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

Tuesday, November 1, 2011


Date of Issue : 31 October 2011

Father Christmas arrives on Christmas Island !!

Shimla  November 2011 Vol. IV  Issue # 47

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

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Dear Reader

Here is the November 2011 issue of Rainbow Stamp News on your screen with news and articles from the world of stamps. A number of small and big stamp exhibitions are ahead which will give opportunity to meet philatelists at a common platform. SINE a national exhibition being organized by Stamps of India will be held in New Delhi from 3-6 November 2011. Best wishes to all participants and organizers. Let’s all join hands to promote philatelic fraternity across the country and make every philatelic show a great success !!

This is all for this issue…More in Next….Happy Collecting !!

                                                                                                      …. Jeevan Jyoti


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Recent Indian Issues

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clip_image001[13] 1 August : K.M. Mathew – Rs 5

clip_image001[14] 5 August : Rashtrapati Bhawan – 4 stamps of Rs 5 each + MS

clip_image001[15] 25 August : Pt Santanam – Rs 5

clip_image001[16] 29 August : Dr.M.S.Aney- Rs 5

clip_image001[17] 2 September : Surendra Nath Jauhar – Rs 5

clip_image001[18] 3 September : Dev Narayan – Rs 5

clip_image001[19] 7 September : Tejaji Maharaj – Rs 5

clip_image001[20] 8 September : Tripuraneni Gopichand – Rs 5

clip_image001[21] 25 September : Jaimalji Maharaj – Rs 5

clip_image001[22] 30 September : The Trained Nurses Association of India – Rs 5

clip_image001[23] 12 October : The Punjab Regiment & 1 Para - SF 1 – Punjab


Forthcoming Stamp Issues

Nov 08: Indian Council of Medical Research

Nov 14: Children's Day, 2 Stamps, Save Tiger (Children’s Paintings)

Nov 21: Heritage Wall Paintings, 2 Stamps, Shekhawati Paintings, Warli Paintings

Nov 25: Grand Lodge of India

Nov 00: R Venkataraman

2011 Stamp Issue programme of India Post is available at following link.

Special Cover – Postmark


20 August 2011 : Commissioning of INS Satpura, Mumbai

24 August 2011: 25 Years of Speed Post service in India , Ahmedabad

1 – 5 September : Leh Philatelic Exhibition LEH (J& K) – 5 covers

26 -29 September : CHINAR 2011 - Srinagar – 4 Covers

14 -15 September : Surpex – 2011 - 4 covers

New Army Postal Cover

15 September 2011 : 28th Battalion The Assam Rifles : 56 APO


In The News

Best Europa 2011 stamp



Winner of EUROPA 2011 Stamp Competition

Turkish PTT declared winner of the EUROPA 2011 Competition
PostEurop  announced Turkish PTT (Turkey), Magyar Posta (Hungary) and CTT Correios (Portugal) as the top three winners of the 2011 EUROPA Stamp Competition at the plenary dinner in Istanbul hosted by Turkish PTT on 12th October.

The results of this year’s Europa Stamp competition  declared on 12th October ,  heralded a new record high of 5,576 number of public votes registered from all over the world. Turkish PTT, postal operator for Turkey was declared the Gold award winner of this competition. The winning stamp from Turkish PTT was designed by Bülent Ates capturing the forest in the autumn.

EUROPA stamps are special stamps issued by European postal administrations/enterprises, under the aegis of PostEurop, in which 'Europe' is the central theme. In this 19th consecutive year and around the theme "Forest" to coincide with the UN campaign, “International Year of the Forest” over fifty creative entries were received from all-over Europe.

The close first-runner of the EUROPA Stamp competition was Magyar Posta, postal operator from Hungary and finally, the second-runner up of the EUROPA Stamp competition went to CTT Corrieos, postal operator for Portugal.
“Each year we see the expectations grow around EUROPA stamps from every perspective with growing interest and popularity. Indeed the stamps are more than just work of art, it personifies the country and brought together it gives us a collage of the Europe and the European Postal industry. Therefore, PostEurop has taken a bold step and issued the first ever EUROPA Stamp collection album” declares commented Botond Szebeny, PostEurop Secretary General.

Markku Penttinen, Chairman of the PostEurop Stamps and Philately working group from Itella adds, “We continue to be proud of the work done so far and the EUROPA Stamp collection album marks another great achievement for our experts. It is beautiful, memorable and immortalized."

Military Post Offices in Iraq to Close Nov. 17

By Cheryl Pellerin
American Forces Press Service


WASHINGTON, Oct. 26, 2011 – Because U.S. forces are coming home from Iraq by the end of the year, the U.S. Postal Service will stop accepting mail addressed to military post offices in Iraq starting Nov. 17, Defense Department officials said .

Military post offices in Iraq also will stop processing mail Nov. 17, and service members there should begin now to advise those who send them mail about the Nov. 17 deadline.Mail still in the postal system through Nov. 17 will be processed and delivered to service members in Iraq, officials said.

In November, U.S. military postal service responsibilities in Iraq will transition to State Department embassy or consulate post offices for service members assigned to Office of Security Cooperation or the Chief of Mission in Iraq.These sites will provide letter and parcel mail services to service members assigned to the Office of Security Cooperation or the Chief of Mission in Iraq.

The transition will be closely coordinated with the U.S. Postal Service Agency, which will delete ZIP codes for Iraq military post offices from the USPS database to prevent undeliverable mail from entering the postal system after Nov. 17, according to defense officials.

If APO mail arrives in Iraq after a service member departs, mail will be redirected to the new mailing address provided or, if no mailing address was provided, returned to sender.Any mail mistakenly accepted by a USPS post office after Nov. 17 will be returned to sender once it reaches the International Gateway in New Jersey.

Read More..

Miniature sheet in a monoplane design


The South African Post Office has issued a miniature sheet to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the first South African airmail flight as part of World Post month. The sheet depicts the monoplane in flight when, in 1911, the South African Minister of Posts and Telegraphs consented to the first conveyance of airmail between Kenilworth and Muizenberg. This made Muizenberg post office the first in South Africa to receive airmail. The special feature of this miniature sheet is that it is unique in design of a Plane shape.

Pride of India Collection


Pride of India Series includes  25 best selected stamps jointly launched by India Post & Hallmark Group.Each stamp is gold plated replica of the stamp made of pure Silver. First complete series of 25 replica of this collection has been issued. The complete series can be viewed at :

Forthcoming International Stamp Exhibitions..

IPHLA 2012


Specialized International Exhibition for Philatelic Literature

IPHLA 2012 : A specialised exhibition for Philatelic Literature is going to be held  from 2 to 4 Nov.2012 in the town hall of Mainz (Germany). This exhibition will  be held under the patronage of FEPA & AIJP but some non European countries are also invited by them and India is also one of them.

Any author, journalist or publisher can apply for participation at IPHLA 2012 Mainz with one or more exhibits (print, static-digital like CD/DVD or a website) on condition he/she is a member of the BDPh or an association affiliated with FIP or FEPA. The application must arrive on time on the entry form provided for this purpose ( Exhibit Entry Forms ).

Applications for ‘IPHLA 2012’ can be submitted until February 1, 2012.

The basis of the binding application is the different regulations currently provided by the BDPh. Any applicant is urgently advised to take note of these regulations, especially of the special regulations for IPHLA 2012 Mainz , which he agrees to by signing his application.NO FEDERATION COMMISSIONER WILL BE NOMINATED. Please go through website

For any information please contact to Mr. Wolfgang Massen, Email:


THAILAND 2013, International Philatelic exhibition will be held in Thailand from 2 to 14 August 2013 in Bangkok, under the patronage of FIP. The World Philatelic Exhibition will take place from 2 - 14 August 2013 at the Royal Paragon Hall 1-3, 5th floor, Siam Paragon, Bangkok. The event will feature not only some unique postage stamp collections, but also displays of other rare and valuable collectibles from around the world. A stamp contest and competition of OTOP products will also be held as part of the event, with an international panel of judges from member countries and representatives of countries submitting collections for display.

PCI has nominated Mr. R D Binani as Commissioner for India, his address :33-B Rowland Road, Kolkata 700 020  E mail : Mob:9830073058

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.

Jointly organized by the State Post Bureau, China Post Group Corporation, All-China Philatelic Federation and the Jiangsu provincial government, the event will display 1,300 precious stamps from 26 Inter-Asia Philatelic Federation members.

The five-day event will also feature exhibitions of stamp designs, forums on stamp collecting and auctions of precious stamps, the Wuxi city government said in a statement. Additionally, the exhibition will offer activities showing visitors how stamps are created.

The exhibition's executive committee has kicked off a national youth competition on stamp designs and some of the best designs will be on display during the event.

Exhibition Date: November 11 – 15, 2011, will run for five days.

National Commissioner : Dr RS Gandhi, Patna Email :

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. Website : China 2011


INDONESIA 2012: International Philatelic exhibition will  be held under the patronage of FIP from 18 to 24 June 2012 at Jakarta Convention Center. The exhibition will be known as  INDONESIA 2012 WORLD STAMP CHAMPIONSHIP.

Mr. S. Sahoo, is National Commissioner for India. His address is :- D-3, BJB Nagar, Bhubanshwar 751 014 Email:

Due to technical problems, there will be a delay in the bulletin and hardcopies of Entry Form + Inventory List of the INDONESIA 2012 World Stamp Championship to be sent to all countries by the organizing committee.

The organizing committee of INDONESIA 2012 WORLD STAMP CHAMPIONSHIP has rescheduled the deadline for sending the entry form. THE CLOSING DATE IS ON 15TH DECEMBER 2011. On that date the entry form should already arrive to the Organizing Committee.

Special Cancellation on bird from Germany

A new pictorial cancellation featuring the bird RED START was given on  22 October 2011 at  Neubrandenburg, Germany..


New Pictorial cancellation on Archaeopteryx


A pictorial cancellation will be available on November 18th at Solnhofen,GERMANY,   featuring  the ARCHEOPTERYX.

The above postmarks will be available with Mr Wolfgang Beyer, email :  member of Staff from the topical collector group ARGE ZOOLOGIE

Mourning Stamp from Germany


German Post issued a mourning stamp, dedicated to bereavement to express compassion and human grief. Stamps on such topic are rare to be seen. The special program launched in Germany offers stamps for special reasons having a wide variety of motives. This year a special postage stamp dedicated to bereavement was issued in Germany. This funeral stamp can be used both by the mourners themselves, and by those who want to offer their condolences in letter.

As a motif of the stamp Calla flower is chosen. The white Calla is symbolic of mourning and solidarity with the grieving people. The black bar at the bottom of the stamp underlines its symbolic meaning.

Special Cover designed for palindrome date 11.11.11


Prof.V.S.Yalvigi of Bangalore  has designed four special covers for the forthcoming special palindrome date 11.11.11  . Each cover with cancellation costs Rs50/- For more details contact Prof V.S.Yalvigi email : View : design of all 4 covers


                                          - Report by Cdr G Srirama Rao

SIPEX 2011 was held from 7-9 Oct 2011  at LITE A/C Hall, 17 Balfour Road Kilpauk Chennai conducted by the South India Philatelists' Association (SIPA) .


The arrangements made for the exhibition were excellent. The frames which were made for and used during the International Philatelic exhibition at New Delhi 2010 , and the frames to set up the dealers booths were obtained from the Postal Department which are of high quality. All the association members which included many senior citizens took active part in all the arrangements as well as putting up frames, dealer booths receiving and framing the exhibits and ensuring their security.

Over all there were 388 frames with exhibits and 50 dealers booths. Most of the exhibits some from the veterans were of high quality and very informative. The dealers had lot of philatelic material and did brisk and good business. The philatelic Bureau also had set up a stall in addition to the Army Post Office. A reception counter to answer all queries was also set up.  The committee deserves great appreciation for the hard work put in and excellent arrangements made.


Overall 6 vermeil, 11 silver and 33 silver bronze  and 40 bronze medals were awarded in addition to participation certificates.. The following special covers were released on the dates mentioned

07 Oct 11    Coral reef Gulf of Mannar

08 Oct 11  -  Endangered Grizzled Squirrel

                 - Maritime heritage of Tamilnadu, Rock Paintings at Keelvalai 1000-500 BC

The first special cover was released by the PMG of Tamilnadu postal circle and the second and the third were released on 8 0ct by Mr Sunderrajan, IFS Chief conservator of forests TN and Mr Ramamurthy director of archeology department. The chief guest on the final day was Shri K Sridhar Principal secretary TN Govt, Mr Ramachandran PMG TN. Mr Madan Mohan Das of Chennai, Mr VK Nagpal and Mr Ajay K Mittal and Mr S Blasundaram rep of India post  were the Jury.

SIPA also held a quiz competition for the local school children before the exhibition and awarded prizes on the concluding day. The exhibit of Mr CG Bhaskar was awarded Vermeil as well as the best exhibit award.

On the final day all exhibits were safely handed over to all participants. The writer of this review also participated and was awarded Silver Bronze for his exhibit Musical Post Offices.

For the special covers SIPA can be contacted at or mobile 98406 45487, 94444 91111 (Mr Bhaskar) 98404 23567, 98410 22884 or their office at  No.76(old No.410 Perianna Maistry street(st Floor) Periampet, Chennai 600 003.

View : complete Award List of SIPEX 2011

More details ( Photos, special Covers and award list ) are available at SIPA Website :

Surpex -2011

A district level stamp exhibition Surpex-2011 was held  in Surat, Gujarat from 14th to 15th October 2011 .  Noted philatelists of Vadodara Mr Prashant Pandya  and Mr Timir Shah were members of jury in the exhibition. Four special covers were issued during the exhibition.

View : Surpex -2011 Covers

Private Stamp Booklets and Post cards

Stamp Booklets on Tagore issued by Kolkata Philatelic Club


Kolkata Philatelic Club issued Stamp Booklets celebrating 150th Birth anniversary celebration of Rabibindranath Tagore during  Painting and stamp exhibition on  Tagore held in the month of May this year. These Booklets have been designed by noted philatelist  and artist of Kolkata, Shri Dipok Dey. The booklets contain recent stamps on Tagore  issued by India Post. The booklets feature Tagore’s association with Argentina, Music, cinema and world personalities. Nobel Laureate Tagore’s literary and art  work  is  admired all over the world.

View : Stamp Booklets

Stamp Booklets and Post cards on Tagore – Sri Lanka edition

Sri Lanka Buddhist Philatelic Society and Kolkata Philatelic Club jointly issued  Stamp Booklets and Post cards, commemorating 150th Birth Centenary of Guru Rabindranath Tagore.These Booklets and Post cards have been designed by Shri Dipok Dey.

View : Cards and Booklets

Stamp Booklets on Cinema

Bhartiya Daktikit Sangstha, Kolkata issued six stamp booklets on Indian legendary film actresses. The stamps on these actresses were issued on 13 February 2011. The booklets have been designed by Shri Dipok Dey. Only 100 copies of these booklets have been issued.

View : Stamp Booklets on Cinema

Chinar 2011

Srinagar, Sep 26: The much awaited 4-day mega philatelic exhibition “Chinar 2011” was inaugurated by Governor NN Vohra at SKICC on the Dal banks on 26 September 2011..   On the occasion the Governor released a Special Cover on “Chinar 2011” and launched the first ever “My Stamp in the country by which the people will get personalized stamps with their photographs on it.” Total 11 special covers were released during the exhibition. View : special Covers

Special cover on floating post office, Biscoe School released

John Samuel, Chief Postmaster General while releasing the special cover on Tyndale Biscoe School said that department of posts is opening two more post offices, one at Changla Pass in Leh and other at Khardongla Leh (world`s highest point of motorable road).

Special covers on Kesar. floating post office and Tyndale Bisco were released. Around 450 Students from various schools participated in the Letter Writing Competition arranged by the Department on the theme of “Letter to my mother”. Workshop on Philately for students was conducted in the afternoon followed by Group Discussion on  topic ‘Future of Post Offices’.Special covers on Pahalgam, Gulmarg and Dal lake were also released and Quiz Contest for students was also held besides workshop for students.

For covers and other philatelic items released during the exhibition contact Chinar 2011, Secretariat 0/o CPMG J& K Circle, Srinagar – 190001. Ph 0194 – 2474039, 0194 – 2452408 email :

Forthcoming Exhibitions in India

Stamps of India National Exhibition


Date : 3- 6 Nov 2011, New Delhi

Venue: Bhai Vir Singh Sahitya Sadan
Bhai Vir Singh Marg, Gole Market
New Delhi 110001

Organizers: Stamps of India


THRISSURPEX 2011 Philatelic & Numismatic Exhibition

Nov 18-20: Thrissur, Organizers: Philatelic Club Thrissur

Venue: Pandy Samooha Madom Hall Contact: C J Vincent, 0 98470 21886


One frame philatelic exhibition -" RAJPEX-2011" will be held in Rajkot, from 18-20 November 2011 at Shri.Shyamaprasad Art Gallery,Race course,Rajkot,Gujarat . The exhibition executive committee will organize a stamp design competition for youth group .The event will feature not only some unique postage stamp collections,but also display  rare valuable collectibles. Special covers/cancellation will also be released as a part of the event. Events like essay writing competitions,forum on stamp collecting , & workshop on philately will be organized along with display of some special exhibits on WILD LIFE,GANDHI & of PRINCELY STATES.

RAJPEX-2011          : Philatelic exhibition

DATE                      : 18 - 20 NOVEMBER 2011.

VENUE                    : Shri.Shyamaprasad Art Gallery,Race course,Rajkot-  360 001,Gujarat,        

Contact for  details /entry forms/sales stall Booking,etc :

Secretary,RAJPEX-2011,C/o.Philatelic Bureau,G.P.O.,RAJKOT-360001   Phone : 0281 -2223883

Nov 10-12: Palakkad, Kerala

Venue: Town Hall Annexe

Organizers: Palakkad Philatelic & Numismatic Club

Nov 16-17: Philately Exhibition

Venue: St Xavier’s School, Civil Lines

Organizers: North Delhi Division of India Post

Nov 17-19: Coimbatore, Kovaipex

Organizers: Coimbatore Division of India Post

Contact: Coimbatore Philatelic Bureau 0422 2382930

Nov 24-25: Philately Exhibition

Venue: National Rail Museum, Chanakyapuri

Organizers: South West Delhi Division of India Post


A state level exhibition is proposed to be held in Lucknow from 16 to 18 December 2011.


Rajpex 2012 State Level Stamp Exhibition is proposed to be held from 4 Jan to 7 Jan 2012 at Jaipur. For more details contact Rajesh Paharia General Secretary, Philatelic Society of Rajasthan Jaipur. email :


Gujpex 2011 (State level philatelic exhibition) will be held at Vadodara from 23rd to 25th December 2011.

Venue: Akota Atithi Gruh, Akota, Vadodara. Last date for entry forms is 22-11-2011. For more details contact : Timir Shah emaili :

Stamp and Coin Fair in Indore (MP)

Philatelic, Numismatic & Heritage Fair organized by Young Indians and Indore Coin Society will be held in Indore on November 12-13-14, 2011. For more details contact Mr Girish Sharma Ph 9425052158 & 9977050987 . email :

Venue : Basketball complex, Race Course Road, Indore (MP)

Mahapex 2012

Pune will host the four-day 11th state-level philatelic exhibition, Mahapex 2012, at Ganesh Kala Krida Rangmanch from January 13 next year. After 25 years, Pune will be hosting such an exhibition for Maharashtra and Goa. The Prospectus of 'Mahapex 2012' was unveiled by Chief Postmaster General, Maharashtra circle, Faiz-Ur-Rehman, on Friday at Vaikunth Mehta National Institute of Cooperative Management.

The postmaster general of Pune region, Colonel (retd) KC Mishra, mayor of Pimpri-Chinchwad Yogesh Behl were present on the occasion. Among Philatelists Pratisad Nurgaonkar, Basti Solanki, Dixit, Col. Dutta, Mrs.Dutta, Col.Pujara, Vinayak Avate from Pune, Suketu Zaveri and Surendra Kotadiya from Mumbai, P.G.Bhargave from Nasik, M.J.Karajagi from Solapur and Deepak Modi from Jalna were also present.

Mr .Rehman said that it would be a big-budget event, where renowned Indian philatelists would be participating. The show will host 400 exhibition frames exhibited by over 300 philatelists from the two states.


In this issue meet Mr Kenneth Sequeira, a keen collector from UAE. Kenneth has special interest in the stamps on Indian theme issued by other nations. His deep research and study on this subject enabled him to find out some very rare Indian subjects which appeared on foreign stamps but have not been noticed by many philatelists. He is an expat Indian currently working in Dubai, UAE but studied & brought up in Mumbai . He loves to collect stamps on Cricket & India and Indian theme on foreign stamps, Air India First Flight covers & covers stamped through Maitri & Gangotri Post Offices He mostly collect FDC, followed by MS/ SS & then MNH He was fascinated to stamp world since childhood days and inherited a good collection from a family member but he has been pursuing this hobby seriously, after visiting the GCC stamp exhibition in UAE and getting great support & encouragement from his wife.

He says “ India on foreign theme is so vast that while building my collection, co-incidentally I built up collections on Gandhi, India Flag, Nehru, Tagore, Mother Teresa, Indira Gandhi, SAARC themes. History being one of my favorite subjects & researching on topics my strength, has helped me in my collection. During this journey, I have met some passionate people like Sekhar Chakrabarti from Kolkata & Nazim Merchant from Sydney, who have guided & helped me & become good friends.”

His love for Indian theme makes him a very special philatelist. Kenneth has contributed articles on a variety of subjects for Rainbow Stamp Club Blog which have been highly appreciated by the readers. His findings on Indian theme is a reference work for those who wish to collect stamps on Indian theme. It will help them to categorize their collection systematically and give them maximum possibility to enrich their collection by including themes they have not noticed earlier. Kenneth’s all articles are available on Rainbow Stamp Club Blogunder the label “ Indian theme on foreign stamps” I am pleased to publish his interview in this issue . - Editor

image Interview with Kenneth Sequiera

Q1 You have made a specialized collection of foreign stamps related with Indian theme. Which is the most common Indian theme that has appeared on foreign stamps ?

Ans . Besides personalities like Gandhi , Nehru & Mother Teresa…. the Indian Flag on stamps, MS, SS, FDC are the most common on foreign stamps.

Q2 How did you categorize your collection ?

Ans. Based on historical events

Q3 Please mention few Indian themes that have appeared on foreign stamps but never appeared on Indian stamps .

Ans. Jaipur Foot, Indian desserts

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Jaipur foot and an Indian Goan dessert have been featured on stamps from Kenya and Portugal

Q 4 What are your other collecting interests ? Besides Thematics do you also like traditional philately ?

Ans. My interests are Cricket on FDC, Cricket Macrophily, Air India First Flight Return Covers with Maharaja, Foreign Covers through Maitri & Gangotri Post Offices in Antarctica , Joint Issues of India

Q5 When did you start collecting stamps ?  How were you introduced to this hobby ?

Ans. I started collecting stamps from childhood when my cousin passed his stamp collection to me but started my serious collection in last 3 years after my visit to the Gulf Stamp Exhibition in Dubai

Q6. Would you like to participate in exhibitions  or you are happy with   collecting in your own way. Don't you think that  participating in exhibitions gives  a chance   to present collection with more creativity ?

Ans. Participating in exhibitions in this part of the world is an expensive affair, currently I am happy with my collection but I would like to see innovation in this field. Have a virtual exhibition just like photo albums.

Q7. What pleasure do you get from stamp collecting ? Please explain in your own words .

Ans. My love for history, inquisitive nature & specialization in research makes my stamp collecting exciting.

Q8. email,  Internet chatting  and mobile phones have taken the place of  traditional  hand written letters. What is the future of philately ?? Will it survive in  coming years ???

Ans. Philately will survive, though human beings always prefer the cheapest & the fastest way of communication. Philately will become like memorabilia.

Q9. What is your opinion about  recent   hi - tech  stamps printed  with unique features ??  Do you like them ??

Ans. Most of them are good & unique . Innovations are always welcome but traditional stamps are the real thing, just like Cricket Tests vs ODI vs T20 in cricket

Q10. Today's philatelist collects for pleasure or investment ?? In your opinion, what is a general ratio between amateur and professional philatelist today  ?

Ans. Frankly, I started collecting, thinking it’s an investment but it’s the pleasure that really counts at the end of the day. 2 out 10 are professional rest all are amateur.

Q11 Please share your most memorable moment related with your collection  or a philatelic show  .

Ans. Memorable moments are when professional philatelists share work with me & ask for my opinion & they believe my contribution was valuable & give me credit or recognition for it.

Kennth Sequeira may be contacted at email :

Beginners’ Section

Novel QR Code Postage Stamp

QR Codes on postage stamps are not new (cf. QR Code Valentine’s Day postage stamps from Taiwan and a QR Code postage stamp from Spain) but this (image below) from Hrvatske pošte, the national postal service of Croatia, incorporate a novel functionality.


Each of the 3.10 Kuna (0.56 U.S. dollars) stamps has a unique code printed below the QR Code. Scanning the QR Code takes the user to a mobile site where the unique code can be entered and view confirmation on the receipt of your mail as well as additional data about its route. Users can find out when the mail was sent, how many kilometers it had travelled, when it reached its destination and more. The QR Code stamp was produced to mark the 20th anniversary of the issuance of postal stamps by Croatian Post.

Do you Know ?

This pictorial cancellation is of birth place of Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel, Karamsad. It is given once in a year on the birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel on 31st October.



Specialized Section


image By Naresh Agarwal

Contd…from the last


During the middle ages and thereafter, the disinfection practices were based on the belief that all the major epidemics such as Cholera, Plague, Smallpox, Typhus Fever, Yellow Fever, Leprosy etc. could be conveyed through paper stuffs and so were checked by then prevailing traditional methods of disinfection due to which the postal mail paper based articles were disinfected. This belief, which was still held by many countries until late in the 19th. Century, and after the development in medical sciences the proper reasons for outbreak and methods of disinfection were found and established.

SMALLPOX : Smallpox is an infectious disease unique to humans believed to have emerged about 10000B.C., caused by either of two virus variants, Variola major and Variola minor. The earliest physical evidence of smallpox is likely the postural rash on the mummified body of Pharaoh Tamses V of Egypt, who died in 1157 BC. The term "smallpox" was first used in Europe in the 15th century as its intense effect was seen. During the 18th century the effect was even devastating in Europe.


Quarantine Certificate dated April 29,1777 at New Haven issued by quarantine inspector, a physician certifying that the affected person has been cleaned from Smallpox as he had not been exposed to public.

In United States,William Osler, a young Canadian physician, while recovering from a mild case of smallpox contracted while attending patients, in a letter written that same month to an old schoolmate described his illness and noted in closing, "You need not be afraid of this letter. I will disinfect it before sending". Concern about disseminating smallpox through this letter was well founded. The concern was the danger that the letter might pose to his friend Jarvis and not to cell cultures.

Indeed, years later in 1901 in New York, articles in 2 respected medical journals incriminated letters as sources of 2 separate epidemics of smallpox . Also in the same year spread of smallpox through mail matter transmission was highlighted several times in different medical journals and newspapers quoting different incidents killing several people .



Austria, 1837, BROOSA, disinfection letter to NEW YORK "Austria, 1837, BROOSA, disinfection letter to NEW YORK border crossing cancel HUNIGUE and rare source cancel AT TERQUIE


Letter dated 11.01.1846 at Philadelphia, sent to Cedar creek, Delaware, the contents relate to a smallpox epidemic informing about spread of small pox during winter and 26 deaths during Christmas week. The sender showed his fear to visit Milford due to this. The letter sheet has all over smoked appearance, and is likely to have been fumigated before leaving Philadelphia.

In Australia, there was regular spread of smallpox and all measures to check it from time t time were taken like quarantine, treatment of mail etc.

In Australia, in 1935 passengers from the Aorangi were quarantined in Sydney at the North Head Quarantine Station in 1935 following a case of smallpox aboard the ship. Covers were also treated at the station and passed out through the nearby Manly office.


Upper half of the registered letter suspect of Smallpox was quarantined and treated at quarantine station passed through Manly Office..


Passengers from the Strathaird were detained in Melbourne at the Quarantine Station at Portsea in 1938. This was the second to last occasion the temporary post office was opened at the station .The corners have been cut off the envelope to allow the formaldehyde gas to reach the letter inside.

In the 20th century some mail was heat-treated to prevent the spread of smallpox.


It is an infection of the small intestines caused by the bacterium Vibrio Cholerae. Transmission is primarily through contaminated drinking water or food. Cholera is a major cause of death in the world. It was one of the earliest studied by epidemiological methods.

The cholera pandemics of the early 19th century led to widespread treatment of mail, although the concern had died down by the 1840s.

And in 1832, when cholera came to Kentucky, US Senator Henry Clay established a tent city on his estate outside Lexington for the 2,000 citizens who fled the town.



Letter from HEALTH INSPECTORATE OF HEALTH AND PAPAL PORTS in CIVITAVECCHIA to HEALTH AUTHORITY IN ANZIO regarding quarantine measures to be imposed on BELGIUM vessels because of CHOLERA in that country. The letter states that the measure is similar to that adopted by the HEALTH AUTHORITIES IN GENOA and for the same reason too


Letter explaining the havoc of Cholera in New York City in 1832

Letter dated 18 Aug 1832 at White Plains,New York,Miss Mac Donald writes of the devastating Cholera epidemic inflicted upon the city of New York.” The Cjolera prevails still in New York – The daily number of cases being about 70 and deaths about 30.It is however considred subsiding – the panic is over and many persons are returning to the city.The disease has been much more destructive to human life in New York,than had been the case in Yellow Fever. More than 2600 have died of the cholera.


July4,1832 Entire fumigated (cholera related) from Smyrna to Verviers (France) with red wax seal 'SIGIL. SANITAS SEMLIENSIS'


Beyrouth 24.10.1880 Heavy duty envelop sent from London by Packet from Merseille.For the Aglican Bishop of Jerusalem,’c/o Heald’, ( Bankers in Beyruth). For forwarding by courier. 25mm disinfection slits; cholera was prevalent that summer in England and Malta

Epidemics affected mail at Honolulu ten times between 1853 and 1900 with some of these episodes involved disease in Hawaii and some at places such as San Francisco or in Asia and steps were taken in Hawaii to disinfect mail from those placed before delivering it. Covers from at least two periods when Honolulu with cholera or plague show evidence of disinfecting.

Cholera epidemic quarantined Honolulu in1895 for few months and mail was fumigated before it


Postmarked September 30, 1895 at Honolulu and clipped at the corners to allow fumigation. According to Burt, this registered letter to Bombay suspect of cholera was fumigated at Honolulu, again at San Francisco and a third time at Bombay.


Postmarked October 11, 1895 at Hilo and sent directly to San Francisco on the bark Santiago during the 1895 cholera epidemic in Honolulu.

To be contd…..

Mr Naresh Agarwal may be contacted at email :


Philatelic World of CHILDREN BOOKS and STORIES

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When there were no TV, no Computer, no Mobile, no nuclear family and folks enjoy their leisure time listening tales of enchantments and Princess, of wizards and dragons, and kings and Prince told by their grandparent lying on a cot with a cushion on his back.

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Tales of Grandparents

He do not know how old these tales are or where they originated. They all were old even then, for he had taught them from his father and him from his father before that, and so on back into the shadows of enchanted past. Perhaps they were history, who can tell whether the magic in them came from the tales, or from the tellers.

But the teller held his audience entranced, as his words painted a living picture of long ago and faraway, of once-upon-a-time. Latter tellers of tales set them down on paper, and then they were printed in books. And now these books and their stories are also portrayed on stamps.

The world started celebrating the International ‘Children’s Book Day’ from 1967 and the day chosen, ‘2nd of April ‘is the birthday of the outstanding fairy tales writer Hans Christian Andersen (1805–1875).


Hans Christian Andersen

‘Europa’ marked the year 2010 as “Year of Children’s Book’ and member postal administrations commemorated this year with beautiful stamps depicting popular children’s books of their country and their stories in them.

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‘Europa 2010’ - “Year of Children’s Book’

It is hard to imagine a world without books for children. There have been children's stories and folk-tales ever since man first learned to speak, Children's books, however, are a late growth of literature.


No world without Children Books

The first books for children were written on the grounds of myths, folk narratives, the Bible stories, primers, and catechisms, stories from the lives of saints, moral teachings, and tales.

In India Vishnu Sharma’s ‘Panchatantra’ was written as early as 3BCE which is an inter-woven series of colourful fables, many of which involve animals exhibiting animal stereotypes. According to its own narrative, it illustrates, for the benefit of three ignorant princes, the central Hindu principles of ‘niti’ which is roughly means prudent worldly conduct, or "the wise conduct of life". A strong similarity exists between a small number of stories in The Panchatantra and Aesop's fables.

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It is "certainly the most frequently translated literary product of India", and these stories are among the most widely known in the world. There are recorded over two hundred different versions known to exist in more than fifty languages, and three-fourths of these languages are extra-Indian. As early as the eleventh century this work reached Europe, and before 1600 it existed in Greek, Latin, Spanish, Italian, German, English, Old Slavonic, Czech, and perhaps other Slavonic languages. Its range has extended from Java to Iceland.

The children’s literature constitutes an equal part of the reading culture, as fairy tales help children to know the world. The books for children usually are full of illustrations, which help young readers to perceive the contents. Good illustrations supplement stories and describe characters in more details.


Children Books are usually full of illustrations

It is also believed that first child’s book was a picture book; Orbis sensualium pictus (The Visible World in Pictures) published by Jan Amos Komensky in Latin language during 1658 and aimed for educating adults and children.


First child’s book –‘Orbis sensualium pictus’

But Justin Bertuch, a publisher from Weimar and a patron of art who between 1770 and 1830 published Bilderbuch für Kinder (Picture Book for Children) – a publisher’s series of 12 tomes on 1185 pages with 6000 illustrations is considered to be the real father of the children’s picture book.

In 1693, John Locke of Great Britain was the first to suggest the idea that children should read for pleasure, and recommended Aesop for them to try. People thought this idea of providing children with books for enjoyment was crazy, and it failed to catch on.


Aesop fables

In the Middle Ages and the Renaissance the only children’s books available were spelling books

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‘A’ for ‘Apple’ –‘B’ for ‘Ball’

and those related to fables in which animals were the main characters and played a moralizing role.


‘Panchantra’, animals were the main characters

In the 17th century fantasy books on fairies and legends passed on from one generation to the other began to be published.

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Books of fairies tales and legends

Writing for the entertainment of children first appears to have occurred in France, where Charles Perrault wrote 'Mother Goose' for his own children. In it were simple versions of 'Little Red Riding Hood,' 'The Sleeping Beauty' and 'Puss in Boots'.


Little Red Riding Hood' 'The Sleeping Beauty' ‘Puss in Boots'

The first English translation of 'Mother Goose' appeared in the early 18th century. Though in the early 18th century 'Robinson Crusoe' (1719) and 'Gulliver's Travels' (1726) were written and published but neither were intended for children, however, when abridged versions appeared they were eagerly devoured by young people, and each provided a stimulus for later writing for children.


Entertaining books for children are obviously written in all countries Grimm’s Fairy Tales were written in 1823 -26 and those of Andersen in 1846, 'Alice in Wonderland', published in 1865 - possibly the cornerstone of all our output of personified animals and animated objects. Many more writers devoted mainly to children’s literature during 19th century.

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Grimm’s Fairy Tales                                               Andersen’s Tales

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'Alice in Wonderland'

Gradually there was a boom in children’s books and adventure stories set in imaginary and unknown worlds become very popular.

It is not until the 20th century when children’s literature flourishes with the inclusion of happy colourful pictures to illustrate the stories.

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Children stories with colourful illustrations

Since early childhood, in their attempt to know everything that surrounds them, children have always been fascinated by the colorful books with many pictures. While growing, they deciphered the first letters of the alphabet and so they started reading the first written words. Then they read tales and later on, entire books containing stories, fairy tales or short stories…

The children books represent a first step into the fantastic world where the tales of Brothers Grimm such as Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Cinderella, Hansel and Gretel, Valiant Little Tailor or Little Red Riding Hood should not miss.


Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs




Hansel and Gretel


Little Red Riding Hood

And what child has not entered the world of Hans Christian Andersen´s stories when reading Thumbelina, The Little Mermaid, The Swans, The Steadfast Tin Soldier, The Snow Queen, The Ugly Duckling? Or what child has not told an innocent lie and his nose has become longer like Pinocchio´s.




The Little Mermaid

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The Ugly Duckling



Children around the entire world were also enchanted by the fantastic world of Jules Verne and the adventures of Baron Munchhausen together with Tom Sawyer, Huckleberry Finn, Gulliver´s Travels and Robinson Crusoe. They are often translated into several languages; therefore they reach many countries and bring joy to children in the whole world.

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Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn


Gulliver´s Travels

The book is a dear friend and invaluable source of knowledge and enrichment of language.

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Books are our dear friend and invaluable source of knowledge

Even in this modern world of Computers, Internet and TV, an important step in raising children is teaching to read and acquire the culture of reading because in that way children are learnt to express themselves nicely and they enrich their vocabulary.

Dr SK Agarwal may be contacted at e-mail :

Reader’s Right

Dear Director & Chief Post Master Generals

I am one of the Members of South India Philatelist’s Association, Chennai.   I have been collecting Stamps since 1977. I have participated in 10th Tamil Nadu Philatelic Exhibition held on 02nd to 05th  August 2000 held at Coimbatore. I have displayed Indian Army Stamps and Indian Army Postal Service Covers in the Seniors\General Category title of Indian Army for the State level.   I was awarded the Bronze Medal for that Exhibition.

The list of Philatelic Bureaus ( 67 Philatelic Bureaus)  which is available in your web site ( does not mention STD Code, Phone number, Cell number and email-id of Philatelic Bureaue / Incharge . Hence I request you to provide  the  contact details of Philatelic bureaus to easily share and collect about philatelic information ( Any cancellation / released,  Eg: Sainik School Amaravathi Nagar, Coimbatore Date of issue 18th Jul 2011). Also while sending the queries on following email ids, unable to deliver the message and shows error in e mail ids. ;

Kindly update the current email ids  in your website.

Please update the information regarding the release are special cancellations covers and  stamp release place has to be updated in website to track and get the details easily.


P Ramakrishnan 

42 Varalakshmi Nagar Extn,Main Road, Kolathur,Chennai 600 099 Ph : 09884009359

New Issues from other countries


31 October 2011 Christmas – 5 val.

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7 November 2011 Christmas – 2 val

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The Italian Post has issued a new stamp in its traditional "Made in Italy" series. This time the subject is 175th anniversary of Marzotto foundation.





South Africa

15 October 2011 : Joint Issue between South Africa and Indonesia – 5 val.



13 October 2011 : Landmarks of Britain : 12 val.


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Philatelic Library

New Book on history of Royal Mail


On 3rd November, Penguin Books will publish Masters of the Post - the first complete history of the Royal Mail. Based on the Royal Mail's comprehensive archives, Masters of the Post brings to life the great personalities and stories from its history over 500 years - from Rowland Hill, who imposed the penny post and set Victorian expansion on its way, to Tony Benn who championed modernization in the 1960s, from the postal engineers who built the first programmable computer for the wartime code-breakers of Bletchley Park to the security boffs who failed to prevent the Great Train Robbery. It concludes with today's debate over privatization and the future of the Royal Mail, which the book shows to be a long theme in its history.

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New Blogs & Websites

Stamp Sathi : - A new website on Indian Philately created by Chintan and Ronit Parikh of Gujarat. It is a very useful site for all stamp collectors.

Phila India : – A new website on Indian Philately created bb Mahesh Reddiar of Krerala

Postmarks of India : - This blog is dedicated to Permanent Pictorial Cancellations available at Indian Post Offices.

Discover Topical Stamp Collecting : - How-To, Tips, News, Reviews and Resources for Stamp Collectors

Officially Sealed Mails of the World : -    A site dedicated to the study of Post Office Seals   -

Sports Philately : - Website on Sports Philately.

Philately of Today : - A nice blog with discussion and details on various philatelic subjects..

Se- tenant Stamps of India - It is a specialized Blog on se-tenant stamps.

Flags & Stamps - - It is a specialized blog on Flag Theme .

Glimpses of Modern Indian Philately :

A new blog on Modern Indian Postal History and Modern Philately of India, has been created by Mr Prashant Pandya. Idea of creating this blog ‘Glimpses of Modern Indian Philately’ by Mr Pandya is conceived to provide, share and discuss information exclusively on Modern Postal History or Modern Philately of India. Collectors of Modern Indian Philately around the world are invited to share the knowledge and information on the subject.

West Essex Philatelic Society : A philatelic society with lot of philatelic activities.

Gandhi Stamps : - The website is a tribute to Mahatma Gandhi Philately. All the stamps issued on Mahatma Gandhi from various countries in the World have been featured.

Join Mobile Philately & Stay Updated - Mobile Philately is a mobile technology based philatelic community with short messaging service (SMS) that allows the community members to get latest updates related to Indian philately directly into mobile message box. - It is a site based on Question & Answers on Philately. Mr Prashant Pandya replies to queries.

Philatelic Clubs & Societies

Baroda Philatelic Society -

Eastern India Philatelists’ Association -

Indian Stamp Ghar -

Indian Thematic Society, Ludhiana -

Ludhiana Philatelic Club

Mobile Philately -

Philatelic Society of Rajasthan, Jaipur

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Rajkot Philatelic Society – Rajkot, Gujarat

Gujarat Philatelic Association - Ahmedabad

South India Philatelists Association -

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The Lighter Side

" The world beyond philately..."

A cover was offered for sale in the recent Christoph Gaertner Ltd. Of Germany in their “ASIA 8th March 2011 auction, with a following description:

1943/64, AZAD HIND, set to 12a (9 values) of 1943 stamps printed in Berlin on related, N.S.T.Bose- FDC (23-1-1964) as a souvenir cover with Netaji Bhawan cachet, and 1r stamp in black & orange unmounted mint together with the 1968 20p stamp in similar design. An unusual but related combination as N.S.T. Bose (founder of the Indian National Army) was responsible for the printing of these stamps.(M) estimated at Euro 100.-This piece was sold for Euro 160.- !



A souvenir cover with Azad Hind Stamps with Netaji Bhawan Cachet

It is a well-known fact that these stamps were printed in Germany during the Second World War and were planned for their used in liberated India by “Azad Hind Fauz” which was initiated by Subhas Chandra Bose. But Germany was defeated by the Allied Forces and the dream of liberation of India of Subhas Chandra Bose could not be realized. These so-called “AZAD HIND” stamps were never used postally any time in India or elsewhere. On the other hand many of these stamps were destroyed and burnt. So the cover bearing Azad Hind stamps obliterated by a nice and clear round cancellation reading “ NETAJI SUBHAS CHANDRA BOSE/ NETAJI BHAVAN /CALCUTTA / 23.1.64 “ although may be genuine and the person who purchased this cover may be a devotee to Neataji Subhas Chandra Bose, but the cover has absolutely no philatelic value as such! The devotion to a person reflects even in the price of a fake souvenir!


Another cover which was published in “ITS Stamp News” (July-Sept. 2003) is also such dubious creation of an enthusiastic stamp-collector. It also shows the combination of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose stamps issued on 23rd January 1964 along with AZAD HIND stamps! The cancellation in this case is the same as above of Netaji Bhavan dated 23.1.1963. Interesting to see that it was addressed to none less than the stalwart of Indian Philately, Mr. Jal Coper ! - The Philatelic Watchdog


- Sudhir Jain

Most of the Jainism theme collectors may not know that stamp issued on 31st Dec.1957 on the occasion of centenary of Bombay University is related to JAINISM theme. Historical and architectural Rajabai Tower is depicted on this stamp.

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Rajabai Clock Tower is among one of the most cherished and outstanding landmarks of Mumbai. It is situated near Church gate Railway Station in the campus of Bombay University. It houses the library of the University and has some of the brilliant stained glass windows in Asia. It was named after Rajabai who was a religious Jain lady. She was blind. Her son Premchand Roychand Jain was a cotton broker who founded the Bombay Stock Exchange. Her mother being blind and staunch follower of Jainism, had to eat her dinner before sunset. The bells of Rajabai tower helped her know the time.

Premchand Roychand started construction of this tower in the year 1869.It was designed by an English architect Sir Gilbert Scott on the lines of famous Big Ben clock tower of London.  Presenting a fusion of Venetian and Gothic styles of architecture, Rajabai Tower is constructed out of Kurla stone. The total cost of construction came to Rs. 2 lakhs which was a princely sum in those days. It was completed in the year 1878. This 280 feet high tower was at that time the tallest building in Bombay.

Through the sound of bell of this tower, Rajabai  didn't require anyone's help to know the time and she could herself take her dinner before sunset. . In the earlier times, it played the tunes of 'Rule Britannia', 'God Save the King' and 'A Handel Symphony', amongst the sixteen tunes that changed four times a day. However, currently plays only 'Big Ben’ after every fifteen minutes.

Promotional section

Directory of stamp and Coin collectors

I am making a directory of all Collectors in India. It will be circulated free to all. Readers are requested to send following details for entry in directory at email :

NAME -  AGE – SEX -  Postal ADDRESS + Pin Code

I also request to all Clubs of Stamps, Coins, Paper Money etc. of INDIA - State, City to send the details of the club and its achievements to

1.) Club Name 2.) Registration No.3.) Postal Address + Pin Code

4.) Total Members 5.) Their Details + Collections 6.) Exhibition they held each year - Month and Dates - Like 1st week of December. 7.) Achievements of the Club, Its members.8.) Any other details.

- Prem Pues Kumar, Jamshedpur

Philatelic Library for Sale

Philatelist and  writer Anil Dhir is disposing off his  entire library of  rare and important philatelic books that he has collected over the years. The first list of more then a hundred books offered for sale is ready. To get the list send him an email at

Books on Philately

“My Rainbow of Philatelic Articles” by Dr Satyendra Kumar Agarwal is a collection of specialized and comprehensive articles on a variety of subjects published in Rainbow Stamp News during last three years. The 150 page hardbound book published by Philagold Publications is priced at Rs 1200 ( US $ 25). Dr Satyendra Kumar Agarwal may be contacted for this book at email :

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Year Book 2011

Mr Madan Middha the publisher of Year Book of Indian Philately needs suggestions from the Readers for Year Book 2011..for which he has started working Readers are requested to send their suggestions about contents of the new edition. Articles are also invited from the readers. Please contact Mr Middha email

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 -

Phila News, Editor Rajesh Pahariya and published by Philatelic Society of Rajasthan, Jaipur

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

e ZEP Newsletter Editor : Dieter Leder email website

SIPA Bulletin Editor - 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

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