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

Friday, August 30, 2013

Rainbow September 2013


New stamps issued by the Post of New Caledonia to commemorate the birth of a baby boy or a baby girl. These postage stamps are just wonderful to a baby shower invitations, birth announcements for the brand new baby girl or baby boy or letter updates about the beautiful baby.

Shimla September 2013 Vol. VI Issue # 69

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

Readers are requested to send reports of philatelic activities in their area for publication. Short write ups by the readers about their journals, societies, publications and philatelic requirements can be sent for inclusion in this bulletin to and by post to –

Ms. Jeevan Jyoti, c / o Mr. Ajay Srivastav, CCF, GHNP & Pin Valley National Park, SHAMSHI, Kullu -175126. (H.P.) India

Note- This bulletin is only for circulation among a limited group of philatelists without any commercial purpose. The bulletin will be sent to the readers only on request. Those who wish to receive it regularly please reply giving the name of your city / country with the subject SUBSCRIBE RAINBOW

Dear Reader,

I am pleased to release 69th issue of Rainbow Stamp News.   Indian Collectors are waiting for stamps issued on 100 years of Cinema but the stamps are still not available at the counters of Indian Philatelic Bureaus. Though it was announced by India Post that Cinema stamps will be available in the third week of August. This is very disappointing for all stamp lovers. The new stamps  must be available at  the date of release.

Another issue which  needs to be checked by India Post is  the price of  Special Covers. The price of special covers issued by different postal circles is not fixed. It varies from circle to circle. The covers which have been proposed and designed by private organizations and issued after the approval of India Post are sold at very high price as compared to those issued by India Post for a special occasion. The postal department must fix the price of special covers. It should be moderate so that most of the collectors could get them for their collection.

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

· Beginners’ Section

· Specialized Section

· New Issues from Other Countries

· Reader’s Right

· The Lighter Side

· Philatelic Clubs and Societies

· Editor’s Mail Box

· Blogs & Websites on Philately

· Promotional Section

· Current Philatelic Magazines – Newsletter

imageFrom the Desk of Naresh Agarwal


For last few weeks it is seen that there is a sort of vacuum in philatelic scenario in India. No activities, no enthusiasm but calmness and dullness in the field of philately. Even some of the events which were organized by private societies and organizations could not stamp a great success in terms of attendance, display and sales etc.. Why it is so?. Is it the shock and grief of the passing away of the old Telegram Service of India. Yes, there was quite active participation of various philatelists during that phase. All gave their tribute to the same in their own way. But now the mourning is over. Telegram has become a history now. Now is the time to salute the new generation communication systems which are helpful to be become part of philatelic field in one way or the other & to help giving new direction to the field. Let us stop thinking adverse about the internet and mobile based systems but welcome those and try to find new ways to involve these in this field.

E-post in association with e-mail gives quite a good collateral material. Department should come up with E-mail / E-post café in line with STD / PCOs. This will spread official usage of E-mails / E-post and will establish its legal importance. Further, whatever mail is sent through these cafes will contain a logo or some impression of department and the printouts at receiver’s end. The payment receipts can be issued in these lines. Many innovations by way of giving thematic elements like pictures, slogans, quotes etc. can be introduced. This way a new direction can be given to the philately. This will create new paper based philatelic material on e-mails and will add charm and glamour to one’s collection or can create new field of collection. Mobile philately has already spread its wings. It is hard to get any paper based material on it except money receipts ,if issued in one way or the other.

"So, here is the time to promote Digital or Virtual philately. Easy to collect, build, create  and display. Easy to handle as there is no  handling."  It can also be made competitive by having online interview/test of the exhibitor so that genuineness of the display and efforts of the exhibitor can be ascertained, valued and assessed. I mean we should now start thinking on these lines and create some awareness to come up with some innovative ideas to be adopted in future.

-  Naresh Agarwal : email :


Recent Indian Issues


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· 25 June 2013 : Peerjada Ghulam Ahmad Mehjoor – Rs 5M

· 3 July 2013 : Delhi Gymkhana Club – Rs 5

· 7 August 2013 : Kerala Legistative Assembly – Rs 5

· 21 August 2013 : Raj Bahadur – Rs 5

Forthcoming Issues
Aug 31: Beant Singh
Sep 3: South-Asian Postal Union
Sep 9: Lala Jagat Narain
Sep 21: Gurajada Appa Rao
Sep 24: Pratap Narayan Mishra


Recent Special Covers


· 1 July 2013 : Vasantrao Phulsing Naik – Mumbai

· 6 July 2013 : 10th Anniversary of Vigilance Study Circle, Hyderabad

· 9 July 2013 : Stamp Show : Gandhi & Tagore 2013, Patna11 July 2013 : 100 years of Mumbai Postal Co-  Operative Society Ltd., Mumbai

· July 2013 : Central Tuber Crops Research Institute – Thiruvananthapuram

· 11 July 2013 : 100 years of Mumbai Postal Co-Operative Society Ltd, Mumbai

· 14 July 2013 : Rajasthan Youth Association, Chennai

· 23 July 2013 :   Kempe Gowda Tower,Bangalore

· 23 July 2013 : All India Radio, Chennai

· 23 July 2013 : 50th Anniversary of Lady Ratanbai and Sir Mathuradas Vissanji Academy - Mumbai

· 27 July 2013 : Madras Christian College Globus Alumni Meet, Chennai

· 29 July 2013 : 70 Years in building a healthy India, Secunderabad

· 28 July 2013 : Death Centenary of Servant of God Mother Eliswa – Edappally (Kerala)

· 7 August 2013 : Kerala Legislative Assembly – Rs 5

· 14 August 2013 : Diamond Jubilee Celebrations of Dental Education in South India”.

· 21 August 2013 : Nanda Devi Raj Jaat Yatra, Dehradun

In The News


Penny Black stamp sells for almost CZK 2m in Prague

Prague, Aug 24 (CTK) - A Penny Black block of six, the first postage stamps in the world from Britain from 1840, was sold for 1.9 million crowns at an auction in Prague Saturday, Richard Burda, from the organising Burda Auction, told CTK Saturday.

It was the most expensive stamp collecting item sold at an auction in the Czech Republic, Burda said. The stamps were sold for the reserve price as there was only one bidder, he added.

The buyer also had to buy the 18 percent auction fee, Burda said. The block of six one-pence black stamps featuring British Queen Victoria is extremely precious because the stamps are in a block and were never postmarked, he added.

They originate from the 11th plate from which only 0.25 percent of the Penny Black run were printed. "The real price is two to five million crowns," Burda said.

The stamps were originally owned by one of the most prominent British collectors Cyril Humphrey Cripps whose priceless collection was hidden from the philatelist market for decades, Burda said, adding that Saturday, an investment company offered the stamps for sale.

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Postage stamp to commemorate martyrdom of Beant Singh

CHANDIGARH: The Postal Department will issue a stamp to commemorate the martyrdom of Beant Singh, late chief minister of Punjab who was assassinated on August 31, 1995 at Chandigarh. Decision to this effect has been taken following a request by the family of Beant Singh sent to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

Disclosing this Gurkirat Singh grandson of Beant Singh MLA from Khanna said that they have been informed by the prime minister office about the release of the stamp in the first week of September. The Prime Minister will release the stamp in Delhi.



New Method to Check the Authenticity of Rare Postage Stamps

Aug 15, 2013 by Enrico de Lazaro

A team of researchers reporting in the journal Analytical Chemistry has developed an innovative complex method for verifying the authenticity of the most valuable postage stamps.

“Museums, archives and private stamp collectors have long been searching for better ways to confirm the authenticity of rare stamps, and details like cancellation marks that increase value,” reported study senior author Dr Ludovico Valli from the University of Salento, Italy.

“But until now, those approaches have been limited to individual components of a stamp, like the ink, or have relied on expert inspections.”

Dr Valli with colleagues looked for a better way. They describe successful use of a lab test called infrared spectroscopy to test all of the multiple components that make up a stamp – including paper fibers, fillers, inks, adhesives and coatings – to produce a portrait without damaging the stamp itself.

The scientists tested it successfully on more than 180 Italian stamps that span almost the entire history of Italy’s stamp-making, which dates back to 1850.

They detected two counterfeits, one of the rare Gronchi Rosa, which was issued in 1961 for then-president Giovanni Gronchi’s trip to South America, and a 2-cent stamp from 1861.

According to the team, the new technology is “a really simple, precise, immediate, and nondestructive method for determining the authenticity of stamps.”

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Honour for Indian philatelist

imageMr Sekhar Chakrabarty noted Indian philatelist, vexillologist and the editor of the ‘Flags and Stamps’ and Cdr K.V. Singh, CEO of Flag Foundation of India were invited from India to present their papers in person in the just concluded 25thInternational Congress of Vexillology (ICV) held in the Engels Congress Center (ECC) in Groot Handelsgebouw, Rotterdam, the Netherlands from 5th to 9th August, 2013, under the auspices of the FIAV. Mr. Chakrabarty and Cdr Singh were amongst  the 36 speakers from all over the world, with subjects ranging across many vexillological themes. This diversity contributed in making the Congress an epoch making one. Mr Chakrabarty presented his paper  on “Swastika” . This  paper ‘The Ancient symbol of Swastika, its Uses, Distortion and Misuses’ could be read on his blog : Flags and Stamps.


Brasiliana 2013 – 170th Anniversary of Brazilian Postage Stamps, the Bull’s Eye



Date of Issue : 1 August 2013

This issue celebrates one of the most important events in the history of Brazilian postal communications, the launch of the stamp, and publicizes the World Philatelic Exhibition BRASILIANA 2013.

  The Bull’s Eye postage stamps were the first stamps issued by Brazil on 1 August 1843, having face values of 30, 60, and 90 reis. Brazil was the second country in the world, after Great Britain, to issue postage stamps valid within the entire country. The unusual name derives from the ornamental value figures inside the oval settings and the arrangement of the stamps in the sheet permitted se-tenant pairs that looked like a pair of bull’s eyes.

There are countless stamps that feature the artwork of the Bull’s Eye and thus reconstruct postal and philatelic memories to keep them alive and in touch with current events. On top of this, these issues reinforce the importance of stamps for domestic and international communications. This reinterpretation has already appeared on the centenary of the Bull’s Eye, in 1943, in a souvenir sheet with the images of Emperor D. Pedro II and President Getulio Vargas.

In 1981, the Bull’s Eye was again in the spotlight, in the context of the commemorations to celebrate the 50thanniversary of the Philatelic Club of Brazil. On that occasion, the three stamps were placed side-by-side on a single sheet envelope, as a way of expressing the Club’s way of enabling philatelists to swap stamps. In 1983, the Bull’s Eye was remembered once again to celebrate its 140th anniversary and to publicize the BRASILIANA, held in Brazil, which is one of the most important philatelic exhibitions in the world.

In 1990, the 30 reis version of the Bull’s Eye was included in a souvenir sheet next to the Penny Black, the first British postage stamp, which was 150 years old at the time. The souvenir sheet also featured images of Queen Victoria, D. Pedro I and Rowland Hill.

It appeared on two occasions in 1993: once in a souvenir sheet publicizing BRASILIANA 93 and again in a series of stamps featuring the “Turma da Monica” cartoon characters, both commemorating the 150th anniversary of Brazilian postage stamps.

The act of paying tribute to the 170th anniversary of the Bull’s Eye in 2013 consolidates the tradition of always using later issues to draw attention to the first Brazilian postage stamps, with the aim of maintaining a presence in philatelic scenarios, especially in view of its historical value to philately worldwide. This trend will surely continue into the future, since these issues represent a way of reaffirming the cultural and institutional importance of postage stamps and philately, both in their earliest days and in modern times.

The Golden colored 90 reis stamp from the current issue is the last in the series that started in 2011, issued to commemorate the 170th anniversary of the Brazilian postage stamp. The souvenir sheet, which features a reinterpretation of the 30, 60 and 90 reis stamps on a bronze, silver and gold colored background, represents the culmination of the series.


Philatelic Exhibitions

National Commissioner  for PHILAKOREA 2014

PHILAKOREA-2014, World Philatelic Exhibition, 7- 12th August, 2014, Samseong 1-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, Korea.
Mr Surendra Kotadia has been appointed the National Commissioner from India. He may be contacted at following address :

Mr. Surendra Kotadia, Dimple Drums and Barrels Pvt. Ltd., 1119, Maker Chambers - V, 221, Jamnalal Bajaj Road, Nariman Point, Mumbai - 400 021.
(M) + 919819903789 (O) + 91-22-22024130 / 31 (R) +91-22-23805125 / 3789
Philatelists, interested in participating in above exhibitions may contact Commissioner for more details.



THAILAND 2013 - World Stamp Exhibition

THAILAND 2013, International Philatelic exhibition was 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.

Award List of Indian Participants

Heartiest Congratulations to all Winners !!



Pradip Jain

Mahatma Gandhi






Virendra Sharma

British India Queen Victoria Postal Stationery






Rajesh Bhura

Mahatma Gandhi






Nawal Kishore Tatiwala

Gems & Jewellery






Brijmohan Modi

The History Of Architecture With Culture And Heritage.






Mrinal Mathur

From Wheel To Car






Bibhudatta Mishra and Shanti Swarup Rath

Dakatikata Sangraha & An Unique Flow of Knowledge






K. Ramachandirann

Indian Postal History - Focus on Tamil Nadu




View Complete Award List :




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. e mail: Official website:

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Saudi 2013 dates extended..



Mr Umesh Kakkeri,National Commissioner for Saudi 2013 informs that  Saudi 2013 is postponed to 12-17 March 2013. It will be a 6-day General Asian International Stamp exhibition and will includes Traditional, Postal History, Youth, Literature and Modern Philately classes.

Website :

Mr Umesh Kakkeri , the National Commissioner for this exhibition may be contacted at : Email: (M) +919969571767

Virtual Stamp Exhibition


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Exhibit of renowned philatelist Mr. Ashok Kumar Bayanwala of Ahmedabad, 'V for Victory' can be viewed online; Visit: (Postal History).



Peru India Joint issue

Peru and India celebrated the 50th anniversary of their diplomatic relations on 25th March 2013. Peru has issued Joint Issue stamps on 25 March 2013 depicting Machu Picchu Mountains and Taj Mahal, the 7 wonders of the respective countries. India has announced India Peru Joint Issue (Set of 2 Stamps) in 2013 Stamp Issue Calendar but till date stamp has not been issued.


Special cover on Nanda Devi Raj Jaat Yatra

A special cover and special cancellation on Nanda Devi Raj Jaat Yatra was released on 21 Aug 2013, at Hotel Madhuban, Rajpur Road, Dehradun by Sh. Vijay Bahuguna, CM, Uttarakhand and Sh. Tarun Vijay, MP, Rajyasabha. CPMG, Uttarakhand Circle Sh. Ramanujan presented the album to the dignitaries. Abhai Mishra, Rajesh Varma, Madhukar Jhingan and Savita Jhingan were present from the philatelic fraternity.

Dehradun philatelists honoured…..

image“ Kala Samman " was bestowed on Abhai Mishra and Rajesh Varma for serving the cause of philately by the Chief Minister of Uttarakhand. Other than this, two customised sheetlet of My Stamps on Nanda Devi peak and four horned ram (khadu) was issued on 19 Aug 2013.

The special cover and the customised My Stamp sheet-lets can be ordered from the Senior Post Master, Dehradun GPO-248001 (Ph. 0135-2655141).

New Special Cover & Cancellation on Jain Temple on 31st August

- Sudhir Jain

Jainism Philately Group, Pune Chapter is organising a Jainism Theme Philatelic Exhibition at Pune from 31st Aug. to 2nd Sept. 2013. On this occasion a special cover is being issued on 31st August 2013 to commemorate 61th Pratishtha Mohotsav of Shri Godijee Jain Mandir Pune (also known as Sangh Mandir). Postal Department will provide a special cancellation on this occasion.

the cost of Special Cover is Rs. 30/- per cover which will be sent by Speed Post. The postage & packing charges will be Rs. 40/- up to five covers. For order, following office bearers may be contacted -

1. Shri Hemant Bafna (President, JPG Pune Chapter)

Mob : 9890929000/9623529000 E-mail :

2. Shri Mithalal Jain (Secretary, JPG Pune Chapter),

Mob:9822098880 E-mail

Rules for issue of stamps by India Post

India Post has posted updated rules for issue of commemorative postage stamps .

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Personalized stamps at Chennai airport

CHENNAI: Air passengers will now be able to place an order for postal stamps with their photo on them at the post office counter that was opened at the Chennai airport's new domestic terminal recently.

Passengers can place an order for 12 personalized stamps by paying Rs 322 at the counter. They should fill up a pro forma at this counter with ID proof and one recent passport size photo. The twelve stamps will be sent by the postal department to the given address within 10 days.

Beginners’ Section


How to Take Care of Your Collection

If adhesive (Gum) is present on the back of a stamp, it means that the stamp was never in circulation. Naturally, when stamp is taken off the envelope, adhesive is removed. If you are trying to take the stamp off and envelope by a method of soaking, be very careful. Do not try soaking a stamp off envelope that is colored. The ink of the envelope will bleed and completely ruin the stamp.

Store your stamps away from any constant light and in place that is dry. A carton box that is stored in a place with a room temperature will suffice for a collector that is a beginner. If the room temperature and humidity level is not comfortable enough for you, chances are that your collection is not being stored in satisfactorily conditions. To handle your stamps, do not use your feeding or regular tweezers. Again, stamps are very, very fragile. What you need are special, flat-bladed tongs that are specifically design to handle stamps. To mount the used portion of your collection, use peelable stamp hinges that are designed with adhesive backing. To mount the "new" portion of your collection, use stamp mounts.

Stamp mounts are clear, plastic sleeves that have gummed backing. Stamp mounts do a great job, when trying to preserve the original adhesive of your stamps. Use stamp albums to hold stamp hinges. To hold stamp mounts, it is best to purchase a stock book with pockets. In general, try to purchase supplies for your collection that are the highest of quality. That might be more expensive, but it is very important for preservation of your collection. For hinged stamps, use only one side of an album. This assures that stamps never touch each other, which can be damaging.

Examining a Stamp Collection before Purchasing

If the stamp you are interested in buying is still on its envelope, read the postmark date or whatever you can see that is left of the postmark. Date often determines the value of a stamp. Always be sure to check the face value of the stamp. Examine the holes that separate the stamps on a sheet. The design should be centered. Examine the jagged edges of the stamp, perforation teeth. Use a perforation gauge to measure the number of holes for each of two centimeters of the surface area. The perforation number another factor that determines the value of a stamp. I also recommend that you develop a habit of using a magnifying glass. The glass should be at least 5 to 10 times magnifying. That will help you spot damaged, rare, or even fake stamps.

Stamp Grading

Stamp grading system is very simple. If the stamp has never been used and was stored to preserve its original condition, it is classified as mint-condition. Creases, scratches, missing perforation teeth, and other signs of damage lower the value of a stamp, sometimes very significantly. If a stamp is not in mint condition, it is often classified as extremely fine, very fine, fine, very good, good, and fair. Other classifications include:

· Original gum, never hinged

· Original gum, hinged

· Disturbed original gum

· Partial original gum

· No original gum

· Regummed

· No gum-as issued originally

· Jumbo-unusually larger margins

· Unused or new stamp-never cancelled

· Used stamp-cancelled for use

This grading system was first introduced to the philatelic community, in 2001, by PSE (Professional Stamp Experts).

Courtesy - Beginner's Guide to Collecting Stamps

Specialized Section

Some remarkable Cancellations and Postmarks – 12

image- Dr. Avinash B. Jagtap

One more duplex cancellation of Renouf Type 7

Renouf Type 7b is practically type 7a enclosed in a circle and is used in duplex form. It differs from type 7a in that there is a distinct incomplete octagon, besides an embryo at the ends of the line between “B” and the number. The diameter of the circle is 19mm. According to Renouf the earliest date recorded is 1863. The cover from Arrah, displayed underneath is TWO YEARS EARLIER. This type is believed to have continued till 1873, but examples are rare. The numbers seen are: 6 (Arrah), 7(Buxar), 20(Serampore), 21(Bassein), 46 (Burdwan) , 138 (Nowgong), 174 (Sumbhulpore) and 200 (Lohargurrah).

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Type 7b of Buxar (“B/7”) Type 7b in BLUE of Calcutta (“B/1”) Type 7b of Serampore (“B/20) Type 7b of Bassein (“B/21)


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1860 Cover from Midapore to Epping (England) showing Renouf Type 7 cancellation (“B/113”) of Midnapore, endorsed “via Marseilles” and with “INDIA PAID”. B/S Calcutta Transit Mark “G.P.O./IM CAL/SE18/60/2nd DY” Postage Paid: 6 As, as per 29 January 1857 Rate for letters not exceeding half ounce. (Just for comparison with the cover below with Renouf Type 7b cancellation)



1861 Cover franked by 2x1 Anna (SG39)+4 As (SG46) adhesives tied by “ARRAH/DE61/P.O.=B/6” duplex cancellation Renouf Type 7b, to Edinburgh (Scotland), Back-stamped “EX/BOMBAY/DE20/61”, transit mark of Bombay and “EDIN/M2/FE/62” arrival mark. Postal rate: 6 As, as per 3 July 1861, via Marseilles

-  Dr. Avinash Jagtap - email :

Special feature

The world’s first under water special cancellation …


A new page of history was written on board the Indian submarine ‘INS Kalvari’ on 8th December 1982, when the Indian Navy and department of posts jointly provided a special cancellation, 30 meter under the deep waters of the Bay of Bengal.
This was the world’s first ever under water Special Cancellation was provided to mark the 15th anniversary of the submarine arm of the Indian Navy on 8th December 1982 (Visakhapatnam Naval Base P.O.)
It was a tribute to the Indian Submarines and recognition of their courage, dedication and service in the defense of the country.

Grayscale on Stamp sheet….


Grayscale (Ruler type strip) printed on Stamp Sheet

In modern offset printing, a colored image is reproduced by the halftone separation process. The areas of light and darkness on the original are represented by dots of different sizes and the tonal range is generally modified to meet the reduced capability of the printing process. To reproduce original color, the image is separated into its red,green, blue and black components and a halftone screen made for each.

These screens are then used to make plates which are used in turn to print the image using the four process inks, cyan, magenta, yellow and black. To ensure color control and to maintain a consistent printed product, the size and color strength of these dots must be monitored, but since the finished printed image consists of the overprint of the four halftone screens it is very difficult to isolate the various components affecting the reproduction of the original image.

To overcome this problem, a series of test elements can be printed along with the image, and each element can be designed to highlight a particular aspect of the printing process. While some of these test targets can be evaluated by eye, others require the use of measuring equipment. The usual form of these test elements is as a strip across the edge of the printed sheet. These test strips, called control strips or color bars, are available commercially from various vendors, and consist of strips of film containing the various test elements for each of the four colors. In some cases six color versions are available where special colors might be used.

The ruler type scale printed on one side of stamp sheet is known as Gray Scale (One type of calibration strip), which is used to control the percentage of ink density. The percentile notation is used in printing to denote how much ink is employed in half toning. 0% means the paper white (no ink) and 100% a solid black (full ink).

Special feature : Courtesy - Prashant Pandya :

Certificate of Posting(UPC)

image- Timir Shah


Under the provisions of Rule 195 of the Indian Post Office Rules , 1933 'Certificate of Posting' is granted to the public to afford an assurance that letters and other articles for which no receipts are granted by the Post Office and entrusted to servants or messengers for posting have actually been posted.

Certificate of posting is a proof of having sent a cover/letter through that particular post office. Postal stamp is to be affixed on a prescribed form / separate paper duly written the “from and to “address of the letter. The postal authorities put their seal on the paper and give us as a certificate for having posted the cover or letter submitted to them.

A mail sent under certificate of posting is just an acknowledgement by the post office that it received the mail and has no further value, unlike a registered mail which is bound to be delivered to the addressee and in case of regd. a/d where you get the acknowledgement of the addressee. UPC can only be used to prove to the addressee that you indeed posted the letter. This is usually used to send general body meeting notices by societies, companies etc.

The grant of a certificate will not however, mean that letters and articles in respect of which the certificate is issued were fully prepaid with postage stamps, nor will it guarantee in any way the dispatch of the articles entered in the certificate on the same day, unless they are handed over well in time to catch the last dispatch of mails for the day for the particular destination concerned. It must be clearly understood that the articles in respect of which such certificates are issued are not registered and that they are treated in exactly in the same manner as if they had been posted in a letter box. In the event of loss, damage or delay, the certificates will confer no claim for compensation, nor do they furnish any proof of the nature of the contests.

A certificate of posting may be obtained in respect of any Postal article for which a receipt is not given by the post office subject to the following conditions, namely :-

a. The certificate of posting written in ink must be presented to an officer on duty at the post office along with the articles to be posted, during the hours fixed for the grant of such certificates.

b. The certificate must contain an exact copy of the addresses on the articles to which it relates and must have a postage stamp, or affixed there to in payment of the prescribed fee. Impression of a licensed franking machine will be accepted.

c. The officer on duty will, after satisfying himself, obliterate the stamp(s) and impress the    date stamp impressing against each entry made in the certificate of posting in the space provided for the purpose, indicate the time and date of posting and return the certificate to the persons presenting it. No form, which contains any over-writing, alteration or correction in the total number of articles, will however, be accepted by the Post Office.  

Various Rates Applicable per articles with effective date :

* 01-04-1878 : ½ anna per article

* 01-08-1895 : ½ anna per unregistered parcel

* 01-08-1897 : ½ anna per unregistered letter & ½ anna per six unregistered parcels

* 15-02-1906 : ¼ anna for every 3 articles - in case of unregistered letters, postcards, book packets

( including registered newspapers ) and pattern packets, posted by the same person  at one time.

: ¼ anna for every 6 articles - in case of unregistered parcels posted by the same person at one time.

* 01-07-1912 : Printed forms of Certificate of Posting ( MS – 19 ) was introduced ( Figure 1)

6 Instructions regarding use of this form on reverse side.


Fig 1 : Size : 28.6 cm X 14.4 cm

* 01-04-1915 : ½ anna per six articles including unregistered letters & parcels

* 01.04.1931 : ½ anna for every three unregistered articles ( Fig . 2 )

6 Instructions regarding use of this form on reverse side.

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Fig. 2 Size : 22.0 cm x 14.4 cm Fig 3 Wrapper of UCP Forms ( Printed in 1944 )

Smaller in Size compare to above & design changed. Date – stamp & Postage stamps to be affixed here on reverse side.( Fig 4 )


Fig 4

Revised Form No. MS-19 vide DGPO Circular No. 44 dated 13 th October 1954 “ Under Clause 1 ( 1 ) of the P & T Guide, certificate of Posting are to be given at all times of the day during which an office is open. As dispatches of mails are made at various fixed hours, it often happens that a letter or other article for which a certificate of posting is obtained is posted too late to catch the dispatch of mail for the day. In such cases members of the public sometimes get wrong impression that the articles posted by them were delayed by the Post Office. In order to obviate this misapprehension it has been decided that the Certificate of Posting granted by an office should indicate the time of posting in all cases. The forms MS-19 is accordingly being revised to provide for the entry of the hour of posting. Till such that revised form is available, the time should be noted at the top of the existing form by adding in manuscript the word

“ this day at … … … hours.” In second line.

“ Class of articles “ instead of Description of articles in 2 lines. ( Fig 5 )


Fig 5

* 01.04.1957 : 3 n.p. for every three unregistered articles ( Fig 6 to 10 )


Fig 6


Fig 7


Fig 8


Fig 9

7 Instructions regarding use of this form on reverse side.


Fig 10

* 01.05.1963 : 5 n.p. for every three unregistered articles ( Fig 11& 12 )


8 Instructions regarding use of this form on reverse side.


Fig 12

* 15.05.1968 : 10 paise for every three unregistered articles ( Fig 13 )


Fig 13

Today, we don’t have any printed form for Certificate of Posting. Plain sheet of paper used for posting mails, where hours is not mentioned.

* 01.06.1978 : 20 paise for every three unregistered articles ( Fig 14 )


Fig 14

* 11.06.1990 : 200 paise for every three unregistered articles ( Fig 15 )


Fig 15

* 01.02.2002 : 300 paise for every three unregistered articles ( Fig 16 )


Fig 16


Sub: Discontinuation of 'Certificate of Posting'.
G. Posts No.2-4/2008-PO dated 23.02.2011.

Under the provisions of Rule 195 of the Indian Post Office Rules , 1933 'Certificate of Posting' is granted to the public to afford an assurance that letters and other articles for which no receipts are granted by the Post Office and entrusted to servants or messengers for posting have actually been posted.

It has since been decided that' Certificate of Posting' may be discontinued immediately.

A copy of Gazette Notification No. 58(E) dated 31.1.2011 deleting rule 195 of the Indian Post Office Rules, 1933 regarding 'Certificate of Posting' is enclosed for information and necessary action.
This may kindly be brought to the notice of all concerned for strict compliance.

The receipt of this communication may also be acknowledged.
Director (PO&I)



New Delhi, the 31st January, 2011

GSR.58(E)- In exercise of the powers conferred by clause (d) of sub-section (2) of Section 21 read with section 74 of the Indian Post Office Act, 1898 (6 of 1898), the Central Government hereby makes the following rules further to amend the Indian Post Office Rules, 1933, namely:-
1. (1) These rules may be called the Indian Post Office (Third Amendment) Rules, 2011.
2. In the Indian Post Office Rules, 1933, in part VIII relating to "General Rules", the heading "III-Certificate of Posting "and rule 195 shall be omitted.
Ref : I was inspired to prepare collection on UCP from Article of Shri. Ashok Kumar Bayanwala – Companion to MPH of India. I am thankful to Shri. Bayanwala .

-Timir Shah –Vadodara : email :

New Issues from other countries


3 August 2013 : Cultural Heritage Year


The Cultural Heritage Year as well as the tenth anniversary of the UNESCO Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage adopted by the UNESCO General Conference on 17 October 2003, which entered into force from June 2006, will be marked in Estonia by the issue of a thematic postage stamp. The aim of the heritage year is to make the people aware and to interpret cultural heritage among the wide public, both among young and old people. The scope of the year is wide and it embraces both isolated cultural monuments, as well as intangible heritage, including that of minority groups.



24 August 2013 : Military Uniform

The stamp depicts the uniforms worn by soldiers of Professional Military Service of Ground Forces during official ceremonies. The Lithuanian Army was restored on April 25, 1990. The country’s Armed Forces of the periods ~1200-1251 and 1261-1795 was called The Army of the Great Duchy of Lithuania. Lithuania of the period of 1918-1940 had the Interwar Lithuanian Army.At present, the Lithuanian Armed Forces consist of 15 thousand soldiers and civil servants. The Lithuanian Army is made of Regular Forces comprising Ground Forces, Air Forces, Naval Forces, and Special Operations Forces, Volunteer Forces and active reserve.



10 August 2013 XIV World Championships in Athletics 2013

Summer World Championships in Athletics are organized by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF). The competition is held every two years and lasts 9 days. From 10 to 18 August 2013 the World Championship will be held for the first time in Moscow, Russia, on Luzhniki Stadium.The stamp features competing athletes and the logo of XIV World Championships in Athletics 2013.

Reader’s Right

The agony of sending the last telegram

I, like many friends went to the telegraph office in Visakhapatnam on 10 July to send 6 telegrams. Though 3 telegrams reached the destination, the other three sent to Bangalore were not received. I went to the telegraph office after two days and complained that they were not received. The answer was a prompt 'probably no one at home'. I after confirmation intimated them that there were always two people at the recipient’s home. ‘Answer we will verify and let you know' and took my number.

The recipient my daughter in Bangalore  tried to get it by ringing up various telegraph offices with answers we do not know contact the Main Telegraph office. When she persistently rang up the Central Telegraph Office the answer was you have to come here to verify the receipt. Since it was 26 kms from her home she did not go.

Next day again I went to the Visakhapatnam Telegraph office and requested them to at least to give me the Certified copies of the telegrams. They did it after a wait of nearly one hour by charging Rs.20 extra for each telegram.

- Cdr. G Sri Ramarao, I.N.(Retd.) - Visakhapatnam

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The Lighter Side

The unissued stamps of the World…Part 2

This is a series from the collection Hedley Adams Mobb. He had the finest collection of unissued stamps. Some great philatelic enthusaiasts like Franklin D’ Roosevelt, Pope Pius XII and Boswll Sisters donated him their collections. The details have been taken from website : The World of Hedley Adams Mobb

imageLike most boys of the period Hedley Adams Mobb collected everything from birds' eggs to cigarette cards. By his fifteenth birthday he had amassed a fine collection of Penny Blacks. His grandfather Adam Adams, a local Liberal politician, was friendly with Mr. Gladstone and Sir Ewerby Thorpe - Keeper of the King's Philately. In 1919 Thorpe gave Hedley Mobbs the responsibility of looking after the 'Unissueds' that were in The Royal Collection. This was because King George V didn't appreciate or want them and they could not be sold. Hedley Mobbs put together the finest collection of 'Unissueds' from the world over. The collection spanned a period of fifty years. In 1969 Hedley Mobbs died - the collection lives on.


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1. Issued       2. Unissued


Acacia dealbata or mimosa, has perhaps the sweetest bouquet of all flowers.A native of Australia the name nearly appeared on the 1959 2/3 definitive. However, The Acacia & Robinia Society (Eastern Suburbs) pointed out that the species shown is not mimosa but acacia grandiflora or wattle, a close relative.

It has willow-like leaves, unlike mimosa’s fern-like fronds. The design was hastily ammended to read ‘WATTLE’ as this was quicker than redrawing the complex leaves of the mimosa. In 1963 an experimental design incorporating the name 'Oz' instead of Australia, was put forward as most locals found it a bit easier to read.



Polar Bear

One of the great stamp design gaffes of all time. The badge of the colony, an elephant standing by a palm tree, was the agreed subject matter of the new stamps. Designer H. L. Bennett-Bigley, who was eighty-three at the time and somewhat eccentric, mistakenly submitted the design with a polar bear on an ice-floe, by a palm tree. The plates were made and proofed. Only then was the error noticed. H. L. Bennett-Bigley died three months later, in Seaton Carew, of shame - and the elephant returned to its rightful position.




After years of travelling by Dak Bullock Cart the Indian Authorities decided to update the design for the 2As 6ps stamp. It was decided that as more and more Indian families owned motor cars it would be desirable to depict such a vehicle. The design shows a speeding car entitled Jalopy. Messrs.Gandhi & Co. were not impressed. Postal labour leader Kharv Uretta called it, “Western values on four wheels.”

So the Jalopy was garaged. To this day privately-owned motor vehicles are banned from Indian stamps.




Maltese Falcon

What started out as an April Fool’s joke nearly ended up as the 1/- value for the 1938 definitive set. The design was drafted by W. W. Higgins at Waterlow’s and submitted on 1st April 1937. The fact that no such bird exists escaped the authorities’ notice and the falcon, with the Maltese Cross on its chest, almost made it. However, the Governor - General’s Secretary, Henderson Pippit, a keen ornithologist, twigged it was a leg-pull. Higgins duly accepted early retirement. The Maltese Girl replaced the disgraced bird of prey.

Editor’s Mail Box

Dear Madam

August month’s  issue  mostly on telegrams is interesting.   Your  newsletter seems to be very popular,  having obtained information,  correspondents  from Reuters and CNN-IBN  happened to visit our place for  interviews  about telegrams and my service years in CTO new Delhi and pictures shooting. It was all very interesting and flattering for an ordinary collector/philatelist/retired telegraphist.

My grandson presently in Switzerland was surprised to see our pictures in German newspapers and so were my son and friends in Germany.   It was an interesting week. Unfortunately with demise of telegram, efficiency also died.  Till today   some telegrams I sent and others sent to me have not been delivered. Telegram provided me livelihood and  joy for 33 years and a wonderful life.

As nothing is permanent, it had to leave us.

- Ranjit Singh

AN/18-C,Shalimar bagh, Delhi-110088

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.Virtual Stamp Club It is website for On Line collectors. Membership is free. Many collectors around the world are its members.

3. Stamp Magazine - This blog is updated by Adrian Keppel every Friday with new Articles on a variety of subjects.

4.Indian Thematics - - A new blog created by noted Thematic Philatelist Mr Dinesh Chandra Sharma. This blog is all about Thematic Philately.

5. 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.

6. 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 !!

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

8.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.

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

10.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.

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

12. Phila Mirror : : The Indian Philately Journal

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

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

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

16. 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.

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

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

19. The Philatelist - - A blog with lot of info about stamps and philatelic activities around the world.

20. Phila India - - Website created by Mahesh Reddiar with lot of info and articles on philately .


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, Ahmedabad.


This is a blog of e-stamp Club . The idea of this blog is to extend philatelic fraternity in all corners of the world. Readers may write about themselves with their collecting interests and share new ideas with other philatelists. New Post on recent issues, news on stamp activities and Contribution by members are published every day on this blog.Readers may also express their views on any philatelic matter which will be published under Club News at Rainbow Stamp Cub Blog. Philatelic Clubs and Societies may also send brief write ups. News about new issues of India and abroad and other information related with Philately are regularly posted on this blog. Readers may send reports on new issues, special covers, cancellations & philatelic activities of their area for inclusion in this Blog. - Editor

Promotional Section

Dear Friends,

Every edition of the “Year Book of Indian Philately” has deservingly earned its place as an important reference book for every philatelist interested in any aspect of Indian Philately. It has been established as a contemporary guide for the philatelists interested in Indian philately, and a “must” addition to the library of every philatelist interested in any aspect of Philately. The importance of the publication reflects from the fact that it has won a medal at every exhibition / competition it has participated in, so far. The latest being a SilverMedal at the IPhLA 2012 : Germany, a most comprehensive and the only, International Philatelic Literature Exhibition held at Meinz, Germany, early November 2012 and a Silver Bronze at Sharjah 2012, the 28thAsian International Philatelic Exhibition.

As a philatelist friendly endeavor, we have designed an offer for friends who wish to have various editions / issues of the Year Book in their library. The offer is designed in a way that you will not be able to resist this.

We have prepared a limited number of sets of the Year Book, consisting the 2009, 2010, 2011 & 2012 editions. These sets are on offer for the desiring philatelists at a very reasonable and attractive price. Against the combined cover price of Rs 900/- plus packing and postage for the set, we are offering the set @ Rs 650/- per set and as a bonus, registered postage to anywhere in India will be paid by us for this offer.

This is a short time offer and will be executed strictly on “ First Come First Served” basis only for first 25 orders.

Please rush your orders if interested. Remit your amount by Money Order to the following address :

MADAN MIDDHA, Saket Vihar, Phalka Bazar, Gwalior 474 001

The Year Book set will be dispatched to you by registered post, immediately on receipt of your remittance.


Madan Middha, Editor.

Alyssah  Xeniah C. Alcala writes from Philippines

To improve my "Her Majesty QUEEN ELIZABETH II" exhibit and enhance its chances to win more awards for my future philatelic exhibitions,  I am interested with QE II philatelic items like QE II specimen,  unusual shape stamps,  and philatelic items issued by India,  Bhutan, Trucial States,  Labuan,  Iran,  St. Kitts,    Burkina Faso,  Ethiopia,  Chad,  Comoro Islands,  Namibia,  Zimbabwe,  Mozambique,  and Cameroon.   Other QE II stamps and covers will also be considered.   Please check out my website :

Alyssah Xeniah C. Alcala

Reymar Compound, 4301 Lucena City, Philippines

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