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

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Rainbow September 2015


EuroBasket 2015 - 5 to 20 September 2015


Date of Issue : 4 September 2015

EuroBasket 2015 will be the 39th edition of the EuroBasket championship that is organised by FIBA Europe running from 5–20 September 2015.The host nations are France, Croatia, Germany and Latvia.

Dehradun September 2015 Vol. VIII Issue # 93

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

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Ms. Jeevan Jyoti, c / o Mr. Ajay Srivastav, Wildlife Institute of India, Chandrabani, Dehradun – 248002. India

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Dear Reader,

I am pleased to release September 2015 Issue of Rainbow Stamp News. It will complete eight years after 3 months and 100th issue after seven months. This long journey of the publication of Rainbow Stamp News has been possible only because of its distinguished contributors, readers and my fellow philatelist friends.I thank you all for your love, appreciation and contribution.

We have observed that Indian participation in International philatelic exhibitions is declining day by day. We find only few names that appear in each and every award list of the  exhibitions. The reason behind less number of entries in International philatelic exhibitions is high cost of participation charges. National Philatelic Federation should do something to encourage more participation of Indian philatelists in International shows. We find that other expenses charged from the participants is approximately equal to the entry fee. So total expenditure spent by the participant is almost double of the entry fee. It would be really nice If anything could be done to reduce these expenses from the participants . If this suggestion is considered  more philatelists will be encouraged to participate in the international philatelic exhibitions.

This is all for this month. More in next issue.

Happy Collecting !

-- Jeevan Jyoti


§ From the Desk of Naresh Agrawal

§ Recent Indian Issues

§ In The News

§ Beginners’ Section

§ Specialized Section

§ Lighter Side

§ New Issues from Other Countries

§ Promotional Section

§ Philatelic Clubs and Society

§ Blogs & Websites on Philately

§ Current Philatelic Magazines – Newsletter


clip_image008From the Desk of Naresh Agrawal


In various stamp auctions or even with the dealers selling collections, I have seen very good collections being sold at throw away prices without giving any proper description and true honour to the philatelist who spent whole of his life to build the same. On inquiry about the nature of collection and the material it contains, the reply never specify the soul and essence of collection, but gives brief details about some costly items, a few rare items, if available and quantity. Why it is so? True the collector either leaves behind the same after his death or might have sold the same out of financial needs. In fact, the main interest in such sale is financial and not emotional or philatelic. I think, a life long effort, search, research and sacrifice to build that collection by the collector is never reflected or displayed because of lack of proper description and information. This is due to the fact that there is no such policy or practice to appreciate and value the efforts of a collector. Some collections are valued more as those are labeled as award winning collections.

Well, I want to say that essence of a particular collection practically dies with the death of the collector or as it gets separated from a collector. To preserve the efforts and study of a collector there is a need of developing some practices both at individual collector level and at club/society or study circle level. In philatelic display and exhibitions, preference is given to philatelic items with short write up. Some very good items lying in the collection are left in the stock books and so goes un-displayed so un-noticed. Undoubtedly certain societies appreciate philatelic literature which gives philatelists to write something about their collection or to write their philatelic experience. What should be done to check this? Philatelic exhibitions does not give opportunity to give details about the collection. Only a part of the collection with certain specific items can be displayed. Hence, the efforts made by a collector are not displayed,exhibited or reflected truly.I feel there should be some assessing team to check, assess and write about not only the exhibits but the collections of the philatelists. The beginning should be from the society or club level. Good collections with good information and materials should be kept recorded and well informed in the philatelic fields. Collection wise recognition and appreciation should be given to respective philatelists as is given on exhibit wise. In fact, an exhibit is not the true display of one’s collection. I want, that a good collection should not remain un noticed. The philatelists should be given opportunity to speak, to write, to display their collection other than the specific displays which have space restrictions and other limitations. Some digital platforms should be made to help this cause.

We must not forget that majority of stamp collectors do not love exhibiting in competitive exhibitions but love to collect and study more and more. They love elaborations and aesthetics of the collection. One of my friend left behind him a well elaborated, colourful, very vast and beautiful collection titled “Pictorial Art Through Ages”. He did not participate in any high level exhibition as he knew that collection with its selected form displayed as competitive exhibit will not come in terms will the rules and regulations of exhibiting to get any award. He loved displaying his collection in totality with no much changes. That was not possible. And there such a beautiful, vast and well elaborated collection remained un noticed. There are several such collections which deserves to be viewed by philatelic fraternity but can not be because of lack of any such policy.

Hence, I suggest that we should develop some new methods so that collections and not exhibits reach the heart of big philatelic fraternity with no restrictions as there in philatelic competitive exhibiting.

- Naresh Agrawal : email :

With profound grief, I am very sorry to inform the readers that Mr Naresh Agrawal, our regular colunnist, recently lost his elder brother. Our deepest condolences to Naresh Ji and his family members. May his brother's soul rest in peace and god give them strength to bear this great loss in the family. No words to express, Naresh ji still contributed to this column this month - Editor


Recent Indian Issues



· 18 April 2015 – Patna High Court – Rs 5

· 21 April 2015 - Old Seminary Kottayam - Rs 5

· 21 June 2015 – International day of Yoga – Rs 5

· 17 July 2015 - Nabakalebara 2015 – Rs 5

· 24th August 2015 - Samrat Ashoka



Recent Special Covers



27 August 2015 - Commemorating Legacy of Le Corbusier – two covers

22 August 2015 – 376th Madras Day Celebration – Fort St George , Chennai

21 August 2015 - 100 years of Nagari Pracharini Sabha, Deoria

17 August 2015 - Madhubani Painting, Patna

16 August 2015 - Bi-Centenary Birth Celebration of St. Don Bosco, Panaji


3 August 2015 – Mahatma Basaweshwar - Ling Puja, Udgir

24 July 2015 - Eturnagaram Wildlife Sanctuary - Eturnagaram

23 July 2015 - Coal Mines, Godavarikhani

22 July 2015 - Kaleshwara Muktheshwara Swamy Temple, Kaleshwaram

21 July 2015 - Papikondalu Mountain Range - Narsapuram

20 July 2015 – Dr KS Shah Birth Centenary Year - Jamnagar

19 July 2015 - Lord Sri Laxmi Narasimha Swamy Devasthanam, Dharmapuri

16 July 2015 - Kaleshwara Muktheshwara Swamy Temple, Kaleshwaram- Mahadevapur

16 July 2015 - Temple dedicated to Lord Rama
- Bhadrachalam

View : Special Covers

In The News


Indian Winners at SINGAPORE 2015 – World Stamp Exhibition



Damayanti  Pittie - Pre Stamp Postal History of British India 1779-1854
Large Gold Medal with Special Prize + Candidate for Grand Prix International, 96 points (Postal History Class)

Anil Suri - Fiscals of Cochin

Large Gold Medal, 95 points (Revenues Class)

Pragya Jain - A Study of the First Issue of India (1852-1854)

Large Vermeil Medal, 89 points (Traditional Class)

James E P Cochin State Postal History
Large Vermeil Medal, 85 points (Postal History Class)

Pragya Jain - I am bow and this is my story

Vermeil Medal, 83 points (Thematic Class)

Vijay Seth - Centenary of Indian Airmails 1911-2014

Large Silver Medal, 76 points (Literature Class)

Dinesh Sharma - Chandra The History of Olympic Games Through Philately

Silver Bronze Medal, 65 points (Literature Class)

Pradip Jain - India - 1929 Airmail Stamps

92 points with Special Prize (One Frame Class)

Exhibits At SINGAPORE 2015 from other countries on India

Gold Medal with Special Prize, Postal History Class
UAE: Johansen, Thomas Development of Postal Service in Bahrain 1884-1948 (Previous title - Bahrain Postal History - The Indian Period)

Large Vermeil Medal, Postal History Class
Kuwait: Abdul Mughni,Khaled Kuwait Postal History - Indian Era

Large Vermeil Medal, Postal Stationery Class
USA: Jaiswal, Sandeep British India - Queen Victoria Postal Stationery

Large Vermeil Medal, Revenues Class
Saudi Arabia: Fatima Abdullah, Sebah Fiscal Stamps of Indore & Jaora (Indian States)

Large Vermeil Medal, Literature Class
Pakistan: Isani, Usman Ali “Pakistan” Overprints on “Service” PostCards of British India with forms used by North Western Railways

Vermeil Medal, Revenues Clas
Saudi Arabia: Mohamed Kamal,Safdar Indian Fiscal Stamps

Vermeil Medal, Literature Class
Germany: Heinrich Kohler Auktionshaus Edition D’or Vol XX: Classic India & Scinde 1600-1858 - The Jochen Heddergott Collection

Vermeil Medal, Literature Class
Saudi Arabia: Mohamed Kamal, Safdar Indian State Revenue

Large Silver Medal - Traditional Class
Hong Kong: Chow, Dennis The World’s First Omnibus Issue: 400th Anniversary of Portuguese Vasco de Gama’s Discovery of the Route to India 

Extraordinary stamp with real fabric from Adidas


A new unique and extraordinary stamp to be issued by New Zealand Post on 2nd September 2015 featuring iconic jersey  of All Blacks. The New Zealand national men's rugby union team, officially nicknamed the All Blacks, represents New Zealand in men's rugby union, which is regarded as the country's national sport. The All Blacks are the holders of the Rugby World Cup and are the 2014 World Rugby Team of the Year.

New Zealand Post has designed a special edition of All Blacks stamp. There’s a certain mana and prestige that comes with being part of the All Blacks ‒ it’s an honour reserved only for New Zealand’s very best rugby players. The ultimate symbol of the All Blacks is their iconic jersey, to which the Post Office pays tribute in this official All Blacks stamp and coin issue that will become available for purchasing on the 2nd of September.

This exciting, innovative stamp contains real fabric supplied by adidas from the All Blacks 2015 Home Replica Jersey. The fabric has been printed on with precision to include the All Blacks logo, the adidas logo and the AIG logo, and then die-cut to replicate the real jersey worn on the field. The jersey is applied to gummed stamp paper, with the complete design replicating a framed jersey.

Bird of the year 2015 in Germany



On November 8th a new pictorial postmark will be issued at 74405 GAILDORF. The postmark is featuring a flying goshawk (Accipiter gentilis), bird of the year 2015 in Germany.




During a philatelic exhibition from November 28th to November 29th 2015 at the Region Rhoen in Thuringia (Germany) will  issue    a postcard (stationery , a special card and a pictorial postmark on November 28th at 98617 RHÖNBLICK-HELMERSHAIUSEN. All items are featuring the BIRD OF THE YEAR 2015 in Germany. It´s a Gosh hawk (Accipiter gentilis).


-Wolfgang Beyer, Vice Chairman of the German Collector Group ArGe ZOOLOGIE. Mail:

Recent Stamp Exhibitions

PHILATAIPEI 2016 : World Stamp Championship Exhibition


Mr. Anil Suri is appointed the National Commissioner for India of PHILATAIPEI 2016 World Stamp Championship Exhibition being held at Taipei, Taiwan from October 21 to 26, 2016. This is fourth World Stamp Championship show which will be the highest level of competition in philately where the best philatelists in the world will compete for awards.  There will be 3 finalists: The World Champion, First Runner Up and Second Runner Up.  The World Champion is therefore recognized as having won the highest award in the world's stamp competitive exhibitions. The first WSC was held in Singapore in 2004 and incidentally Anil Suri was also the National Commissioner for India for this. The 2nd and 3rd WSC were held in Israel 2008 and Indonesia 2012 respectively.

The World Stamp Championship takes the competition beyond Grand Prix at FIP world philatelic exhibitions. The eligibility to participate in the World Stamp Championship Class that is limited to Traditional Philately and Postal History is having won Gold, Large Gold, Grand Prix National, Grand Prix International, Grand Prix d'Honneur or Grand Prix d'Exposition at the exhibitions with patronage or auspices of FIP. The restrictions imposed vide FIP GREX 9.1 and 9.6 applicable to the FIP Championship Class and Grand Prix d'Honneur respectively do not apply to the World Stamp Championship Class.

GREX Article 9.1 - Participation in the FIP Championship Class is restricted to exhibits which have received 95 or more points in FIP World Exhibitions in any three separate years during the previous 10 years.

GREX Article 9.6 - On receiving the Grand Prix d'Honneur in the FIP Championship, or having completed eligibility under Article 9.4, an exhibit may only be shown out of competition by the same owner.

PHILATAIPEI 2016 will have following classes in addition to the World Stamp Championship Class: Traditional, Postal History, Postal Stationery, Aerophilately, Thematic, Revenue, Youth, Literature, One Frame and Modern Philately.

The Entry Fee for One-Frame Exhibit is US$120, and for Literature the Fee is US$90 per exhibit. The participation is free for Youth Class. The Entry Fee for all other classes is US$80 per frame.

The forms will be made available soon. The last date for submitting the forms is January 15, 2016.

Those interested in participating may please contact the National Commissioner for India of PHILATAIPEI 2016 World Stamp Championship Exhibition, Anil Suri, E-70 Kalkaji, New Delhi 110019, email: , Mobile 9811176908.

World Stamp Show-NY 2016

World Stamp Show, New York 2016 will be held from 28th May to 4th June 2016 at New York, USA.

clip_image037 clip_image039Shri Dhananjay Desai of Ahmedabad  is Commissioner  for this exhibition. He may be contacted for participation at email :

Website of exhibition :

Bulletin of exhibition can be downloaded from :

Application form is available at :

Date :  May 28-June 4, 2016

Venue : Jacob Javits Convention Center, 655 West 34th Street, New York, NY 10001 on Level 3 taking up 294,000 square feet.

Over 200,000 beginner through advanced stamp collectors, their families and friends are expected to attend this once-a-decade event.The exhibition is being organized Under the patronage of the American Philatelic Society with major support from The Collectors Club of New York and The Philatelic Foundation along with their members.

Hong Kong 2015

clip_image041clip_image043Mr Ajay Kumar Mittal has been appointed National Commissioner for HONG KONG-2015 31st Asian International Stamp Exhibition) going to be held from 20th November to 23rd November 2015.

Mobile : 9811032311, 9311332311
Email :

CG Award 2015


Presented by
Auktionshaus Christoph Gärtner GmbH & Co. KG
Organised by
Auktionshaus Christoph Gärtner GmbH & Co. KG,
Steinbeisstr. 6+8, D-74321 Bietigheim-Bissingen - Germany, Tel +49 (0)7142-789400; Fax +49 (0)7142-789410;

Conditions of participation
All working groups, societies, clubs, associations, or publishers of philatelic magazines or newsletters publishing a periodical (at least once per calendar year) are entitled to participate.
Periodicals submitted must be periodicals published between September 1st, 2014 and August 31st, 2015 to qualify.

Closing Date
for entries is September 30th, 2015
Registration and Submission
To register please fill out the application form (; also available in printed form from the organizing committee) and submit 4 copies of one periodical published after August 31st, 2014 to the organizing committee. We accept submissions in all languages, however an adequate English, German or French translation must be provided for publications in other languages. Application forms have to be filled out in German or English.

Entries for this year’s award must be received by September 30th, 2015. You can find the participating conditions under Regulations.

Thanjaipex 2015


Thanjaipex 2015, Thanjavur District Level Philatelic Exhibition to be held on 3rd and 4th September 2015 at Thanjavur.

Thanjaipex 2015, Thanjavur District Level Philatelic Exhibition is organized on 3rd and 4th September 2015 at Thanjavur by Thanjavur Postal Division. Entries to the competitive group will be limited to the Philatelists of Thanjavur District. Entries from Philatelists of Central Region will also be entertained subject to availability of frames, space etc. Dealer’s booth is available at a nominal rent of Rs. 2000/- for both days of the Exhibition. Philatelic Workshop and Quiz will also be organized during the exhibition.

Dates: 3rd and 4th September 2015.
Venue: Perarignar Anna Nootrandu Kalaiarangam (Near Old bus stand and opposite to RM Hospital), Thanjavur, Tamilnadu.

Contact for more information:

Secretary, Thanjaipex 2015
O/o Senior Superintendent of Post Offices,
Thanjavur Division,
MKM Mooppanar Road,
THANJAVUR – 613 001

Phone No.: +91-4362-237 055



For the first time in India a Philatelic exhibition got its name. Normally philatelic exhibition in India know as WEBPEX( West Bengal Philatelic Exhibition) or INPEX (India National Philatelic Exhibition) etc. But this time WEBPEX will be known as DAKER SAAJ. Department of Posts, West Bengal Circle organized a State level competition for NAME- The prize winning name is DAKER SAAJ and the winner is Kaushik Dey. DAKER SAAJ has double meaning here (1) This is known as the attire of Devi Durga. In 19th century Silver Foil ornaments, and decorative materials were imported from Germany through Postal system and thus in Bengal this particular attire of Devi Durga was referred to as “DAKER SAAJ”.Today “Daker Saaj” is one of the most traditional and popular form of attire of Devi Durga but very few know the origin of this term.(2) In philatelic exhibition all the exhibit pages are arranged or being SAAJ with Postal Materials.So the exhibition can easily be called DAKER SAAJ.

Exhibition will be held at ACADEMY OF FINE ARTS, Kolkata from 8-13th October 2015.Logo: Design by me with the help of my younger brother Babul
For further information contact:Philatelic Bureau, Kolkata GPO

- Dipok Dey, Kolkata

Postal Auction

A detailed list of "ITS Postal Auction No.70" with 140 Lots of Indian stamps, Miniature sheets, Sheet-lets, Thematic sets from different countries etc available at

Download now and send your bids as soon as possible – Last date is 26.09.2015

Scans of the lots available at

Beginners’ Section



A postage stamp design error is a mistake made during the design phase of the postage stamp production process. Design errors most commonly occur as minor mistakes, such as a missing letter in the binomial name of an organism depicted on the stamp, but some have been major gaffes, such as a map appearing to lay claim to another country's territory, or the depiction of the wrong person on the stamp.

A design error caught during the production process may disappear quietly, with copies of the error only getting into the public's hands via unscrupulous employees (these are therefore not considered "real" stamps). Design errors are often caught during the distribution process, when large numbers of postal workers are scrutinizing the new stamp; although officials may elect to withdraw all the stamps at that point, it is very difficult to retrieve every one of them, and in these instances a few may end up being sold and used. The exact circumstance are important, because once the stamp is sold to a customer, whether or not against the postal service's rules, it is considered to be legitimate.

The Legends of the West sheet was a particularly difficult case. Shortly before the release of this commemorative series (and after sheets had already been sent to post offices and found their way into collectors' hands), a claim was made that the image of Bill Pickett used for his stamp's painting was actually an image of his brother Ben. The United States Postal Service decided to recall the stamps and re-issue them later with Pickett's stamp based on an image known with certainty to be him. The USPS sold the entire run of erroneous stamps at face value by lottery.
Somewhat rarer is a design error that is first noticed by a member of the public. This usually happens within a few days of the stamp first going on sale, and usually ends up as the subject of newspaper articles. A recent example of this is the Maya Angelou stamp issued by the U.S. Postal Service on April 7, 2015. The stamp contains a quotation that had been frequently attributed to Ms. Angelou, but was really written by Joan Walsh Anglund. In this circumstance, the Postal Service was unaware of the real author until it was brought to their attention by The Washington Post.
The response of postal officials may include withdrawal of all the stamps, or simply the suspension of printing and distribution, pending revision and reprinting. If the stamps are withdrawn, then the ones already out there become instant rarities, as happened with the PRC's "All China is Red" stamp of 1968. The withdrawn stamps may be destroyed or overprinted if the design can be repaired that way.

Design errors occurring during chaotic times such as revolutions will simply become a topic of discussion for future philatelists. Similarly for errors occurring in highly technical aspects, such as the spelling of a scientific name of a plant or animal, and may not be noticed during the stamp's period of use.


1.Monaco postage stamp of FDR examining his stamps, 1947. Note the design error -- his hand at the right has five fingers plus a thumb!


2.A GDR stamp in 1956 commemorated Robert Schumann, but the musical score in the background was actually by Franz Schubert (top stamp). The lower stamp is a corrected version.


3.This Philippine stamp of 1932 is captioned Pagsanjan Falls, but actually depicts Vernal Fall.

Courtesy – Dipok Dey

In Next Issue, read an article in this section  by our youngest philatelic writer  Arun Singhimage a student of  class IX , Amity International School Vasundhara, Ghaziabad.- Young philatelists are invited to write articles for this section. - Editor

Specialized Section

Some Remarkable Cancellations and Postmarks – 31

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Bombay Urban Cancellations (Renouf Types 22a and 22b)

In Type 22a and 22b and similar sub-varieties were prescribed for Bombay Urban Post- Offices, with numbers extending to 13. The number “1” was allotted to the head office. There are larger ovals 25 by 18mm, with heavy lines framing the urban post offices numbers as follows:

“SW/2”, “SE/3”, “WC/4”, EC/5”, “E/6”, “W/7“, „C“, „C/8“, „N/9“, „10“, „S/10“, “S”, “11”, “12”, “13”.

Remarkable is the duplication of “10”, as well as the appearance of “C” and “S” without number. The left duplex repeats the urban device or part of it, where the post office is represented merely by a number, the left duplex gives the name of the post office.

Type 22b is similar to 22a in most respects. It differs from 22a in the thickness of the parallel lines which are markedly fine. In 1873 the all-India system superseded all other types and the Bombay urban offices then appear as branch offices of the Bombay head office. The difference between Renouf Types 22a and 22b are evident from their appearances.

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Type 22a is a duplex cancellation, the left half of which is a circle with a diameter of 24 mm, with “BOREEBUNDER/R.O.”” and the date “DES: 1/NOV.27”. The right duplex is a large oval 25 by 28 with 16 thin parallel lines enclosing the Post Office Number “12”.


1876 Cover from Bombay to the Nawab of Hyderabad Deccan, with 2x Half Anna QV

adhesives obliterated by Type 22a “BOMBAY /DES 6/ AUG 15 = C/8” cancellation, with

thin parallel lines


Postal stationery Card (HG 1) from Bombay to Wankaner with Type 22b cancellation,reading“Bombay S.W./DES / MAR 25=S.W./2” with thick parallel lines& Arrival Mark“WANKANER/ MAR:27”

Any correspondence is welcome -- Dr Avinash B. Jagtap : email :

Unique Philatelic Elements:

“Proof of Delivery Card” and “Intimation Card” (Part. 2)


© Dr.Satyendra Kumar Agrawal


Similar to Proof of Delivery cards,Speed Post Business Office at Mangalore introduced multi-colored illustrated Intimation Cards dropped by the Postman for the purpose of informing the arrival of Speed Post article if the addresseeis not available at the address.


Intimation Card

Not issued in large numbers these Intimation Cards also depicted Flora-Fauna, local traditions and cultural heritage of Karnataka.


Flying Bird

Buffalo Race

Coastal Karnataka has a long historical and cultural tradition. Situated on the West Coast, it has attracted many foreign traders from Europe, the Middle East and even Israel for centuries. Mangalore was under Portuguese for some time and later under Tippu Sulthan until the British defeated him. The stamp of various cultures is evident along this coast. There has since been a dilution in the original culture over the years.

However, in the villages a rich local culture aligned to religion and the temple is still very evident.

The Buffalo Race is one of the oldest sports in KAMBALA region. This event is the highlight of a major festival organized by the villagers. It takes place on a muddy track adjoining a rice fieldusually on Sundays in winter season.


Traditional Buffalo Race in Paddy Puddle

Thousand Pillars temple at Moodbidri

Moodbidri is a small town about 37 km northeast of Mangalore, in Karnataka, known as the 'Jain Kashi' of South India. It is an ancient center of Jain religion, culture, art and architecture during 14th - 16th centuries.Jains from all parts of India come here to worship in the famous 18 Jaina basadis that are dedicated to the memory of the Tirthankars.

Moodbidri houses 18 Jain temples (basadis). The oldest of them is the 15th century Chandranatha Basadi, which is also known as the 1000 (Thousand) Pillars temple or 'Savira Kambada basadi'.

It is a large granite temple built in 1430 A.D. during the regime of Vijayanagar king Devarai II. Lower portion of this temple is built with stone consisting one thousand pillars and upper portion with wood, an excellent work of art dedicated to Tirthankar Chandra Prabhuji.The main entrance of the thousand pillar temple, which faces the east, opens onto a wonderful 15 meter tall monolithic pillar called Mahastamba in front of the doorway.

The 2.5 meter tall bronze idol of Lord Chandranatha Swami in the sanctum hall is considered to be very sacred. The pillars of this basadi are decorated with carvings typical of Vijayanagarstyle.

The temple pillars have been beautifully constructed with the help of engravings or hippogryphs. Hippogryphs are the carvings of the charging horses. These sculpted horses are often seven to eight feet tall. There are certain pillars too that do not have such horse engravings. These pillars have been adorned with characters that appear in the Indian mythology. The outer walls of the shrine and court depict scenes from the epics of Ramayana and Mahabharata. There are sculptures on the pillars in the halls, in the panels between the plinth and the cornice moldings of the basement. The gopurams of some of the temples have intricately carved sculpture.

The 'mandapas' are decorated with sculpted miniature elephants.Such features of Vijayanagar sculptures render a fantastic look to the temples.


Thousand Pillars temple (Front)


Thousand Pillars temple (Reverse)

Illustrated PODs and ICs are only issued by Speed Post Business Office at Mangalore havingpictures of local culture, tradition and historical places etc. depicted on one face of these cards are not in large number.

Mangalore also issued a new Intimation card has the advertisement of the various services provided by India Post.


Advertising Intimation Card

Recently the intimation card and POD has lost its importance as tracking facility is available through internet and intimation is made through phone, SMS etc.


Speed Post-movement-status on Internet

IMP : In Ist part of this article published in August 2015, a mistake is pointed out by Sudhir Jain ji of Satna, MP – Instead of “Gommateshwara” Proof of delivery card depicts RATNAGIRI BAHUBALI OF DHARMSTHALA. Height is 39 feet and situated at Dharmsthala, District South Kannada, Karnataka. It was established by Dr. VeerendraHeggade of Dharmasthala in the year 1982.Thanks to him and also for images of Intimation Cards.

- Dr Satyendra Kumar Agrawal : email :


Fiscal Stamps of Bahrain



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Bahrain is a small island country situated near the western shores of the Persian Gulf. It is an archipelago with Bahrain Island, the largest land mass. In the late 1800s, following successive treaties with the British, Bahrain became a protectorate of the United Kingdom. In 1971, Bahrain declared independence. Formerly a state, Bahrain was declared a Kingdom in 2002.

Court Fee Stamps

No special Court Fee stamps for Bahrain are known to have been issued in the British era, but Court Fee adhesives of India were used there in the 1930s and 1940s. These can easily be identified from the large double-ring cancel inscribed HM's Political Agency / Bahrain, as shown here.



1944 use of 'Bahrain Landing permit' bearing Indian 1937 6 Rs purple 'Court Fee' pair tied by violet BAHRAIN POLITICAL AGENCY hand stamp.

Revenue stamps

The first revenue stamps of Bahrain were issued in 1924. Prior to that, Indian revenue stamps were used on documents. Revenue stamps have been used for Land Registry documents, driver’s permits and the Dhow Registry.

The first series consisted of seven values from 4 annas to 100 Rupees and were printed by Waterlow & Sons Ltd, in Great Britain. A number of varieties exist including perforate and imperforate stamps, colour trials and bisects. These are very rare genuinely used and most copies that exist are specimens. In about 1950, the 1 Rupee value was surcharged 2 RUPEES, and this is the rarest stamp of this series. The first series consisted of pictorial designs – merchants (4a), harbour (8a), falconry (1r), oysters and pearls (5r), donkey transport (10r), camels (50r), oasis (100r). The sizes of the stamps were 56 x 49 mm (4a, 1r, 100r) or 49 x 56 mm (others), Perf 12½ and no watermark. They were printed (collotype) by Waterlow in sheets of 20 and had inscriptions in black. According to Cooper, the 50r and 100r are known in both perf 12½ and perf 9½, with the 100r also known in perf 12. All values are known as printer's samples with security punch holes and a Waterlow & Sons Specimen handstamp, either perf 9½ (4a, 8a, 10r, 100r) or imperf (8a, 1r, 5r, 50r). All values are also known as perf 12½ samples with punch holes but without handstamp. These are illustrated below.


The complete set of Bahrain's first revenue issue, each value with a punched hole indicating that they are unissued samples. Set of samples without specimen handstamp, all perf 12½.

These samples were originally distributed in leather folders with the words Waterlow & Sons Limited Specimens of Collotype Stamps on the cover, as shown below.



Set of samples with Waterlow Specimen handstamp, perf 9½ or imperf


1920s? 2R on 1R black. Previous issue surcharged 2 RUPEES in black. Perforation unknown.

The second revenue series was issued in 1953. These stamps were similar to contemporary postage stamps but with the

word REVENUE added in the design.


1953. Portrait of Sheikh Salman bin Hamad al-Khalifa (4a to 1r) or pictorial designs: dhow (5R), Khamis Mosque (10R), royal palace (50R), fresh water pool and date palms (100R). 17 x 22½ mm, perf 12½ (4a to 1R); 22½ x 37 mm, perf 11½ x 12 (others). No watermark. Printed (recess) by De La Rue.

4a bronze-green, 8a deep carmine, 1R light blue, 5R black and slate-blue, 10R black and bright green, 50R indigo and chocolate and 100R black and claret

Barefoot also records a 500R blue-green and black, but this is not listed by Cooper.


Two shades of the 1R

Four years later, in 1957, the low values of this set were reissued in the new currency (paisa) and in new colours.


1957 – change to new currency, with 1R in a deeper shade. Perf 12½. No watermark.


1962 (earliest recorded usage). Date palm (1R green) and dhow with Arms of Bahrain (5R grey-black and slate-blue). 21½ x 37½ mm. Perf 10½. No watermark. 5R printed (litho) by Oriental Press, Bahrain (imprint at foot).

In 1961 a set of two values was issued, similar to previous designs but with the coat of arms of Bahrain instead of the Sheikh's portrait. This was locally printed, unlike the previous two issues which were printed by De La Rue. In 1961 another set was also issued; and this was reissued in fils and dinars in 1966. A fresh set with a new design was issued between 1971 and 1988, with the portrait of the Sheikh and the coat of arms. Other sets were issued in 1992 and 2014.


1963 (earliest recorded usage) with portrait of Sheikh Isa bin Salman al-Khalifa.

17 x 22½ mm, perf 12½ (50p and 1R); 22½ x 37 mm, perf 11½ x 12 (others). No watermark. Printed (recess) by De La Rue.

50p violet, 1R grey-blue, 5R black and slate-blue, 10R black and green, 50R indigo and orange-brown and 100R black and claret


Cooper also lists a 10R bisected.

Bisected diagonally on piece (image from Cooper)


1967 (earliest recorded usage) – change to new currency.

17 x 22½ mm, perf 12½ (50f and 100f); 22½ x 37 mm, perf 11½ x 12 (others).

No watermark. Printed (recess) by De La Rue.

50f violet, 100f grey-blue, 500f black and slate-blue, 1D black and bright green,

5D indigo and orange-brown and 10R black and claret.


1D black and green, perf 12½ x 12


In 1971 – Again a new design inscribed STATE OF BAHRAIN and featuring the State arms, with portrait of Sheikh Isa bin Salman. 25 x 41 mm. Perf 14½. No watermark. Printed (photo) by The Oriental Press, Bahrain (imprint at foot). Arms and inscriptions in red and black, background colour given.

50f grey, 100f ultramarine, 200f bright reddish purple, 300f orange, 500f slate-blue,

1D green, 2D light blue, 3D deep blue, 5D red-brown and 10D purple-brown

Cooper gives the following dates of issue: 1984 (200f), 1986 (2D), 1988 (3D), with the remaining values issued in 1971. Cooper also states that a 15D and 25D were issued in 1989.


1992 (earliest recorded usage). New design showing Sheikh Isa bin Salman, Arms of Bahrain and swirly pattern. Inscribed State of Bahrain in English and Arabic. 25 x 40 mm. Perf 14½. No watermark. Coat-of-Arms and portrait multicoloured, value in blue, other inscriptions in black, background colours given.

50f greenish grey, 100f green, 500f violet, 1D grey-green, 5D magenta,

10D greyish lilac and 30D bright yellow.


Earliest recorded usage of this issue: 10D used in 1992


2011 (earliest recorded usage). New issue similar to previous but now inscribed Kingdom of Bahrain at sides, no state coat-of-arms and with new royal portrait. 25 x 40 mm. Perf 14½.

No watermark. Portrait multicoloured, value in blue, other inscriptions in black, background colour given.

5D rose and 10D silver

Earliest recorded usage: April 2011 (5D).

Apart from these revenue usage of postage stamps are known. The 1960 Sheikh Salman bin Hamad al-Khalifa issue. 2R rose-red, 5R deep blue and 10R bronze-green

(27 x 31½ mm Perf 13½ x 13, no watermark), printed (recess) by De La Rue has been used as revenue.

An interesting thing to note about the revenue stamps of Bahrain is that in the period when British India or British court-fee stamps overprinted with the large double-ring cancel inscribed HM's Political Agency / Bahrain were used in the 1930s and 1940s no similar revenue stamps have been found by us. If any of our readers have come across such use of British or British Indian revenue stamps in Bahrain we would be delighted to know about it.

War Tax Stamps


c1967. Revenue adhesives with two-line Arabic War Effort handstamp in violet or red, applied by the Bahrain Customs Department.

100f grey-blue and 500f slate-blue


c1971. Similar handstamp on later revenue adhesives

100f ultramarine and 500f grey-blue


1973 (21st October). New manuscript design inscribed War Effort 5 fils in Arabic.

21 x 24 mm. Perf 14½. No watermark.

5f light blue and blue. Hand stamped War Effort in Arabic


1973 (1st December). Same inscription in a new manuscript design. 21 x 24 mm. Perf 14½. No watermark. 5f pale blue

Stamp papers


1930. Flags (in red) and inscriptions, 2a black and red (image from Cooper)


1953. Sheikh Salman bin Hamad al-Khalifa, dhow and palace. Inscribed Bahrain Government in Arabic (at left) and English. 2a green on pale salmon


1961. Sheikh Isa bin Salman al-Khalifa, airport and shipping. Inscribed Bahrain Government in English (at left) and Arabic. Currency in naye paise. 12np chestnut (image from Cooper)


1966. Similar to previous but currency changed to fils. 12f chestnut (image from Cooper)


1966. As previous but with different portrait. 15f chestnut and 30f Venetian red

References & Acknowledgments

1. Jeri Cooper, The Alnis Guide to the Revenues, War Tax Issues & Cinderellas of Bahrain (Alnis Guide No 13, Glass Slipper, 1990

2. J Barefoot Ltd, British Commonwealth Revenues (8th Edition, privately published, 2008)


-Col (Dr) Jayanta Dutta & Dr Anjali Dutta - email :


Lighter Side



Earlier this year, a collector discovered that one of the Postal Service stamps featuring an American flag had 14 stripes on it. The Postal Service apologized and said that the extra stripe at the bottom was added to give the flag definition and the mistake was never caught. They have no plans to recall the stamp, but did release a statement saying they acknowledged the error and apologized for it.

Courtesy – Dipok Dey


New issues from other Countries


2 September 2015 - Jewish Festivals 2015 – Childhood Memories


Israel Post will release special stamps to celebrate the main Jewish Festivals 2015. The stamps issue has the title “Childhood Memories” and is scheduled to be put into circulation on the 2d of September.

Rosh Hashanah

Rosh Hashanah is the Jewish New Year. The Biblical name for this holiday is Yom Teruah or the Feast of Trumpets. It is the first of the High Holy Days or “Days of Awe” which usually occur in the early autumn of the Northern Hemisphere. Rosh Hashanah is a two-day celebration, which begins on the first day of Tishrei. Tishrei is the first month of the Jewish civil year, but the seventh month of the ecclesiastical year.

The day is said to be the anniversary of the creation of Adam and Eve, the first man and woman, and their first actions toward the realization of humanity’s role in God’s world. Rosh Hashanah customs include sounding the shofar (a hollowed-out ram’s horn) and eating symbolic foods such as apples dipped in honey to evoke a “sweet new year”.

Yom Kippur

Yom Kippur is probably the most important holiday of the Jewish year. Many Jews who do not observe any other Jewish custom will refrain from work, fast and/or attend synagogue services on this day. Yom Kippur occurs on the 10th day of Tishri. The holiday is instituted at Leviticus 23:26 et seq.

The name “Yom Kippur” means “Day of Atonement”, and that pretty much explains what the holiday is. It is a day set aside to “afflict the soul”, to atone for the sins of the past year. In Days of Awe, I mentioned the “books” in which G-d inscribes all of our names. On Yom Kippur, the judgment entered in these books is sealed. This day is, essentially, your last appeal, your last chance to change the judgment, to demonstrate your repentance and make amends.


Sukkot, a Hebrew word meaning “booths” or “huts”, refers to the Jewish festival of giving thanks for the fall harvest. It also commemorates the 40 years of Jewish wandering in the desert after the giving of the Torah atop Mt. Sinai. Sukkot is celebrated five days after Yom Kippur on the 15th of the month of Tishrei, and is marked by several distinct traditions. One, which takes the commandment to dwell in booths literally, is to erect a sukkah, a small, temporary booth or hut. Sukkot (in this case, the plural of sukkah) are commonly used during the seven-day festival for eating, entertaining and even for sleeping.

Sukkot also called Z’man Simchateinu (Season of Our Rejoicing), is the only festival associated with an explicit commandment to rejoice. A final name for Sukkot is Chag HaAsif, (Festival of the Ingathering), representing a time to give thanks for the bounty of the earth during the fall harvest.

Childhood memories of the annual festivals return each year like the prayer Jewish people repeat again and again, ‘Like waves that break unceasingly, into the vast sea…’

New Zealand

2 September 2015 : Children’s Health “Being SunSmart”


New Zealand Post is going to release a special set of stamps under the title “Being SunSmart”. These Children’s Health stamps embrace the Sun Smart principles of Slip, Slop, Slap & Wrap. New Zealand has always had a love affair with the sun, but in the 1980s it became apparent that this had to change. It’s important not only for adults to embrace being SunSmart, but to teach our children how to be SunSmart too.

This illustrated stamp issue highlights the importance of being SunSmart in a whimsical way. Each stamp highlights one of the four key SunSmart messages that have been a part of our lives for more than 30 years ‒ Slip, Slop, Slap and Wrap! New Zealand kids can still enjoy summer ‒ as long as they stay SunSmart! The stamps will be issued on the 2nd of September.

Ten cents from each stamp in this issue goes directly to Stand Children’s Services Tū Māia Whānau (formerly known as Children’s Health Camps) to aid the valuable service it provides to children and their families in need around New Zealand. New Zealand Post has been supporting Children’s Health Camps since 1929.


80c + 10c ‒ Slip

‘Slip’ is as simple as staying covered ‒ slip on a long-sleeved shirt with a collar then slip into some shade, under either a big leafy tree or a sun umbrella. The girl on this stamp takes this seriously by slipping under the biggest sun umbrella she can find ‒ let the fun in the sun begin!

$1.40 + 10c ‒ Slop

Protect yourself from the sun’s harmful rays and ‘Slop’ on some sunscreen! You need to apply sunscreen at least 20 minutes before heading outside for it to be an effective protective measure, and reapply at least once every two hours ‒ even more often if you’re hitting the water or working up a sweat.

$2.00 + 10c ‒ Slap

Your face and neck are the most likely places to be sunburned, so ‘Slap’ on a hat to keep them safe! As the girl on the stamp shows, the bigger the better when it comes to hats ‒ wide-brimmed hats or caps with flaps are best for protecting your face and neck.

80c + 10c ‒ Wrap

It’s not just your skin that is affected by UV rays ‒ your eyes need protecting too, so ‘Wrap’ on some sunnies! The best ones to go for are wrap-around sunglasses with 100% UV protection.


Promotional Section

Set of 48 Picture Postcards released by North Karnataka Postal Region - 15th August 2015


Postcrossing Team, North Karnataka Postal Region has released a set of 48 picture postcards titled ‘Incredible India’ on 15th August 2015. The set is available in an attractive box and is priced Rs. 150 per set. This is 10th set of picture postcards issued by North Karnataka Postal Region. After its launch 10 sets of picture postcards were given away free of cost to first 10 persons who sent request on Facebook page of Postcrossing India.


On the address side of picture postcards text ‘IN’ and 6 boxes has been provided for the use of Postcrossing (a postcard exchange project) members to mention the POSTCARD ID.

Contact for more information:

PHILA INDIA 2015 - 16 Guide Book

British India – Republic India (1835 – 2014)


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Phila India- 2015-16 Catalogue and  Indian Paper Money Guide Book 2015 (price catalogue based on Indian market) is available with Mr Pradip Jain. Please contact : email :  PH:   0091-612-2215929

Blogs & Websites

1. Forces in Philately - - .A new blog has been created by Commodore Vijay Kapre of New Delhi, featuring philatelic items related with our Armed Forces.

2. Praful Thakkar’s Exotic gallery of Indian Philately - : It is a complete website on Indian Philately created by noted philatelist Mr Praful Thaakkar

3. 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.

4.Virtual Stamp Club It is website for On Line collectors. Membership is free. Many collectors around the world are its members.clip_image122 .

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

6. 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.

7. 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 !!

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

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

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

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

20. Princess Diana – Queen of Hearts - - New Blog by noted philatelist of Orissa Mr Santanu Panigrahi.

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

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

GPA News – Published by Gujarat Philatelists’ Association, Ahemadabad.

Stamps Today Stamp & Coin Magazine edited by Vijay Seth


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