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Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Rainbow January 2016

2016 – The Year of  the Monkey

Date of Issue : 1 December 2015

The Year of the Monkey will begin on Feb. 8, 2016 Monkey ranks ninth in the 12-year cycle of animals which appear in the Chinese zodiac. The “Monkey” individuals, according to Chinese tradition, are known to be cheerful and energetic by nature and usually represent flexibility.
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Dear Reader, 

I wish you all a very Happy New Year with the release of the first issue of Rainbow Stamp News of the year 2016. The National Philatelic Federation , Philatelic Congress of India is again on the front foot  with the new team members. I congratulate all the members of the Governing Council of PCI who were elected in the recent elections, held in Mumbai  on 13th December. I am pretty sure that PCI will continue its services to promote philately with active participation of all the members and more philatelists would take the membership of PCI and make it a strong and united national philatelic body. One big step has already been taken by its Secretary, Mr Prashant Pandya who designed and created the website of PCI and it has already been launched. I wish all the best to the whole team of PCI with a  hope it will give a big boost to the promotion of philately in the years to come.
This is all for this month. More in Next. Until then …
Happy Collecting !!
                                                                                                                             -- Jeevan Jyoti


§  From the Desk of Naresh Agrawal
§  Recent Indian Issues
§  In The News
§  Doon Philatelic Diary
§  Beginners’ Section
§  Specialized Section 
§  Lighter Side
§  New Issues from Other Countries
§  Philatelic Clubs and Society
§  Blogs & Websites on Philately
§  Current Philatelic Magazines – Newsletter


From  the  Desk  of  Naresh Agrawal


Last  month saw a great event in the philatelic history of India as the long awaited elections of the Philatelic Congress of India were conducted in Mumbai and a new council was formed. Philatelic Congress of India, a federation of philatelic societies responsible for taking care of interest of philatelists in India saw a lean period for last 13/14 years which certainly had pushed back Indian philately.

Well, I am continuing from where I had left in my last column regarding what we expect from the newly formed council. I personally feel that the new council  seems to be well balanced and quite energized. It has guidance of past experienced presidents and now a strong leadership in form of Sri Ajeet Singhee being President and Sri Rajesh Bagri, the Secretary General  and the body has appropriate persons, a team with experience, knowledge, youth, urge, energy, vision, will, eagerness  and above to  work…to deliver serve…we can expect a good change to help philately with its active functioning. I congratulate each and every elected member of the council and wish them all the best and  have full hope that this will come up to our expectation in totality. Though I feel some  hardcore dedicated members could not get the seat in executive body squad but it does not matter, they are their with the team always  to give their best for the service of philately.

Now the question is how this new council is going to work? What will be its modus operandi? Well, before we look in to that, we need to understand clearly what exactly is PCI? Is it a society  as we have our clubs or it is some other formation of group or a team ? As mentioned above let me clear that it is basically the Indian National Federation of Philatelic Societies registered under the Societies Registration Act XXI of 1860 to look the interest of various or say all philatelic societies and clubs in India, to check and represent Indian philatelists at International level and to have good co-ordination with  and have  good report with India Post. I mean we can not expect it to deal one to one  with each and every stamp lover as I myself was expecting it to, but to look in to broader aspects of promotion of philately.

Friends, I am glad to see that PCI has started working actively as expected as we can find its beautiful website launched a few days back just after about 10 days of formation of this new council. It has been designed by the team lead by Sri Prashant Pandya, the present newly elected Secretary of PCI who is a dynamic, dedicated and genuine philatelist. My heartiest thanks and congratulation to PCI. It is designed to give information about  the commissioners, the jury at different levels and its membership details.  So, here the connectivity begins. As given on the website following services will be  given by PCI.

It is going to re-launch its esteemed quarterly journal ‘SIGNET’, which gives extensive coverage to all philatelic news of interest to Indian Philatelists. National and International news, reports of the activities of member societies, FIP and FIAP news, reports on exhibitions and a number of other features appear in every issue.

However, now we can expect its soft version readily available. It may now contain some specialized articles, information and other information / material of interest.
May I add that in the time to come it may add  PDF versions of the copies   of previous issues of SIGNET which were quite useful. Frankly, those issues guided me to develop my thematic collection and exhibit which earned me repute at highest level.
It has a large number of experienced philatelists who are FIP / FIAP accredited International, PCI accredited National and State Level jurors. A detailed list of the Jurors is available on its website.
The set system enforces step by step training of the jury too. Now we will have access to the jury to help us enhance our knowledge and to know better about the judgment criterion.

It offers Special Awards and Medals at FIP / FIAP International Philatelic Exhibitions.

We expect it to form medals and awards for philatelic societies as well as philatelists in India. Life time achievement awards, new emerging philatelic society and / or philatelist, Philatelist of the year,,..etc..etc.. To start with I offer one permanent award for next 5 years from my end subject to its acceptance by PCI. Evaluation system may be derived and a committee may be formed to look in to it for all the awards to be given. This activity will help promotion of philately in big way.

From time to time, the PCI will organize Seminars and Workshops on various disciplines of philately in different parts of the country to help promotion of philately.
It has various specialized and experienced philatelists to handle various aspect of different classes of philately. We now expect it to widen its wings such as giving online exhibit evaluation service etc.
The Philatelic Congress of India grants recognition and patronage to the National Philatelic Exhibitions meeting the requisite standards and stipulations.
It is time it to interfere at lower level too to see that the progress is on right track from the grass root level.

PCI has decided to meet several times in the year to review the activities and to plan better. Apart from its Annual General Body Meeting, the Quarterly Regional Meetings will be held in different parts of the country to facilitate the members to get involved and know more about philatelic activities, which are usually followed by the Governing Council meetings. A Bi-Annual General Body meeting will also be  held to elect the new Governing Council of the PCI for a term of two years.

Well, it is quite encouraging to read and know about the services it claims to give. I believe that it will do too as I could see that with in a short span of few days it has started working actively. It has started its membership drive too. Its next meeting as I know is schedule to be held in Jaipur on 28th of February.  I appeal my philatelist brothers / sisters who have not so far joined PCI should immediately join it and strengthen it. The more it has its membership, the better it can perform and so the better results and say we get at all levels.

Even after this, I still feel there are certain areas where PCI needs to look upon such as formation of a cell to redress and  solve various common problems of the societies, active control on the operation of various societies and clubs, form regulations for operation of philatelic societies, generating funds by different means such as sponsorships, promoting various unpopular classes of philately etc...
We understand the new generation communication systems and improvement in transport facilities, PCI work will be bettered in many ways.

In the end, I wish whole team of PCI  and all my philatelic friends a very good luck and a very happy new year.

- Naresh Agrawal : email :

Recent Indian Issues  

·       3 December 2015 - Zoological Survey of India – Rs 5, Rs 25 + MS
·       23 December 2015 – Sumitra Nandan Pant – Rs 5
·       26 December 2015 - Alagumuthu Kone – Rs 5
·       30 December 2015 - Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses – Rs 5

Recent Special Covers


25 December 2015 : Diamond Jubilee of Bangalore Medical College, Bangalore

19 December 2015 : 22nd All India Forest Sports Meet 2015, Bengaluru

17 December 2015 : VALPEX 2015 Dharsana Salt Satyagrah Smarak, Valsad

View : Special Covers

In The News

Annual General Body Meeting of Philatelic Congress of India

Annual General Body Meeting of Philatelic Congress of India was held on 13th December 2015 at Auditorium, 2nd Floor, G.P.O. Annexe Building, Behind Mumbai G. P. O. Building, Mumbai - 400 001.

Governing Council of PCI (2016 -2017)

President: Mr. Ajeet Singhee
President Elect: Mr. Yogesh Kumar
Vice President: Mrs. Damyanti Pittie
Vice President: Mr. Sunder Bahirwani
Vice President: Mr. Madhukar Jhingan
Vice President: Mr. Madhukar Deogawanka

Secretary General: Mr. Rajesh Kumar Bagri
Secretary: Mr. Prashant H. Pandya
Treasurer: Mr. Suketu S. Jhaveri
Joint Treasurer: Mr. Kaizad Todywalla
Immediate Past President: Mr. Dilip Shah


Professor V. K. Gupta
Mr. Dhananjay S. Desai
Mr. Ajay Kumar Mittal
Mr. K. Chaitanya Dev
Mr. K. S. Mohan
Mr. Sudhir Jain
Mr. Shakil Ahmed
Mr. Mukesh K. Malhotra
Mr. C. G. Bhaskar
Mr. P. G. Bhargave
Mr. Rajesh Paharia
Mr. Sanjay Jain
Mr. Binod Jain
Past Presidents:
Mr. Dhirubhai Mehta
Mr. Vispi S. Dastur
Mr. Sahadeva Sahoo

Address for Correspondence :

Rajesh Kumar Bagri

    Secretary-General, Philatelic Congress of India
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Website of Philatelic Congress of India launched

The Philatelic Congress of India (PCI) is the Indian National Federation of Philatelic Societies. It was formed in a Preparatory General Body meeting  held in Calcutta (Kolkata) on 29th December 1975 during the National Philatelic Exhibition INPEX-1975. It is a registered body under the Societies Registration Act XXI of 1860.

An official website of Philatelic Congress of India is launched. URL of website is Website provides information about the organisation, Governing Council, News, Membership information, FIP Commission delegates, Accredited Jury Members and other useful information. Membership for of PCI can also be downloaded from the website. Website is developed by Shri Prashant Pandya.

3rd CG International Philatelic Promotion Award

Winners 2015

Overall prize: Collectors Club of Chicago
Special prize digital: American Philatelic Research Library
Special prize youth PROMOTION : Junge Briefmarkenfreunde Simeon-Hamm

The CG international philatelic promotion award, sponsored by German auctioneer Christoph Gärtner, encourages philatelic studies and the preservation of philatelic knowledge via published articles, including printed and digital media. Each year the award is given to the best submission by a study group, society, club, association or publisher of a philatelic magazine or newsletter.

3rd CG International Philatelic Promotion Award Ceremony was held on 3rd December 2015 on the occasion of the Monacophil 2015 stamp show and exhibition in Monte Carlo, Monaco. The CG award was first given in 2013, making this the third annual ceremony. The jury considered 65 submissions (52 in overall category, 11 in digital only category and 2 in Youth category) from 19 countries: Switzerland, Austria, Great Britain, Ireland, the Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Norway, Israel, the United States, Brazil, Costa Rica, India, Taiwan, Malaysia, Hong Kong, South Africa, and Germany. This year’s jury members were Rainer von Scharpen, secretary general of the AIJP (the International Association of Philatelic Journalists); Damian Laege, former chairman of the International Federation of Philately thematics committee; Patrick Maselis, president of the Club of Monte-Carlo and president of the Belgian Academy of Philately; and Richard Johnson, president of the International Federation of Stamp Dealers Associations. First three rankers in overall category were awarded a trophy, certificate and cash prize.
- The Collectors Club of Chicago was awarded first place with €2,000 cash prize money (Score 83.83) for the best performance - Print, digital media and promotion of youth philately. 
- The Bund Deutscher Philatelisten of Germany was awarded second place, with €1,000 cash prize money (Score 82.5).
- American Association of Philatelic Exhibitors was awarded third place with €800 cash prize money (Score 82.33).
Fourth to tenth rankers were awarded €700, €600, €500, €400, €300, €200 and €100 cash prize money and a certificate.
The American Philatelic Research Library was awarded a special award for the best “Multimedia Performance, Websites and Internet Presentation” with €1,000 cash prize money, a trophy and a certificate (Score 68.66).
Germany’s Junge Briefmarkenfreunde Simeon-Hamm was awarded the special award for the best “Youth Work” with €750, a trophy and a certificate.
From India there were four participants.
In worldwide overall category Baroda Philatelic Society ranked 35th position with the score of 59.5 in for its publication ‘Vadophil’ and Indian Thematic Society ranked 40th position with the score of 56.5 in for its publication ‘ITS News’.
In worldwide digital category Indian Philatelists’ Forum ranked 59th position with the score of 18 for its website and ‘Indian Philately Digest’ digital newsletter and Rainbow Stamp News ranked 63rd position with the score of 16.25.

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

KERAPEX – 2016

Date : 7- 9 January 2016
Venue : Sree Sankara Hall, M.G. Road, Thrissur

News from Philatelic Clubs and Societies

Eastern India Philatelists’ Association
The annual General Body Meeting of the Eastern India Philatelists’ Association (EIPA) was held on 27.12.2015 at Bhubaneswar. Discussions and interactions were made during the meeting and some important decisions were taken as follows:
1. The National Philatelic Exhibition on Nature & Environment (Naturepex-2015) which was deferred for want of DOP permission has been rescheduled to 24-26, December, 2016 as the DOP has accorded their permission for the exhibition. The name of the exhibition will be Naturepex-2016 instead of Naturepex-2015. The venue of the exhibition will be decided later.
2. It has been decided to organise a State level philatelic exhibition every year during the month of December.
3. The monthly meeting of EIPA will be held at Neheru Yuva Kedra in every third Sunday between 3PM to 5PM.
The elections for the post of office bearers were done in the meeting and the following members were elected as follows:

1. Shri Bijoyshree Routray- President,
2. Shri Debasis Mitra- Vice President,
3.Shri Ajit Kumar Dash- Secretary,
4. Shri Anup Kumar Rout- Jt-Secretary-cum-Treasurer,
5. Shri Kasinath Sahoo- Co-ordinator,
6. Shri Bijoy Kumar Sinha- Advisor.
S/Shri Kamal Chakravorty, Gangadhar Tripathy, Dr. Prana Chand Panda, Pramod Saraf, Santanu Panigrahi, Shanti Swarup Rath, Dr. Bibhudatta Mishra, Akhaya Kumar Nayak, Bijoy Kumar Biswal, Anil Dhir, Shakil Ahmed, Ajaya Kumar Barik, Dr. C.S. Basak, Manoj Kumar Mohapatra, Hari Bandhu Ojha, Dr. Pradeep Kumar Padhy, Biswanath Mishra and Dr. Santoshini Panigrahi have been elected to the new Governing Body for a period of three years.

Jainism Philately Group National Meet at Udaipur – 19th & 20th December 2015

Jainism Philately Group (JPG) is an organisation of collectors of Jainism and allied themes like Vegetarianism, Non Violence, Peace etc. It has about three hundred members all around India as well as USA, Canada and Germany. Second Jainism Philately Group Meet was organized at Udaipur on 19th and 20th December 2015. It was hosted by Udaipur Philatelic & Numismatic Society at lecture hall of Shri Jindatt Suri Jain Dadawadi. More than 120 people from various States of India attended the meet.
On the occasion Philatelic exhibition on Jainism theme and Philatelic workshop were also organized which was visited by large number of citizens. A Stamp Booklet was released at the JPG meet bearing My Stamp on JPG logo.

Following office bearers elected unanimously for the new session: 
National Chairman: Mr. Sudhir Jain (Satna, M.P.)
Vice Chairman: Mr. Pramod Kumar Jain (Pondicherry) & Dr. Pradip Jain (Balod, Chhattisgarh)
Secretary: Mr. Dipak Modi (Jalna, Maharastra) & Mr. Mithalal Jain (Pune)
New Issue Co-ordinator: Mr. Tejkaran Jain (Rajnandgaon, Chhattisgarh)
Research Co-ordinator: Mr. Mahendra Raj Bhandari (Udaipur)

Doon Philatelic Diary

Mystery of Rajpur Kaanch Ghar

 - Abhai Mishra

The other day while having a heritage walk at Rajpur, led by Ms. Reenu Paul under the aegis of 'Been There Doon That?' we visited the Christian Retreat and Study Centre (CRSC). It was founded by in 1954 by Reverend James Payne Alter, father of Tom Alter. There is a peepal tree, standing tall and handsome at its entrance planted by Mahatma Gandhi. I was quite intrigued by the old heritage building and wanted to know more about it as I could sense that it was not an ordinary place. I was told that earlier it housed 'Shakti Ashram',  founded to inculcate moral values and traditional culture to the youth of this country which was under the British rule that time. I was also told that it was also called 'Kaanch Ghar' or Glass House earlier. After coming home I searched the internet and some very interesting facts came out.

The earlier history of the property is not known but it is said that it belonged to Austrian Glass manufacturer in later half of nineteenth century. Later it was with the Salvation Army. Dr. Keshava Deva Shastri purchased it in around 1920’s as he came to Dehradun in 1919.  Sadhu T.L. Vaswani  founded the 'Shakti Ashram' in 1926 at Rajpur in co-operation with Pt. Keshava Deva  Shastri, MD. Prominent persons like Pt. Nehru, Mahatma Gandhi, Acharya Kriplani, Babu Shiv Prasad Gupta, Dr. Horwitz visited the Ashram. Mahatma Gandhi during his third visit to Dehardun planted a peepal sapling in the honour of Dr. Shastri on 17 October 1929. In 1941 Dr. Durga Prasad Pandey founded the 'Manava Bharati' Institution. The Manava Bharati school  was here from 1942 to 1948. Later it was relocated to ‘Dumbarni' Mussoorie. Christian Retreat & Study Centre purchased it from sister in law of Dr. Shastri in 1954.

Some pieces of the puzzle were already at place, but the mystery of 'Kaanch Ghar' remained. Then one fine day, I stumbled upon a piece of post-card belonging to 'Oudh and Rohilkhand Railway'. It was basically a 'notice of arrival' send to persons by the railway department whose consignment has arrived. Railways came to Dehradun in 1900 and the postcard, dated 18 Aug 1903 was sent to the  "Manager, Himalaya Glass Works, Rajpore" asking him to collect his parcel which has arrived from Howrah by remitting amount of Rs. 1/- and 6 annas. I was  startled by my discovery. The hobby of philately which I keenly pursue has helped me in unravelling the mystery of 'Kaanch Ghar'. It was basically a glass factory by the name of 'Himalaya Glass Works'. Philately or stamp collecting is a highly educative and informative hobby. It is not just another hobby, because the old letters and covers are small windows through which one can peep into the history and heritage of one's city.

-          Abhai Mishra : email:

Beginners’ Section


In 1868, the typewriter was invented, and in 1873, the first Remington’s typewriters were on the market. Mark Twain bought one of the first models, Remington “Sholes and Glidden” heavily decorated with colourful decals and gold paint with a foot treadle provided for the carriage return, for $125 in 1874. He became the first author to submit a typed manuscript. He himself claimed in his autobiography published in 1904: “I was the first person in the world that ever had a telephone in the house for practical purposes; I will now claim– until dispossess–that I was the first person in the world to apply the type-machine to literature.” 

There is controversies over the first type written manuscript – as mentioned in autobiography it was “Adventures of Tom Sawyer”, his most popular novel based on his recollections of growing up in Hannibal, Mississippi in the 1840s but few evidences suggest that “Life on the Mississippi” came to the publisher first in typescript in 1883 .Tom Sawyer was published from handwritten manuscript or may have been typed partly not by him but dictated the memoir to a
typist from a hand-written draft.

Specialized Section

Some Remarkable Cancellations and Postmarks – 35

The District Post Cancellations 

 - Dr. Avinash B. Jagtap

The Act XXVII 1837 made special provision for District Posts parallel to the Imperial Post Service. The Imperial Post Offices were located at the Headquarters of District. Letters posted at a district  post office were separated from all other letters, sorted and packed in covers, addressed to the officers in charge of the District Post Offices from which they were delivered. The cancellations used by District Post from which they were delivered. The Cancellations used by District Post are many. The following are a few examples to show their diversity. The District Post was abolished in 1900, when the postal charge was undertaken by Imperial Government.

1.     Cross hatched rhombus similar to Type 26 but apparently  In pen, with printed                         number “411” inset on SG47 (unrecorded)
2.     The letters “D.P.” above the number “120” (unrecorded)

1865 Registered Cover from Sooramungalum to Madras with 7x One Anna QV adhesives tied to the cover by Type 28 District Post Cancellation, hatched rhombus with inset N0. “25” of Sooramungalum, Backstamped “SOORAMUMNGALUM: 1865: J 13” and “G.P.O.: 2 DY/MADRAS/JA 14/1865” in RED double circle.
Any correspondence is welcome --  Dr Avinash B. Jagtap : email :

HAPPY 100th BIRTHDAY “Coca Cola Bottle”

© Dr.Satyendra Kumar Agrawal

One of the most famous shapes in the world is the iconic contour fluted lines of the Coca-Cola bottleborn 100 years ago when its iconic contour bottle was approved for patent on Nov. 16, 1915. Renowned as a design classic and described by noted industrial designer, Raymond Loewy as the “perfect liquid wrapper,” the bottle has been celebrated in art, music and advertising.

From simple to Iconic Bottle


Andy Warhol was an American artist who was a leading figure in the visual art movement known as pop art. His greatest gift was probably his observational ability.

His works explore the relationship between artistic expression, celebrity culture, and advertisement that flourished by the 1960s.When he wanted a shape to represent mass culture; he drew the Coca - Cola bottle.

“Coca cola” Painting by Andy Warhol

Howard Finster was also an American artist and Baptist minister from Georgia. He claimed to be inspired by God to spread the gospel through the design of his swampy land into Paradise Gardens, a folk art sculpture garden with over 46,000 pieces of art. His many of famous paintings included Coca-Cola bottle as canvas as well as an object.

 Howard Finster’s Coca Cola Bottle Original Folk Art, 1990

And when Volkswagen wanted to celebrate the shape of the Beatle, they compared the car to the Coca-Cola bottle.

Postal Card, advertising Land Rover FreelanderCoca-Cola, Spain 2005

In 1950 The Coca Cola Contour Bottle was the first commercial product to appear on the cover of TIME magazine, establishing Coca Cola as a truly international brand.

Time magazine cover -May 15, 1950, featuring the famous red disc of The Coca-Cola Company serving a globe of the world an ice cold Coca-Cola in its classic contour bottle. The cover illustration was created by Boris Artzybasheff, a noted illustrator who did more than 200 Time Magazine covers between 1941 and 1965.

Also this year, the first television advertisement featuring Coca Cola's Contour Bottle appeared during CBS' The Edgar Bergen-Charlie McCarthy Show.


In April 1865, Colonel John Pemberton of the Confederate Army was wounded in the Battle of Columbus, Georgia. He was slashed across his chest and like many wounded veterans became addicted to morphine which he used to ease the pain.

He was also a pharmacist and as such searched for a cure to counteract this addiction. He began experimenting with coca and coca wines, eventually creating his own version of Vin Mariani, containing kola nut and damiana, which he called “Pemberton's French Wine Coca”. In 1886, when Atlanta and Fulton County enacted temperance legislation, Pemberton found himself forced to produce a non-alcoholic alternative to his French Wine- inventing COCA-COLA. This name was given by his friend F.M. Robinson-a bookkeeper. He gave this name to the drink as it originally contained cocaine extracts as well as caffeine from the kola nut.

Colonel John Pemberton: Inventor of Coca-Cola, Postal Envelopes, Spain 2014


The world’s favourite soft drink started life as a soda fountain beverage, selling for five cents a glass, but it was only when a strong bottling system developed that Coca Cola became the world-famous brand it is today.

Limited Edition FDC of BOY SCOUTS featuring Coca-Cola Advertisement of Thirsty Boy Scout, USA 2010 and Stamp, Canada 2015

In 1894, Mississippi shop owner Joseph A. Biedenharn began bottling Coca Cola after he was impressed by its sales. He sold the drink to his customers in a common glass bottle called a Hutchinson.

Early-- COCA COLA Advertisingcover, USA, 1898

At the time Biedenharn sent a case to Asa Griggs Candler, who owned the Company. Candler thanked him but took no action. One of his nephews had already urged that Coca Cola be bottled, but Candler focused on fountain sales.

Popularity of Coca Cola so increased that competitors like iKoka-Nola, Ma Coca-Co, Toka-Cola and Koke, tried to copy its early bottle designs.


Models of Coca Cola Bottles before 1915


To distinguish itself from these copycats, in 1915, Coca-Cola issued a design competition announcement seeking “a bottle so distinct that one would recognize it by feel in the dark or lying broken on the ground.” The best design would win $500 (approximately$11,700 today).

The winning design was prepared by a team of five from the Root Glass Company in Terre Haute, Indiana.

Original winning design of Coca Cola Bottle prepared by the Root Glass Company, 1915. This was slightly wider than bottles today-  narrowed   to make it compatible with bottling equipment.

Winning design of 1915 iconic bottle depicted on a Stamp and Cover

The team members were Chapman J., William Root, Earl Dean, Clyde Edwards and the shop’s foreman Swedish émigré Alexander Samuelson who were inspired by an illustration of a cocoa pod with “an elongated shape and distinct ribs.

Cocoa pod

They knew Coca-Cola had nothing to do with cocoa, but felt the cocoa pod had an appealing shape. Another story regarding selection is that during the brainstorming process, the designers went to the local library to search the dictionary for the word “coca,” stumbled upon “cocoa”—and just went with it.

The first edition of their glass bottles were coloured “German Green” (later renamed “Georgia Green” in honour of the company’s home state). These first bottles were also specified to be made of heavy, durable glass—no less than 14.5 ounces (or 0.9 pounds)—so when filled with liquid, Coke bottles used to weigh more than pound.

The first edition of Coca-Cola bottles were “German Green”colouredrenamed “Georgia Green” in honour of the company’s home state

Coca-Cola Bottles as Booklet Cover, Namibia, 1995 and on Eco card, Japan, 1985


The Coca Cola Company planned to celebrate the 100thBirthday of its Iconic Bottle following an art exhibition at the high museum of art at Atlanta, Georgia.

FDC, Coca-Cola Pavilion, Argelia 2014

The four parts exhibition entitled “The Coca-Cola Bottle : An American icon at 100” will include two original Andy Warhol Coke bottles paintings alongside other bottle inspired art works and photographs. There will also be design sketches and prototypes of the original bottle. More Coca-Cola bottle art works will be displayed in a travelling art exhibition focusing on art and popular culture. It will travel 62,000 miles around the globe covering more than 15 countries.

Painting “Coca-Cola 3 bottles” by Andy Warhol, 1962 and the contour bottle’s birth certificate (Records of the Patent and Trademark Office, National Archives) displayed at the National Archives in Washington, DC. Coke’s signature script lettering logo was omitted to keep it secret from competitors.

Immortalised by artists, revered by designers, celebrated in advertising and music — from Andy Warhol, Marc Jacobs to Volkswagen and Elvis, to name but a few — it’s no wonder the Contour bottle’s ageless beauty has captivated our imagination for over 100 years.

“Happy B’Day”, “Merry Christmas” and a very “Happy New Year” “Coca-Cola Bottle!

-        Dr Satyendra Kumar  Agrawal : email :


- Col (Dr) J Dutta & Dr (Mrs) A Dutta

Introduction The envelope form may be called a stamped envelope or, alternatively, a postal stationery envelope (PSE for short). In August 1852 an act of the U.S. Congress authorized the Postmaster General to provide "suitable letter envelopes with such watermarks or other guards against counterfeits... with the addition of the value or denomination of the postage stamps so printed or impressed thereon...” The first result was the 1853 Nesbitt issues of stamped envelopes, named after the contractor who produced them for the government.

1853 Nesbitt issue of 3c stamped envelope and 1853 George F. Nesbitt & Co Proof

The size of the envelope has varied over the years and so has the type of paper. In India the envelope was first issued on 29 November 1856 which made it the first postal stationery of India. 

29 November 1856 Issue These 1 anna brown envelopes were designed and embossed by De la Rue & Co, London on bluish wove paper 121x71 mm in size. The flap was gummed and rounded with lion and palm tree seal embossed. The embossed stamp bears die numbers 1 and 4. The left flap bears the name De la Rue & Co, London in small Roman capitals in plain relief 24 mm in length. 


15 September 1857 Issue These ½  anna blue envelopes were designed and embossed by De la Rue & Co, London on thin yellowish to white paper 102x65 mm in size with blue seal on the gummed flap. The embossed stamp bears die numbers 1 and 2.

1871 Issue Same 1 anna brown as the first issue but printed blue paper laid obliquely and the seal is in brown. The left flap bears the name Thomas de la Rue & Co, London in block capitals. The embossed stamp bears die numbers 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 and 2 or 21. 121x71 mm in size. 

Wrapper 16 one anna envelopes

1874 Issue Same as the previous issue except that the value is ½ anna blue and paper is white laid obliquely. The seal is embossed in blue on the flap. The maker’s name ‘Thos de la Rue & Co’ is embossed in block letters with a foliate ornament. The embossed stamp bears the numbers 3 and 4. 121x71 mm in size.

 1875 Issue Smaller than previous issues 116x66 mm in size. The seal on the flap is in embossed in blue or in plain relief. There is no maker’s name on left flap. The embossed stamp is ½ anna blue on white obliquely laid paper. The stamp in this and in subsequent issues do not have the die number.

1877 Issue the ½ anna blue (size118x66 mm) has no seal on the flap while the 1 anna brown (size121x71 mm) has brown seal on the flap. Both are on white obliquely laid paper.

1 July 1881 Issue The embossed stamp 4 annas 6 pies is oval on white wove paper. The stamp is known in two colours orange and yellow, the flap is pointed. 133x76 mm in size.

1883 Issue A new colour in the form of ½ anna green on white obliquely laid paper. 1 anna brown is also on white obliquely laid paper. Both are of size118x66 mm.

1 May 1886 Issue ½ anna green and 1 anna brown on thin white laid paper. Both are of size120x95 mm.

 1 January 1891 Issue This is a provisional issue in that 4 annas 6 pies issue was surcharged 2 annas 6 pies in block letters 2½ mm high. Shifted overprints are known. The overprints were on both yellow and orange embossed stamps.

Wrapper for 25 envelopes

1892 Issue According to Pratisad Neurgaonkar these were issued on 1 January 1893. The embossed stamp 2 annas 6 pies are oval on white wove paper with yellowish gum. We have however found these also on white diagonally laid paper. These are of size146x83 mm.


1892/ August 1899 In the same year according to Manik Jain and in August 1899 according to Pratisad Neurgaonkar the 2 annas 6 pies envelope was surcharged ONE ANNA.

Registered Envelopes
These were issued on 1 May/November 1866 on yellowish white wove paper backed by linen. The face of the envelope had three lines of inscription beginning with REGISTERED LETTER in thick block letters. The second and third lines read “This letter must be given......” On the left of the inscription is a fancy R. Two lines cross each other and divide the face into four equal parts. The embossed 2 annas stamp is on the flap.

The envelopes are of three types
Type 1 Two annas light blue inscription with ultramarine stamp size 132x82 mm.
Type 2 Two annas ultramarine inscription and stamp size 132x82 mm.
Type 3 Two annas ultramarine inscription and stamp but size 254x105 mm.
Type 1 according to Pratisad Neurgaokar was issued on 1 May 1866 while Type 2 and 3 were issued in November 1866.    

Service Envelopes
January 1887 Issue The 1877 1 anna issue was overprinted Service in black. There is only one known example known of this issue which is with Mr Manik Jain of Calcutta and illustrated in his book. Pratisad Neurgaokar feels were never issued and it is an essay.
1 April 1895 Issue ½ anna green and 1 anna brown were overprinted in black “On H,M.S.” and “On Her Majesty’s Service” on top of the envelope.

Service Registered Envelopes
1895 Issue “On H,M.S.” and “On Her Majesty’s Service” on top of the envelope was overprinted in black on the 2 annas registered envelope large size (254x105 mm).

Military Envelopes
1 May 1879 Soldier’s and Seamen’s Envelope The troops used existing stamps and postal stationery till 1879 when, for the first time, special postal stationery, the 9 pies red on white Soldiers’ and Seamen’s envelope was issued.

1 May 1895 The 1879 issue was surcharged One Anna in black. A variety exists with n of One inverted.

1900 C.E.F. Issue In 1900 for the first time stamps and postal stationery was issued overprinted C.E.F. for use of troops sent to China to suppress the Boxer Rebellion. The ½ anna green, 1 anna brown, 2annas 6 pies orange and one anna on 2annas 6 pies orange were overprinted C.E.F.

1/2a green envelope overprinted C.E.F. addressed in pencil to Mangalore and cancelled by neat F.P.O./No.6 cds dated 14.JL.01. 

Indian Envelopes used in Convention States
The convention states of India were:
Chamba (1887–1948)
Faridkot (feudatory from 1879–1887; convention from 1887 to 1901).
Gwalior (1885–1948)
Jhind (feudatory 1874 – 1885; convention from 1885).
Nabha (1885–1948)
Patiala (1884–1947)
For details of the postal stationery of Convention States one may refer to the monumental work of Edward F Deschl. A few Victorian envelopes from the Convention States are illustrated. They had the name of the state with or without the coat-of-arms.




Gwalior postal envelope 1886



Nabha postal envelopes 1886


Patiala postal envelope 1885 and 1891

Zanzibar Overprinted Envelopes

As with stamps and fiscals, postal stationery too were overprinted for use in Zanzibar and were covered in detail by George T Krieger in his article Zanzibar-Overprinted Postal Stationery of India 1896-6, feely available on the net. A few Victorian envelopes from Zanzibar are illustrated.

Indian Postal Stationery Envelopes Overprinted “British East Africa”

The inventory of stamps and postal stationery held by the Indian post office in Zanzibar was turned over to the Zanzibar authorities when the control of the post office was passed on to Sultan’s Government of Zanzibar on 10 November 1895. An additional quantity was delivered in April 1896. Thomas E.C. Remington, Postmaster General of both Zanzibar and British East Africa, had the Zanzibar Gazette overprint the stationery both “Zanzibar” and “British East Africa”. This covered in detail by George T Krieger in his article Indian Postal Stationery Envelopes Overprinted “British East Africa” , feely available on the net.

1. Allen Mintz, Ed.; Catalog of the 19th Century Stamped Envelopes, Wrappers, Cut Squares and Full Corners of the United States; UPSS, 2001.
2. Derek Lang, A Guide to the Postal Stationery of India (1856-1977) Vol.III: Envelopes, India Study Circle, 1980.
3. Manik Jain, Encyclopedia of Indian Postal Stationery, Philatelia, Kolkata, 1973.
4. Pratisad Neurgaokar, Postal Stationery of British India 1856-1947, Published by the author, Pune, January 2009.
5. Edward F Deschl, Indian States Postal Stationery Listing, Published by the author, 1994.
6. George T Krieger, Zanzibar-Overprinted Postal Stationery of India 1895-6, Postal Stationery, No 332, 2003.
7. George T Krieger, Indian Postal Stationery Envelopes Overprinted “British East Africa”. 

- Col Jayanta Dutta & Dr Anjali Dutta : email :

Lighter Side


When an aeroplane service first started in Germany in 1997 the aircraft they employed in service were pure white, resembling huge white swans. When these aeroplanes would fly into the sky and grow slowly smaller and disappear, they would look like swans disappearing into the heart of the sky. In Sanskrit, the word that could describe them was lupth-hansa, or the hidden swan and hence the airline named “Lufthansa”. The word was designed by F.A. Fischer von Poturzyn and the logo was designed by Dr. Otto Firle as a swan or a crane and "free as a bird".
-       Dr Satyendra Kumar Agrawal

New issues from other Countries


5 January 2016

5th New Generation Circus Festival
In 2012, the Organising Committee of the International Circus Festival of Monte-Carlo created a new Festival, under the Honorary Presidency of H.S.H. Princess Stephanie and in collaboration with Her eldest daughter, Pauline, President of the Jury. The New Generation Festival is the only circus competition for young artists to take place in a real circus ring. The 5th edition will be held on 30 and 31 January 2016.

 40th International Circus of Monte Carlo

The International Circus Festival of Monte-Carlo has become the largest and most prestigious circus event in the world. To mark the 40th International Circus Festival of Monte-Carlo, H.S.H. Princess Stephanie asked for a miniature sheet to be issued, depicting the original posters advertising the 10th, 20th, 30th and 40th Festivals.

The 40th Festival, due to take place from 14 to 24 January 2016, will showcase a selection of the best international acts.The festival is organized and presided by H.S.H. Princess Stéphanie of Monaco, the best international acts are selected and presented each year at the Festival which is broadcasted around the globe.

New Zealand

13 January 2016 :  2016 – Year of the Monkey


5 January - 2016 Final of The Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity

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