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Monday, April 29, 2013

Rainbow May 2013


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Shimla May 2013 Vol. VI Issue # 65

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

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Dear Reader,

This is the 65th issue of Rainbow. In the last five years I have published articles on a variety of subjects and the interviews of some renowned philatelists, living in different parts of the country. And now I am trying to cover the interviews of those veteran philatelists who have given a great contribution to philately but are very old now and not active on Internet and other media to project their work and research . But long back they were the brightest stars of the philatelic arena and had published many research articles on philately. With the help of other philatelists we are covering their interviews. Readers are requested to propose the names of veteran philatelists of their states for the Interview. We will approach them for  Interview. We wish to bring their work and achievements in limelight so that the new generation may know about them and their work. As Mr Naresh Agarwal writes in his column that Philately should be recognized and appreciated like Sports and Art and the achievement and creative work of philatelists must reach the masses. It is necessary that their work is recognized by the general public and it is only possible when we highlight their achievements in the media.

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

                                                                                                                                               -- Jeevan Jyoti



· From the Desk of Naresh Agarwal

· Recent Indian Issues

· In The News

· Interview

· Beginners’ Section

· Specialized Section

· New Issues from Other Countries

· Reader’s Right

· The Lighter Side

· Philatelic Clubs and Societies

· Blogs & Websites on Philately

· Current Philatelic Magazines - Newsletters

imageFrom the Desk of Naresh Agarwal

" Are we purchasing medals at International stamp exhibitions" ?

Every philatelist when first participates in competitive section of any  philatelic  exhibition dreams of reaching high and getting International award one day or the other. A few who constantly pursue the hobby with dedication, hard work and willingness to learn and improve, reach certain level of course may be National or International. A dream fulfilled. But then what? What does one get after getting award at world stamp show which is the highest level of philatelic show. Yes, the aspiration not fulfilled here.. from Bronze to Gold and Gold to Championship and then  the highest… The question is then what? Yes, aspiration is still high. Not one or two or three…..but as many as one can collect/accumulate. The so called competition becomes high and more efforts are put to see that  more awards/medals are received….We see that there is no end of one’s lust and thirst. Even unethical means, efforts are applied to get award. But genuinely, at that stage, it is not getting awards but just accumulation of awards.

It is seen that many of the aspirants getting disheartened when they fail to achieve the high awards to reach the level they wanted to. Or some of them withdrew themselves from the medal race and started sharing their experience and knowledge through their writings and other activities. But a few still running in the race with same exhibit or the other accumulating  number of medals one after the other. My heartiest congrats and best wishes to them. May they win maximum awards they wish to…

But after having talked all this, the question is what is the use of getting such awards that even after getting so much, what to talk of national people even the local philatelic fraternity does not know about it. I feel, I had very rightly written in one of my articles.. “Even the next door neighbor does not know about one’s philatelic achievements”. The number of medals one has collected …accumulated…won just become show pieces displayed on show cases in drawing rooms or remain locked in almirahs with upper coating getting rusted and award certificates getting stuck to the folder leave of the albums. We must understand that lot of money is also spent in participating any International / World stamp show. The forthcoming THAILAND 2013 will cost a thematic exhibitor from India with five frames around Rs.40,000.00..for just sending exhibit through commissioner without actually visiting the show. This is not every one’s cup of tea. Well, some of the readers may say that this is the hobby of kings. Yes, we all agree with this statement. Actual ability, efforts, collection, search. hard work, knowledge… have to bow/surrender before money. Collectors having limited money spare with them can never dream of reaching high because it is not only the cost of exhibiting which matters but high cost of procurement of material to be displayed /collected at that level. In other words, the medal winning at high level costs very much.. or by further refining this statement it can be said that the medal at International Level costs very high. So by twisting the statement a little further it can be felt that the medals at such high level can only be purchased at very high cost for which the heavily pocketed kings are the only eligible persons.

There has been talk about philately to be considered as a SPORT where at least participants do not have to spend from their pocket. The sport persons go abroad, get training and move around at the cost of concerned department. For philately, India Post must be spending huge amount but for philatelists, we don’t think it is doing anything truly. It must be understood that till now philately is considered a hobby only and not a sport. And hobby is personal matter and not competitive.

After thinking over all above aspects, there arises one big question and confusion that why one should strive for higher awards?. For example what exactly I have achieved after getting several International awards. Satisfaction.. no, not yet. There is still great chance of improvement in exhibit/ collection. But why to participate in competition to improve it or to improve it to participate in competition, why to spend money for this? Money should be spent to improve the collection not the exhibit. We must appreciate the fact that philatelic competition is not a competition. It is just evaluation of one’s exhibit.. That’s it.

Most of the readers, if they know me…know me because of my writings but may not be as a philatelist who has won several awards at International / world Philatelic Shows. This means, the medals have no value, no status in true sense because these may not give you wide recognition / honor. Yes, these can give you pleasure and pleasure to you only. Then why we all are running after medals… For a few with heavy pockets, it is okay but why others? Philately is vast. With small pockets too, it can be enjoyed heavily. Hence, we must agree that the medals have no value, no status as these have no recognition in public in general.

There is a great need to think upon it aggressively but seriously to find out some ways to see that every genuine philatelist achieve the award and then to see the awards/medals won get proper recognition firstly in our own philatelic field, then by the concerned departments and thereafter by the public in general. As far as achieving medal is concerned (and not purchasing), some methodology should be adopted to see that every genuine philatelists gets equal chance. It is suggested that marking against rarity should be removed from the present marking system of the evaluation of exhibit and should be considered a separate quality for awarding special prize only because the major cost of procurement/purchase of material is involved in getting rare material (for me rarity is nothing but difficult to procure/purchase material available in limited quantity, as most of the so called rare items costs very high and only limited persons/kings can purchase the same )

As far as appreciation and recognition of the awards won, in India. it is seen that none of the official from India Post has ever officially congratulated / honored any philatelists of his state who has won awards at National or International Level. They don’t even have records of the winners where as they boast to have a national level philatelic wing. Local civil administrations too have no knowledge of these awards what to talk of their recognition. So, where does an International level award stand? The philatelists representing India and getting awards at International/ World shows are not even recognized what to talk of giving them honors like the sports persons are given. There is no importance of these medals/awards in local society. It is suggested that at least the parent bodies such as PCI should see that proper information is floated to respective postal and civil authorities regarding winning of medals/awards by philatelists residing in their areas. But at large, FIP / FIAP should come up and talk to the governments to give recognition to the awards won, should give monetary support to the eligible  participants, should make arrangements of their visit to the shows… etc. Otherwise, the medals won by any philatelists will remain enclosed in their showcases getting rusted waiting for their genuine appreciation and recognition.

: Naresh Agarwal - email :

Recent Indian Issues

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· 16 March 2013 – Malayala Manorama – Rs 5

· 17 March 2013 – Jhulelal Sahib – Rs 5

· 22 March 2013 - Shiv Ram Hari Rajguru - Rs 5

· 11 April 2013 – Architectural Heritage of India - Rs 20 & Rs 5 + MS

· 12 April 2013 – Heritage Buildings – 2 x Rs 5 + MS

· 14 April 2013 – Chaitya Bhoomi , Mumbai – Rs 5

Forthcoming Issues

May 03: 100 Years of Indian Cinema (Set of Stamps)
May 00: Peerjada Ghulam Ahmad Mehjoor
May 18: Dr. Nilratan Sircar
May 30: Gaiety Heritage Cultural Complex, Shimla
May 00: Wild Ass of Kutchh & Ladakh ((Set of Stamps)

Recent Special Covers


27 April 2013 : 38 years of Baroda Philatelic Society and 151st Birth Anniversary of H. H. Maharaja Sayajirao Gaekwad


15 April 2013 Golden Jubilee EME School, Vadodara. Sp cover issued by Army Postal Service

30 March 2013 : Rohini Shaheed Smarak, Deoghar


31 March 2013 : Mobile Money Order- Deoghar

India Post, HPO, Allahabad has issued a set of 6 Special Place Covers on Maha Kumbh, 2013.

14 January    Makar Sankranti
27 January    Paush Poornima
10 February   Mauni Amawasya
15 February   Basant Panchami
27 February   Magh Poornima
10 March       Maha Shivratri

These covers are available with Mr Ambarish Kumar Allahabadi email : Ph :9305478831

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New Pictorial Cancellation from Germany

On 1st May 2013 a  new pictorial cancellation will be issued  in 89168 Niederstotzingen,GERMANY. The cancellation is featuring a Mammoth. Interested philatelists may please contact : Wolfgang Beyer,Vice Chairman of the German Philatelic Collector Group ARGE ZOOLOGIE. Mail: Postage rates: 0,75 Euro AIRMAIL,2,80 Euro Registered AIRMAIL.

In The News

International Philatelic Exhibitions


AUSTRALIA 2013 Melbourne / Australia 10 -15 May 2013

Website :

Mrs Damyanti Pittie is the national commissioner of India and one of the Jury members for Australia 2013 . E mail :

imageThe Australia 2013 World Stamp Expo will be the highlight of the 2013 philatelic calendar. Under the auspice of the Fédération Internationale de Philatélie (FIP) the exhibition will be held in Melbourne, Australia in May 2013.

The Expo will feature the largest collection of philatelic and numismatic items on show in Australia since 2005, and will commemorate the centenary of the 1913 Kangaroo and Map Stamp – Australia’s first national postage stamp.

The World Stamp Expo will bring together national and international dealers, traders and collectors from over 30 countries. Over 85 trade stands will be operated by local and international stamp dealers, postal administrators, mints and other stamp organisations. Visitors to the exhibition will see the latest World Stamp Expo issues and products, as well as innovations in stamp design and production. There will be plenty to see and do for novice collectors, or the more seasoned philatelists, and those with an interest in history and design.

Expo highlights will include the Court of Honour featuring items from the Royal Philatelic Collection and Australia Post’s National Philatelic Collection, over 54,000 album pages of competitive exhibits, free appraisals, talks and an extensive onsite presence by Principal Sponsor, Australia Post.

The Expo will run for six days from Friday 10 May to Wednesday 15 May 2013 at the Royal Exhibition Building, Carlton.



THAILAND 2013 - World Stamp Exhibition

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

Website :

List of Indian Participants at Thailand 2013

National Commissioner : R.D. Binani

Class / Exhibitor/ No. of Frames / Exhibit Title

4 Virendra Sharma 5 British India Queen Victoria Postal Stationery

8 Pradip Mohanty 5 Bills

9 Amil Suri 8 Fiscals of Cochin

10B Mrinal Mathur 5 From Wheel To Car

10C Chiranjib Chakraborty 5 Transportation Modality - The Modes of Transportation

11A Bibhudatta Mishra 0 Dakatikata Sangraha

3B Om Prakash Kedia 5 Development of Indore Post (1873-1908)

7A Lallan P. Singh 5 Hows and Whys of Birds

7A Birajlaxmi Mohanty 5 Raptors of the World

7C Naresh Agarwal 5 Automobiles

7C Ilyas Ahmed Patel 5 The Story of Building Bridges



WORLD STAMP EXHIBITION – Brasiliana – 2013 will be held at PIER MAUÁ in the city of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil from November 19 to 25, 2013  organized by the Brazilian Federation of Philately (FEBRAF) and Brazilian philatelists under the Patronage of Brazilian Enterprise of Posts and Telegraphs (ECT), in accordance with the F.I.P. General Regulations for Exhibitions.

Mr. Madhukar Jhingan is the  National Commissioner - India for BRAZIL 2013.

Address for communication

Mr. Madhukar Jhingan ,49-D/BG-5 Paschim Vihar ,New Delhi 110063 Phone : 0091-9811160965 e mail: Visit :



Stampmania's Vadophilex - A Report

- Prashant H. Pandya

Baroda Philatelic Society, Vadodara celebrated its 38 years of establishment on 27th April 2013. Society was founded with 17 members on 27th April, 1975. Baroda Philatelic Society is proud to have continuously served the philatelist fraternity for 38 years and it is one of the oldest philatelic societies in the state of Gujarat. As part of celebration of 38 years of its existence, a non-competitive one frame philatelic exhibition “STAMPMANIA’S – VADOPHILEX” was organized on 27th and 28th April 2013 at Akruti Art Gallery, Vadodara. There was a display of exhibits of members of Baroda Philatelic Society and invitees on various subjects in about 40 frames.


The exhibition was inaugurated by Dr. Jyotiben Pandya, Mayor of Vadodara Mahanagar Seva Sadan on 27th April 2013.



A Special Cover to mark 38 years of Baroda Philatelic Society and 151st Birth Annivarsary of H. H. Maharaja Sayajirao Gaekwad was released in the inaugural function. Also two customised ‘My Stamps', one on Sayajirao Gaekwad Smarak (Kalaghoda) and another with a Logo of Baroda Philatelic Society were issued during the exhibition.



Large number of visitors visited the exhibition on both the days. There was also an arrangement of booking of ‘My Stamps’ through Postal Training Center at the exhibition. There was big crowd of visitors for the booking “My Stamps”. During the exhibition a talk on philately was organised for the group of ‘Young Indians’ at the venue. Baroda Philatelic Society has also initiated a move of promoting ‘letter writing’ and as a part of this activity with the support of JCI Vadodara Sayajinagari, children of the members of the organisation were invited to visit the exhibition and they also took part in ‘Letter Writing’ activity. They were given postcards to write letter about what they saw in the exhibition and what they liked most in the exhibition.

For Covers and My stamp Please contact at email :

Indian Philatelists’ Forum

imageIndian Philatelists’ Forum, a web based forum on yahoo groups, has come out with an innovative idea of creating online directory of Philatelists. This directory is intended to facilitate networking among philatelists and members of forum. 

Online Directory of Philatelists


The Directory of philatelists is divided in to two categories. (i) Philatelists residing in India (ii) Philatelists residing abroad and collecting on any aspect of Indian Philately.

An online directory is available on forum’s website Indian Philatelists’ Forum respects privacy of its members and that’s why directory information is accessible to registered members only. Username and password has been allotted to each member.

A web based data form is now available on forum’s official website and free registration is open.


Postal department launches service to transfer money via cellphone

ALLAHABAD: Sending and receiving a money order will be easier now than ever as India Post introduces money order facility through mobile phones. Under the Mobile Money Transfer Service (MMTS) minimum amount of Rs. 1,000 and maximum of Rs. 10,000 can be sent in a single transaction, whereas there is no limit to the maximum number of transactions made in a day.

Inaugurating the service at Allahabad Kutchery Head Post Office, Krishna Kumar Yadav director Postal Services Allahabad region said Mobile Money Transfer is a financial service is a facility for remittance and receiving of money at selected post offices. The director launched the service by sending money from Allahabad Kutchery Head Post Office to Pratapgarh Head Post Office.

Yadav said rates of the service have been fixed low, keeping in mind needs of customers. A person sending money through MMTS will be charged Rs 45 for sending money in the range of Rs 1,000-Rs 1,500, Rs 79 for an amount between Rs 1,501 and Rs 5,000 and Rs 112 for money transfer for an amount from Rs 5,001 to Rs 10,000.

In the pilot phase this service has been started in 136 post offices of Uttar Pradesh, whereas 19 offices of Allahabad Region have been covered in this phase. It will be the priority of the department to cover offices in rural and remote areas under the service. In Allahabad, the service has been started in Bamaila, Atraura and Aura branch post offices, Mau Aima Sub Office and Allahabad Kutchery Head Post Office.

Yadav added that the Department of Post had partnered with state-run BSNL to launch the mobile money transfer service. BSNL will handle the technology backend for the department and provide connectivity.

Under Mobile Money Transfer Service, customers will have the facility to send money anywhere in the country. Specially designed mobile handsets with preinstalled mobile money transfer application have been provided to the offices selected to carry out this service.

The sender needs to visit the identified post office where the service is available, deposit the amount and give the receiver's details in the prescribed form. After this, the sender would get a six-digit transfer code on the mobile phone, which one would need to send to the recipient via SMS or through any other mean. Similar SMS will also be sent to the receiver and the counter clerk automatically by the system, but only the SMS sent to the sender will contain the six-digit secret code. The recipient can claim the money at a nearby post office, by showing the transaction code and verifying one's identity. Recipient also needs to withdraw money within seven days of transaction.

Permanent Pictorial Cancellations of Himachal Pradesh

In Himachal Pradesh 3 permanent pictorial cancellations are being provided at Shimla, Manali and Jwalmukhi, Kangra.

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· Monal - Philatelic Bureau Shimla GPO 171001

· Hidimba Devi Temple Manali – Manali P.O. 175131

· Jwala Mukhi Temple – Kangra - 176031


In this issue I am pleased to publish the Interview of Veteran Philatelist of Gujarat Dr Punit Dixit. He is a noted Postal History Collector and has written many articles on Postal History of India. Here he answers to some of the questions asked by Mr Naresh Agarwal. I am extremely pleased that Rainbow has covered so far interviews of some renowned philatelists of India who are old by age and not able to communicate through email now but they are so enthusiastic and active in the field of philately. It is my endeavor to cover the interviews of all those great philatelists who have given an extraordinary contribution to the philately by their special study in various branches of philately and writing specialized articles . Dr Puneet Dixit is one of them. My special thanks to Mr Naresh Agarwal and Mr Prashant Pandya who made possible to cover the interview of Dr Dixit. - Editor

imageDr. Punit Dixit was born at Delhi in October 1939. He received B. Sc. and M. Sc. degrees with First Class Honors in Applied Physics, from Bombay University. After working at Atomic Energy Establishment went to England and earned Master of Philosophy and doctor of Philosophy in Quantum Electronics. He worked in England on Image Processing techniques as a Principal Research Scientist. He joined Indian Space Research Organization in Bangalore and was responsible for the establishment of Satellite Tracing Observatory at Kavalur in Tamilnadu under INDO-USSR joint scientific and technical collaboration. He has published several research papers in this field. His hobbies are Western Classical Music and Philately. His areas of interest are Philatelic Journalism, Postal History of Cochin, Travancore, India Pre and post-independence, and Mahatma Gandhi.


As Jury member in Stampamania 2009

Interview with Dr Punit Dixit

1. How and when did come in contact with stamps and when did you fall in love with the beauty of stamps. When did you truly embrace the stamps and the postal covers?

Ans. : My father encouraged me to collect stamps at the age of 14. Serious interest began around 1966-67 when I was in England for my Post Graduate studies.

2. Our readers would like to know about your philatelic journey informing about your philatelic achievements first and then your feelings after reaching at such level in Indian Philately?

Ans. : As usual in the beginning, I used to collect India and Great Britain Mint and used whatever was available at that time. After my return to India in mid-1970’s, I met my mentor, Late Col. L.G.Shenoi, a renowned postal history collector and eminent philatelist and International Jury of India.

Yes, I became three times National Commissioner, Chairman of Youth Philately, Editor of Ind Dak and Mayur, wrote and still contributing to the postal history of India and abroad, National Jury for One Frame Exhibition, to be brief. Won Medals and Merit Certificates at State, National Level and FIAP and FIP levels. Five times winner of best exhibit award at State Level, Silver for literature Class at an International Level, Leorica Parts 2000. Mayur also won award at Youth Philatelic Exhibition at Badung, Indonesia in 1997..

Well, good work must be carried on irrespective of the field in which you are working.

3. Your interests have been in the field of postal history or a traditional philately. Why did you choose this and not any other field of philately like thematic …?

Ans : In case of Postal History, I have collected and written papers on Hand Struck Stamps of India and Early Indian Cancellations, Burma and The Feudatory State of Cochin, Railway Mail Service of India and Strategic Railway of North-West province. However, I have collected and written extensively on Mahatma Gandhi, Birds of the world and Space exploration.

4. A great change is being seen that the philately is enjoyed but It has become investment oriented for many. There is competitiveness for medal race, new fields have developed. Looking in to this what do you feel where exactly the philately is going?

Ans.: Philately, like many other hobbies and sports must be progressive to survive. Music Classical or Film is progressive. It must evolve and with time changes in rules and regulations are necessary.

Rule of thumb is beyond Silver level at National Level. You have to spend money to acquire philatelic items of importance. With a shoe string budget you can never get higher medal. With time the material available becomes scarce. A shrewd investor knows this. Therefore you set your own limit and be content with the medal you receive. You can score higher marks with philatelic knowledge, development sequence and good presentation according to the plan. Competition is everywhere, philately is no exception. You cannot stop development and progress provided it is in right direction.

5. With the introduction of new technological communication systems like internet and mobile, paper mail has reduced tremendously. Some people say, philately will die someday. where will this lead to?

Ans. : Philately as a hobby will survive, even if there are changes in the mode of communication and technology. People collect old fountain pens, watches, ink pots and holders, type writers, old cars, bicycles, treasure chests, post boxes, old books, coins to name a few. These are things of the past. Therefore, philately in one form or the other is going to survive.

6. India post claims to have been spending huge amount in promotion of philately but not much effect in this direction is seen. What exactly it is lacking and where? What are your suggestions?

Ans. : You need dedicated people, committed and targeted collectors.. that is youth. Study the promotion of philately by British, USA, Australia and many European postal administrations. Their money is well spent and they in turn get a good return.

Good planning, time bound issues, wide publicity, available of philatelic material to collectors, attractive stamps, varied subjects, availability of stock books and accessories, conducting workshops for youths, attractive packing, stamp booklets etc. are but a few suggestions

7. We all know jury ship in stamp shows is a thankless job. In spite of best efforts and best evaluations by the jury some of the participants always remain dissatisfied. Leaving aside the latest INPEX 2013, in most of the National and Regional shows prior to this, the jury had been condemned badly for improper evaluation of exhibits. How can this aspect be checked.

Ans.: Jury members are human beings. If one is dissatisfied with the level of medal received, doors are open to discuss with the jury and find out how to improve the exhibit.

Irrespective of quality of display, write - up, inclusion of some rare philatelic material, if selection of subject is of less importance or period is limited only in case of postal history, you may not get a higher award. No reason to blame the jury when you have a restricted subject of your exhibit with a limited scope.

8. Philatelic clubs and societies are considered to be the birthplace and schools of philatelists where they are born, nourished and guided. But of late, we have seen that philatelic clubs/societies are dying. What do you suggest for their revival and how can postal administration help in this regard?

Ans.: Part of the answer has been given in answer of question no.-6. Parent, teacher and school have to join hands. Local philatelic clubs could also be involved. We don’t have professional documentaries to promote philately. Aid of audio visuals could be of great advantage. The major problem today is that philately is becoming costlier day by day. You have to spend time. In Europe there is a saying “Do you have money? Do you have time”. With advent of video games, internet and cricket, virtually every day and burden of studies, philately is taking a back seat. This is a global problem.

9. The rising cost of new philatelic material and also internet seems to have converted value of Indian material from rupees in to dollars. So It has become a boom at one hand (as it has become search and procurement very easy) and curse at the other (because of high prices).This is detrimental for the promotion of philately as common Indian cannot buy such material. How do you look at it and what are your suggestions?

Ans.: Do not overdo it. Stretch as far as your pocket allows you. Take a pleasure out of your hobby. Use it as a ladder for improving your knowledge. And in the process you get a medal at philatelic exhibition. Be happy with it. Do not go overboard with your spending, you may regret on a long term.

10. In INPEX2013, in Indian context, a thematic exhibit won the National Championship Award. A big change in trend of philately…change in thinking of jury. How do you look at International Level and also this change being a postal history collector?

Ans..: Once I was talking to a manager of Stanley Gibbons, Singapore about thematic philately. What he said was that thematic philately is the most difficult subject to achieve higher award at FIP/FIAP exhibitions. It has to compete with Postal History and Traditional Philately. Thematic philately when taken seriously also includes postal history. It all depends upon the subject selected and developed.

Take for examples, Mary Owen’s “ Elephants” “Blue Dinueb” “ water is life” all have achieved GOLD at FIP Levels + Grand Prize.

11. Your opinion about inclusion of youth in the main stream of philately in India by their representation as jury, commissioners, members of various committees etc.?

Ans.: Answer is no. Deep knowledge, understanding of Rules and Regulations (SERVE’s and GREV’s) and wisdom are required to become a jury, commissioner etc.. To become a commissioner, there is a risk of financial liability. However, they can be included in sub committees to gain experience.

12. We feel there is no competition in competition class of philately as it is just evaluation of one’s exhibit under the stipulated guide lines. We even talk about renaming of competition class as evaluation class in exhibitions. What do you say about it?

Ans.: It is just a process of judging a best exhibit from the better ones.

13. Knowledge gained needs to be shared for its proper usage. We thank you for sharing your knowledge in form of articles to help preserving the same and to guide new philatelists. What more should be done in this direction?

Ans.: Yes. New articles are always welcome. New findings are always desired. However, old articles, say 20-30 year old or even older could be reproduced from time to time to keep the knowledge alive and not to allow it to disappear altogether. Revival from time to time is absolutely necessary.

14. Philately for pleasure and philately as friend. How do you look at this statement ?

Ans.: There is a saying in English “Books, a dog and music are man’s best friends”. No harm philately adding to it.

15. Finally, your advice to the philatelists in general…regarding how to enjoy philately.. How to love stamps and be loved…???

Ans.: Just enjoy stamp collecting. If you wish to be a happy stamp collector, worry less about the medals. Eventually they will follow. Collect wisely and select stamps etc. with great care. Do not by on an impulse. Take advice from senior collectors from time to time. Avoid overspending. Do not collect “Toys” but collect stamps which will give you a good return when required and not a grief. Maintain and preserve your collection in best possible condition. And do spare some time for philatelic literature and magazines.

“You lead let others follow you that should be the motto and not the other way round”

Dr Punit Dixit’s contact address is : Dr. Punit S. Dixit,Vahllabhai's Khadki,Nagarwada, NADIAD - 387 001
Gujarat . Ph No. : 0268-2560471

Interview : Naresh Agarwal

Beginners’ Section

Cinderella Stamps


Cinderella stamp is "virtually anything resembling a postage stamp, but not issued for postal purposes by a government postal administration..." The design of Cinderella items generally follows the principles of postage stamp design, but they typically lack a country name, often replaced by the organization or cause being promoted, or a denomination. Sometimes a fictitious country or denomination may be present.


As Cinderella stamps are defined by what they are not, there are many different types and the term is usually construed fairly loosely. Items normally regarded as falling within the area are poster stamps, propaganda labels, commemorative stickers, stamps issued by non-recognized countries or governments, court fee stamps, charity labels like Christmas seals and Easter seals, most telegraph, some railway stamps, some local stamps and purely decorative items created for advertising or amusement. Revenue stamps are sometime considered Cinderella, but as they are normally issued by an official government agency, they tend to be classed separately from other Cinderella stamps.

While many Cinderella stamps are common, others were privately produced in limited numbers, are little-known, and can be quite rare. Cinderella stamps are not normally listed in the main stamp collecting catalogues. If they are, it is usually in a separate appendix within the publication, and so they are sometimes called back of the bookstamps.

Revenue stamps are a recognized competitive category within the FIP (Fédération Internationale de Philatélie) and have their own Commissioner, unlike other types of Cinderella stamps.

Local stamps

Local stamps have a long history and began to be issued soon after the invention of the postage stamp. Zemstvo stamps were issued in rural areas of the Russian Empire (c.1860-1917), and local stamps have been issued in many other countries. Many local stamps performed a genuine postal function where the national post was lacking. Other locals, however, amount to nothing more than colourful labels.

In the United Kingdom many local carriage labels have been issued by offshore islands, which in some cases had a genuine use to pay for transport of the mail to the mainland by ferry. Others were produced simply to sell to collectors and tourists. Usually they had to be placed on the back of the envelope, with a conventional stamp on the front to pay for onward delivery by the official postal service. Islands for which such labels have been issued include the Summer Isles, Lundy and the Calf of Man. Hotel Stamps may also be regarded as a form of local stamp.

Know about Postal Services of the World

US Postal Service


The US Postal Service is one of the most modern Postal Services in the world. The U.S. Postal Service has released on-line a nifty little 24-page, color booklet filled with interesting information about what it does.

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Specialized Section

Some remarkable Cancellations and Postmarks - 8

image- Dr. Avinash B. Jagtap

The First ever “Roller” Cancellation of Bombay ( Renouf T.4m)

In the last issue of “Rainbow Stamp News” I have written about a Roller Cancellation of Calcutta, on the similar lines another roller cancellation was introduced at Wellington Pier Post office - Bombay. It is a very small square composed of ten parallel lines in the centre of which the number “1” is inserted diagonally. Each side of the square measured 10 mm.


The original purpose of this cancellation was to enhance quick obliteration of the adhesives before the steamer sailed. It is a rotatory obliterating stamp and was invented by a sorter in Foreign Branch of the London Circulation Department in 1869. It was found to be very useful when the mails were heavy in expediting the work of obliterating stamps on large packs. It was in use from 1874 to 1880.


The above cover from Wellington Pier (Bombay) to Cairo, with QV adhesives, 2x2 Half Anna (SG75) +2 As (SG62)+8 As (SG74), totalling 11 Annas were cancelled by rotatory obliterator (Renouf T. 4m/ Cooper Type B4f). All covers bearing this type of cancellation were posted at Apollo Pier or Wellington Pier Receiving Houses during 1874 - 1878. The above cover is back-stamped “WELLINGTONPIER/4. DES/JUL:10” (Renouf T. 74) + “SUEZ/24 JL80/ARRIVEE” & “CAIRE/24 JL 80/TV” Postal Charges: Of total 11 Annas paid, 5 Annas were for actual postage up to Cairo, additional 6 Annas paid as “AFTER PACKET” or “LATE FEE” to catch the mail at Pier.


Some remarks by Jal Cooper:

Jal Cooper in his book “Early Indian Cancellations” writes: “It is a small neat square with number one inset and composed of 10 lines. More examples are found on higher values over 2 as. than on lower values and therefore it is surmised that this obliteration must have been in use for cancelling the registered mail”, but the above specimen shows that the assumption of Mr. Jal Cooper does not hold, as this cancellation was used also for unregistered mail, which had to be rushed to catch the steamer by paying additional fees for “After Packet “, which explains why this type of cancellation was found mostly on postage stamps of higher denominations.

The “ Roller Cancellation ” for Bombay found !

In my previous article on “Some remarkable Cancellations and Postmarks -7” (Rainbow Stamp News: April 2013), I had entered under Fig. 4 the roller cancellation of Bombay, with letter “B” in the centre and four parallel horizontal bars on either side of the letter and unbroken bars on the upper and lower side (as below). The presence of high-valued stamps affixed to the cover and card indicates that also here Late Fee had to be paid inform of additional postage stamps.





This was found in the book by the Late Brig. D.S.Virk, “Indian Postal History 1873-1923”. I had remarked that this type of Roller Cancellation for Bombay has not been listed in any of the monograms on early cancellations of India and no covers have been found bearing this cancellation. Now Mr. Martin Hosselmann of Hamm (Germany) has sent me scans of three covers, which were sent from Bombay in the years 1882 & 1885. “Seeing is Believing”, as my esteemed mentor the Late Mr. D. Hammond Giles used to say, we are now sure that the reported Roller Cancellation for Bombay DOES EXIST ! I express my deep gratitude to Mr. Martin Hosselmann for providing the scans of the original covers.

-  Dr. Avinash Jagtap - email :

A Cancellation VARIETY - Martin # 4


- Markand Dave


This stamp is shown with the text. Cancellation is Martin type 4, P.O. number 29 for Jamboosur (Baroda) however, “9” of “29” is reversed. Also in cancellation lines are ascending from left to right instead of right to left which is normal for this type of variety which is frequently found for Bombay obliterator.

In stamp, bottom and left hand outer frame line is punctuated with breaks. left leg of ‘H’ in HALF ANNA is longer touching the bottom frame line . In India there is a dot below ‘D’ thus ‘D’ touches the bottom frame line . The ornaments between right hand frame lines is clean and clear , while there are re-touches on ornaments left hand frame lines. As a result ornaments are smudged and unclear.

Martin Type 4: The lines rise from left to right, (but) in case of Type 4 for Bomaby Circle (its an error) that the lines ascend   from right to left. So in above case the lines rise from right to left (as it is always for all the Martin Type  4 cancellations meant for Bombay Circle). 

: Markand Dave : email :

Book Review

By Dinesh Chandra Sharma


The Indian National Flag unfurled through Philately

There are very few philatelic authors in India who are working on or publishing good and original literature. A book which has really impressed me is ‘The Indian National Flag unfurled through philately’. The author of this outstanding book is Mr. Sekhar Chakrabarti retired engineer from Kolkata. His passions ‘Thematic Philately’ and ‘Vexillology’ are truly reflected in this book.

The well written book contains several chapters elaborated with philatelic illustrations. It tells the story of flags used in India since the epic period till the adoption of present national flag. The author has included the story of evolution of national flag of India in detail. The role of the flag during India’s freedom struggle is very well covered which would be of interest to many philatelists following Indian freedom movement or similar topics.

Overall presentation of the book is very good but some of the pages look crowded because of too many stamps and philatelic materials are put together. A few stamps and postmarks are shown too small, which make some pages bit unbalanced as well smaller looking illustrations are less legible.

This book will not only be very useful for the philatelists who are pursuing the theme or subject as ‘Flags’, but also would be of interest to general readers too. It would also serve a great purpose as a reference book in the libraries. Mr. Chakrabarti’s hard work, efforts and original research are admirable and we look forward to another book from this wonderful person and genuine thematic philatelist of international repute.

The book published by Niyogi Books, New Delhi is moderately priced at Rs. 495/-. This is available at Niyogi books as well as leading booksellers in prominent cities as well you may get it through the author too.

New Issues from other countries



In 2009, The United Nations Organization instituted the date of 22 April as the official holiday of the planet – International Mother Earth Day – a day of involvement of all the people to protect the environment.

On this occasion, Romfilatelia introduces into circulation a postage stamps issue dedicated to this event, Earth Day 2013.On April 22, 1970, the American senator Gaylord Nelson organized the first major ecological manifestation in history.

By the mediatization of the world climate issues, the action of April 22, 1970 fathered the “Earth Day” Organization that has today more than 175 branches in as many countries, their role being to make the mankind aware of the environmental issues and the effects of pollution.


The actions differ from one country to another, but there is everywhere an active communication with the governmental officials, the business environment and the educational institutions, all actions having the same denominator, namely the preservation of the environment.

Earth Day has become the joint expression of everybody’s wish to build a stable society for a cleaner and greener future.

In Romania, one of the most important campaigns taking place this year, dedicated to the Earth Day, is the street national campaign organized by the pupils of the secondary schools under the motto “Benefits of using the green technologies”.



La Poste issued a block of four stamps depicting four species of bats.
Bats fascinate us since time immemorial. The first traces of this small mammal count nearly 55 million years, and nowadays about 1,200 species of bats colonize all parts of the globe. The bats hear by emitting ultrasonic echolocation and capturing the return echo. Bats use their sight and smell to find the fruit they eat. They move through the air by flapping their wings composed of a thin stretched skin. Mastering all styles of flight, they reach a top speed of over 50 km/h or remain stationary as hummingbirds. To hibernate or rest the bats hang by their claws upside down without spending energy.

Four species of bats are illustrated on stamps of this block :

The greater horseshoe bat was transferred from Europe to Japan. Hunting specialist and aerobatics champion, it emits ultrasound through the nose. He wraps himself in his wings at rest, especially during hibernation which runs underground, often in caves or cellars. Its population has fallen sharply in the 1990s.

The Mayotte flying fox: very large species of nearly 1.50 m in wingspan, this bat is primarily frugivorous and is particularly active in the evening. This is one of the curiosities of the fauna of the Comoros archipelago where it is protected.

The Natterer’s bat: This is a species with slow and winding flight, present throughout Europe, North Africa and Asia. Living up to 16 years, it is considered rare, but it is mostly a very discreet bat living in wall cracks and crevices. It captures its prey, butterflies and other insects, in the foliage.

The Alpine Long-eared bat: this little bat recently discovered in France lives in the Alps and the Pyrenees. It is recognizable by his disproportionate ears. They hunt by listening to the sound of the prey and prefer the upper forests, mountain passes and mountain meadows.



60 Years of Indonesia-Mexico Diplomatic Relations joint stamp issue

To commemorate the 60th anniversary of Indonesia-Mexico diplomatic relations, the post offices of the both countries issued joint stamps illustrating the animals being symbols of both countries – Mexican Jaguar (Mexico) and Clouded Leopard (Indonesia).




The Post of Thailand issued a stamp celebrating Bangkok as the World Book Capital 2013. UNESCO has awarded Bangkok the World Book Capital City 2013. In recognition of this special honor, the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA), in collaboration with the Bangkok Reading Group, is reigniting pride in Thailand’s literary heritage and instilling a strong and sustainable culture of reading among city residents.

The theme selected for the Bangkok World Book Capital City 2013 is “Bangkok, Read for Life” – a phrase that captures the essence and importance of reading and reflects the combined efforts of the Thai government and city administration to inspire Thai citizens to use reading to improve their quality of life and build a resilient and peaceful society

Reader’s Right

Definitive Stamps of India


Dinesh Chandra Sharma - Lucknow

When I read the article related to Indian definitive stamps in ‘Stamp News - Australia ’ ( ), I got reminded of one incident which took place during my foreign assignment as the Executive Officer, Philately of Republic of Nauru. The incidence was as follows:

One citizen of Israel visited my office along with one of the Indians working there. The Israeli appreciated the quality of Nauruan stamps but I was shocked when he said Indian stamps are rubbish. I was further felt disgraced when my Indian friend supported his view strongly. I could not say anything as I had to be diplomatic being in other country. But I opened my drawer and showed some of my letters sent by my family members with some good commemorative stamps to show him that Indian Post also issues good stamps. That visitor still argued why Indian Post issues ugly stamps also. I wanted to get rid of him as soon as possible and requested my staff to supply the Nauru stamps ordered by him as quickly as possible.

After that gentleman left I felt very bad and thought why India can’t produce quality definitive stamps. Before adding further to the topic of discussion, I would like to bring to the notice of the readers that the quality of envelopes in which official letters are sent by the Department of Posts also portray the bad image of our nation as the quality of these envelopes are so poor shabby.

The comments published in Market Tipster Column of the Glen Stephens Monthly "Stamp News”, March 2013 issue about the current Indian definitive stamps are really shocking and indeed very shameful for us as philatelists as well as Indians.

In every Philatelic exhibition whether District, State or National the Department of Posts officials generally add in their speech that the Postage stamps are tiny ambassadors of our nation. Have they ever thought what kind of ambassadors are travelling on our letters and parcels to other countries and what kind of image they are portraying about our nation.

The poor quality of our definitive stamp issues not only put the question mark on the attitude of officials of Department of Posts but also shows the poor functioning of Philatelic advisory Committee (PAC). Having served as the ‘Secretary of Nauru Philatelic Advisory Committee’ for almost 8 years, I can say that the members of PAC seem to be working as yes men (as quoted by Mr. Naresh Agarwal) only. The members of PAC need to be creative, responsible and courageous enough to oppose anything not up to the mark and to bring new ideas or concepts. Particularly, members representing philatelic fraternity have much bigger responsibility as they understand the esthetic as well as philatelic value of stamps and other philatelic products better.

As per my experience the following steps may be taken:

  1. First of all we should decide whether we want this issue just for discussion or we want the corrective measure be taken for the improvement of the quality of the definitive stamps in particular.
  2. Even the quality of Aerogrammes is very poor and this issue also should be included.
  3. In place of criticizing the Department of Posts, we must suggest them what do we need.
  4. Prior to filing a RTI as advised by Mr. Vijay Seth, we should send a letter conveying the situation and asking them about the functioning of PAC. In this regard a delegation of the members of the ‘Philatelic Journalist Forum’ should also meet to DDG Philately.
  1. If in due course nothing happens a RTI should be filed.

The above are few suggestions and the members may suggest any other point/s missed out.

The difference in the cost of production will not be much as per my experience of handling the production of stamps too. It is simply a matter of Policy of Department of Posts as it wants to portray Indian image in a better way or not.

In my opinion just publishing the opinions of members and related people will just not do anything. No officials bother about the articles published in Philatelic Journals. I don’t think even any one of them read them. A properly planned continuous movement in this regard can only be fruitful.

Dinesh Chandra Sharma – Lucknow

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The Lighter Side

Relax with stamps…


Photo : Just something I made

Of course, not everyone can find both stimulation and relaxation in stamp collecting: for some the stimulation of the hobby is so powerful that very little relaxation enters their philatelic activities; for others the restful aspects of the hobby are its most important attraction, and these people are not interested in the mental challenges which philately can provide. A surprising number of collectors, however, are able to combine the two apparently contradictory objectives, thus obtaining stimulation and relaxation from the hobby. This important aspect of philately was perhaps best summed up by the late Harry Lindquist, founder and for many years editor of Stamps, a leading American weekly publication, when he wrote:

“There is something peculiarly soothing to the mind and calming to the nerves in stamp collecting. No matter how inescapable may be the trouble that is weighing him down, the collector will find temporary forgetfulness in his stamp albums. Then, after an hour or two with his stamps, when he returns to his problem, it is with a refreshed mind and outlook; he often finds that the old enigma has a solution after all, which his tired mind, running in circles, had not been able to discover. The hobby of stamp collecting not only heals and refreshes the tired mind, but it becomes a healthy stimulant to the idle mind. The reason that the burdened mind is rested during a session with stamps is that the brain is quickened into other avenues of thought by many fascinating subjects they suggest. These same qualities stir the mind that has been dulled by inaction, as sometimes happens to our retired folk, or guide into worthwhile activity the eager mind of youth.”


1913 Russia stamp featuring Czar Nicholas II

Czar Nicholas II of Russia and King George V of England. Their portraits appear on many postage stamps and it is difficult to distinguish between the two men.


1912 Great Britain stamp featuring King George V

Among the many monarchs who have found pleasure and relaxation in the hobby of stamp collecting was King George V of England, who began collecting when a young man in the Navy, and who adhered to the hobby with tremendous enthusiasm throughout his life, amassing the finest collection of British Empire stamps ever assembled. This is the famous Royal Collection now owned by the King’s granddaughter, Queen Elizabeth II.

In his autobiography of the great art dealer, Lord Duveen, S.W. Behrman tells how Duveen’s Uncle Henry (also a Duveen, and a noted London art dealer) early in life formed a close friendship with King George V, as a result of their mutual interest in stamps. The author relates how at ten in the evening Uncle Henry Duveen would go along to Buckingham Palace and sit with the King to study their stamps for hours, while Queen Mary embroidered. On some occasions they were joined by the King’s cousin, Czar Nicholas, another keen philatelist who later was to lose both his life and his stamps in the Russian revolution.

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.Queen Elizabeth with her stamp collection

The world’s most valuable collection of British Commonwealth stamps is the Royal Collection owned by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Although the Queen herself is not a stamp collector, she takes a keen interest in the collection formed over a period of three-quarters of a century by her grandfather, King George V, and her father, King George VI.

The best documented example of the therapeutic value of stamp collecting for ulcer prone executives and administrators concerns the late President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, who turned to his stamp albums to ‘unwind’ from the cares of office and to take his mind from the pain that racked his body as a result of the bout of infantile paralysis he suffered as a young man. The importance of stamp collecting to President Roosevelt has been recorded by Harley Williams in his book The Conquest of Fear:

“He had a remarkable faculty of relaxation. His stamp collection, a hobby begun at the age of eight, was now carried on, and no U.S. issue went out lacking his personal approval. Indeed, the President carried books of stamps to all his international conferences, and loved to bargain for specimens, ten dollars being his upper limit.

“As he used to watch his patient, sitting perfectly carefree, while he examined his blues and greens, it came to Dr Mclntyre (Roosevelt’s physician) that a whole treatise could be written about the healing effect of such hobbies.

Around this man in the White House, who was absorbed in philately each night before going to bed, the storm raged as it had never done even around Woodrow Wilson … dignified Americans declared that their President should be certified insane … he faced his enemies with the same outward composure as he moved his paralysed legs. Upon such a regimen of severe mental labour, diet, massage, swimming and stamp collecting, the President took his first four-year term in his stride.”


US President Roosevelt inspecting his stamps

Franklin Delano Roosevelt was an enthusiastic stamp collector who found peace and relaxation working on his stamp albums. This hobby gave him respite from the cares of office during his long term as President of the United States.

The therapeutic value of stamp collecting for President Roosevelt has also been attested to by his son, James Roosevelt, in the foreword he wrote for the book Eleanor and Franklin D. Roosevelt Stamps of the World, by Philip Silver and Jan Bart and published in 1965 by the American Topical Association. These are the recollections Mr Roosevelt had of the philatelic activities of his famous father:

“I am delighted with the fine effort of Phil Silver and Jan Bart in their book, and I am sure it will bring great joy to many stamp collectors. Further, I hope that it will be a reminder of how stamp collecting as a hobby can be turned into not only a part-time occupation – as it was in the case of my father – but therapy as well, better than any doctor could have prescribed.

“I have vivid memories of Father sitting at his desk, when he had a half hour or an hour with no appointments, and with the hope that the telephone would not ring, with his stamp books and an expression of complete relaxation and enjoyment on his face. Of course, in his early life the stamps had given him an interest in the geography of the world which visitors, at a later day were to comment on with amazement. He knew countries, rivers, mountains, cities and their characteristics in a detail which, even though he (in many instances) had not been there, gave a feeling of closeness between himself and his visitors concerning their homelands.

“To you and I who have complete movement and can relieve our tensions by just getting up from our chairs or desks even for a few seconds, it is hard to realize how deep were the frustrations of one who knew that movement was an effort rarely to be considered without outside help. Thus, it was the ability to reach for a box full of envelopes with stamps from abroad, accomplish his aims. undertake his responsibilities and perform his duties, I am absolutely sure.”

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Postcard with free Postage

A postcard from Bhutan with free postage on 21, 22 and 23 February 2008.


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New Blogs & Websites

1. Welcome to the World of Indian Philately -

An exclusive website created by Mr Prashant Pandya dedicated to Indian Philately .The philatelists can register for “ Online Philatelists’ Directory ” on this website.

2. Philatelic Journalists Forum - “The Philatelic Journalists” is an initiative by a few enthusiast philatelists, who love the hobby to the deepest.

3. Indian Philatelists’ Forum -

This is an electronic discussion forum dedicated exclusively to Indian Philately that allows members to engage into meaningful discussions on all aspects of Indian Philately. Membership to the forum is open to all philatelists who have interest in Indian Philately. Members can share and discuss their ideas, knowledge, research, collections, events, exhibitions, auctions, publications exclusively related to Indian Philately.

4. The best stamps - it’s a beautiful blog created by Julian Fernandes of Pune ( Now living in UK) featuring lovely stamps of birds with the photos of the same birds giving a wonderful look !!

5. Robin Stamps Criticism : : This blog is about new issues of postage stamps and the critical study of their design

6.This Numismatic & Philatelic Association - -  This Numismatic & Philatelic Association is a nonprofit and non-trade motive association that aims to promote the hobbies – Philately (Stamp Collection) and Numismatics (Coin Collection) among children, students, interested individuals among the general public and especially for the budding philatelists and numismatists.

7. How to Collect Stamps - : The Complete Guide To Stamp Collecting

8.GANDHI Stamps & Philately Study Circle : - A new Blog by Ketan Patel .…. Saving Gandhi Philately by trying to bring awareness and exposing illegal activities in Gandhi Stamps and Philately.

9. Europa Stamps : : A blog on Europa, cept, norden & sepac stamps

10. Phila Mirror : : The Indian Philately Journal

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

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

13. Glimpses of Modern Indian Philately : - It is a specialized blog on Modern Philately, created by Mr Prashant Pandya .

14. 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.

15. Question & Answers on Philately : 1610/indexExp_69442.htm - It is a site based on Question & Answers on Philately. Mr Prashant Pandya replies to queries.

Philatelic Clubs & Societies

Baroda Philatelic Society -

Deccan Philatelic Society – Pune, Maharashtra

Eastern India Philatelists’ Association -

India Study Circle -

Indian Stamp Ghar -

Indian Thematic Society, Ludhiana -

Ludhiana Philatelic Club

Mobile Philately -

Numismatic & Philatelic Association of Vellore Fort

Philatelic Society of Rajasthan, Jaipur

Rainbow Stamp Club -

Rajkot Philatelic Society – Rajkot, Gujarat

Gujarat Philatelic Association - Ahmedabad

South India Philatelists Association -

Stamps of India -

The Army Philatelic Society, Pune

Current Philatelic Magazines – Newsletters

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

India Post – Quarterly Journal of the India Study Circle publishes original articles submitted by members of ISC.

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

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

Journal of the Army Philatelic Society : Editor – Col Jayanta Dutta

SIPA Bulletin Editor - Mr G. Madan Mohan Das and published by South India Philatelists’ Association, Chennai website :

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


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