as thematic knowledge. In other words choose materials which give you opportunity to show your philatelic knowledge.
- There are 160 philatelic items which can be used in a thematic exhibit according to German Jury Mr. Hess. Many of them you already know but others had to be researched and added to your exhibit.
- Where ever required you must mention important philatelic points below the items and same thing applies of thematic facts also.
Although presentation has only 5 points in judging a thematic exhibit it is very important aspect of an exhibit when you are striving for higher medals and also otherwise.
- Bottom line of your items should be put at the same height from the bottom edge of the page.
- Materials should be arranged on a page in such a manner that it should look appealing from aesthetic point of view. If you like you can use borders inside a page if it makes the page look better.
- Do not use many items of the same type on the same page, e.g., Avoid using only stamps, MS, stationery on the same page.
REQUEST FOR ISSUE OF COMMEMORATIVE STAMP
A request for issue of commemorative stamp could be sent to Philately Division of India Post . The detailed Performa is available at India Post Website.
Proposal to be received by Philately Division of Department of Posts at least 18 months ahead of the proposed date of release.
See complete details
ePost Office Of India Post Launched By Union Minister
Kapil Sibal, Communications Minister has launched the e-commerce portal called ePost Office of India Post. It will provide tracking facilities and various postal transactions on web, as per their statement.
One can also carry out postal business even if they are any place or at any time with the help of credit/debit cards.
Through this website, users can do instant money order, sale of philatelic stamps, money order, tracking of international and express shipments and more importantly postal information.
Gandhi Khadi MS @ePostOffice
India Post has started selling Gandhi Khadi Miniature Sheet Presentation pack for Rs 250 on its
epostoffice.gov.in site along with other stamps and miniature sheet.
Nordia 2011 – A big show
This year, Nordia 2011, the Nordic stamp exhibition, will be organized in Jyvaskyla, Finland, on April 1-3. The exceptionally large-scale exhibition has one of the greatest collections among all stamp exhibitions organized in Europe this year.
Itella Posti (Finland) will publish new stationeries and stamp the first day postmark on them at the exhibition. In addition to Posti, the event will be participated by all other Nordic postal services, as well as those from Estonia and Germany.
Stamp Festival in France
The French Post has issued a stamp dedicated to the Stamp Festival 2011.
In France, the Stamp Festival is held every year since 1938. Since December 1944 the French Post has been issuing a postage stamp on this occasion. Until 1999 this stamp was focused on the postal history, after on comic books or literature characters to attract the young audience.
In 2010-2011 the Stamp Festival supports artistic creation and is committed to sustainable development. In 2010, the theme chosen for the traditional Stamp Festival was water; the theme of this year is devoted to the Earth. The first stamp issued at this occasion is a stamp repeating the design of French definitive stamps, the very famous Marianne. On the left side of the stamp is written "Let's protect the Earth" and shows a hand planting a plant.
66 Years old letter arrives its destination…..
This letter, postmarked Aug 9, 1944 arrived at its destination on Fen 16. The hospital on the address has long since been torn down, so it was delivered to the Camp Roberts Historical Museum.
Recently , the U.S. Postal Service delivered a handwritten letter to its address in central California. The letter was postmarked in Montgomery, Ala. The date on the postmark is Aug. 9, 1944. Yes, 1944.
It's good for a laugh — the term "snail mail" takes on a whole new meaning — but the hope is there's a touching side to this story, and that its intended recipient, or her relatives, may still be found. The letter is addressed to :
"Miss R.T. Fletcher, American Red Cross Station Hospital, Camp Roberts, California."
As one might imagine, Miss Fletcher is no longer at Camp Roberts. The letter was delivered to Gary McMaster, the volunteer curator for the Camp Roberts Historical Museum.
The letter is still sealed, but unfortunately, the return address on the envelope has been torn off. All that remains are the address and the postmark.
McMaster thinks that, judging from the exposed corner, the letter is about three or four handwritten pages. Read More…
Stamp artist's tribute to William and Kate
British artist Peter Mason is hoping for the royal stamp of approval for his latest work - a portrait of Prince William and his bride-to-be Kate Middleton.
The "first class" creation is made from more than 3,000 postage stamps - each of which features the head of his subject's grandmother.
Mr Mason, a 66-year-old retired art teacher from Hednesford, Staffordshire, has previously created stunning images of the Queen, Barack Obama, Nelson Mandela and Simon Cowell among many others.
The new 3ft by 4ft picture took two weeks to create, with the talented former teacher, of Greenheath Road, spending at least six hours a day working on the artwork. His works are created from thousands of used postage stamps, with the largest pieces using up to 20,000.
Postage Paid Greeting cards
Hallmark Cards and the U.S. Postal Service recently introduced Postage Paid Greetings - a line of greeting cards that already include postage. The cards have a postal service bar code on their envelopes that, when scanned at the post office, indicate that postage is paid.
The value of the postage, like the "forever" stamp, is equal to the price of a first-class stamp, whenever it's mailed. The postage bar codes are on more than 200 card varieties that will be sold in Hallmark Gold Crown stores, Wal-Mart, Walgreens, CVS and other Hallmark distribution locations. The postage-paid cards will be sold for prices ranging from $2.69 to $3.99.
Premature Release: National Mathematics Day Stamp
National Mathematics Day Stamp was in list of stamp issue programme of India Post for the year 2010, but it was not issued in the year 2010. Now could be found with some collectors and dealers at high price.
Patna Philatelic Exhibition
From Mar 21: duration 1 month
Timings: 10 am to 6 pm
Organizers: India Post
Venue: Patna GPO
National Stamp Fair
From Jun 10-12: New Delhi
Organizers: Philatelic Dealers Association
Contact: Ashish Talwar email@example.com 0 9810186108
20th Annual Shukla Day Numismatic & Philatelic Fair
Apr 21-24: Mumbai, Timings: 2 pm to 7 pm
Organizers: Todywalla auctions
Venue: World Trade Center, Cuffe Parade, Mumbai
Website: www.shukladay.com Auction Schedule: Apr 22 - 3pm Philatelic, Apr 22 - 6pm Numismatic, Apr 23 - 6pm Numismatic
Stamps of India National Exhibition
Nov 3-6: New Delhi,
Venue: NSIC Exhibition Complex, Okhla Industrial Estate, Govindpuri Metro Station
Timings: 11am to 7 pm
Organizers: Stamps of India
Suspension of Postal Services to Libya
Due to the prevailing ~: ''political situation in Libya, Postal Services have been affected. It has therefore been decided by India Post to suspend the Postal Services from India to Libya till further orders. Any Postal Items destined to Libya, currently in the custody of the Department may be returned to the sender.
Delay in Delivery of Mails to Japan
India Post announced on March 14, 2011 that due to natural disaster in Japan, the mails sent to Japan may be delayed and delivery in certain parts may not be feasible.
India Post launched e-Post Office
Kapil Sibal, Minister of Communications and Information Technology launched “e-post office” at
http://www.epostoffice.gov.in/ on March 9, 2011. This, the e-Commerce portal of India Post, will enable the customers to transact postal business any time and from anywhere using either debit card or credit card through the medium of internet.
New Special Cover on Fisheries….
CIFA, the Freshwater Fisheries Institute located at Bhubaneswar, celebrating its Silver jubilee year from 1st April, 2011. To commemorate the beginning of the 25th year, it has been planned to release a Special cover with cachet cancellation on the same day. The cover depicts the pictorial view of CIFA and some of its major activities. Although 1000 numbers cover will be printed but only 250 numbers cover will be circulated among the philatelist and others will be for in house circulation. All the covers will be numbered.
Interested Philatelist friends may contact me for their collection well in advance.
- Dr Bibhudatta Mishra
Central Institute of Freshwater Aquaculture
Kausalyaganga, BHUBANESWAR, ORISSA-751 002
Ph.09437282638 (M); 0674-2465421(o)
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com
ITS Postal Auction No.52 – Last Date: 16.04.2011
Indian Thematic Society is holding its 52nd postal auction sale of 140 lots that will close on April 16,2011. The entire listing is online at http://indianthematicstamps.webs.com/itspostalauctions.htm
.the images of the auction lots are online at http://www.flickr.com/photos/its_offers.
INDIAN THEMATIC SOCIETY MIG # 3464, Phase Two, Dugri Road, LUDHIANA - 141 013. INDIA
ph. +91 987 285 1244 email firstname.lastname@example.org
MAPPEX – 2011 to be held this year
Mr. S. Gauriyar, Chief Post Master General, M.P. Circle has announced that 11th M.P. State Philatelic Exhibition MAPPEX will be organized in the year 2011. He was addressing a meeting of Central India Philatelic Society held at Satna on 11th March 2011.
Mr Ilias Patel needs no introduction to the readers. He is a noted thematic philatelist from Ahmedabad and has been editing GPA News since a long time. Mr Patel has a wonderful thematic collection on Bridges “Building Bridges - An Index of Human civilization” which won Silver medal at INDIPEX 2011. A civil engineer by profession has a passion for the bridges and loves to search and read on this topic. Mr Patel displayed his Bridge exhibit at INPEX-2008 & won LS at Chennai. Prior to that he wrote a book on Indian Telegraphs (1851-1914) co-authored by Mr. Dhananjay Desai. This book won LV + Felicitation at Sanfrancisco International Exhibition held in 1997 "PACIFIC-97. He has been collecting stamps on bridges since 1980.It’s a great pleasure to share here his views on recent World Philatelic Exhibition held in India and some other interesting facts about his interests in different branches of philately. – EditorMr Ilias Patel may be contacted at email : email@example.com
1. You have just visited INDIPEX 2011, what is your first reaction?
It was a very good exhibition worth to be visited by all the philatelists. All the exhibits displayed were of high standard and very high quality. It was a good experience to see and learn how to prepare as well as display your exhibit in finest manner. For me, it was a very good opportunity to learn and enhance my exhibit comparing with the other award winning thematic collection.
2. What was the best part of the exhibition?
To me the entire exhibition was very good. All the exhibits displayed in all the categories were of high standard which for the first time I have seen in India though I had seen INDIPEX-97 too. But it was much better than the 1997 exhibition. Being a thematic collector I have spent more time to see and study those collections but still I visited nearly all the exhibits displayed in different category and I enjoyed them too. Looking to the quality of exhibits, it is not possible to categorize which part was best. All were worth to be seen in their respective categories.
3. Regarding the exhibits, which class of philately dominated the show and why?
Frankly speaking, to me, every class of philately has its own charm and there is nothing like dominance of any class of philately. It is the interest and philatelic background with which you see the exhibits and enjoy. Though I am not at all a postal stationary or postal history collector, I have seen some of the finest exhibits displayed from India and other countries in both these categories. Coming to the dominance, I personally believe that “Thematic” is a more challenging class and in the days to come it will dominate the exhibitions with variety of themes. Just to illustrate, there were five collections displayed on one theme “Railway” and all the five were displayed in a completely different manner. Even in those 25 frames of display there were very few common items and therefore it was worth to enjoy a same topic displayed in different manner. There was a collection on “Road Safety” – it was a finest collection in which lots were transferred through meter cancellations. On several pages the theme was displayed through five meters on one page – a clever use of meter cancellations. Being very challenging and difficult enough to reach up to “LG” in thematic compared to other classes as only two LG were awarded in thematic in this exhibition, I believe that this class will dominate the future exhibitions.
4. Now, coming to your own collecting interest what prompted you to collect on Bridges?
Being an engineer by profession and have worked for my project report on this topic during my post-graduation, I decided to go ahead with this topic having lots of reference literature available with me. This prompted me to develop my exhibit on theme “Bridges”. In fact I started with “Dams” and ended with “Bridges” being more challenging and imparting much wider scope of development. In fact what I learned from my experience in this area is that select a topic which imparts you a much wider scope of development. This gives liberty and better opportunity and wider scope of selection of material and display. Just to clarify: first I displayed with title “Bridges” – a title without a meaning restricting me to have very limited scope of development. I changed to “Building Bridges-An Index of Human Civilization” gave me wider scope of development. I am now advised to change it further to “Story of Building Bridges” and believe me; it has very wide scope of development. You wouldn’t believe but just by resorting to this title, I have to reorganize my at least three frame of exhibits from my present display. But this title will give me a scope to incorporate material like; survey and investigation, bridge building companies, equipments used for construction and much more. This is the way one can improve and enhance his exhibit and most importantly pleasure for himself.
5. What are your other favourite branches of philately?
In fact I love postal history, specifically the postal history of India. Unfortunately I am late in this field and now the material is out of my reach to do some fruitful research. Very recently I have seen one collection related to my theme titled “Bridges on River Loire” in which that collector displayed postmarks of all post offices along that river + stamps + all related philatelic material. In India, huge population growth has taken place along the river Ganga and India Post also began its journey along this route with the establishment of East India Company, I believe that one can certainly come out with an exhaustive collection + write up. This is philately + research + postal history of India. I still wish to do it but only time will tell how successful I am. Few years back I had seen a superb collection of Shri A. K. Bayanwala on “Postmarks of Calcutta”. Just to say it is a part of only an iceberg. Few years back, I explored the untouched area of Indian Telegraphs and came out with my research write up. Still there are few areas untouched and unexplored. Even one can dare to explore the area of postal history of Modern India after 1947. This is more challenging as searching postal records of post-independence India is a rarest of the rare event. Unfortunately, we have not even cared to write the postal history of divided India and aftermath.
6. You have seen both National & International stamp exhibitions, please comment on system of judging ? Do you find any difference in the judging system followed at National & International system ??
I do not wish to comment on national or international system of judging. Everywhere in every part of life, as well as in every field, judgment is always a subjective issue whether it is a court decision or an umpire decision on a cricket match or a philatelic exhibition. I always believe that there is a 10% bias and 10% favour involved due to human nature and it is a part of life. Just to say during the ongoing World Cup Cricket match, several decisions of the umpire have been reverted due to use of third umpire and use of latest technology. Unfortunately philatelists are not so lucky for the use “Decision Review System”.
7. Well, what is your opinion regarding new philatelic material issued by India Post ?? I mean the Khadi Stamp and Personalized stamp ??
In the world of fierce competition, India post is dying hard to survive. They believe that philatelic business is a mulching cow and they proved it by issuing Khadi stamp worth Rs 100 at Rs 250/-. How Rs 100 stamp can be sold for Rs 250/- without justification is a mystery. Can it be regarded as a new mode of official exploitation of philatelist by India Post is not known? The printing of value 100 is different than the traditional printing of 10000 and therefore it is not clear what the exact face value of this stamp is?
Regarding personalized stamp again India Post proved its inability and incapability to adopt the new technology and deliver the goods in time with quality. They were unable to affix photo at its exact location on the pre-printed sheet and photo images are blur images pasted without any editing spoiling the my-stamp sheet with very dirty and black image. All the sheets I received have same story. There is a second issue. These stamp sheets were made available only at the INDIPEX exhibition hall and till date it is not clear whether it will be considered as an official issue and therefore whether it will be listed as an official stamp? Because, except exhibition visitors, rest are not fortunate enough to avail this facility.
8. Besides an avid philatelist you have been editing GPA newsletter. What made you to enter in writing & editing ?
Being a research scholar, I am accustomed to write my technical articles and technical reports and have passion to do so. This prompted me to work as an Editor of GPA News Letter when need arised. With the passage of time, I felt that it is a very difficult task to go ahead without the support of fellow philatelists. Because to put just an editorial is ok but to write entire news letter every time single handedly is a Herculean task as I cannot manufacture articles month after month without an in-depth knowledge. I personally believe that it is a crime to manufacture articles and my soul does not permit me. Secondly, I cannot write an article on someone’s collection without having very thorough understanding of that topic. Thirdly, it is not an easy job for everyone to contribute an in-depth research article even though he may be a very senior philatelist with mastery in his subject. In view of these limitations and poor support, I have stopped editing GPA Newsletter since January 2010 and therefore there is no issue of the magazine. Through your news letter I express my sincere regret and inability to do so for it.
9. Share your best experience at INDIPEX 2011 with the readers.
Every exhibition is a new opportunity and new way of learning. For me it was a great opportunity to see some of the finest thematic exhibits during this exhibition. Though I made extensive preparation, my friends and well wishers gave me very good suggestions to improve my work and better display and showed me how I committed small but silly mistakes. I also learnt how small mistakes and its negligence coasted me in such a highly competitive exhibition. Here judging starts from your very first page and very first line i.e. title followed by plan. Then plan and its elaboration to related philatelic material to related philatelic + thematic text to alignment of material with text and so on. The most important is the proper selection of title for your exhibit and a related plan and thereafter material to display. Here every item and every text must have a specific meaning to convey what you are displaying. One of the thematic jury members Dr. Vojtech suggested me just to change my title and he explained me how this new title gives very wide scope of material and development. This again signifies the importance of the selection of suitable title and related plan. At this juncture I wish to express my sincere thanks to Mr. Lallan Singh of Patna who helped me a lot in reorganizing my exhibit. One of the first lessons he taught is the selection of suitable title and followed by a related plan. If one is able to do it, he has done 90% of work. Second lesson he taught me was read the FIP thematic guidelines very thoroughly and stick to it. Third lesson I learnt from Dr. Satyendra Agarwal’s article “Way to Gold” (published in your news letter) in which he advised not to display any single non-philatelic item in your exhibit. I strictly obeyed it. I am thankful to him too. In spite of these information and guidance, I committed a mistake and displayed maxim cards and FDC which in thematic have no philatelic value.
10. Use of Internet and mobile has almost stopped the habit of writing letters by hand ?? In today's world do you miss hand written letters ?? Don't you think that the use of Internet and mobile has hampered the hobby of stamp collecting ??
I agree partially with you. Uses of internet and mobiles have certainly overtaken our young generation who are now loosing the writing habits. The way of present day life style is also not favorable to letter writings. Still there are persons who like to write and have extensive correspondence with their pen-pals. I do not agree with you that use of internet and mobile has hampered the hobby of stamp collecting. I personally believe that it is the India Post itself who is spoiling the philately and the interest of philatelists. Let me inform you in last one year, I received letters worth Rs 3200/- philatelic stamps deliberately pen-cancelled by postal staff even though they were decently cancelled by the respective post offices. Even you wouldn’t believe, I have received several letters from overseas countries defaced again with delivery cancellation by our GPO. How the postal staff is authorized to deface the stamp already defaced by the country of origin is beyond my imagination. I brought this matter to the notice of our PM, GPO who in turn expresses his inability to take any action. That’s all. So when you receive a letter with decent philatelic stamps affixed and share with your children that will create interest in them. But how you can show a deliberately pen-cancelled cover to him?
When not to remove stamps from envelopes?
There are special circumstances when you should not take off the postage stamps from the envelope. After all, philately is not just about stamps. Envelopes and other postal services products also count.
Here are the things to consider before getting your stamps off the envelopes:
• If your postage stamps have special postmarks and cancels ….
Stamp cancels or postmarks have incredible varieties. Some come in fancy designs from slogans to flags cancels. Most stamp postmarks extends to the paper so you might destroy its beauty if you take the stamps from the envelope.
• If the mail came from a famous sender …..
Letters from notable personalities like presidents and movie stars are worth keeping intact. Who would want to destroy an envelope signed by a famous person?